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Reasons Texas county jails failed their state inspections

When I saw that an inmate recently hanged himself in the Waller County Jail - the same jail in which Sandra Bland died - on a hunch, I checked to see if Waller has failed its last jail inspection. It had. But that also made me notice the list of other jails currently out of compliance with Texas Commission on Jail Standards regulations. So I looked through all of them and made a few notes. Here are the highlights:In Waller County, jailers failed to check the detox cells in a timely fashion, misc...
Tags: Texas, Law, Sandra Bland, Houston Chronicle, Harris County, Liberty County, Shelby County, Victoria County, Waller, Waller County, Comanche County, Texas Commission, Fannin County, Limestone County, Robertson County, Waller County Jail


Laurent Gbagbo: former Ivory Coast president freed by war crimes court

First former head of state ever to stand trial at the ICC spent seven years in custody in The Hague The international criminal court has freed the former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo after his shock acquittal in January on charges of crimes against humanity.Supporters sang and waved flags in The Hague after judges decided to release the 73-year-old on condition that he stays in an as-yet-unnamed country pending an appeal by the prosecution. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, Africa, World news, International criminal justice, International criminal court, War Crimes, Ivory Coast, Icc, The Hague, Laurent Gbagbo


At the Blue Eye Café...

... talk about whatever you want.And please take note of the Althouse Portal to Amazon that is always there in the sidebar. Something I just bought and used with minimal pain is Turbotax. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Law, Drawing, Rats, Ann Althouse, Blue Eye Café


Divorce

My question involves a marriage in the state of Iowa. My divorce decree was issued June 2012. Though my ex-husband was awarded the property I was never requested to sign a quit claim deed. The house burned this past fall and and the property is not worth a whole lot. I have continued to be listed on the title to the property. The ex-husband is trying to sell the property and his real estate agent wants me to sign a quit claim. Do I have to do this 6 1/2 years after the divorce? He collect...
Tags: Law, Divorce, Iowa, Annulment and Separation


Matthew Charles, released thanks to the FIRST STEP Act, provides view of next steps for criminal justice reform

Matthew Charles has this new Washington Post commentary headlined "I was released under the First Step Act. Here’s what Congress should do next."  It merits a full read, and here are excerpts: In December, Congress approved and Trump signed the First Step Act.  The new law included a provision that shortened sentences for crack cocaine-related offenses, such as mine.  The U.S. Sentencing Commission estimates that change will help almost 2,700 people. This time, there was no mistake.  The govern...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Trump, Matthew Charles, Douglas A Berman, U S Sentencing Commission


Pass-Through Deduction.or Principal-Agent Relationship Blurred Past the Point

Apologies for length. In 2018 I won a legal settlement arising from my eviction from my home/studio. Not a passive claim, all administrative, store equipment and editing done there. I ended up moving 30 miles away from majority of my client base. My business is creating legal presentations for trial and mediation. For tenants rights lawyers. Represented by my client's firm AND working for them simultaneously. BUT not being paid for my services. My work greatly exceeded the normal, including hiri...
Tags: Law, Tax Law, Prin


Loan Agreements: Charge Off

My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: California I am at end of a auto loan, due to money issues here and there the finance company offered to put a couple of payments at the end of the loan. According to my calculations my payments would be done in March. I went online to make a payment and I was unable to make a payment. I called the finance company and was told I was 100 days behind and I would have to pay the remaining amount in full. I paid my last payment I Decem...
Tags: Law, California, Cars and Dealerships


Temporary Contruction Easment

I live in Colorado. I received a certified letter in the mail the other day about a road construction out front of my home. The letter talked about a temporary construction easement along the west side of my property. It’s a 10’ wide strip that runs the entire length of the property. It’s about 3,300 square feet worth of property. It’s going to block one of our driveways into the property (the one we use the most). The construction easement will come within about 15’ of our bedroom. My question ...
Tags: Law, Colorado, Real Estate Ownership And Title


I Hear There’s A Football Game On This Weekend — See Also

EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING ON SUNDAY IS PROBABLY ILLEGAL: If it involves winning or losing money. I JUST WATCH FOR THE ADS: Hopefully, they’ll put Colin Kaepernick in one, but failing that, Stacey Abrams will do. SHOULD KAMALA BE CANCELLED? Her truancy prosecutions draw concern. PACER SHOULD BE CANCELLED: The scam is being called out. REMEMBERING […]
Tags: Law, Colin Kaepernick, Stacey Abrams, See Also


