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An admitted plagiarist is suing his university for negligence, saying the school should have warned him he was doing wrong. Though the University of Kent at Canterbury says all students are taught early and often about what constitutes plagiarism, 21-year-old Michael Gunn — who will get no credit for his coursework — insists officials could have at least told him he was in trouble before now, on the eve of final exams … Juveniles have the right to remain silent, too, but there’s no right to special treatment, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Yarborough v. Alvarado. The decision, one of several Miranda-related cases on the Court’s docket this summer, clarified whether police must make concessions when dealing with younger suspects, but left the door open for further challenges based on the age of the accused … A transsexual firefighter’s gender discrimination suit, dismissed by a federal court last year, has been reinstated by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The fire lieutenant, known as Jimmie L. Smith, says she served in the Salem, Ohio fire department for seven years without incident, but was suspended after disclosing her intent to change her gender from male to female … Post traumatic slave syndrome, a novel theory developed by Portland State University Professor Joy DeGruy-Leary which holds that present-day African-Americans still bear untreated psychic scars from the physical and mental trauma of slavery, has been rejected by an Oregon judge as a defense for a man charged with the beating death of his 2-year-old son. The judge said she would reconsider at trial if the syndrome is shown to be an accepted mental disorder that has a valid scientific basis and that specifically applies to the case. –Lydia Markoff

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