Mentioning old friend Jeffrey Dahmer is a sure way to get out of jury duty [via The Cleveland Plain Dealer]
Cleveland resident John Backderf knows a great way to get out of jury duty, but it probably won’t work for most people: tell the judge you were close personal friends with Jeffrey Dahmer. Dahmer, who died after a prison beating in 1994, became infamous for killing 17 people and even storing some of their body parts in his freezer. Backderf was asked a common question put to jury candidates about knowing someone who committed a crime. The room froze when he mentioned Dahmer. Backderf was dismissed.
Oklahoma Sharia Ban Blocked [via The Wall Street Journal]
A federal district court judge in Oklahoma has stopped that state from implementing a constitutional referendum that passed there last week preventing courts from using foreign and international law, and specifically Sharia or Islamic law, in rulings. Muslim activists filed a suit challenging the ban last week, claiming it is an unconstitutional violation of the Establishment Clause. Because the U.S. Constitution also deems federal treaties “the law of the land,” the ban could be used by Oklahoma to ignore such laws, including agreements such as the Geneva Convention.
‘Start of the Universe’: mini Big Bang recreated [via The Daily Telegraph]
Using the Large Hadron Collider, scientists have recreated the condition of the universe just millionths of a second after the Big Bang, coming closer than ever to replicating the universe’s creation. “Colliding particles of lead at each other at close to the speed of light, they produced heat a million times hotter than the centre of the Sun – temperatures close to those generated at the beginning of time.” The ten trillion degree centigrade temperature was created by firing lead ions at each other at 670 million miles per hour.