Criminal Records: Am I a Felon if My Charges Were Ultimately Dismissed

My question involves criminal records for the state of: MI Years ago I was caught with possession of prescription drugs. I was charged and plead guilty to the felony charges, however I entered the MI 7411 plea which dismissed the charges upon successful completion of a term of probation. So a conviction was never formally entered by the judge, the judgement was withheld for the duration of the probation sentence. So my question is whether or not I am considered a felon having plead guilty to...
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Unsolicited: Online Sexual Harassment Poisons Social Media For Sisters In Faith

By Laura El Alam When Grace* started posting inspirational videos and articles on her public Facebook page, her intention was to reach a non-Muslim audience and show them the beauty of Islam.  After all, as a former agnostic who had considered organized religions “distasteful,” she could understand the mindset of many fellow Americans who were suspicious of – or misinformed about- Islam.  In her posts, Grace shared the story of her conversion to Islam, highlighted lessons from the Qur’an, tal...
Tags: Featured, Religion, Women, Society, Islam, Men, Muslims, Muslim Women, Featured Home, Gender Relations, Featured Life, Dawah, Muslim Men, Online Sexual Harassment

Car Impounds

My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Louisiana. My mother owns a car that my brother drives. She doesn't have a license or is interested in driving. My brother has brushed off the 4 traffic violation tickets and the car was recently impounded. She now has to go to court for her car to be released. He believes that if the car title was transferred to me that I would be able to get it out of impound and avoid paying the ticket's temporarily. I'm unsure if this loophole is leg...
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“Expert” Jacob D. Charles On Assault Weapons

The Cornell Daily Sun. Charles’s Duke biography states he joined the Center for Firearms Law as executive director after practicing in the appellate group at McGuireWoods LLP, where he briefed cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits as well as in numerous state intermediate and high courts. “I am here to convince you that an assault weapons ban would not violate the Second Amendment,” Charles said. “This is a fraught and contentious debate, and the people and their r...
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Crime Results After Maine Constitutional Carry

American Thinker. Since 2015, residents of the state of Maine have been allowed to carry a concealed firearm without any special permit, and now the results are in: crime has fallen to the point where the state is now rated the safest in the nation from the threat of crime. The Maine Examiner reports: When Maine passed a “Constitutional Carry” law allowing Maine residents to carry a concealed firearm without any special permit in 2015, opponents of the law forecast a dangerous future for the sta...
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Purchased a Car from Used Dealership. No Plates, No Title and Business Closed

My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: California I purchased a car from a used dealership a buy here pay here small lot. My car didn’t have plates and the guy told me after we pay 6 months he will transfer bill of sale into our name but my car wouldn’t pass smog everything started sounding weird we took it to multiple places he would tell us to go to and it wouldn’t pass smog. Then he said we had to pay for smog and from my knowledge car is suppose to have all that done bef...
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My question involves criminal law for the state of: va
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Athena v. Mayo: Whither Diagnostic Method Patents

by Dennis Crouch OK, here is an important case: Athena Diagnostics, Inc. v. Mayo Collaborative Services, LLC, Docket No. 19-430 (Supreme Court 2019).  In its new petition, Athena asks — did the Supreme Court really intend to bar patenting new diagnostic methods absent creation of new technological equipment? [Petition for Writ of Certiorari][Appendix]. At issue are Claims 7-9 of Athena’s U.S. Patent No. 7,267,820. The district court dismissed Athena’s infringement complaint — finding the claims ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, Patent, Prometheus, Dickens, Congressional, Federal Circuit, Myriad Genetics, Athena, Dennis Crouch, Athena Diagnostics Inc, Mayo Collaborative Services LLC, MG Under Mayo

Purchase Contracts: Right of First Refusal and Commisions

My question involves real estate located in the State of: Minnesota Hello, I have a right of first refusal on a piece of property that has an accepted purchase agreement by a third party. I used my right and accepted the purchase. The ROFR was made before the property was ever listed. Do the seller or I owe the realtor commissions? Thanks, John
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Buying, Selling and Conveying Real Estate

Chapter 13: Never Completed the Process but My Credit Report Now Shows Bankruptcy

My question involves bankruptcy in the state of: California Back in 2013, my wife and I hired a Bankruptcy Attorney to assist in our filing for bankruptcy. We went ahead and pursued filing for Chapter 13. We had filled out paperwork and the attorney submitted them on our behalf. We got to the point of showing us what the proposed payment plan was and scheduled a meeting with the trustee and creditor(s). My wife and I had a deep discussion and we decided just work with our creditors on our own (...
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Applying for Unemployment: Can I File Unemployment in My Check Bounces - in Illinois

