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Happy U.S. Constitution Day! There must be a cocktail you can drink to toast the U.S. Constitution, its origins, and improvements (yes, the founders knew the U.S. Constitution would need to be modernized, through – amendments!).

 

 

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“State sued for withholding proposed legislation,” Paris Achen/Capital Bureau, Portland Tribune, September 10, 2018

The Portland Tribune article links to the complaint, filed in Marion County Circuit Court.

Other articles on the lawsuit can be found in:

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Do you want more information about the Oregon Innocence Project and Deschutes County District Attorney investigation that you read about in the Washington Post? See below for link to the Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) podcast featuring an interview with Steve Wax and John Hummel.

Discovery of dog exonerates Oregon man in criminal case” (Wash Post headline)

A dead-dog story helped convict a man of child sex abuse. Then the black lab was found alive.” (Another Washington Post headline)

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The State of Oregon Law Library (SOLL) seeks an Outreach Librarian. The library resides in the Oregon Supreme Court building, part of the Appellate Court Services Division of the Office of the State Court Administrator, for the Oregon Judicial Department.

Visit the Oregon Job Opportunities website for more information.

Unless the job posting is extended, it closes on April 1, 2018 (no fooling).

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TED Talk: How to Put the Power of Law in People’s Hands”

Summary:
What can you do when the wheels of justice don’t turn fast enough? Or when they don’t turn at all? Vivek Maru is working to transform the relationship between people and law, turning law from an abstraction or threat into something that everyone can understand, use and shape. Instead of relying solely on lawyers, Maru started a global network of community paralegals, or barefoot lawyers, who serve in their own communities and break the law down into simple terms to help people find solutions….” [Link to Vivek Maru’s TED Talk Reading List, and link to more TED Talks on justice, law, and crime.]

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We are all immigrants (except of course for Native Americans, and maybe even they too were immigrants thousands of years ago):

BBC News: Larry Nassar case: Who is Judge Rosemarie Aquilina? (1/24/18)

The judge who has sentenced disgraced USA gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has given a voice to over 150 women who chose to confront their abuser face-to-face….

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How parents can protect their young athletes from the Larry Nassars of the world,” by Julie DiCaro January 22.

Horrifying excerpt:

“... Nassar, who rose to prominence while working with USA Gymnastics, began abusing Stephens when she was 6 years old. She reported the abuse when she was 12, only to find that her parents didn’t believe her.[Link to full Washington Post article.]

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Another fab find by the excellent folks at AALL’s KnowItAALL service (you can subscribe to it, free):

Article: “DNA from an escaped slave who ended up in Iceland ID’d in his descendants: The genetic jigsaw puzzle of an ex-slave in Iceland,” by Cathleen O’Grady, Ars Technica, 1/16/2018.

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Article: “Cell Service: Inside the World of Prison Librarians,” by Jake Rossen, January 11, 2018, at Mental Floss dot com:

Excerpt:

‘…. The escapism afforded by the books can dilute the urge to pass time by engaging in criminal behavior. Libraries can even prepare prisoners for reentry into society after release, arming them with knowledge to pursue careers.