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You have got to be friggin’ kidding me!? Kathleen Seidel, blogger at neurodiversity.com, has been subpoenaed by Rev. Lisa Sykes and Seth Sykes to appear in their case against the Bayer company. Their case alleges that mercury additives to vaccines caused their son’s autism. Now Seidel is a blogger who has taken repeated issue with…

A Lawsuit for a Broken Heart?

Thanks to Marginal Revolution for this astonishing story. It refers to a man who sued his wife’s new lover for damages on the grounds that the new beau had alienated his wife from him. And the guy won! All Arthur Friedman wanted to do was liven things up in the bedroom. He and his wife,…

Jeffrey Rosen has an excellent piece in the NYTimes magazine about the increasing use of neurological arguments in the courts: One important question raised by the Roper case was the question of where to draw the line in considering neuroscience evidence as a legal mitigation or excuse. Should courts be in the business of deciding…

Supreme Court Predictions

Stuart Taylor has an interesting article on Supreme Court predictions in the National Journal. He doesn’t see a dramatic shift rightward happening: Abortion. The Roberts Court has already voted in a big abortion case, on the constitutionality of the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. But we probably won’t know who won until June.…

Court-ordered surgery?

A 17-year-old man under suspicion for attempted murder is refusing to have a 9-mm bullet removed from his forehead. Prosecutors claim that the bullet, which is lodged just under the skin, could prove that the man was involved in a shootout with a used car-lot owner after taking part in a gang-related robbery of the…

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Massachusetts et al. v. EPA. In the case, several state governments are suing the EPA for failing to regulate CO2 as a greenhouse gas. There are many levels of legal conflict on which the justices could rule, summarized in the NYTimes coverage: On one level, the argument…

Here is an audio recording of the oral arguments in the case of Gonzales vs. Carhart (as an mp3). Gonzales vs. Carhart is a case about the federal partial birth abortion ban: The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments on the federal late-term abortion ban, the first major abortion issue before a more conservative…

Yikes. You just can’t win with embryos: Pasko Rakic of Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut and his team were similarly scanning experimental mice, to help inject dye into embryos. When later studying the brain development of these mice, the team noticed that certain neurons in the growing cortex were not behaving normally. Rakic…

Gov. Schwarzenegger and Tony Blair are endeavoring to create a California and Great Britain global warming pact, to pool their efforts in lowering CO2 emissions: Britain and California are preparing to sidestep the Bush administration and fight global warming together by creating a joint market for greenhouse gases.