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March 25, 2012

Must Cheese Be Served with Apple Pie?

To answer this, we turn to our very first WSLL @ Your Service article, written by Connie Von Der Heide:
It certainly sounds plausible since after all this is the Dairy State, but the answer is no.

1935 Laws of Wis., ch. 106 came close; it required serving a small amount of cheese and butter with meals in restaurants (eff. June 1935 – March 1937). And by the way, that was the first Wisconsin law with a sunset provision, i.e. a legislated ending time. Interestingly, Vermont passed a law in 1999 designating the apple as the state fruit and apple pie as the state pie. It also required a good faith effort to serve either a glass of cold milk, a 1/2 ounce or larger slice of cheddar cheese, or a large scoop of vanilla ice cream with a slice of apple pie. For the current Vermont law, see Title 1 Vermont Statutes Annotated, secs. 512 & 513, eff. July 1, 1999)

Now I've never had my apple pie with cheese before, but I imagine I should test out this question for myself. Should cheese be served with apple pie? Perhaps!

March 19, 2012

WSLL Recommends: Banking Crimes: Fraud, Money Laundering and Embezzlement

Banking Crimes: Fraud, Money Laundering and Embezzlement explores issues with the investigation, prosecution, and defense of crimes against federally insured financial institutions. Author and private attorney John K. Villa specializes in civil and criminal corporate and financial services related litigation in Washington D.C. Using his expertise from years of practice, Banking Crimes is an attempt to collect and extract the significance of all the Federal court opinions interpreting the many criminal statutes passed by Congress in recent years. This work is comprised solely of the author's interpretation; federal prosecutors, defenders, and bankers would all benefit from this comprehensive examination of white collar crimes. The text includes primary excerpts of US Code and the Code of Federal Regulations. Appendices include relevant supplementary materials such as excerpts from the United States Attorneys' Manual and Financial Institution Fraud Federal Prosecution Manual.

Includes analysis of the following noteworthy federal statutes:
  • Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act--FIRREA (Chapters 3 and 7)
  • Misapplication and Embezzlement, 18 U. S. C. A §656 and §657 (Chapter 3)
  • Bank Secrecy Act (Chapter 6)
  • Annunzio-Wylie Anti-Money Laundering Act (Chapter 6)
  • Right to Financial Privacy Act--RFPA (Chapter 9)
  • Continuing Financial Crimes Enterprise Statute, 18 U.S.C.A. §225 (Chapter 10)
  • Obstruction of Justice (Chapter 10)
  • Bank Holding Company Act (Chapter 10)
Banking Crimes is available for check out from the Wisconsin State Law Library.

March 11, 2012

Online Access to Government Documents

On March 16, 2012 the government website GPO Access, online since 1994, will shut down. Those accustomed to going to GPO Access to search for Federal government documents will be redirected to the new GPO Federal Digital System site, FDsys.

FDsys, active since 2009, updates and replaces the old GPO Access website. Use FDsys for free online access to official publications from each branch of the Federal government. Search by title or by keyword, or browse by collection, Congressional committee, or date.

Do you need help finding a document? Ask a librarian online or call us at (608) 267-9696.

March 4, 2012

WSLL at Your Service: March 2012

Get tax research tips and other legal research suggestions in the March issue of our newsletter, WSLL @ Your Service. The Tech Tip for this month also features an overview of Google's new privacy policy, which debuted on March 1st.

In this issue:

As always, your comments are welcome.Send comments to Connie Von Der Heide.

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