Arizona Legal News

  • Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the ‘Revenge Porn,’ bill into law this week.  The law with  seeks to establish privacy rights on the Internet, but some say it may unconstitutionally infringe upon the First Amendment. [Phoenix New Times]
  • Some are accusing the Phoenix Veterans Health Care Center of corruption and unnecessary deaths.  A preliminary investigation from the Veterans Administration indicates no wrong doing on the part of the hospital. [ABC 15]
  • Gravity author sues Warner Bros. over lack of attribution in movie.  A failure to credit one’s work in an area where there is a standard practice of credit/attribution may be a civil violation (think of movie credits, magazine credits, CD credits, etc).  [NY Times]
  • For anyone who has ever made a mistake in a court filing, it may be comforting to know you are not alone.  United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a dissent in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, L. P. To make his argument, he cited a case he authored the majority opinion more than ten years ago.  However, his dissent misstated the holding. [NPR]
  • It is six years after the housing mortgage meltdown on Wall Street. The government has only prosecuted a single person, so far.  Corporations may be too big to fail, but can they also be too big to prosecute?  [ProPublica]
  • An execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma this week was botched.  After the experimental cocktail of drugs was intravenously injected it took over forty-five minutes for the inmate to die.  Fifteen minutes into the execution, it is reported that the inmate tried to talk.  Then the Director of Prisons allegedly said the chemicals did not make it into the veins.  After drug companies said they did not want their drugs to be used in executions, death penalty states, including Arizona, are searching for new ways to perform lethal injections.  Are these experimental executions a violation of the Eighth Amendment?  [Atlantic]
  •  There are rumors of facial recognition technology being deployed on the internet by private companies to the government.  Where are the privacy protections?  Legislators, are you listening? [Guardian]

 

 

 

 

 

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