Weekly Legal News 11/10/13

Here’s your legal news for the week!

On Wednesday the Supreme Court heard a case about a New York town’s practice of opening its meetings with Christian prayers.  The federal appeals court had previously ruled that the town was identifying itself with Christianity by having prayers primarily from that religion.  The liberal justices seemed concerned about the town’s practices, whereas the conservative justices were worried that changing the prayers used would result in government censorship of religion.

The District of Columbia is again asking a judge to uphold new gun registration requirements after the Supreme Court overturned the city’s previous gun laws in the 2008 case US v. Heller.  The new requirements require anyone who wants to register a gun must be fingerprinted and photographed and complete a safety or training course.  DC officials believe this new regulation should be upheld because it promotes safety and helps to prevent crime.

A former Texas prosecutor received a 10 day jail sentence and 500 hours of community service for a wrongful murder conviction that put an innocent man in jail for 25 years.  The former D.A. Ken Anderson was arguing in the case that Michael Morton beat his wife to death in 1986.  Anderson withheld information from the defense, including testimony from Morton’s three year-old son who witnessed the killing and other neighbors who saw a man other than Mr. Morton enter the home before the killing occurred.  Anderson, who also served as a judge in Texas, will be disbarred.

Author Matthew Willens is encouraging students not to go to law school in the current job market because there are not many opportunities available.  He believes law school graduates often will end up jobless, in debt, underpaid, or unsatisfied.

After three months of increases in the number of legal jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a decrease of 900 legal sector jobs in October.  However, there is still an overall annual increase of 4,100 jobs since last October.

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