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Trouble in Hobbiton

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 […]

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November …

Remember, remember the Fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder, treason Should ever be forgot. This children’s nursery rhyme describes the biggest planned, albeit unsuccessful, incident of terrorism ever attempted in England and shows what long memories the British people have. On November 5, 1605 in London, England a […]

Duty Calls

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, […]

Fort Meade Delivers, or Finding a Needle in this Haystack Couldn’t be Easier

The other day I visited the Library of Congress’ High Density Storage Facility at Fort Meade, Maryland.  Yes, that’s right; we are shelving books in Maryland.  With 2.65 million volumes in the Law Library, you don’t really believe we shelve them all in the sub-basement of the Madison building, do you? This Library of Congress […]

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

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 […]

Guide to Law Online

As you might have seen in previous posts on our blog, the Law Library offers a portal of Internet sources of interest to legal researchers called the Guide to Law Online.  The Guide is an annotated list to sources of information on government and law freely available online that has been prepared by the Law […]