• JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — When a white Ferguson police officer fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests, and the nation took notice. Since then, legislators in almost every state have proposed changes to the way police interact with the public.
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  • Trial Notebook

    Relying on the state-created danger exception to the general rule that “a state’s failure to protect an individual against private violence simply does not constitute a violation of the due process clause,” DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services, 489 U.S. 189 (1989), Jane Doe — a minor who alleged she was sexually assaulted because an Arlington Heights police officer mishandled a 911 call — tried to hold the village and officer liable for the attack under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983.
  • Workplace Issues

    To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, a claimant must prove an inability to engage in “any” meaningful work, a standard considered extremely difficult to meet. However, as a recent case shows, the FedEx disability benefit plan imposes qualification standards that are even harder than Social Security’s.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    Hit-and-run motor vehicle collisions are unique among personal-injury claims. If the hit-and-run driver is unknown, recovery cannot be made against that driver via settlement or suit. Even more troubling is a case where the driver is unknown and through some fluke has not made physical contact with the automobile of the injured party. Such cases often fall within the exclusions of applicable uninsured motorist policy coverage for hit-and-run cases.
  • Woodwise Ethics

    About a month ago, I received an e-mail from a close girlfriend. When I clicked on it, there was a message directing me to click on a link to receive a great discount on my next purchase of Viagra. Since I could not imagine why my girlfriend would be promoting the sale of Viagra (or why she would think I would be a good prospect for this product), I concluded correctly that her e-mail account had been hacked and quickly deleted the message.
  • Legal History

    See if you know what happened on this date in Legal History.
  • Kramer’s Corner

    During the past year, a split between the U.S. District Courts of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals regarding whether it is a violation of the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act to file time-barred proofs of claim in bankruptcy proceedings has finally percolated to the surface with at least three cases on appeal.
    Sporting Judgment
  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach expects the vote to determine which city will host the 2022 Winter Olympics will come down to the quality of sports facilities for athletes and which bid is perceived as the most sustainable.
  • The Power of Lifting

    Don’t let the summer months detract you from a lifting program. A lull for even a month will result in losing gains you spend months accomplishing.
  • SOUTH BEND, Ind. — For many years, the conventional wisdom goes, anyone who has filed through the turnstiles of a professional baseball stadium and sat down to take in a game on a warm summer night has also risked being hit by a foul ball or the airborne splinters of a broken bat.
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  • Opening Statement

    Rivers belong where they can ramble,/ Eagles belong where they can fly,/ I’ve got to be where the eagles run free,/ Gotta find my corner of the sky
  • NEW YORK — After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung with the Prez, both on and off the air!), even his reprobate status at Fox News.
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    A recipe for a cool summer treat.
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    This month, I flew to Washington, D.C., rented a car and found myself out in the extremely beautiful and very rural area of Virginia where the Castleton Music Festival is located. I was there to attend the world premiere of the one-act comic opera “Scalia/Ginsburg.”
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