New York Justice Denies Habeas Corpus Relief for Hercules and Leo Given Precedent Set in Previous Case, ‘For Now’

July 30, 2015– New York County Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe issued a 33-page decision in the case of the chimpanzees Hercules and Leo, held in captivity in a Stony Brook University laboratory.

Justice Jaffe denied habeas corpus relief to Hercules and Leo only because, as she wrote, “for now” she is bound by the intermediate appellate court decision in Tommy’s case, which is before the Court of Appeals seeking further review. 

Read the decision here.

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NSBA issues guide on the impact of Obergefell same-sex marriage decision on school districts

Historic SCOTUS ruling; Obergefell by G-A-Y

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), along with two other key education groups, has issued a guide, titled “Same Sex Marriage – What the Obergefell Decision Means for School 

Districts,” 

It discusses the legal impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___, 2015 WL 2473451 (June 26, 2015), on local school board policies.

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Inside Google Translate – Google Translate

See the world in your language with Google Translate

Google Blog: “The Google Translate app already lets you instantly visually translate printed text in seven languages. Just open the app, click on the camera, and point it at the text you need to translate–a street sign, ingredient list, instruction manual, dials on a washing machine. You’ll see the text transform live on your screen […]–

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Marks to Replace Prudenti as Chief Administrative Judge | New York Law Journal

Judge Lawrence Marks will assume the post of chief administrative judge on Friday, succeeding A. Gail Prudenti as the lead day-to-day manager of New York’s court system.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced Wednesday that Marks’ appointment was made with the approval of the administrative board of the courts, which is composed of Lippman and the presiding justices of all four Appellate Division departments.

Marks had been widely seen as the likely successor to Prudenti, who announced her retirement this week after 23 years on the bench, including more than three years as chief administrative judge, to head the Center for Children, Families and the Law at Hofstra University School of Law (NYLJ, July 28).

Marks was formally made Prudenti’s understudy in 2012 when he was named first deputy chief administrative judge. Until that time, the position had been open for five years, since Ann Pfau was promoted to chief administrative judge by then-chief judge Judith Kaye.

In all, Marks has worked for the courts for 24 years, with stints as administrative director of the Office of Court Administration (2004-11), special counsel to the chief administrative judge (1998-2003) and OCA’s deputy counsel for criminal justice (1991-97).

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Read more: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202733373195/Marks-to-Replace-Prudenti-as-Chief-Administrative-Judge#ixzz3hJ9Z3dYr

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New York title insurance & transfer tax calculator-William A. McDonald

Easily calculate the New York title insurance rate and NY transfer tax; including the mansion tax. Information on the New York closing cost calculators will be added soon. Title insurance rates are regulated by the State of New York, therefore, title insurance rates will be the same between title insurers. This calculator should be useful for the mortgage lender seeking information on New York’s closing costs for GFE purposes. This calculator is designed for one to three family residential owner occupied homes. This New York title insurance calculator appears to function correctly; however, it is still under going testing

Read more: http://www.anytimeestimate.com/TITLE_INSURANCE/ny-title-insurance.htm#ixzz3h1XTIrlL

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Google Launches New Patent Search – beSpacific

Google: “With Google Patents, you can search and read the full text of patent grants and applications from around the world. If you’re looking for prior art, you can use the integrated Prior Art Finder tool and Google Scholar documents to find patent and non-patent prior art, all in one interface.  You can still access the old Google Patents and the Prior Art Finder.

Read more about Google’s latest offering on beSpacific.

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Cosby lawyers blame his accuser for release of his deposition by court reporting service-ABA Journal

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

Lawyers for Bill Cosby argued in a motion (PDF) on Tuesday that his accuser in a 2005 sex-abuse suit was trying to “smear” him and should have ensured that court reporters knew his deposition transcript was still confidential.

The New York Times obtained the deposition transcript from a court reporting service and summarized the contents in a story that asserted the deposition was never sealed. But lawyers for Cosby say the court reporting service, Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe, should not have released the document under terms of the suit’s settlement, report the Legal Intelligencer, the New York Times, the Guardian and Time magazine.

The filing by lawyers at Cozen O’Connor says Cosby’s accuser in the suit, a Temple University employee, should be sanctioned partly for release of the deposition transcript to the media through her “own hired court reporter … without a word to the defendant.” The motion does not include specifics on sanctions sought and says relief will be sought separately.

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A New Appellate Court Opinion on “Pocket Dialing” – Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog

Yes, I know we all call it something else other than “pocket dialing,” but congratulations to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for using a more polite term.

Huff vs Spaw (Download in PDF) was issued this week.

Click here to read the entire article on this techno-law issue.

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How National Licensing Could Help Close the Justice Gap–Lawyerist

By Jenny Odegard

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South Dakota is leading the charge on relocating new attorneys to under-served communities by offering a stipend of $12,000 per year for five years. This number is meant to nearly cover the cost of attending their local university’s law school, which should be a tempting offer for hundreds of newly licensed attorneys looking for an opportunity to make an impact. Yet this program has a modest goal of recruiting only 17 attorneys by the year 2017.

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The Uniform Bar Exam is a nationalized test with a portable score to all of the states that have adopted the test. While the UBE is not a nationally portable law license, it is an opportunity to apply for admission without having to sit for an additional full bar exam.

Sixteen states, most recently including New York, have now adopted the test. States still conduct their own character and fitness evaluation, and most require a shorter, less burdensome local education requirement. States also set their own passing score, which means test takers may not be certified for admission in the state they took the exam but could qualify elsewhere without retaking it.

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