Archive for December, 2005

Death of Proxmire

by   |  12.17.05  |  Current Events

I was gone to the ranch on Thursday and Friday, so I missed the death of Wisconsin’s William Proxmire, former U.S. senator. Proxmire was known for anti-waste crusading as well as the Hutchinson v. Proxmire decision at the U.S. Supreme Court, which established limits to congressional absolute privilege from libel prosecution. More »

The Coke side of trademark

by   |  12.08.05  |  Current Events

Coca-Cola has a new slogan: “Welcome to the Coke side of life.” It would be protected by trademark law, but for the life of me I can’t find Coke’s Trademark application at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For it to be protected, they’ve got to use it in commerce. More »

Compelled speech argument at SCOTUS

by   |  12.07.05  |  Current Events

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in Rumsfeld v. FAIR, which challenges the Solomon Amendment. That law requires all universities that accept government funding, which is just about all of them, to allow the military to recruit on campus. More »

Happy Festivus from the President?

by   |  12.07.05  |  Current Events

The Washington Post reports some are complaining about the White House “holiday” cards this year, which include no reference to Christmas. More political correctness? An attempt to stay in line with the Establishment Clause? Religious sensitivity?

A different sort of parental notification

by   |  12.05.05  |  Current Events

A U.S. district judge has ruled a high schol girl can sue the school that told her mother the girl was kissing another girl at school, even though many people at the school understood her to be gay. Seems to me the public disclosure of private fact tort requires a private fact. More »

Cameras may head to federal courts

by   |  12.02.05  |  Current Events

I missed this but the House of Representatives passed a measure last month allowing cameras in federal courts. Two similar bills are working their way through the Senate.

Abilenian Billie Sol Estes had his fraud conviction overturned by the Supreme Court because of the use of television cameras during his trial in the 1960s, but courts have since ruled that video cameras aren’t inherently prejudicial, especially now that they are inobtrusive and can fit in the palm of your hand. More »