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More on USNews.com's proposed scholarly impact rankings

It appears concerns about which faculty would count for impact purpose have been heard: as the Blog Emperor notes will still ask schools to list... [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Brian Leiter


Investigating Issues of Intersectionality

The notion of “intersectionality” has become a popular buzzword in pop culture and social activist groups. It describes the notion that various grounds of discrimination, such as gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, disability, etc., can affect and interact with each other in overlapping and complex ways. First coined within the feminist movement in the early 80’s to help illustrate the exclusion of racialized women from many feminist initiatives, it helped illustrate how advocacy on beha...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Toronto, West, Canada, Egypt, Intersectionality, Tribunal, Turner, Ramadan, Ontario, Morrison, Cote, McKenzie, Ontario Court of Appeal, LSO


Benchmade Answers Their Critics

Recoil has the interview.  Here are some excerpts of it, with running commentary by me. RECOIL: Before we get into the interview, is there anything that you would like to say to the RECOIL readership and the Second Amendment community about a Benchmade employee cutting up firearms with Benchmade equipment? MATT ELLIOTT: Yeah sure, I think the story, and the consistent story here is that while this particular event is as it’s come to light for all of us is we’ve realized it’s something that peopl...
Tags: Oregon, Military, Second Amendment, Nra, Benchmade, Oregon City, Benchmade Knives, Matt Elliott, American Knife and Tool Institute, Oregon City Police Department


Kimble County Sheriff’s Office Shot At A Vehicle Similar In Appearance To The Suspect’s Vehicle

News from Texas: JUNCTION, TX — The gunfight in Junction yesterday morning involved more than gunfire between law enforcement and the suspect running from an El Paso 7-Eleven murder during a robbery. According to multiple sources, Kimble County Sheriff Hilario Cantu shot an innocent civilian during the gunfight. The civilian was not killed. The Kimble County Sheriff’s Office referred us to the Texas DPS for information. According to the Texas DPS, the shooting of the civilian bystander happened ...
Tags: Texas, Police, Military, El Paso, DPS, Texas DPS, Kimble County, Hilario Cantu, Kimble County Sheriff s Office


We’re The Only Ones Less Than Perfect

News from Williamsburg: It took 19 hours for the Williamsburg Police Department and The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s office to tell the media one of YPSO’s deputies “accidentally” discharged his service weapon during a traffic stop. [ … ] “Anything than a less than perfect response regarding an interaction between police and citizens is something that should be reviewed. This was an unfortunate accident with no malice or ill intent towards the occupants of the vehicle. Thankfully no one was injured i...
Tags: Police, Military, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Police Department, YPSO


Attorneys General To SCOTUS: Second Amendment Protects Suppressors

Breitbart: Kansas Attorney General Derek Schimdt led seven other Attorneys General in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States contending that the Second Amendment protects suppressors too. The seven other AGs represent the states of Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. They are asking SCOTUS to review a United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit decision that held that firearm accessories fall outside the scope of Second Amendment prot...
Tags: Utah, Military, Kansas, District Of Columbia, Second Amendment, Breitbart, Supreme Court of the United States, Heller, Tenth Circuit, Jeremy Kettler, Derek Schimdt


SWAT Play

This is what happens when FedGov has to much printed currency to spend on unnecessary things like building tactical teams. BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) It’s not the way you usually see the SWAT Team in action. On Wednesday, members of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office tactical units took part in the latest in a series of cold weather training on skis and snowshoes at Sprague Brook Park in the Town of Concord. “I think one of the greatest strengths of what the Sheriff’s department can offer here, this is ju...
Tags: Florida, Police, America, Military, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Uae, New York Police Department, U S Department of State, Interior Ministry, Times Union, Erie County Sheriff s Office, Osceola, Dubai Police, Bomb Squad, Fedgov


Justice Delayed

David Codrea: Ironically, or not so much if you think about it, the same parties that petitioned the Court to hear the matter en banc oppose the motion to reconsider the order staying the case. After years of doing everything in his power to use the system for redress of grievances against a state with comparatively unlimited resources, Young wants his day in court, but the government is in no hurry to give it to him. The progs love the courts only as long as the black-robed tyrants rule like th...
Tags: Military, Hawaii, Fdr, Young, Second Amendment, David Codrea


Surefire Donations To Democratic Politicians

So apparently the intel is that Surefire is also a donator to anti-gun politicians. Hey, I like Streamlight.  I find Surefire way too expensive for what you get. The comments seem to point to willingness to forgive, given that they have to get FedGov contracts.  Pay-to-play, and all that.  It can no longer just be about making a good product at a competitive price.  It’s got to be about who you pay off. Very well, maybe they are well off enough to do without a few of those civilian sales.
Tags: Politics, Military, Streamlight


At the Oscar Night Café...

