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Politics and Law-Related News / The Iranian Threat?
« on: July 10, 2008, 10:56:05 AM »
What do people think of this? 

As a preliminary matter, are they a threat to us?
To our allies?

What should we do if they attack Israel?
If Israel preemptively attacks them?

I do not want to go to war and I do not want Iran to threaten our allies, including Israel.


"San Francisco group wants 'sewage' associated with 'Bush' - Activists hope to name a treatment plant after the president, and they've submitted petition signatures to get the proposal on the ballot. The White House is not amused."

I think this is a fantastic idea.  Worst. President. Ever.

Current Law Students / Bar Exam Study Thread
« on: June 30, 2008, 01:53:56 AM »
The poll is for curiosity's sake.

Please feel free to discuss your bar exam strategy, lamentations and concerns.

For me, I do about 8 hours a day, but it is really weighing me down.  There is so much stuff to learn, my essays never match up with the model answer given and I feel like I'm going to fail.  This sucks! 


For those that are informed, please discuss.  It seems that Lindh was actually the victim here.

Politics and Law-Related News / Virginia Tech Massacre
« on: April 16, 2007, 07:38:02 PM »
Is anyone following this?

Here's my question, Would sovereign immunity apply to protect VA and/or Va Tech and/or the individual officers from liability with respect to either negligence or gross negligence or some constitutional tort claim?

The Virgina Tort Claims Act, Va. Code Ann. 8.01,  waives absolute immunity of the Commonwealth of Virginia if one of its employees would be liable as a private actor, but the decision in Rector & Visitors of the University of Virginia, 260 Va. 482 (2004), construes the statute to be strictly a waiver of the immunity of the Commonwealth and not its agencies, thus UVA as an agency of the Commonwealth was immune from a malpractice suit.  It seems to follow that VT would also be immune from liability, and the plaintiff's would have to name The Commonwealth as a defendant through the acts of its employee(s) - VT and the police officers. 

The outcome is going to depend on what is being challenged (policy or implementation), and who the employee is (police officer, policy maker).  If an individual then it depends on the discretion (s)he had and what direction (s)he took from her/his employer.

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