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, blogs, news and case law. Take a look at what’s next:

Legal Blogs

  • Illinois Death Penalty Ban Signed by Governor: This week, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the abolition of capital punishment in the state of Illinois. Further, the governor commuted the sentences of fifteen men on death row. FindLaw’s Blotter looks at this important development in criminal jurisprudence.

  • Texas Immigration Bill: Maids, Gardeners Can Stay: FindLaw’s Law and Daily Life looks at the proposed Texas immigration bill requiring anyone who “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly” hires an unauthorized immigrant be fined up to $10,000 or placed behind bars for up to two years. But then comes the unique, only in Texas loophole: the law would not apply to people who hire illegal immigrants to clean their homes or mow their lawns.
  • Should You be Using Facebook for Jury Selection?: FindLaw’s Strategist examines a cutting edge topic in litigation, the use by trial attorneys of Facebook and other social media to glean information about the jury pool. Is the information gathered online relevant or even reliable? Decide if social networks are merely another tool, or an ethics breach, waiting to happen.
  • $10 Billion Ill. Tobacco Class Action Back On: FindLaw’s Injured reports on the resuscitation of a $10 billion verdict against Philip Morris, now a unit of Altria. The suit against the tobacco giant concerned whether the company had intentionally misled Illinois smokers about the dangerous of light or low-tar cigarettes.

Case Law

  • Skinner v. Switzer (U.S. Supreme Court): The U.S. Supreme Court has expanded the ways a prisoner can seek DNA testing in challenging a conviction. The Court concluded that a denial of access to prisoner DNA testing can be litigated under section 1983 of the United States Code as a civil rights claim.

– Compiled by Tanya Roth, FindLaw Portal Team

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