Cecil the lion, Walter Palmer and cyberbullying

Outrage over the death of Cecil the lion continues. Here, I take a look at some of the legal implications of the backlash against dentist Walter Palmer: http://on.msnbc.com/1N3u9Ye

Sofia Vergara’s Embryo Dispute

My msnbc.com column on Embryo Wars takes on the Sofia Vergara dispute, and looks at three other cases where the women who (unlike Sofia) want to use frozen embryos made with their exes have something else in common. Also, expert advice about couples can avoid this most personal of problems.

Thrilled to Join @PennWomen conference, Philly, November 19

Happy Birthday, free at last?

In On Your Case, I noted that copyright  law makes commercial use of the song “Happy Birthday to You” a costly choice. That’s because music publisher Warner/Chappell, claiming copyright in the song, collects a reported $2 million in royalties from users who want the cheerful tune to grace their movie or television show. (The Hollywood […]

Embryo Wars: A New California Dispute

A divorced California couple is battling over the fate of their frozen embryos in court, the latest chapter in a long-running war that this time pits a cancer-stricken would-be mom against both her former husband and a document she signed agreeing to destroy the embryos if the couple split up. The Los Angeles Times outlines the […]

Custody “Jailing” Update, and Some Wise Words From The Judge

There’s an update in the incredible story of the three Michigan kids at the center of a heated custody battle who were sentenced to a juvenile detention center when they refused to join their dad for lunch. The Detroit Free Press reports that Family Court Judge Lisa Gorocyca has lifted her contempt of court ruling against […]

Astonishing Custody Call: Detaining Kids Who Won’t Lunch With Dad

Thank you to a devoted FB follower for calling this astonishing story to my attention: a Michigan judge has ordered three kids, aged 9-14, at the center of a heated custody battle to spend their summer in a juvenile detention center after they refused to obey her order to eat lunch with their dad. Sounds […]

The Cycle Highlights: From High-Tech Failure and Greece to Amy Winehouse

We covered a lot of ground at @thecyclemsnbc, where guests offered insight into this week’s jarring tech problems, the ongoing Greek debt crisis and the marvelous new documentary on the beautiful and doomed Amy Winehouse.

Marriage Equality = More ULC Ministers?

What do Steven Tyler, Joan Rivers and Evan Wolfson (of Freedom to Marry fame) have in common? Ordination in my beloved Universal Life Church, sure to enjoy a popularity boomlet.

Homeowners’ Nightmare: ‘The Watcher’

MSNBC’s Alex Witt and I discussed this spooky New Jersey story with a legal foundation … watch and see whether the spooked buyers really can give back their home to the sellers.