Arbitration provision in web-based contract was not enforceable

Defendants moved to compel arbitration based upon a purported arbitration clause in an agreement between them and plaintiffs that plaintiffs electronically signed through defendants’ website. The court found that defendants failed to meet their burden to show, by undisputed material facts, that the parties entered into an agreement to arbitrate the claims in the case. The court looked to the Ninth Circuit decision in Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble Inc., 763 F.3d 1171 (9th Cir. 2014) to support th...
Tags: Law, Contracts, Arbitration, Chen, Ninth Circuit, Nguyen, Barnes Noble Inc, Browsewrap, Clickwrap, Premier Financial Alliance Inc


"[T]he hallmark of fanatical centrism is the determination to see America’s left and right as equally extreme, no matter what they actually propose."

"Thus, throughout the Obama years, centrists called for political leaders who would address their debt concerns with an approach that combined spending cuts with revenue increases, offer a market-based health care plan and invest in infrastructure, somehow never managing to acknowledge that there was one major figure proposing exactly that — President Barack Obama. And now, with Democrats taking a turn that is more progressive but hardly radical, centrist rhetoric has become downright hysterical...
Tags: Law, Obama, Elizabeth Warren, America, Barack Obama, Bloomberg, Medicare, Venezuela, Fox News, Medicaid, Paul Krugman, HARRIS, Schultz, Teddy Roosevelt, Hugo Chavez, Krugman


This Biglaw Firm Is Defunct, But Not Forgotten

Remembering the Biglaw firms of the past.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Trivia Question of the Day


The Fogg Of Disbarment

A disbarment from the New Hampshire Supreme Court based on misconduct in two matters. In the Fogg matter The PCC found that the respondent violated this [conflicts] rule when he represented both Ms. Fogg, who had an interest to sell... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, PCC, Fogg, New Hampshire Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


Failures To Disclose And Update In Bar Admission Leads To Proposed Severe Sanction

District of Columbia Hearing Committee No. Six has issued a report in a case that began in 2009 and was heard in 2015. This consolidated case arises out of two separate disciplinary matters involving Respondent Scott Adkins. The first matter... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Columbia Hearing Committee


Third party will review rape-clearance data that spurred ouster of Austin PD division chief

Last night, the Austin City Council voted to have a third party review years worth of cases to discover the extent to which the Police Department inflated clearance rates in sexual assault cases. the agency pressured the head of the sex crimes unit to declare more cases "exceptionally cleared," then removed her when she refused and began puffing up the numbers, anyway. Now we know she was in the right and APD brass was fudging data to misrepresent success rates to the city council and the public...
Tags: Law, Police, Austin, Sex Crimes, Apd, Austin City Council, Police Department, DPS, Manley, Gritsforbreakfast, Austin PD, Mandy Marzullo, Bryan Manley, Clearance Rates


Considering long DPS license-center lines and ballooning prison-healthcare costs at House Appropriations

The Texas House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday will consider two items this blog has covered quite a bit heading into session: Long lines at DPS driver's license centers, and prison healthcare costs. For any staffers reviewing in preparation for the hearing, here's some background on those two topics: Reducing DPS License-Center Lines In the Texas Senate, the conversation centered almost entirely around how much money the Legislature should spend to expand license-center capacity. But they...
Tags: Texas, Law, House, Legislature, TX, DPS, Senate Finance, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ, Texas House Appropriations Committee, DPS License Center Lines In the Texas Senate, Limiting Prison Healthcare Costs Texas


Compensation and Overtime: Holiday Pay

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: California We have some salaried non-exempt employees, and some salaried exempt employees. If we take the week of Christmas as an example here, with Christmas falling on a Tuesday: Can we legally tell the salaried non-exempt employees that they will be paid for the holiday 8 hours, plus additionally any actual hours they work on that day, but tell the salaried exempt employees that they'll only get the 8 hours of holiday pay, rega...
Tags: Law, California, Employment and Labor, Aren


"Warren has been in touch with Cherokee Nation leadership, apologizing for furthering confusion over issues of tribal sovereignty and citizenship and for any harm her announcement caused...."

The Intercept reports (without imput from the Warren campaign).“Senator Warren has reached out to us and has apologized to the tribe,” Cherokee Nation’s executive director of communications Julie Hubbard told The Intercept. “We are encouraged by this dialogue and understanding that being a Cherokee Nation tribal citizen is rooted in centuries of culture and laws not through DNA tests. We are encouraged by her action and hope that the slurs and mockery of tribal citizens and Indian history and he...
Tags: Law, Elizabeth Warren, Warren, Native Americans, Tulsa World, Cherokee Nation, Ann Althouse, Hoskin, Chuck Hoskin Jr, Ms Warren, Julie Hubbard, NYT Elizabeth Warren Apologizes to Cherokee Nation


What a terribly bad week it's been for Gov. Northam.

