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Did the University of Iowa Law School fail to hire Teresa Wagner because she is too conservative? That's the issue presented by Wagner v Jones. Among the assertions the 8th circuit noted in reversing the district court decision granting summary judgment to the defendant, is this: Wagner presented evidence that only one out of 50 faculty members at the University is a registered Republican. She, on the other hand, is a registered Republican and a social conservative who has worked for socially conservative organizations. Prior to her interview, Wagner was warned by Associate Dean Carlson to conceal the fact that... Continue »
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In a case involv ing assertions of both property and religious freedom rights, the Utah Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a dispute over control of a communal land trust created by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), known for its practice of polygamy. The trust was created in 194 2 based on the concept of a "united order," allowing followers to share in its assets. The Utah courts took control of the trust in 2005 after allegations of mismanagement by former FLDS president Warren Jeffs, now serving time in Utah State Prison on a... Continue »
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The prospect of a Michigan tax on services that extends beyond the 26 services already taxed to include legal services is a growing threat, with a group of business leaders actively pushing the idea, legislation already introduced, and the Governor endorsing a services tax. The State Bar has successfully lobbied in the past against taxing legal services, arguing that a tax on legal services is unfair, unwieldy, unethical, unconstitutional, and, ultimately, unsuccessful. The constitutional problems with a tax on legal services are magnified when legal services to businesses are excluded, as is the case with several of the current proposals.... Continue »