March 24, 2013

New England Dispatches


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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the University of New Hampshire School of Law annual dinner celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Wentworth by the Sea hotel in New Castle, N.H., on Friday.

The Associated Press

Scalia gives keynote speech for law school's anniversary

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Friday that modern legal education has "failed" students because it includes too many elective classes unrelated to law.

Scalia, the court's longest-serving justice, was the keynote speaker Friday night at the 40th anniversary dinner for the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

The conservative justice said that law classes aren't as rigorous as they used to be and that the curriculum with so many electives allows students to be lazy and avoid "the austere pleasures of doctrinal courses," the Portsmouth Herald reported.

"The teaching of law has failed," he said.

Scalia also targeted law professors, saying that they often become "prominent not because of how they teach but how they publish." He said he was much the same way when he taught law at the University of Virginia, preferring to spend his time researching and writing instead of teaching.

The audience of about 300 guests and alumni laughed when Scalia said he hopes "most of what I said has no application to this wonderful law school."

President Ronald Reagan named the 77-year-old Scalia to the high court in 1986.

The state's only law school got its start in 1973 as the Franklin Pierce Law Center and recently completed a merger with the University of New Hampshire.


Senate passes amendment to aid Northeast fishermen

The U.S. Senate has passed the first amendment proposed by Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren to provide disaster relief funds for the Northeast fishing industry.

The bipartisan amendment passed Saturday was also proposed by Alaska's Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. It sets aside funds in the 2014 budget to aid fishermen across the region.

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce last year issued disaster declarations for several fisheries, including the Northeast groundfish fishery, which is facing reductions in catch allocations for key fish stocks like cod.

The Senate approved $150 million for fisheries assistance in December. The House didn't take up the measure.

The bill's co-sponsors include Massachusetts Sen. William "Mo" Cowan, New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Rhode Island Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Maine Sen. Angus King.


Man, 23, treated at hospital after attack by two pit bulls

Police in Raymond, N.H., say a man was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries caused by a pair of pit bulls.

Police and an ambulance were sent to Mildred Avenue on Friday night after a report that a 23-year-old man had been "attacked" by two pit bulls.

The victim sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

The dogs were secured before emergency personnel arrived and have been quarantined by their owner.

The Raymond Police Department is investigating.


Police seek leads on suspect who fled with diamond ring

Police in Newington, N.H., are releasing surveillance images of the suspect and a car they believe were involved in the theft of a diamond ring from a jewelry store.

The Portsmouth Herald said the ring was stolen Wednesday from a shop in the Fox Run Mall.

An employee of Hannoush Jewelers told police an unidentified suspect walked into the jewelry store and asked to look at some rings.

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