Tuesday, December 20, 2005

In the News Today.

I updated The Wire-Tapping Link Repository this morning. Obviously that's still the biggest legal news story today. The most interesting development in that story seems to be the possibility that these aren't really phone conversations that are being eavesdropped on, but some other kind of technology that is less amenable to getting a warrant, even after the fact. The big question I've been waiting to hear an answer to is why they didn't bother to go get a warrant after the fact, within the 72 hour window; all I keep hearing is "we had to move fast," "this lets us move faster," "we didn't have time," etc., none of which explains why they didn't feel the need to comply with FISA by getting the warrant after the exigency. Perhaps this development will shed some light there. Anyway, there's lots of new blog information out there on the subject, and I'm sure there will continue to be lots more.

Elsewhere, there is "other" legal news today.

Today's "stupid criminal" award goes to Blake Ranking. Ranking was involved in a serious car accident wherein one of his friends died. Ranking posted on his blog that he was responsible for the accident because he yanked the steering wheel, causing the driver to lose control. Ranking ended up pleading to DUI manslaughter charges. Prosecutors had intended to use his blog post as a confession.

Today's "celebrities using the law to extend their 15 minutes" award goes to Britney Spears. Britney is suing US Weekly for reporting that Britney and her husband made a secret sex tape and were worried the tape would get leaked. US Weekly claims that it has a "credible" source (would that be a first?) and is standing by its story. Sadly, I'm sure there will be developments in this story.

Today's "heinous torture tactic" award goes to "Dark Prison", an alleged secret prison near Afghanistan's capital. New York based Human Rights Watch alleges that US officials operated this prison and used the music of Eminem and Dr. Dre as tools of torture. Officials allegedly made prisoners listen to the music for 20 days.

Today's "disgusting potential malpractice suit" award goes to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in England. The hospital has sent a letter to a former patient "apologizing" for inadvertently allowing maggots to crawl on the patient's face.


Blogger XWL said...

Regarding the maggots they are an increasingly used effective treatment for the removal of necrotic tissue.

And belated thanks for the blogrolling, I'll be updating mine own soon and you'll have a spot (I've just been a bit lazy lately)

11:49 PM  

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