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The Oregonian / OregonLive published these two articles:

“Oregon Innocence Project misses mark in notorious murder (OPINION),” by John Foote, March 29, 2016, Clackamas County District Attorney. (Internet Archive copy.)

“Why Oregon Innocence Project has raised questions about notorious murder case (OPINION),” by Steve Wax, April 5, 2016, Legal Director of Oregon Innocence Project, a program of Oregon Justice Resource Center. (Internet Archive copy.)

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The Prime Minister of Iceland is most likely only the first “casualty” in the Panama Papers whistleblowing (or leak) and investigative reporting saga.

Read The Guardian article: “Why the Panama Papers should be a US election issue,” by Trevor Timm, 4/5/16.

Tracking “Panama-Gate“: Whether it’s Ponzi, Watergate, S&L Crisis, Iran-Contra, Madoff, the Big Short (see whole Michael Lewis oeuvre), and other 1% scandals too numerous to mention (including our recent Bank of Oswegao scandal), we now have The Panama Papers, brought to us this time by Mossack Fonseca, one of the thousands of law firms and companies that provide similar services.

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From the Law Librarian Blog (2): SCOTUS Style Manual Available for Purchase

Excerpt: “In Supreme Court’s Style Manual is Private No More, Tony Mauro reports that the US Supreme Court Style Guide, 2013 ed. can be purchased through Amazon without Court approval because a court aficionado named Jack Metzler is making it available for sale under his own imprint. Metzler reportedly photocopied the 200+ page long manual in the Supreme Court’s law library….” [Link to full LLB2 blog post.]

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Citing law back to Wheaton v. Peters, 33 U.S. (8 Pet.) 591 (1834), “Fastcase maintains that public law cannot be copyrighted ….” [Quoted from Ambrogi, Feb. 6, 2016, article.]

Wheaton v. Peters (read the case at Justia, via Wikipedia, or search the case name for other caselaw sources, e.g. Google Scholar or Cornell LII)

Track Fastcase v. Casemaker news developments at Law Sites Blog and other legal news sources:

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OREGON’S FINAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY LIST RELEASED BY SECRETARY ATKINS

Voters have until April 26th to decide to participate in a major party primary.” [Link to Secretary of State’s media release.]

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) (see also this view of the TPP, among others) would become FEDERAL law, not STATE law, so you should start your research with your Oregon Congressional Delegation. This is not to say you shouldn’t also talk to your Oregon state representatives, who should be conversant on the subject of the TPP anyway, if only because any national trade laws will affect you locally, your business, you as consumer, and all of us (most of us) as taxpayers.

A brief tutorial:

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Wikipedia entry.

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Publicly published official documents from the 2015-16 Oregon State Bar (OSB) Discipline System Review can be found at the OSB website and via internet searches. You can also search for news stories about the Review using these words and limiting your search to the past year (unless you want previous years’ reports): Discipline System Review Committee Oregon State Bar

Currently, you can read the OSB documents from their publicly posted Discipline System Review Committee PDF.

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The Oregonian has posted the Oregon  Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability report to the Oregon Supreme Court on Marion County Circuit Court Judge Vance Day.

You can find the report’s link at their 1/25/16 article:

“Judge Vance Day should be ousted from job, in part for refusing to marry gays, commission says,” by Aimee Green, Oregonian, January 25, 2016.

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According to a recent announcement “[t]he United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is taking further steps to ensure that information derived from the Internet and cited in official court opinions remains available even if the original online resource ceases to exist or is altered.” As of January 4, 2016, they automatically add PDF files of websites cited in documents to the case docket, accessible through their online case management/filing system and PACER.

From 2008 through 2015 the Ninth Circuit Library created and maintained an online collection of PDF files of Websites Cited in Ninth Circuit Opinions. This change will make the relevant files more apparent to researchers looking at a case docket.

Source: Online Citation Sources Added to Docket, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Jan. 1, 2016.

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If you haven’t seen these 2 articles in your news feeds then you’re not doing your consumer law education reading:

New York Times articles, by Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Michael Corkery, November 2015:

Beware the Fine Print, Part I: Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice