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Trouble in Hobbiton

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

You might have seen some articles in U.S. newspapers last week about the filming of the two Hobbit films in New Zealand.  Director Peter Jackson always intended to make The Lord of the Rings prequels there, but some recent activities of an actors union appeared to have thrown this into doubt and led to a …

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Duty Calls

Posted by: Andrew Weber

How many of you love jury duty? I got to perform my civic duty last week.  When you live in D.C. you get called up for jury duty every two years, which people tell me is quite frequent.  The D.C. Superior Court uses a “one day or one trial” system.  The previous times I’ve gone, …

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U.K. Extradition Arrangements with the U.S. Under Review

Posted by: Clare Feikert-Ahalt

Britain’s coalition government announced in September that, pursuant to a pledge in its Programme for Government,  it is conducting a review of the U.K.’s extradition arrangements.  The review will be led by a retired Law Lord, who  presided over the inquiry into the death of Princess Diana, and two independent lawyers with expertise in extradition …

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Copyright and Audio Archiving

Posted by: Andrew Weber

As part of my job working on our Facebook page and Twitter account, I try to monitor what people are saying about the Law Library of Congress.  Sometimes it’s really interesting to see what pops up. While searching the words Law Library of Congress on Twitter, I keep seeing links to items like this Switched …

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Maybe a Dingo Killed the Baby

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

It’s a phrase that has entered into popular culture and one that people might use to demonstrate the Australian (“Austrayan”) accent but, just as Kirk Lazarus said in Tropic Thunder, “the dingo’s got my baby” (and variations on this quote) really does come from a true story, and a baby really did die.  The cause …

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A Simple Case of “Do the Crime, Do the Time”?

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

People who try to bring illegal drugs into any country are clearly taking a high risk in order to obtain the returns they seek.  In some countries, including a number in Southeast Asia, the stakes are very high indeed, as those caught with drugs may face the death penalty or a considerable number of years …