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Illinois I was wondering if anyone can help me and my coworkers out for the state of Illinois. I'm in a very tough spot. I work in the accounting office and am supposed to be the Accountants assistant but I'm usually stuck doing the accountants job. In the 5 years I've been there I am working with the 8th accountant. Thats how bad of a turn over we have. The owner of the company has a BAD spending habit and has always wrote ou...
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"An Ode to the Categorical Approach"

The title of this post is the title of this new paper just posted to SSRN and authored by Amit Jain and Phillip Warren. Here is its abstract: In United States v. Davis, a narrow majority of the U.S. Supreme Court adhered to the so-called “categorical approach” for determining which criminal convictions trigger additional federal penalties. But this approach, which requires courts to consider an individual’s crimes as defined by law instead of the facts of the person’s conduct, has increasingly ...
Tags: Law, United States, Davis, U S Supreme Court, Amit Jain, Douglas A Berman, Phillip Warren Here

Texas jury imposes 10 year prison term on Amber Guyger for murdering Botham Jean

As reported in this prior post, yesterday a Dallas County jury convicted Amber Guyger of murdering Botham Jean in his apartment last year in a high-profile case that has made headlines for many months.  Today the case made another headline when, as reported here, the jury returned its sentence: "Amber Guyger sentenced to 10 years for murdering neighbor Botham Jean."  Here are some of the jury sentencing details: Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer convicted of murder for fatally shoo...
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“According to an excerpt, the president privately suggested to aides that soldiers shoot migrants in the legs, but he was told it would be illegal.”

BBC reports on the book, “Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration” (written by NYT reporters and published by the NYT):Mr Trump suggested other extreme measures, according to the book."Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh," reads the extract.Assuming — only for the sa...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Bbc, Snakes, Propaganda, Alligators, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump and immigration

“Copyright Troll” Lawyer Gets Sanctioned (Again)–Sands v. Bauer Media

Attorney Richard Liebowitz has filed more than 1,100 lawsuits since the beginning of 2016, a campaign this judge calls a “downpour.” This initiative has not gone smoothly. The court recaps: Mr. Liebowitz has been sanctioned, reprimanded, and advised to “clean up [his] act” by other judges of this Court. As Judge Furman recently observed, “there is a growing body of law in this District devoted to the question of whether and when to impose sanctions on Mr. Liebowitz.” This particular lawsuit invo...
Tags: Instagram, Law, Abc, Copyright, Getty, Inglewood, Katz, Reiner, Liebowitz, Ratajkowski, Rimowa, FHM, Bauer Media, Cobbler, Philpot, Hoehn

“2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Kamala Harris asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in a Tuesday letter to consider suspending President Trump's account...”

“... for violating its user agreement with his tweets about the Ukraine whistleblower and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).... Harris accused Trump of violating Twitter's rule that users ‘may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people’ by falsely accusing the Ukraine whistleblower of ‘spying’ and Schiff of treason. The California senator called the tweets ‘blatant threats’ ...”Axios reports.It’s helpful to know that Harris’s orientation is to suppress freedom of speech. Her own ...
Tags: Twitter, Law, California, Censorship, Ukraine, Jack Dorsey, Free Speech, Kamala Harris, Trump, HARRIS, Adam Schiff, Schiff, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Sen Kamala Harris, Trump And U

“The two new primary polls out this afternoon don't show any negative fallout for Biden in the D primary from the Ukraine story.”

Tweets Nate Silver. I’m having trouble making a link to his tweet, but you can look at all the relevant polls here. Silver doesn’t offer any ideas about why Biden is holding strong. Maybe people aren’t paying so much attention to the Ukraine story.ADDED: In related news, there’s a poll of Republicans, reported at The Hill, showing very low awareness of what Trump’s Ukraine phone call had to do with Biden. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ukraine, Silver, Biden, Polls, Trump, The Hill, Nate Silver, Ann Althouse, Trump and Ukraine

ILTA 2019 Tech Survey Shows AI Adoption Slow, But Cloud Move Quickening

The International Legal Technology Association has released an executive summary of its annual technology survey of law firms that underscores firms’ continuing adoption of cloud-based technologies while finding that only about 20% of firms are currently using or testing artificial intelligence and machine learning. ILTA will release the full 2019 technology survey later this month, which will provide in-depth reporting on survey results compiled from 537 firms representing more than 116,000 att...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, McCue, International Legal Technology Association, ILTA, Jim McCue

Wipe That Drive!

