Wednesday, June 30, 2010

World Cup Court in South Africa

Heather Waltman, Interlibrary Loan & Reference Librarian

On Day 20 of the World Cup, a bit of news about the World Cup Court...

To combat crime in the nine cities hosting World Cup games, South African officials installed 56 special World Cup courts. Just yesterday, an overzealous fan and London resident went before the court where he was ordered to pay a fine of 75 South African rand (about $98) and admit guilt in breaching security at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town. After finding his way to the dressing room of the Manchester United team, the fan, Pavlos Joseph, berated David Beckham for his "disgraceful" performance at the games. Other crimes handled by the courts have been less remarkable and less well-publicized. More examples can be found in this NPR story.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Texas Legal Research Reference Tidbits: Historical Texas Statutory Bulk Revisions

A "bulk revision" of a set of laws is a re-publication of statutes in existence by legislative authority. Texas has had a series of bulk revisions in its existence as a state and now the revisions are available at the website of the Texas State Law Library:

Revised Statutes of Texas, 1879
available in paper in our library at KFT1230 1879.T4 in the Main stacks and Special Collections
available at KFT1230 1895.T4, Main stacks
available at KFT1230 1911.T4, Special Collections onlyavailable at KFT1230 1925.T4, Main stacks

H.P.N. Gammel's Laws of Texas, 1822-1897, is also a very important historical publication. Gammel's compiles the colonization, pre-statehood, and stathood laws of Texas. The University of North Texas Library, Government Documents Department has digitized Gammels. In our library the publication is available at KFT1225.T4 in the Main stacks, Special Collections, and on microfiche. There is also a link to a partial digital collection from the Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC) from STELLA, our catalogue.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

As one Supreme Court Justice retires and another faces confirmation hearings to fill the vacancy on the bench, you may want to check out these sites:
Thanks to the folks at Secrecy News and the Federation of American Scientists, a series of Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports on the Jurisprudence of Justice John Paul Stevens are now available for download.

The Law Library of Congress has compiled this excellent site, a compilation of resources about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Included are her Supreme Court briefs and the transcripts of cases she argued before the Supreme Court. Her first case, the controversial Citizens United, can be found here. You will also find links to other Web resources as well as videos of Kagan's nomination. Confirmation hearings for Kagan begin on June 28, giving you plenty of time to bone up on her background.