... you don't have to talk about the Oscars. You can talk about anything you want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse


Sale of portable cabins booms in New Zealand amid housing crisis

People turn to tiny structures that can be placed in the gardens of family or friends’ propertiesThe sale of portable cabins is booming in New Zealand, where a housing crisis means hundreds of thousands of Kiwis can no longer afford a home, or even a rental.Soaring property prices in New Zealand’s largest cities and a slow pace of new builds has seen many low and middle income New Zealanders struggling to afford basic housing, with some forced to sleep in shipping containers, tents and cars. Con...
Tags: Housing, Communities, Society, World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Kiwis


This Is Why Billy Porter Wore a Gown Instead of a Tux to the Oscars

According to Porter, there was a deeper, more poignant reason he chose to wear it.
Tags: Art, Design, Entertainment, Life, Society, Amazing, Gallery, Porter, Billy Porter, Intriguing, TV & Movies


After special favors and CVRA violation, what should happen to Jeffrey Epstein and his problem prosecutors?

The Miami Herald has done extraordinary work looking behind Jeffrey Epstein too-sweet deal, and it reports effectively here on the significant federal court ruling last week that prompts the question in the title of this post.  Here are the details: Federal prosecutors, under former Miami U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, broke the law when they concealed a plea agreement from more than 30 underage victims who had been sexually abused by wealthy New York hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein, a federal j...
Tags: New York, Justice, Law, Congress, Fbi, Bill Clinton, Manhattan, Miami, Department Of Justice, Republican, Donald Trump, Doj, David Boies, Justice Department, Palm Beach County, Andrew


Non Sequiturs: 02.24.19

* You wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of Jussie Smollett right now — nor the shoes of his lawyers, according to Joel Cohen and Dale Degenshein. [Law and Crime] * And in other celebrity legal news, the new documentary about Drake has triggered a slew of copyright claims and takedown notices. [All Rights […]
Tags: Law, Drake, Jussie Smollett, Non-Sequiturs, Joel Cohen, Dale Degenshein


"People who are all the time crossing back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, from this side of the law to the other side, from this side to the other side."

For the new installment of the "Bonfire" project — where we're reading passages from Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire of the Vanities" — I offer this, from Kindle Location 4,662:“But you don’t live in that jungle, Sherman, and you never have. You know what’s in that jungle? People who are all the time crossing back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, from this side of the law to the other side, from this side to the other side. You don’t know what that’s like. You had a good upbringing. Laws weren’t ...
Tags: Law, Sherman, Maria, Tom Wolfe, Ann Althouse, the Bonfire project


"Danes are building a controversial barrier along the border with Germany."

The Economist reports.At the behest of the Danish government, a five-foot steel fence is being built along the 70 km (40-mile) border to prevent an influx of immigrants from the rest of Europe. Mr Ellermann thinks it an aesthetic affront that violates the European ethos of invisible borders.The immigrants in question are wild boar, which can carry African Swine Fever (asf)... There is no cure and no vaccine, so the Danes have opted for a radical solution: shoot all the boar in Denmark and keep o...
Tags: Europe, Law, Germany, Animals, Denmark, Economist, Danes, Ann Althouse, Ellermann


"The decline of traditional faith in America has coincided with an explosion of new atheisms."

"Some people worship beauty, some worship political identities, and others worship their children. But everybody worships something. And workism is among the most potent of the new religions.... It is the belief that work is not only necessary to economic production, but also the centerpiece of one’s identity and life’s purpose.... [E]lite American men have transformed themselves into the world’s premier workaholics, toiling longer hours than both poorer men in the U.S. and rich men in similarly...
Tags: Law, Labor, Time, Careers, America, Atlantic, Derek Thompson, John Maynard Keynes, Ann Althouse, Religion Substitutes


The Host-less Oscars Thread

The Oscars are host-less this year. I think ratings, which haven't been good in recent years, will be even worse tonight. Have any of you seen any of the movies that are up for awards? Here's a place to discuss the Oscars if you're... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Host


Service of Process: Service of Process, the Hague Convention and Proof of Access to the Court's ePortal

My question involves court procedures for the state of: Florida This is an interesting series of events: 1. Defendant is a resident of Israel, using the internet to Defame plaintiff and contacting individuals associated with the Plaintiff in Florida for the sake of hurting his reputation. 2. Plaintiff (pro se) filled a defamation suit against Defendant, and sent Claim and summons to Defendant via regular mail. 3. Defendant filled a motion to DISMISS shortly after (giving his home address) (b...
Tags: Florida, Law, Israel, Iran, Civil Procedure, Hague, Plaintiffs


Service of Process: Hague Convention and Usage of a Phony to E Mail to Sign on to the E Portal

My question involves court procedures for the state of: Florida This is an interesting series of events: 1. Defendant is a resident of Israel, using the internet to Defame plaintiff and contacting individuals associated with the Plaintiff in Florida for the sake of hurting his reputation. 2. Plaintiff (pro se) filled a defamation suit against Defendant, and sent Claim and summons to Defendant via regular mail. 3. Defendant filled a motion to DISMISS shortly after (giving his home address) (b...
Tags: Florida, Law, Israel, Iran, Civil Procedure, Hague, Plaintiffs


Driver's License Reinstatement Reinstatement After Revocation

My question involves a driver's license issued by the State of: NY In 2018 my license was revoked for an accident due to lapse of insurance that was caused by a family member as they were driving my car. My revocation will be ending next week and would like to know if I will be able reinstate my license online after paying the penalty. I don't have any DUI's or any other fractions on my license. This is the first time my license has been revoked. Thanks Ed
Tags: Law, Driver's Licenses


I'm just trying to understand why David Crosby liked it.

