Friday, November 16, 2012

Legal links of interest: week ending November 16, 2012

Some of the stories about the law and lawyers in the news this past week:

District Attorney acted in porn movies: Mark Suben, the Cortland County district attorney, admitted he acted in pornographic movies in the 1970s after denying it during his campaign.

Ranchers, farmers brace for 'death tax' impact: When the Bush-era tax rates expire in January, rates increase to 55 percent on estates of $1 million or more, impacting family farms.

Eight guilty pleas in$1 Million identity theft scheme: The identity theft ring used the stolen identities of hundreds of innocent victims, produced fake driver’s licenses, and stole over $1 million in merchandise, gift cards and store credits at Home Depot, Sears, Kmart, Kohl’s and other retail stores. 

Judge weighs delay in Penn St. whistleblower suit: A judge plans to rule within two weeks on Penn State's request to delay the whistleblower and defamation case filed by former assistant football coach Mike McQueary.

Supreme Court grantsreview in important Voting Rights Act case: Critics charge the provision at issue is used to create racially gerrymandered, segregated voting districts.