John Waters and law librarians? This should be one for the books – and the pods, tubes, eeks, etc.
[FYI: AALL is the American Association of Law Libraries]
I’ve heard Mr. Waters speak from multiple platforms (he’s totally delightful) but never on library, legal, or access to justice topics, although he has had more than his fair share of censorship litigation experiences, so he likely has talked in the past about those. The Keynote speech should itself become a great topic for discussion at the usually, um, memorable Fastcase party.
Judges, public interest lawyers, and law librarians have a special interest in this European equivalent to a First Amendment battle. We stand up every day for people who want their voices to be heard and their human rights respected.
This growing cartoon collection is one of the most moving images so far from January 7th:
Above the Law brings us the following news story worthy of News of the Weird.
California College Tells Student He Can’t Hand Out Copies Of The Constitution On Constitution Day,” which links to a story from FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education): “California College Forbids Passing Out Constitutions…On Constitution Day.”
The April 2012 Oregon State Bar (OSB) Bulletin contains a detailed summary of this interesting case about blogging, bloggers, journalism, defamation, and the law: Obsidian Finance Group, LLC and Kevin D. Padrick v. Crystal Cox (3:2011cv00057) (D. Or. Nov. 30, 2011) (Motion for new trial denied Mar. 27, 2012) (Appeals filed March 30, 2012, and April 25, 2012)
“The Poster Child: How Oregon’s Blogging Defamation Case Attracted National Attention,” by Janine Robben.
“Last November, a federal jury in Portland found a vitriolic, Montana-based blogger liable for $2.5 million for defaming an Oregon State Bar member and his company online. On March 27, 2012, a U.S. District Court judge denied the defendant’s motion for a new trial, setting the stage for an appeal that will be followed by First Amendment lawyers, bloggers and traditional journalists around the country.