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Dozens of judges have credited Google in their opinions, claims a report from News.com. That sets some folks on edge. Last month, for example, a New York judge proudly boasted that he’d reached his conclusion without searching online. Clearly, he was bucking a trend. The type of case that attracts the most bench-Googlers: trademark disputes. Jurists in such cases make solid use of an uncertain medium, argues tech law professor David Post, who says the Web’s a great place to test a term’s meaning in common usage … Accept no substitutes. An Ohio town has ended its decades-long practice of allowing busy prospective jurors to send friends or family members in their place. A clerk for the Rocky River Municipal Court said he called a close to the subbing after the Cleveland Plain Dealer began investigating … The U.S. Supreme Court refused to step into the gay marriage debate Friday, rejecting an emergency request to enjoin a Massachusetts law set to take effect today. Earlier, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down the same offer but agreed to hear arguments in the case next month. By that time, plenty of gay couples are expected to be legally married … A defender in the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal is facing legal woes of his own. Colorado attorney Giorgio Ra’shadd -� one of several lawyers for Pfc. Lynndie England — faces trial Sept. 13 on charges that he held onto $12,000 and mixed client money with his own … Men’s wrestling coaches picked the wrong fight when they went after Title IX, a federal appeals court has ruled. The National Wrestling Coaches Association lacked standing to take on the federal anti-discrimination law, ruled a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit. If schools are cutting wrestlers to find room and funds for women athletes, take it up with the schools, the court advised. – Lori Patel

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