Weekly News Update


*When the Supreme Court issued its latest campaign finance decision last month, the justices lined up in a manner that was not breaking news. The five appointed by Republican presidents voted for the Republican National Committee, which was a plaintiff. The four appointed by Democrats dissented. [New York Times]

*Some people go to law school not in the hope of making buckets of cash, but to bring justice to their communities. With long hours and low pay, being a government attorney is a noble pursuit. The catch is that some of these poor souls didn’t know just how poor they’d actually be. [Above the Law]

*A persistent Washington Heights tenant, Kelley Boyd, has added her own legal dispute with her landlord to the city’s escalating battle to preserve affordable housing. [New York Daily News]

*A convicted murderer was granted a stay of execution by a Texas federal appeals court on Tuesday so the courts could review his claim that he is mentally disabled — a disability, his lawyers argued, that state agencies had long known and concealed. [New York Times]

*A Hunterdon County mom convicted of custodial interference cannot blog about her ex-husband and children as part of her sentence, the Appellate Division of the State Superior Court has affirmed. [NJ.com]

*The New York Court of Appeals ruled that a court may sua sponte decide the issue of forum non conveniens so long as it allows the parties to brief and argue the matter.  The Court of Appeals further found that the mere transfer of money through a New York-based bank account was not sufficiently compelling to keep an otherwise foreign case in a New York court. [The National Law Review]

*The New York State Court of Appeals ruled last week that two East Meadow teachers endangered student safety when they picketed from their parked cars before school on a street outside Woodland Middle School on a rainy day in March 2007, protesting stalled contract negotiations. [Long Island Herald]