Daily Archives: May 10, 2013 - 5 results


Posted 4 years ago in Criminal Law by Michele Bowman  
Jodi Arias Trial’s Penalty Phase Begins This Week

Now that Jodi Arias has been found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury of her peers, she faces the penalty phase of her trial. Because she is eligible for the death penalty as the result of killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, Arias must now make her way through another round of legal processes designed to weigh both the “aggravating” and “mitigating” circumstances of the killing.   The Medical Examiner Returns A capital case in Arizona, as in many states, …

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$3.7 Million Verdict for Mom’s Haunting Nursing Home Death

A jury has ordered a nursing home to pay $3.7 million to the daughter of an elderly woman who died during a five-day stint at a nursing home. Janet Smith was a patient at Belmont Lodge Health Care Center in Pueblo, Colo. in May 2011. She planned to stay for only five days while she recovered after breaking her ankle. Smith knew the place well; she had worked there 30 years ago. But according to Smith’s daughter, Margaret, the nursing …

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Posted 4 years ago in Podcasts by Matt Plessner  
Company Fights to Patent the Human Gene [Podcast]

  U.S. Supreme Court To Decide if Companies Can Patent DNA Myriad Genetics has isolated a human DNA sequence used for tests to detect whether women are at a higher risk for breast or ovarian cancer. The Salt Lake City, Utah, company holds patents on two isolated genes, which gives it a monopoly on these tests. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Patent Protection Foundation assert companies should not be able to patent human genes, which occur in …

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NJ Gov. Vetoes Employer Facebook Password Request Ban

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday vetoed a law passed by the legislature that would ban employers from asking for the social media passwords of workers and applicants. Christie said that he would sign the bill if it were amended to exclude some of its more restrictive components. New Jersey would have been the eighth state to stop businesses from snooping into their current or prospective employees’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, although the Jersey law would have gone several …

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Posted 4 years ago in Labor and Employment Video by Betsy Kim  
Newsbreak: Pregnant Mom Must Use Vacation Time for Bathroom Breaks

  Editorial Director Betsy Kim provides a video Newsbreak, focusing on employment rights.  A Nashville, Tennessee, T-Mobile call center employee experiencing a difficult pregnancy, frequently needed to use the bathroom. She had to provide a doctor’s note, clock out and use vacation time for her restroom breaks. T-mobile fired the employee shortly after her return from maternity leave, for a 12-cent error. Astonishingly, she never filed a lawsuit. Only eight states require employee rest periods. There’s no legal requirement for …

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