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Here's an update roundup on some of the stories that we've covered recently:

New Missouri Legislation Prohibits Internet Harassment -- Back in May, I posted about the criminal indictment of Lori Drew, the Missouri mom who impersonated a 13-year-old boy on MySpace to befriend, then humiliate Megan Meier, a rival of Drew's daughter. Drew's action allegedly lead Meier to commit suicide. Because Missouri law did not criminalize harassment over the Internet, prosecutors were forced to charge Drew under federal laws that prohibit unauthorized access to protected computers to obtain information to inflict emotional distress -- a move that prompted much criticism around the blogosphere. Now, however, Missouri has expanded its harassment laws to include harassment perpetrated over the computer, text messages and other electronic devices, reports the Associated Press (via WaPo). While the change comes too late for Megan Meier, the new law will hopefully deter similar incidents in the future.

Justice Department Sued for Discrimination Based on Political Preferences -- With a department full of lawyers, it was probably only a matter of time before a spurned Department of Justice Honors Program candidate filed a lawsuit for failure to hire based on political preferences -- a story that I covered here last week. Well today, Blog of the Legal Times is reporting that a former Honors Program candidate "is suing for $100,000 in damages, alleging Justice officials violated his rights and those of others when they brought political bias into vetting honors-program applications." The two officials named as defendants in the class action lawsuit -- Esther Slate McDonald and Michael Elston -- have since left the DOJ and now hold positions, respectively, as an associate and partner at large law firms. Sean Gerlich, plaintiff in the suit, claims that his application for the DOJ Honors program was rejected because of his liberal affiliations. 

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on July 1, 2008 at 04:53 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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