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Sorry - it took me a while to find the exact article to quote=

"The government also is arguing that Newdow lacks proper standing because he cannot claim to be an injured party. And his daughter's mother has intervened to advise the court that she has sole legal custody of the girl and that the girl wishes to recite the pledge in school."

This was shortly after the ruling was made.  (

I don't think the mother knew anything about the case - the father (who tried it on his own to begin with) said that he brought it on behalf of his daughter because he couldn't bring it on his own...

I don't think the federal level court looked at that issue - and the Supreme Court could have chosen not to also.  However, as I am remembering the case, the father sued over the Pledge.  After the case got so much attention, the mother came forward and said she didn't agree with the case.  It then came out that the father had to rights to the child and was involved in a custody battle when the ruling happened.  The custody battle is still going on now - thus the Supreme Court chose to ignore the case because of the custody battle.  I believe the question wasn't even asked during the Federal case as the mother didn't even know it was happening...

To take a case to court - you have to have the legal standing.  You can't take your neighbor to court because he hit someone else.  You can only take your neighbor to court if he hit you.  When it involves a child, the parent that has the legal responsibilities for the child (in this case the mother) is the only one that can bring lawsuits on the child's behalf.  Now, if the father gets joint custody, I bet they can retry the case...

Law School Admissions / Re: DOWNY is really, really angry
« on: June 14, 2004, 10:09:00 AM »
"By producing cheap and (therefore), extremely unhealthy food, and making it readily available to the population at large, the fast food industry actually depends on people who willingly destroy their health."

McDonald's has been around since the 50s - however the obesity problem did not start until the 90s.  McDonald's made money even then - people didn't order super size fries and eat the whole thing.  And while McDonald's is mostly unhealthy, you can get a meal at McDonald's that is healthy - a salad with no meat, low fat dressing, yogart and iced tea.  I bet that Wendy's is about the same if you get a salad with no meat, low fat dressing and a baked potato with a *little* butter and some salt, and tea.

"If everyone maintained a reasonably healthy diet, and only indulged occassionally at McDonald's, there is no way that the fast food industry would survive."

If ever person ate one healthy meal at a fast food place a week and one unhealthy meal at a fast food place that would be 30,523,073,568 meals a year in the US alone - I think fast food places could survive.  (US pop = 293,491,092 * 2 meals * 52 week in a year).

"As well, consider that it is expensive to eat a truly healthy diet, with plenty of high-quality protein and fresh produce..."

I'd have to disagree with this.  When I go shopping, the bill is about the same as when my BF goes shopping.  I get vegetables, fruit, and soy products.  He gets wings, french fries and Mountain Dew.  Both bills typically are close to the same (give or take $5 dollars).  Figure that buying a steak, french fries and a 6 pack of soda will probably run you $8 for the steak, $2 for the bag of fries and $2 for the six pack = $12.  If you get a prepackaged salad ($3), 3 peices of fruit ($3), a bottle of water ($2) and some tofu to put on top ($3) it is actually cheaper = $11.

Law School Admissions / Re: Need some solid advice
« on: June 10, 2004, 01:13:25 PM »
"It crossed my mind to perhaps take some classes at a community college to raise my gpa before I reapply.  But it would take something like 40 hours worth of A's to raise it to a 3.0."

Unfortunately - won't work.  After you get your degree, everything afterward will show as "graduate" level work on your LSDAS trancript - even if it is undergraduate level classes.  You could try for a Master's which might give you an edge.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: private educational loans
« on: June 10, 2004, 09:41:10 AM »
"After school has started, you can request for a budget appeal.  Most schools have this option because they realize cost of living varies from student to student.  You can try to ask for an $8,000 budget increase, but I doubt they will allow you to increase your budget that much.  You might be able to increase your budget by a few thousand.  Then, once your student budget is increased, you can borrow more money from Loan A."

This depends on the school - you might want to call and see if you can do this before school starts.  I have already appealled and got my budget raised by about 4k for health care, rent, etc...

Last time I went to a game, as I remember it the back of the ticket said that you assummed all responsibility and knew the risk going into it.  If you use the ticket, you shoudl understand this.  She shouldn't be able to sue imo.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: first day of school
« on: June 09, 2004, 01:36:31 PM »
Do they have a orientation?  This might be the best place to get the answers...

If we are charging them with any crimes (attacking our citizens, terrorist threats, etc), then they are afforded the rights granted in the constitution by section 2, clause 1:

"The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;--to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;--to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;--to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;--to Controversies between two or more States;--between a State and Citizens of another State; (See Note 10)--between Citizens of different States, --between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects."

because they are citizens of foreign states.

Regardless of whether they are foreign, terrorists, etc - we believe in the United States in the right to a trial - regardless of who you are we should give these rights to people.  If that is what we believe then why should it matter who/what you are?

Law School Admissions / Re: women in law
« on: June 09, 2004, 12:12:12 PM »
This being my person opinion and that only - if you can financially afford to raise a child on your own, go for it.  However, I'm sorta agreeing with some of the other posters that during school may not be the right time for this.  Mostly because newborns take a lot of time, it is hard to find child care places that will accept really young babies and being up all night with a crying child might hurt the performance in law school.

That being said, I don't think you need a SO to raise a child (whether male, female, lesbian life time partner etc).  However, you do need a good support group - be it friends, family, etc.  It sounds like Lavia has all this.  Being raised in a two person household is not always good - especially when a parent is abusive in any way.

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