We continue our Friday round-up of what is newest, best and brightest at FindLaw.com. Below, you will find this week’s offerings from various areas of FindLaw’s unique content, including: core legal content, Writ legal commentary, blogs, news and case law. Take a look at what’s next:

Legal Commentary:

  • So Who Is the Enemy, Exactly? A Portland Plot Should Remind Us of Crucial Questions We Need to Ask and Answer: Writ contributor and Cardozo law professor Marci Hamilton discusses the ramifications of the recent alleged bomb plot at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon and the arson at a Oregon mosque that followed. Hamilton asks, what can we learn from both these criminal acts?

  • The FBI’s Alert Regarding “Sextortion”: Why Cyber Blackmail, Though Illegal, Is Difficult to Stop and What Computer Users Can Do: Writ columnist and U. of Washington law professor Anita Ramasastry explains the crime of “sextortion,” that is, gaining access to sexually explicit online material showing the victim and then threatening to expose it unless paid or given more sexual content. Ramasastry explains the recent cases, applicable laws and gives parents advice on how to protect teens, the group most often victimized by this new crime.

FindLaw Blogs:

  • Gay Rights: Are Courts Ahead of the Public? FindLaw’s Law and Daily Life discusses the Time Magazine article which claims if the courts race ahead of public opinion in gay rights cases, they could impede progress toward gay civil rights. Although past cases show courts sometimes polarize the debate, don’t we need the separate, independent opinion of the judiciary to balance the will of the majority?
  • Judge Dismisses Challenge to Obama Healthcare Law: FindLaw’s Decided discusses the decision by one Virginia court to dismiss a challenge to the Obama healthcare reform law. Many other challenges remain, but one court found that Congress did not exceed its powers under the Commerce Clause when it required most Americans to purchase health insurance.
  • Bed Bug Lawsuits Now Target Apartments: Why is the legal world becoming an increasingly creepy crawly place? FindLaw’s Injured blog takes up the constantly increasing concerns over bed bug infestations and the lawsuits that often follow.

— Compiled by Tanya Roth, FindLaw Portal Team

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