Monthly Archives: January 2014

An Assistant Principal’s Libel Claim Is Dismissed

Two high school students had a school-related disagreement and a physical altercation ensued.  The father of one of the two students was an assistant principal at another nearby high school.  His son was charged with a felony, but was convicted … Continue reading

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The Right to Counsel at a Criminal Trial Didn’t Always Exist

On this day in 1963, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding whether a criminal defendant has a constitutional right to counsel.  Clarence Earl Gideon was accused of breaking and entering into a poolroom to commit a misdemeanor. … Continue reading

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Can A School Regulate A Student’s Off-Campus Tweets?

A middle school student in Tennessee tweeted she hated a fellow student and wanted to hurt her.  Her tweets were brought to the attention of her school’s administration (although the tweets were made outside of school hours).  An assistant principal … Continue reading

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The Author Of “Winning Isn’t Normal” Wins Motion In Court

The author of the book, “Winning Isn’t Normal,” sued a school district and one of its employees for copyright infringement.  He alleged that the defendants republished on their school website and in handouts an essay he wrote, without attribution or … Continue reading

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