A recent University of Hertfordshire study found that the majority of second-hand hard drives contain previous owner’s data. They purchased 200 used hard drives, and found that 59% still contained data from previous owners. ZDNet has the details of the findings, and more importantly, 14 ways to wipe them effectively. Every electronic device has some sort of memory that can potentially contain sensitive, confidential, or personal information. That includes computer hard drives, solid state drives...
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SCOTUS for law students: Supreme Court precedent

When the Supreme Court brought down the curtain on its 2018 term last June, an important, heated debate divided the justices over when to overrule constitutional precedent and when to follow it. As the justices return to the bench next week, the debate is certain to continue. Most justices agree that constitutional precedent is entitled to some respect. It is an essential part of the U.S. legal system, necessary to create stability in the law and to enhance the credibility of the court. Yet just...
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Academic freedom prevents us from getting trapped in circles of delusion

If channels of expression aren't kept open, there runs a risk of pluralistic ignorance.We all have the right to express ideas even if they're incorrect. How would we know whether an idea is right or wrong without expressing and evaluating it? Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by now at amazone --> List Price: $18.00 New From: $9.89 in Stock ...
Tags: Psychology, Learning, Education, Communication, Society, Teaching, Innovation

Wednesday: What’s Hot on CanLII

Each Wednesday we tell you which three English-language cases and which French-language case have been the most viewed* on CanLII and we give you a small sense of what the cases are about. For this last week: 1. R. v. Lloyd, 2016 SCC 13 [1] Parliament has the power to proscribe conduct as criminal and determine the punishment for it, and judges have the duty to apply the laws Parliament adopts on punishment to offenders. But individuals are also entitled to receive, and judges have a duty to imp...
Tags: Law, Court, Parliament, Tribunal, Waterloo, Lloyd, University of Waterloo, R, Godfrey, Dalhousie, Wednesday: What's Hot on CanLII, Le Tribunal, Srougi, Pioneer Corp, Longueépée

Legal Aid Expenditures Over Time in Canada: A Complex Story

Although legal aid funding remains a challenge, and in many jurisdictions is under threat, a global interest in access to justice has gained momentum in recent years. In part, this interest is built around United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 with the involvement of new and influential players in access to justice such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank and the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. Some countries...
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Wednesday round-up

Ryan Barber reports for The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required) that “[c]onservative appellate lawyers from major U.S. law firms are vying against each other at the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices weigh whether to hear arguments against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency whose independent, single-director design long has drawn the ire of the financial industry and congressional Republicans.” At Reuters’ On the Case blog (via How Appealing), Alison Fra...
Tags: Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Montana, Epa, Christian, US supreme court, Round-up, Gallup, Reuters, U S Supreme Court, Alison Frankel, Montana Department of Revenue, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mark Walsh

“As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the....”

“....People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!”Trump tweets his framing of the impeachment story.(Sorry for not linking, but I’m having trouble linking to tweets this morning.)Impeachment is part of the Constitution. How can using that provision be a coup? It can only succeed if the people support using it, and Trump’s opponents are trying to convince the people it’s what t...
Tags: Law, America, Ukraine, Trump, United States of America, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Impeachment

“The world right now can feel oppressively negative, and I find myself exhausted and weepy after a day of watching the news cycle.”

“Self-care can sometimes mean turning off my phone and watching YouTube videos of unlikely animal friendships for a few hours. It’s not sustainable to be tapped in 24/7, and it’s okay to give yourself a day of eating cookie dough while being wrapped in a million blankets before getting back out there to fight the good fight.”Writes Katie Wheeler at WaPo. The rest of what’s there is a very simply drawn comic showing a woman hearing about the news, despairing (“Nooooo!”), and running home to sit, ...
Tags: Comics, Law, The Washington Post, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Katie Wheeler

America's first cannabis cafe opens in California – in pictures

Lowell Cafe opens in west Hollywood – the . Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Hollywood, California, America, Society, World news, US news, Cannabis, Lowell Cafe

Gear to Keep Your Meat From Spoiling

Do you have the gear to keep your meat from spoiling? Here's a look at some great tools to get the job done once your tag is punched.... Read more... The post Gear to Keep Your Meat From Spoiling appeared first on
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October 2 roundup

Supreme Court should step in to protect freedom of association against California’s push to obtain donor identities for controversial groups [Ilya Shapiro and James Knight on Cato certiorari amicus brief in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra, earlier] Civil liberties implications pretty dire if taken seriously: “Trump White House Mulls Monitoring the Mentally Ill for Future Violence” [Cato Daily Podcast with Julian Sanchez and Caleb Brown] Online platform liability: “all the igno...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, California, Uncategorized, Psychiatry, Pennsylvania, Tyler Cowen, Mark, Cato, James Knight, Ninth Circuit, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, CALEB BROWN, Trump White House, Ilya Shapiro, Mark Pulliam

The "hybrid" JD

IHE profiles some programs. [Author: Brian Leiter]
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