Paterno's Dying Secrets: Three months after legendary former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's death, a county judge ordered the will and all related court filings permanently sealed, the Wilkes-Barre Citizen's Voice reports. Even the judge's sealing order and the petition a Paterno attorney filed to request the order were sealed, erasing from the public record any explanation, the paper found.
'Under God' Not True?: A Massachusetts judge rejected an effort from an atheist family to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance in the classrooms of their three children in a school district, The Boston Globe reports. The judge ruled in her 24-page opinion that the phrase “under God” was not a religious truth.
Steaming Oatmeal: Snarky cartoonist Matthew Inman of online site TheOatmeal.com responded to an attorney's letter yesterday by posting it on his popular website and rebutting it line by line. Inman complained about how FunnyJunk.com stole his comics and profited from them, and FunnyJunk's lawyer sent the letter demanding he remove the claim and pay $20,000. Hilarity ensues.
BP Denied Emails: A federal judge ruled against BP's effort to gain access to 21 emails and other documents sent by the White House and other officials related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Reuters reported.The judge cited the federal government's need to keep the documents confidential and the public interest in ensuring an effective response to the next disaster.
Facebook Trolls Beware: The High Court in London ordered Facebook to reveal the IP addresses and other information of anonymous attackers who set up a fake Facebook profile in a woman's name and using her picture to post explicit comments, The Independent in London reported. It is believed to be one of the first cases where an individual in England has successfully taken legal action against Facebook to reveal the identities of cyberbullies.