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Gun Laws – Truly Exceptional Circumstances Must Exist to Avoid Minimum Sentencing

As Kelly said in a previous post, there are certain cases that attract our attention for both their quirkiness and deeper societal meanings.  With several hundred years of cases, there are many, many quirky ones across my jurisdictions.  There has been one particular case that has stuck with me for the past few years as […]

Union Jack? Union Flag?

For me, the topic of this post dates back to the early days of the summer when I merrily hung the flag of the United Kingdom (the Union Flag), and the English flag (the St. George’s Cross), out in the moments before the England-Germany game of the 2010 World Cup.   Thirty-two minutes and two German […]

The Power of the Internet

Discussions about how public sector agencies, courts, and parliaments can best make use of online technology to provide information in different ways and engage with people have been building momentum worldwide for a few years.  In fact, earlier this month there was a big Gov 2.0 Summit held here in Washington, DC.  Clare recently blogged […]

A Royal Wedding: When The Odds Are So Certain the Bookies Are Not Even Taking Bets …

The media spotlight has once again fallen upon the heir to the British Throne, Prince William, and his long term girlfriend, Kate Middleton.  The recent attention has been garnered due to the fact that betting shops (commonly referred to as bookies) in England and Wales are no longer taking bets on the year that Prince […]

Gateways to Dutch Law

I just returned from the International Association of Law Libraries annual course on International Legal Information and Law.  The title of this year’s course was Dutch Gateways to International Law with three main themes: the broad reach of international law, the evolution of international law with a focus on The Hague as world capital of […]

When the Shaking Stops

Residents of Christchurch, the second largest city in New Zealand, continue to have sleepless nights and worry-filled, emotional days as the aftershocks keep coming – nearly a week after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck at 4:35am on Saturday, September 4, 2010.  Apart from all the shaking, there’s also the worry about the amount of time […]