Today, there's this:BREAKING: Gov. Ralph Northam yearbook page shows blackface and Klan photohttps://t.co/6A89ejp5Ho— The Virginian-Pilot (@virginianpilot) February 1, 2019 And earlier this week, a lot of people heard him saying he'd accept infanticide, though I myself gave him a charitable reading and never took it that way. As for the blackface and Klansman photo, what's the charitable reading? He's not responsible for his yearbook page? Remember last September how seriously Democrats took B...
Tags: Law, Kkk, Abortion, Blackface, Kavanaugh, Ralph Northam, Northam, Ann Althouse, Bret Kavanaugh, The Principle Of Charity/humanity, Gov. Northam


Deutsche Bank Turns In Disappointing Results For One Its Few Remaining Quarters

Christian Sewing now contemplating just running the whole show out of some WeWorks.
Tags: Law, Finance, Deutsche Bank, Christian Sewing


Foxconn update.

Great news on Foxconn in Wisconsin after my conversation with Terry Gou! https://t.co/2wtuCdl7TX— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 1, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Foxconn, Donald J Trump, Terry Gou, Ann Althouse, Trump economics




The Law on Fonts and Typefaces in Design and Marketing: Frequently Asked Questions (about commercial and non-commercial use)

The right typeface is often the key to strong brand identity, a well-designed website, sharp looking brochures, and strong marketing materials. But there’s much confusion and misinformation about typefaces, fonts and how designers and marketers can lawfully use them commercially. The truth is that most people, and especially designers and marketers, do not understand the law governing the use of typefaces and fonts. There’s no shame in this. After all, most lawyers don’t understand design or ma...
Tags: England, Microsoft, Small Business, Law, Germany, Sales, IP, Copyright, United States, Typeface, Fonts, Intellectual Property, Coca Cola, Helvetica, Trademark, Start Ups


Now Stream This: ‘Personal Shopper’, ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’, ‘The Ted Bundy Tapes’, ‘Bringing Out the Dead’ and More

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) Baby, it’s cold outside! Much of the United States is dealing with a polar vortex, and below-freezing temperatures. Sounds like a perfect excuse to stay the hell inside and stream some movies! That’s where this column comes in, bringing you a plethora of different titles to enjoy. This week you’ll find Kristen Stewart texting with a ghost, Nicolas ...
Tags: Amazon, Comedy, Movies, Drama, Law, Documentary, Horror, Washington, Wikipedia, Stephen King, Tom Hanks, Netflix, United States, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paris, Jon Stewart


Agents and Brokers: Can a Person Handling Corp Leases at Work Be a Real Estate Agent on the Side

My question involves real estate located in the State of: Georgia Hello, If I handle corporate leases (negotiations, drafting leases/subleases, soliciting subtenants) for my company for my company's properties (not a property management company, just a large company with multiple offices), am I able to sell real estate without a conflict of interest? I know my RE license would be hung at a broker's office and he/she would be responsible for all my activities related to real estate, but my ...
Tags: Law, Georgia, Buying, Selling and Conveying Real Estate, Person Handling Corp


The Impact Of #MeToo On Biglaw Lateral Partner Moves

No firm wants to hire a lateral partner only to find out they've been accused of harassment.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Quote Of The Day, MeToo, Natasha Innocenti


Saints Fans Can’t Use A Writ Of Mandamus To Force The NFL Into A Do-Over

Federal courts can't help sad football fans.
Tags: Law, Football, NFL, Courts, Saints, Judge Susie Morgan


Discovery: Who Am I Mailing the Discovery Request to Specifically

I have read blewis' procedural guide and very grateful that I found it. I do have 3 questions: 1. Besides the court, who else should receive my request? Prosecutor? Ok who is that? how would I got about finding who would be the prosecutor for my specific case? Same address as the court? 2. When should I send my request? I know it needs to be sent 14 days before my hearing. Id figure the longer I wait closer to that date the more opportunity the request wont be fulfilled by the time period. ...
Tags: Law, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets, IRLJ


In Honor Of Fred Korematsu Day, Let’s Remember The Legacies We Have All Inherited And Our Duty To Fight Injustice

It is my hope that more states will one day honor the late Korematsu.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Diversity, Courts, Fred Korematsu, Renwei Chung



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