Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Legal Briefs: President Hinckley death threat, Phoenix temple, Int'l Day of Service, Bomb Scare

  • FBI: Former LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley had his life threatened. ABC 4 
  • Phoenix Mormon temple issue still "on the table" for coalition, LDS Church leaders. AZ Central 
  • Don't forget that this Friday, January 22nd. is the International Day of Service. Whether you live in an area where you can participate with an organized J. Reuben Clark Law Society student chapter event or if you have to do something by yourself. Make it a day to remember and do something that will make the world a little better place!
  • Suspicious package (appeared to be a bomb) was left at an LDS Church meeting house in Menifee, California. KCAL 9 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Legal Briefs: Land Purchase, Harry Reid, Anti-Mormons, Missionary Killer

  • LDS Church acquires 13 acres of land in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Deseret News
  • Senator Harry Reid of Nevada is named 2009 Mormon of the Year. St. Louis Post (No, I'm sorry to report that this is not a joke). 
  • Anti-Mormon Vandals target a Sacramento, California area family. CBS
  • A Virginia Circuit Court judge denied James Boughton Jr's appeal for a new trial. Boughton shot two Mormon missionaries in January 2006. Elder Morgan Young was killed and though his companion Elder Joshua Heidbrink was also shot, he did not die. Boughton sought a new trial based on alleged juror misconduct. Virginia Pilot 

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Legal Briefs: Mormon uprising, Philadelphia Mormon Temple, Rex Rammell

  • Fraud suspect in Mississippi claims he can stop an Obama overthrow plot and Mormon uprising but only if he's freed. Fox8.com 
    • Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell's (Mormon) call for a private meeting with Mormon elders has drawn national attention. Standard Journal 

    Wednesday, January 6, 2010

    LDS Church to Work with Phoenix Temple Opponents

    Mormon Church officials announced Monday that they will work with the Phoenix residents opposed to the proposed temple. Phoenix residents gathered more than 16,000 signatures--enough to qualify for a referendum. Once all the signatures are verified the city council will reconsider the temple zoning issue, if the city council upholds its decision to allow the zoning variance the issue will go before voters in the 2011 General election.

    Even though some residents are against the temple the LDS Church plans on building the temple.
    Opposing this temple is as stupid as when Phoenicians blocked a Donald Trump skyscraper in its Biltmore business district because they thought it was too tall. What a great decision that turned out to be...

    Tuesday, January 5, 2010

    Harvard Law School to Present Elder Dallin H. Oaks

    The Mormonism 101 Series Presents Elder Dallin Oaks -- Feb 26 at 5:00 pm

    The Harvard Law School Latter-day Saint Students Organization is pleased to announce this year’s edition of the annual Mormonism 101 Series. Each year, the Mormonism 101 Series brings a prominent Latter-day Saint member of the legal or academic community to discuss the basic tenets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and answer any questions that students or others have about the church. This year Harvard is especially proud to present Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the LDS Church’s highest governing body!

    Apart from his prominent position in the church, Dallin Oaks has had a remarkably distinguished legal career, beginning at the University of Chicago Law School, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Law Review.  After law school, he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court and then worked as an attorney for Kirkland & Ellis.  He then went on to teach at Chicago Law School for over a decade, serving for a time as interim dean. His tenure at the University of Chicago Law School ended when he was made president of Brigham Young University, where he also served for a decade.  This position, in turn, gave way to an appointment to the Utah Supreme Court, where he served as a justice throughout the early 1980s.  During this time, he was also chairman of the board of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).  He resigned from the Utah Supreme Court when he was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a position he still holds.

    The value of this opportunity to hear Elder Oaks speak, and to ask questions about the Mormon faith from one who can speak on behalf of the Church (and not just as a member of the faith) cannot be overstated.  Moreover, Elder Oaks’s legal accomplishments are virtually unparalleled.  In 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court called his scholarly work “the most comprehensive study on the exclusionary rule” and in both 1976 and 1981, he was on the short list of potential nominees to the United States Supreme Court.

    Hopefully someone who attends this event can share with us what they learn.