University of Kansas law professor outlines perils of self-defense at trial

"A University of Kansas law professor says that it isn’t usually a good idea for someone accused of a criminal offense to act as their own attorney, as accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof is attempting to do.

'The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees to individuals the right to represent themselves, said Professor Lumen 'Lou' Mulligan, the Director of the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy at KU. 'It seldom works out well for that defendant. It also creates quite a challenge for the trial court judge.'

Catholic parish's bulletin says Democratic voters are doomed to hell, Clinton is satanic

The Oct. 16 bulletin from the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church was stuffed with a flyer written in both English and Spanish that cited five legislative policies — support for abortion, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, human cloning, and embryonic stem cell research — that will doom a politician and their supporters to eternal damnation.

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National free speech group says KU is among schools with codes that ‘violate’ the First Amendment; University Senate free speech committee continues meeting

"The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, has included the University of Kansas on a list (a rather large list) of public colleges and universities it says have speech codes that violate the First Amendment and student and faculty rights to free speech. 

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The committee is continuing to work on its charge, led by Richard Levy, KU’s J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law. He recently checked in with the University Senate Executive Committee for some guidance. 

Will India Be ‘Great Again’ Too With President Trump?

"President Trump is not a cautious pragmatist. He is an impulsive eclectic. Indians could hope for quick, radical change in America’s visa policies, thanks to his business sense of the need to plug gaps in the labor supply to Silicon Valley. Or, they could decry his failure to differentiate them from all other prospective immigrants. Who knows? What is clear is that on three of four topics of vital importance to the Sub-Continent, Trumpian greatness for America will run counter to India’s best interests."

Campaign anti-trade rhetoric won’t lead to quick changes after elections, experts say

"The crumbling British pound against the U.S. dollar portends that this summer’s public vote for Britain to secede from the European Union was a flawed idea for Britain’s economic health.

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Presidential candidate Donald Trump, in particular, has campaigned on the platform that global trade has caused American job losses. And both Trump and Hillary Clinton have focused on the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement as the bucket into which U.S. workers’ anger is deposited.

Does India Matter To The U.S. Presidential Candidates?

"Regrettably, neither U.S. Presidential candidates has paid much attention to India, but because both have taken anti-free trade positions, it is unlikely either of them as President would reach out to India with free trade agreements. Aside from spotty efforts to court funds and votes from Indian-Americans, both Republican nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, have regressed to the Cold War era with respect to India.

Law Expert says Kansas Same Sex Marriage Ban Will Fail in Court

"A federal court hearing that had been scheduled over the Kansas same sex marriage ban was canceled Friday. The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the case, told the court it needs more time to review the state's response to the lawsuit because the response had just been filed. ACLU attorney Doug Bonney said U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree is considering whether to reschedule the oral arguments or decide the case based on written arguments from attorneys on both sides.

Lawyers Ready to Move Forward With Cases Against Saudi Arabia Over 9/11

The Senate voted to override President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that allows families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, which means lawyers have started to move ahead with cases already pending in court:

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But what challenges do the plaintiffs face? The families and victims have sued across the country, but 'consolidated into one suit in the Southern District of New York.' Lawyers have admitted that the 9,000 plaintiffs face an uphill battle:

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