On October 24, 1945, the founding document of the United Nations, the UN Charter, was ratified. October 24 has been recognized since 1948 as United Nations Day. Celebrate by bookmarking the UN’s website, and taking advantage of its amazing archive of free resources.
Calling all foreign law fans! The Oliver R. Tambo Law Library at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, has partnered with the South African Legal Information Institute and the Constitutional Court Trust to provide free access to the laws of South Africa. The site launched on 19 September 2013, and is currently a work in progress with information still being added. Check out these resources here. (Hat tip to Ms. Shirley Gilmore, Head of the Oliver R. Tambo Law Library, for getting the word out.)
Calling all foreign law fans! Melbourne Law School has launched the first legal academic blog covering the High Court of Australia. The blog, “Opinions on High,” went live today and offers posts on most important cases from 2013 forward, as well as Features on the Court. You can also find links to opinions, acts, and other resources. You can access the blog here.
Hat tip to Carole Hinchcliff at Melbourne Law School for getting the word out!
On Thursday, April 18, the Digital Public Libraries of America launched a beta version of a portal to American archival and historical materials. Visit the DPLA at http://dp.la and be amazed! And there’s more! Visit the South Carolina Digital Library for historical and archival materials at the state level. Hat tip to Kate Boyd of USC’s Thomas Cooper Library for getting the word out about these great resources.
Where do I start? There are many things you shouldn’t do in court, but today’s item is a good beginning. A FL defendant managed to turn a bail hearing into a 30-day sentence for contempt when she directed a rude hand gesture at the judge. Read more here.
Knowledge nugget: the article linked above has a good overview of contempt charges.
On 10 December 1948, the United Nations established an annual Human Rights Day to mark the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration contains a preamble and 30 articles that outline the rights and freedoms to which anyone is entitled anywhere in the world. Visit the UN’s Human Rights Day page to read a copy of the Declaration and to get more details.
Today is United Nations Day, an international holiday established by the UN in 1971. Read a statement from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon here.
Ever wondered how a court comes to use the designation per curiam (“by the court”) for an opinion, rather than the name of a particular author? In a recent thought-provoking piece on SCOTUSblog, Professor Ira Robbins of American University provides a history of the practice, as well as some perspective on its modern usage. Find out more here. [Hat tip to our own Candle Wester for forwarding the link!]
On Tuesday, August 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that there is no expectation of privacy in data from a disposable cellphone. At issue in the case was the DEA’s use of GPS data from the defendant’s “burn phone,” which the defendant attempted to frame as a warrantless search. The Court was not persuaded, noting that “Because authorities tracked a known number that was voluntarily used while traveling on public thoroughfares, Skinner did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the GPS data and location of his cell phone.” Get the whole scoop here.
The International Criminal Court, headquartered in The Hague and established in 1998, issued its first sentence today. The Court sentenced former Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga to 14 years in prison for recruting and using child soldiers in 2002 and 2003. Find out more here.