Best legal news stories of the year?

Turducken_easter06It’s December, and so it’s time to procrastinate grading by once again pondering topics like “what were the most interesting legal news stories of 2009?”

Personally, I liked Adam Liptak’s recent masterpiece, “The Turducken Approach to Privacy Law.” Sample quote:

A turducken is a chicken stuffed into a duck that is then stuffed into a turkey. Amanda Hesser, writing in The New York Times Magazine in 2002, said that “a well-prepared turducken is a marvelous treat, a free-form poultry terrine layered with flavorful stuffing and moistened with duck fat.” But a good terrine is probably not the ideal model for a legal doctrine.

Of course, the article’s substantive content — privacy rights of employees — was interesting as well, but let’s be clear, it was the turducken metaphor which really made this article shine. Turducken is like cowbell; legal discourse can always use more. (Image: Wikicommons.)

Which legal stories of 2009 did you find most interesting?

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