Weekly News Update

weekly-news *News came that a cross-shaped beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center can remain on display in the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, dismissing a lawsuit brought by atheists. [Huffington Post]

*A Harvard-educated, widely published criminal law professor likely knew his killer after cops found no forced entry at the 41-year-old’s Tallahassee home — where Dan Markel was found bleeding from a fatal close-range gunshot wound to the head. [NY Daily News]

*A small minority of the thousands of people who take state bar exams each year to practice law don’t have a law degree and haven’t even stepped foot in a law school. These lucky few complete legal apprenticeships rather than obtain costly JDs. [Business Insider]

*Those hoping that a multiyear trend of declining law school applications and admissions would come to an end this year are confronting disappointing statistics. Applications for the class that begins law school this fall are down 8 percent following double-digit declines the two previous years. [ABA Journal]

*A Los Angeles Superior Court judge gave Shelly Sterling a sweeping victory and cleared the way for former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s record $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers to proceed. [Seattle Times]

*Daniel Floyd was tried, convicted and — after the jury found he shot a rival dead at a dice game — sent to prison for 15 years to life. But the state’s highest court overturned the guilty verdict — all because Floyd’s mother couldn’t find a seat in the courtroom during jury selection. [New York Post]

*The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Mississippi law that would close the state’s only abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is unconstitutional. [NY Daily News]

*A New York federal judge struck down the nation’s last complete prohibition on carrying guns outside the home, declaring the District of Columbia’s strict handgun ban unconstitutional. [LA Times]