Weekly News Update


*Madonna was supposed to do her civic duty as an American and report for jury duty. Unfortunately, after gallivanting on horses and prancing on beaches all Memorial Day weekend, she sent news of mysteriously falling ill. [Above the Law]

*If the past week of  is any indication, gay marriage is coming to a state near you — and soon. On Monday, Oregon became the 18th state to allow same-sex marriages. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania became the 19th. The next day, plaintiffs in Montana filed the first challenge to the ban on gay marriage there, and the day after that, the same thing happened in South Dakota — leaving North Dakota as the lone state with a ban that hasn’t been challenged. [NBC NEWS]

*As the federal government cracks down on immigrants in the country illegally and forbids businesses to hire them, it is relying on tens of thousands of those immigrants each year to provide essential labor — usually for $1 a day or less — at the detention centers where they are held when caught by the authorities. [NY Times]

*The Long Island man who spent 17 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of killing his parents has exchanged his prison jumpsuit for a graduation robe. Martin Tankleff, 42, was handed his Touro Law Center degree yesterday in Brookville — and was personally congratulated by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. [New York Post]

*Funeral services were held Sunday, May 25 for Israel “Russ” Rubin who served as Co-Chair of the National Appellate Practice Group at Greenberg Traurig in the firm’s New York City office. Rubin passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 23. He was 87. [Digital Journal]

*The team that’s been struggling to keep New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie from becoming a laughingstock in the wake of the Bridgegate scandal has gotten a big raise. Everybody from Christie’s embattled press secretary to the advance men who stage the governor’s Town Hall meetings have gotten pay bumps. [NY Daily News]

*The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled on Wednesday that the use of “In God We Trust” on American currency does not violate the Establishment Clause or the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. [CBS DC]

*The Supreme Court has been quietly revising its decisions years after they were issued, altering the law of the land without public notice. The revisions include “truly substantive changes in factual statements and legal reasoning,” said Richard J. Lazarus, a law professor at Harvard University. [The Columbus Dispatch]