Research What's In the News with HeinOnline: Officer Involved Shootings

Current Events, Fastcase, Law Journal Library, MyHein, Searching
Shannon Sabo

Darren Wilson and Michael Brown became household names in 2014 when Officer Wilson shot and killed Brown, who was unarmed, during an altercation that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting sparked much controversy and debate about what constitutes justifiable use of force by police.

According to Mother Jones, no agency or database tracks the number of police shootings or killings of unarmed persons in a systematic, comprehensive way. This Washington Post article notes that the Justice Department allows the nation's law enforcement agencies to "self-report officer-involved shootings as part of the FBI's annual data on 'justifiable homicides' by law enforcement."

Are you interested in researching this controversial topic…

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Research Net Neutrality in HeinOnline!

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Federal Register, Law Journal Library, Searching, U.S. Congressional Documents
Shannon Sabo

Net neutrality, also known as network neutrality, Internet neutrality or net equality, is the concept that Internet service providers (ISPs) and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally. It means that ISPs should allow access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 in favor of net neutrality regulations which ban companies from being able to pay for faster access to web surfers in a practice called "paid prioritization." These new regulations classify ISPs as  "common carriers" or a public utility, like gas or electricity, under Title II of the Communications Act

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The U.S. Supreme Court Does What?!

Current Events, U.S. Supreme Court
Shannon Sabo

Recently, the New York Times published this article discussing the interesting fact that the Supreme Court sometimes revises the text of its decisions, even years after the decisions were issued, without any public notification of the changes.

Did you know that with HeinOnline you can access both the slip opinions and the final version of a decision to compare the two? HeinOnline contains the full archive of the U.S. Reports as well as the United States Slip Opinions and United States Reports Preliminary Prints from 2002 to date. Let’s take a look at one of the cases discussed in the New York Times article, Lawrence et al…

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Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With All Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Company Info, Current Events
Miranda Rosati

To All Our Customers Affected by Hurricane Sandy,

All of us here at William S. Hein & Co., Inc. wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to all of our friends and their families, colleagues, and customers that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

To our valued customers, if you are unable to access the resources in your library and would like to request a password for remote access for yourself or any member of your staff, please contact us for complimentary remote access.

If you experience significant downtime due to Hurricane Sandy, we may be able to issue your organization a credit for the period during which you have not been able to access HeinOnline…

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IN THE NEWS: President Obama Nominates Solicitor General Elena Kagan to U.S. Supreme Court

Current Events, News
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On Monday May 10, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Much has already been written in the media and on law blogs around the web, so we won’t go into the details that have already been publicized.  We do however provide links to some of these posts and articles if you would like to check them out.  These links are at the bottom of this post under Related Posts From Around the Web. For now though, we turn our attention to the law review articles within HeinOnline that were authored by Supreme Court Nominee, Elena Kagan.

As a scholar who focused on issues ranging from freedom of speech to government policy making…

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CURRENT EVENTS: Today is Presidents' Day in the U.S. – Take a Look Inside HeinOnline For Historical Information & Insights

Current Events, U.S. Presidential Library
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Today is commonly known as “Presidents Day” in the United States.  It is a federal holiday celebrating Washington’s Birthday that is celebrated on the third Monday of February every year.  Washington’s actual birthday is February 22nd, but the Uniform Monday Holiday bill passed on June 28, 1968, shifted the date of the commemoration of Washington’s Birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February.

Contrary to common belief, this federal holiday’s official title is “Washington’s Birthday” according to 5 USC 6103.  While several attempts were made to change the title to “Presidents Day”, no law was ever passed to officially change the name of the federal holiday to Presidents Day.  By the late 1980’s though…

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IN THE NEWS: Lisbon Treaty To Enter Into Force December 1, 2009 – Read Scholarly Articles About the Treaty in HeinOnline

Current Events, News
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On November 3, 2009, Czech President Vaclav Klaus ratified the Lisbon Treaty.  The Czech Republic was the final Member State to ratify the Treaty, and the instrument of ratification was deposited in Rome on November 13, 2009.  As a result of this final ratification and deposit in Rome, the Treaty of Lisbon will enter into force on December 1, 2009.

The Lisbon Treaty was designed to modernise and change the workings of the European Union (EU).  The member states had been negotiating and discussing institutional changes for nearly a decade and will finally bring those negotiations to a close.  When the EU was founded, it was designed for a smaller EU that had only six Member States and who was not faced with the challenges of recession…

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IN THE NEWS & IN HEINONLINE: President Obama Nominates Judge Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court Justice

Current Events
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On Tuesday, May 26th, President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court Justice. From the White House Blog:

“If confirmed for the Supreme Court, Judge Sotomayor would bring more federal judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice in 100 years, and more overall judicial experience than anyone confirmed for the Court in the past 70 years.”

“In 1998, Judge Sotomayor became the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, one of the most demanding circuits in the country. She has participated in over 3000 panel decisions and authored roughly 400 opinions, handling difficult issues of constitutional law, to complex procedural matters…

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