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County contractors with historical ties to slavery must disclose them, according to a new ordinance from Detroit’s Wayne County Council. The law, which awaits a county executive’s sign-off, would include such matters as slaveholder insurance policies held by predecessor companies. Detroit’s City Council is considering a similar law … Nine people secretly pardoned by former South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow won’t be keeping their secret long. The state Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the then-governor lacked unlimited authority to seal pardons. One person openly disappointed: attorney Tom Wilka, who admits he’s run out of options for his anonymous clients … “This is a very good day for lying, drug-abusing prima donnas,” said the editor of London’s Daily Mirror in response to the Law Lords’ 3-2 decision favoring Naomi Campbell. The supermodel was entitled to damages, the Lords ruled, because the Mirror violated her privacy rights by publishing photos of her leaving a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Thursday’s ruling is certainly good publicity for winning attorney Keith Schilling … He didn’t know he was carrying a suicide bomber. All the same, Israeli taxi driver Ofer Schwartzbaum was found guilty of “causing death by negligence.” Thursday’s decision by an Israeli district court sets a new precedent of accountability among ordinary citizens, although the sentence is expected to be light: six months of community service plus the loss of Schwartzbaum’s commercial driving permit … You have to hand it to Neil McCabe. The former South Texas College of Law professor admits to having had an affair with a student. Yet he’s persuaded his wife, Kay Peterson, to represent him in a defamation of character suit against the student. This week, Kimmy Fox Fredericks upped the stakes by filing suit for unspecified damages against McCabe and the school, which she claims knew he was a “sexual predator.” – Lori Patel

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