* Today the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention held WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London for more than three years, is being “arbitrarily detained” arguing he should be allowed freedom of movement without fear of being extradited to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning for a variety of charges including rape. Though the decision has no formal authority, but Assange, who has maintained his innocence on the Swedish charges, can at least claim a moral victory. That’s something at least. [Washington Post]
* The Fourth Circuit found that Maryland’s gun law, passed in the wake of the horrific Newton shooting, should be reviewed under a strict scrutiny standard since it “significantly burdens the exercise of the right to arm oneself at home” and remanded the case back to the district court. [Wall Street Journal]
* Meet the woman recently hired as the NFL’s senior vice president for investigations. Lisa Friel, formerly a New York prosecutor in the Sexual Victim’s Unit under District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, is charged with investigating all potential violations of the league’s personal conduct code. Hopefully she can bring some consistency to the process. [New York Times]
* The human cost behind a life led in immigration limbo. No wonder last night’s Dem debate spent so much time talking about the need for comprehensive immigration reform. [CNN]
St. Louis Rams fans use a lawsuit to strike back at the NFL.
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How could the NFL screw this up? When you look at it, probably pretty easily.
* The Second Circuit has scheduled oral arguments in the NFL’s appeal of the Deflategate case for March 3. Roger Goodell is going to be pretty pissed off that Tom Brady can deflate his balls without being disturbed by legal issues until after Super Bowl 50. [Reuters]
* Corporate partner Pierre Boivin of McCarthy Tetrault, a Canadian Biglaw firm, was one of the hostages who survived the Mali terror attacks last Friday. According to the firm, his friends, family, and colleagues are “tremendously relieved” that he’s safe. [ABA Journal]
* LexisNexis purchased litigation analytics company Lex Machina for an undisclosed sum, but rumor has it that the company’s asking price was $30 to $35 million. Its co-founder says the deal came close to those numbers. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]
* Just in time for Black Friday online deals, a new Symantec report is out that says consumers are growing increasingly vulnerable to cybercrime. On that note, let’s get to know each other a little better. What’s your mother’s maiden name? [WSJ Law Blog]
* If you’re planning to take the LSAT in December and you still don’t have a game plan set out for how you’re going to manage your time while taking the test, you may have already screwed yourself. Best of luck! [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]
It’s no secret that football is big business, and the Washington Redskins, recently ranked the third most valuable team in the NFL by Forbes, are heavyweights within that enterprise.
* The Cincinnati Bengals reached a $255K settlement with their cheerleaders in a wage-and-hour suit. Each Ben-Gal stands to receive at least $2,500. Hmm, maybe they needed better lawyers who could BE AGGRESSIVE! B-E AGGRESSIVE! B-E A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E! [CBS News]
* Biglaw leaders think that first-year associates are likely to be replaced by robots within 10 years. Some even think that second- and third-year associates could be replaced by artificial intelligence. Damn, no wonder NY to $190 is still a pipedream. [Ars Technica via Am Law Daily]
* “What you’re asking them to do is do work for you.” Despite the fact that the cellphone was seized in an investigation, this federal magistrate judge says that he isn’t quite sure if he has the legal authority to compel Apple to access data on a locked iPhone. [Reuters]
* Justice waits for no one, except this defendant who allegedly murdered her 19-month-old daughter in 2010. After her trial was rescheduled for the 18th time, a judge finally decided he’d had enough: “Anything following this will be a trial or dismissal.” [WSJ Law Blog]
* If you’re trying to get into to law school, there’s no need to wait for your fall semester grades before you send off your applications. A pulse and the ability to sign federal loan documents are all that you’ll need. [Law School Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]
* Daily lawyer tips is just killing it. The latest is on the perils of actually becoming a senior associate. [Daily Lawyer Tips]
* Lawyers can’t be getting dumber if no one (hyperbole alert) is passing the bar exam. [Bloomberg BNA]
* A kickstarter our readers are sure to love: a new board game that combines Would You Rather?, Poker, and Rock, Paper, Scissors with arguing. What’s not to love? [Kickstarter]
* Pile-on-the-SEC-week (the securities kind, not the football kind) continues. This time, Judge Berman is taking a crack. [Dealbreaker]
* The civil justice system is riddled with inequities, especially if you happen to be a plaintiff. [Mighty]
* Is a new pro-worker law in the works? [Lawyers, Guns & Money]
* The NFL field that is the subject of lawsuits is getting changed… not that they’re admitting any wrongdoing, natch. [Deadspin]
* The Ninth Circuit? Not a fan of Sheriff Joe. [AZ Central]
The NFLPA’s most recent plea to the federal judicial system – alleging that the league colluded to set a secret 2010 salary cap – has fallen flat.
What does the NFLPA President have to say about Deflategate?
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* With the Dewey trial wrapping up, a look back at the history of firm honchos earning jail time. [Law360]
* Slick video explaining the everything wrong the way law schools market themselves to students. [Business Insider]
* Remember when Sony got hacked? It unveiled some fun stuff, like how the new movie Concussion changed its plot around to avoid offending the NFL. [ABA Journal]
* As college football prepares to kick off tonight, Baylor has hired Pepper Hamilton to look into how the school handles sexual violence allegations in light of the rape conviction of former player Sam Ukwuachu. [Dallas Morning News]
* Here’s one of the dumbest arguments ever: Larry Lessig is liberal. About 47 years ago, unchecked campaign spending marginally helped a liberal (he did ultimately lose the nomination… and Nixon became president). Therefore, Larry Lessig shouldn’t be against money in politics. Signed, the former Executive Director of the Club for Growth. [The Daily Caller]
* Meanwhile, the GOP runs into the downside of Citizens United: arming a terrible candidate with so much money he won’t drop out. [Slate]
The comparative arrest rates of NFL players and the general public might be surprising
One hundred of Tom Brady’s peers think this whole thing is silly and not a big deal.
Even the appearance of impropriety, let alone any actual wrongdoing, is apparently enough to warrant harsh penalties in the NFL.
HIPAA has made an unlikely appearance twice already this month in news reports involving famous athletes.
New York Giants’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered hand injuries while handling fireworks on July 4.
* Lindsay Lohan is heading back to community service. This time someone decided the party girl should be helping out at a preschool. She’s apparently working down the block from me so I’ll keep my eyes out. [Jezebel]
* Exploring the labor issues involved in ESPN’s
hasty and pettyconsidered decision to fire Bill Simmons because he is willing to speak honestly about Roger Goodell. [PrawfsBlawg]
* Whoa. Vermont State Senator arrested late last week accused of raping three women. One of the alleged victims was a 15-year-old intern at the time. And then the court released the victims’ contact information in direct violation of a judge’s order. [VT Digger]
* Next time you’re in Yellowstone, be careful what you do with your photos: Wyoming just made it illegal to give them to a government agency lest they use the photos to figure out how badly Wyoming is poisoning the environment. Rationality! [Slate]
* Meanwhile, Native Americans are both underrepresented and ignored in the profession. [The National Law Journal]
* Staci spoke with Nicole Abboud about Women in the Law. [The Gen Why Lawyer]