Celebrity Justice

by PSL Law Library 22. September 2010 11:54

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If you’re anything like me you take a look at TMZ once an hour... oh I mean day. Wink It’s a great way to take your mind off your next class and decompress.  Also, if you find that you still need your law fix you can find it there too.  Mixed among the stories of celebrity hookups and wardrobe malfunctions are the celebrity arrests.

A recent arrest involved heiress Paris Hilton.  Ms. Hilton was arrested on Friday, August 27 for possession of cocaine.  Take a look at the story that TMZ posted, with a link to criminal complaint.  There’s a popular belief that celebrities get softer sentences than your average citizen, I know you’re shocked to hear this.  With this in mind I was curious as to the sentencing guidelines for this charge and unfortunately my friends at TMZ didn’t do their due diligence (at least in this posting) so I had to do the research myself. 

I decided to look up Nevada Revised Statute 453.336 using Westlaw (Directory > U.S. State materials > Statutes & Legislative Services > Statutes Annotated - Individual States & U.S. Jurisdictions > Nevada Revised Statutes (State Version) - Annotated.)  I placed “NRS 453.336” in the natural language search box and selected the first result.  I would tell you my discovery but what would be the fun in that?  Wouldn’t you rather practice your research skills and conduct the search yourself?

On Monday, September 20, 2010 Ms. Hilton plead guilty to two misdemeanors in the cocaine possession case.  You may be asking yourself, how long will Ms. Hilton be behind bars?  The answer: she won’t spend a minute in jail, and instead she will pay $2,000 in fines, perform 200 hours of community service and complete an intensive substance abuse program.  So did Ms. Hilton get off easy? You be the judge.

PhoenixLaw Ranked in Top 20 Best Value Law Schools

by Sarah Prosory 18. August 2010 06:55

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The National Jurist magazine recently released its list of the "2010 Best Value Law Schools" with Phoenix School of Law ranking among the top 20! Read the article here.

The law schools were chosen based on the following criteria: (1) bar pass rate higher than state average; (2) average indebtedness below $100,000; (3) 85% or higher employment rate 9 months after graduation; and (4) tuition less than $35,000/year.

The list of ranking order will be published in October, within the Fall issue of preLaw magazine.

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Federal Register Act 75th Anniversary and Website Re-launch

by PSL Law Library 29. July 2010 07:44

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In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Federal Register Act, the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) have re-launched their jointly administered Federal Register website. While the website is in its beta testing phase, they are welcoming comments and suggestions for improvements.

One thing to note is that this is not the official legal edition of the Federal Register. According to their legal status and disclaimer, the beta website "... does not replace the official print version or the official electronic version on GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys.gov)." The legal disclaimer goes on to state that "FederalRegister.gov will remain an unofficial informational resource until the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register (ACFR) issues a regulation granting it official legal status."

Be sure to check out this excellent-looking website, and enjoy the open access to government information! Read proposed rules and submit a formal comment!

ADA's 20th Anniversary

by PSL Law Library 26. July 2010 00:44

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Today, July 26th, 2010 is the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here are some resources to check out in honor of this highly important act:

 

There ought to be a law...

by PSL Law Library 8. July 2010 00:22

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For an upcoming issue of Arizona Attorney Magazine, they are asking for your ideas for a story on "There ought to be a law." If you've ever said that phrase followed by an idea, they want to hear from you!

Send in your ideas to arizona.attorney@azbar.org by tomorrow, Friday July 9th. For more information, click here.

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