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Pointless Arguments / Animals suing Bush?
« on: October 21, 2004, 02:11:24 PM »

Court Rules Whales Can't Sue Navy
Lawsuit Seeks To Halt Navy From Using Sonar

POSTED: 8:32 am PDT October 21, 2004
UPDATED: 8:47 am PDT October 21, 2004

SAN DIEGO -- A federal appeals court decided Wednesday that marine mammals have no standing to sue to stop the U.S. Navy from using sonar.

In upholding a lower court decision, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the world's cetaceans -- whales, porpoises and dolphins -- have no standing under the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act or the National Environmental Policy Act.

If lawmakers "intended to take the extraordinary step of authorizing animals as well as people and legal entities to sue, they could, and should, have said so plainly," said Judge William A. Fletcher, writing for the panel.

The Navy uses a type of sonar that helps detect quiet submarines at long range. Low frequency transmitters emit sonar pulses or "pings" that can travel hundreds of miles through the water.

"The negative effects of underwater noise on marine life are well recognized," the court said. Even the Navy acknowledged any "human-made noise that is strong enough to be heard has the potential to reduce (mask) the ability of marine mammals to hear natural sounds," according to the court.

In arguing for the cetaceans, Hilo, Hawaii-based lawyer Lanny Sinkin asked for an injunction banning long-range sonar until President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld consult with the National Marine Fisheries Services and prepare an environmental impact statement.

"Obviously, I'm very disappointed, particularly on behalf of the cetaceans," Sinkin said. "This decision is a missed opportunity for truly protecting endangered species and an opportunity for extending human stewardship on the planet."

Sinkin said he hadn't yet decided whether to pursue an appeal.

Studying and Exam Taking / Citation manual
« on: October 20, 2004, 11:19:22 PM »
My school uses the AWLD citation manual but it seems like the majority uses Blue book. 

Studying and Exam Taking / simple tip I started using
« on: October 20, 2004, 11:56:50 AM »
Ok, this is pretty elementary and people will probably say, that's so dumb, but it makes my life easier so I decided to share.

I'm always on the run, especially since I work full time and go part time night.  For example, I like to go to the gym and study, but I found it so hard to carry all big case books around and read while doing my cardio or weight lifting. Or if I go out to lunch and want to study while eating a burger, I hated having to carry around the books. So what I do now is, keep all my case books at my work, and xerox what I need for the week ahead.  Then only have to carry the xerox pages so it makes studying on the run easier and also it's less stress on my back.  The only negative is I have to spend 15 minutes xeroxing the pages but I think it's worth the inconvinience of lugging the books around, and back pain. 

Pointless Arguments / supreme court decides teenager executions
« on: October 13, 2004, 02:32:58 PM »
On cnn today, I read that the supreme court is deciding whether they should allow executions on death row for teenagers...

The pro to this is that they did the crime, for example murder, and should be punished with an equivalent.

The con, of course is, these kids don't even have the right to vote, drink, join the military...

what would you vote if you were a judge?

Whittier / no love
« on: October 02, 2004, 12:53:03 PM »
No love for this school? ???

General Board / 1st exam in law school
« on: October 01, 2004, 02:26:08 PM »
I have a torts midterm next week and I am very nervous since it's my first one. 

It reminds me of the LSAT before I took it.  I couldn't sleep, you think you never did enough practice tests, and you are always scared that you missed something.

It's only on intentional torts and the defenses so it's not that hard in regard to material. 

Anyone else going through 1st exam jitters or it's just me

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