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Legal Briefs for March 12, 2009

POSTED: Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 11:57am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

In California a woman is murdered by her lover, but he claims he was sleepwalking. 42-year-old Eva Weinfurtner wanted one last trist with her lover Stephen Reitz before reconciling with her husband. The next morning she was found with a broken jaw, a fractured skull, and stab wounds in her neck. Reitz says he must have done it, but insisted he suffers from sleepwalking and had no memory. His parents confirmed the disorder. Now his attorneys are hoping a jury will as well.

A high schooler in Indiana is suing her principal over a tuxedo. The 17-year-old girl firled the lawsuit after her school said she couldn’t wear a tuxedo to the prom. The lawsuit says the dress code discriminates based on gender and violates federal law. Ken Falk, the attorney for ACLU says, “She is a lesbian. Her sexual preference is well known at the school and in order to express herself, she wants not to wear a prom dress, but she wants to wear a tux.” But the school disagrees. Kent Frandsen, the attorney for the school district, says, “One of the difficulties for me is if we allow this young lady to wear a tuxedo, can we prevent young men from wearing dresses? How do we know when a student wants to do this because of a sincerely held viewpoint as opposed to just wanting to be disruptive or do it as a lark? We don’t want our prom to look like a circus.” Now the ACLU and her fellow students are fighting to keep her shirt on. Zach Edwards, a fellow student, says, “I think she should be allowed to because there’s no law saying girls have to wear girl’s clothes or guys have to wear guys’ clothes.”

A man is suing US Airways for $1 million saying they lost his X-Box. 21-year-old Jesse Maiman is a Yale University student from Cincinnati. He says his X-Box 360 has a specialized hard drive on it and was taken from his luggage. “Just as soon as I got of off the carousel, I knew something wasn’t right. I knew something was missing.” When he tried to get it back, Maiman says the airline was not helpful. “They weren’t paying attention to me. They were just trying to get rid of this little annoyance and so I had no choice but to take action.” A rep for the airlines says the government limits liability for lost luggage to $33,000 per bag.