Animal Legal Defense Fund, et al. v. Otter, et al.

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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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.

Read entire article here.

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Document in Cosby Case – The New York Times

A document unsealed by a federal judge in Philadelphia, part of a case brought against Bill Cosby in 2005 by Andrea Constand, a staff member with the basketball program at Temple University, Mr. Cosby’s alma mater. RELATED ARTICLE

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Free Old Time Radio MP3 Downloads from “The Golden Age of Radio!”

Old World Radio

http://www.oldradioworld.com/

Before television (or Netflix, or Buzzfeed) families around the country used to sit together in the evenings and listen to the radio. This website gathers some of the classic radio favorites that defined the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Organized by Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci Fi/Superheroes, Western, Detective Stories, Music, and Miscellaneous, each of the categories includes famous entertainers, including big band leaders like Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman as well as famous comedians like Abbot and Costello. For readers who are new to old-time radio, there is also a Recommended Favorites section that includes Vintage Commercials, The Shadow, CBS Radio Mystery Theater, and Amos ‘n’ Andy. In particular, the 1957 Chevrolet commercial, which can be located in the Vintage Commercials tab, should not be missed.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015. https://www.scout.wisc.edu

Editor’s Note:  They have 54 episodes of “X minus One”–my personal favorite.

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