I'm only seeing this because I follow David Crosby and he liked this: This has been the news, from Samuel Beckett. https://t.co/RWyz5vcrGI — Eric Rauchway (@rauchway) February 23, 2019 I can't not look at a tweet involving David Crosby, Dan Rather, and Samuel Beckett. But let me get back to my reading....Emptiness, silence, heat, whiteness, wait, the light goes down, all grows dark together, ground, wall, vault, bodies, say twenty seconds, all the greys, the light goes out, all vanishes. At th...
Tags: Law, John Lennon, Theater, Samuel Beckett, David Crosby, Dan Rather, Ann Althouse, Eric Rauchway, Light And Shade, David Crosby Dan Rather, Ruth Nelson


2H 2018 Quick Links, Part 7 (Content Moderation, Section 230, & More)

[ugh, somehow this got lost in my drafts folder. Sharing it now…] * Vice: “The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People.” If you read only one article on content moderation, choose this one. Things I learned included: Facebook has a policy for images depicting celebrities photoshopped with anus mouths/eyes. * New York Times: Inside Twitter’s Struggle Over What Gets Banned * Washington Post: Jack Dorsey says he’s rethinking the core of how Twitter works * Vice: In...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Law, Washington Post, Russia, Atlantic, New York Times, Islam, US Senate, Jack Dorsey, Sheryl Sandberg, Ny Times, Slashdot


Online Services: Is an Internet Background Check Reliable

My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Maryland Is internet background check reliable ? ======================================== Thanks for your replies to my thread. I did find many background check provider in google search with First/last name, phone number based searches. It shows many info like address, felony records, criminal records etc. Are these offer reliable ? I know cops can locate people for criminal offenses, but they are not able help on civil issues. ...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Consumer Law


Online Services: Is Internet Background Check Reliable

My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Maryland Is internet background check reliable ? ======================================== Thanks for your replies to my thread. I did find many background check provider in google search with First/last name, phone number based searches. It shows many info like address, felony records, criminal records etc. Are these offer reliable ? I know cops can locate people for criminal offenses, but they are not able help on civil issues. ...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Consumer Law


This week at the court

The Supreme Court will release orders from the February 22 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m.; John Elwood’s Relist Watch compiles the petitions that were relisted for this conference. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Monday, the justices hear oral argument in Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck. On Tuesday, the justices hear oral argument in United States v. Haymond and Mont v. United States. On Wednesday, the justices hear oral argument in The American Leg...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, United States, American Legion, American Humanist Association, This Week at the Court, John Elwood, Mont, Halleck, Haymond, Manhattan Community Access Corp


Another reminder that substantive reasonableness review has very little bite

A helpful reader made sure I saw a notable little federal sentencing ruling handed down by an Eighth Circuit panel in US v. Johnson, No. 17-2572 (8th Cir. Feb 22, 2019) (available here). The start of the main opinion sets out the basics for the reasonableness review discussion that follows: Michael Johnson pleaded guilty in 2016 to possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.  Police arrested Johnson after a traffic stop and found him in possession of two baggies that contained rocks of c...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, US, Johnson, Michael Johnson, Alito, Kimbrough, Gall, Eighth Circuit, Douglas A Berman, Feemster, Grasz


Some costs of teacher tenure

Citing a study by Stanford University researcher Eric Hanushek, Howard notes that bad teachers have a much greater negative effect on student performance than good teachers have a positive effect. Based on student-performance data, Hanushek’s study concluded that dismissing the worst 8 percent of American public school teachers would put American students on par with those of Finland, which has the highest-scoring students in the world. Yet it’s nearly impossible to fire tenured teachers. In Los...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Schools, Finland, Stanford University, City Journal, Teacher Tenure, Philip K Howard, Jonathan Leaf, Hanushek, Eric Hanushek Howard


Sunlight In Vermont

While I was looking into the background of the prior post, I stumbled across the fact that the Vermont Professional Conduct Board has a first-rate transparent web page. Any disciplinary system that provides easy access to bar charges, pleadings, orders... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Vermont, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Vermont Professional Conduct Board


Walker-Process Antitrust Case is Back Before the Federal Circuit

by Dennis Crouch The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has exclusive appellate jurisdiction over any “appeal from a final decision of a district court of the United States . . . in any civil action arising under . . . any Act of Congress relating to patents.”  28 U.S.C. § 1295(a)(1).  “Arising under” jurisdiction clearly include patent cases, but it also includes a “special and small category” of cases that don’t directly arise under the Patent Act, but involve patents decisions a...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, United States, Sherman, Patent, Fed, Newman, Fifth Circuit, PTO, Clayton, Patent Office, Minton, Gunn, Federal Circuit, 5th Circuit



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