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Parole policies the key to substantial prisoner reductions in Texas

The goal of cutting prison populations by 50 percent has been poo pooed by some as a pipe dream, but for Texas it seems conceivable.As Grits has previously pointed out, the overall footprint of Texas' criminal justice system has declined significantly in recent years, with the proportion of people in prison, jail, on probation and on parole declining by a whopping 46 percent. In 2008, one in 22 Texas adults were in prison, jail, on probation or on parole; by 2018, that had declined to one in 41....
Tags: Texas, Law, Legislature, Marc Levin, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ


Was Wendi Adelson, Dan Markel's ex-wife, involved in the murder-for-hire plot?

Last week, we noted Jason Solomon's view that Ms. Adelson was not involved, but others increasingly disagree I've learned. The Blog Emperor has a useful... [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Adelson, Brian Leiter, Wendi Adelson Dan Markel, Jason Solomon


Trailblazer Honored with Posthumous Bar Admission

An announcement from the New York Appellate Division for the Fourth Judicial Department Hon. Gerald J. Whalen, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, has announced that the Court has scheduled a special and historic posthumous admission ceremony for... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Court, Legal Profession Prof, New York Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department, Hon Gerald J Whalen, Appellate Division Fourth Department


Georgia, Guns And The Garden

The Georgia Supreme Court has apparently upheld the right to carry a firearm in the Atlanta Botanical Garden. A firearms ban is only effective on private property Contrary to the rulings below, we determine that for purposes of OCGA §... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Georgia, Current Affairs, Georgia Supreme Court, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Legal Profession Prof


Georgia Disbars Attorney For Conduct Toward Former Client

The Georgia Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney whose assertion of a 5th Amendment privilege led to a bar proceeding default. The misconduct In summary, the facts as found by the special master based on Jefferson’s default show the following.... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Georgia, Jefferson, Georgia Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


My Take after Oral Arguments: Supreme Court Likely to Affirm in Peter v. NantKwest

by Dennis Crouch Peter v. NantKwest (Supreme Court 2019) [TRANSCRIPT] The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on October 7, 2019 in this case involving the question of attorney fees in Section 145 civil actions.  I’ll agree with Mark Walsh who identified this as a “a dry, procedural patent case.”  But, I really enjoyed the oral arguments — Read some of the drama below. Before getting too dramatic: I recognize that the result of this case is basically not going to have much of any impact on patent...
Tags: Energy, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Congress, Court, US, United States, Uspto, Doj, Patent, Hyatt, Fed, Peter, Stewart, Roberts


Reversal Issued By Georgia Supreme Court On Open Carry Ban At Atlanta Botanical Garden

It’s an odd case, but interesting. Dawsonville attorney John Monroe—a founder, board member and corporate officer of GeorgiaCarry who represents Evans—said he is confident that a careful review of the garden’s lease with the city will make it clear that the garden is prohibited by state law from banning guns on its premises. “We never argued it as a Second-Amendment issue,” said Monroe, who said he helped to write the 2014 amendment that forms the basis for the high court’s reversal. “It was rea...
Tags: Military, Evans, Open Carry, Second Amendment, Monroe, Georgia Supreme Court, Fulton County, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Dawsonville, Phillip Evans, John Monroe, Georgia Gun Laws, GeorgiaCarry


Argument analysis: Justices weigh constitutionality of non-unanimous jury rule

Last year Louisiana repealed a state law that allowed a criminal defendant (except in capital cases) to be convicted without a unanimous verdict from the jury. But the change only applied to crimes committed on or after January 1, 2019. So this afternoon the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a challenge to the constitutionality of Louisiana’s non-unanimity rule filed by an inmate who was convicted of a 2014 murder. In recent years, the Supreme Court has turned down similar challenges, but bot...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Oregon, New Orleans, Louisiana, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Fisher, Powell, Roberts, Howe, Ginsburg, Alito, Elena Kagan


Len Savage Has Some Fun!

This is our buddy Len Savage having a little fun.  And by the way, Len also had some fun noting the irony of the ATF managing to creep out their own attorney.  It’s more than a little amusing – in a sad sort of way – when even the controllers become repulsed at their own kind.
Tags: Military, ATF, Len, BATFE, Len Savage


The History Of Islam

This is well worth the time it takes to watch it.  If you still have a mushy head on these issues, John will fix that.
Tags: Military, John, Islamists, Islamic Facism, History Of Islam


One week ago, in the White River National Forest...

Feel free to use the comments section to talk about anything you like. I'm just using the front page to show you some of the pictures I took when we were sojourning in Colorado. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Colorado, California, Landscapes, Ann Althouse, White River National Forest


Argument analysis: Justices seem hesitant to award attorney’s fees to government in litigation challenging denial of patent applications

The first morning of the term showed a welcome moment of camaraderie on the bench, as justices from both sides of the ideological spectrum seemed to join in their skepticism of the government’s position in Peter v. NantKwest. The case involves an odd provision of the Patent Act (Section 145) that gives disappointed applicants the option to challenge the denial of a patent by instituting full-blown litigation in the federal district court for the Eastern District of Virginia. That procedure is no...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Peter, Stewart, John Roberts, Roberts, Ginsburg, Alito, Chu, PTO, Patent Office, Eastern District of Virginia, Stephen Breyer


Elizabeth Warren Has A Plan For The Courts — See Also

WARREN'S JUDICIAL ETHICS PLAN WOULD DEAL WITH KAVANAUGH: And Alex Kozinski. Resigning to escape accountability would no longer be a thing. FIRM ORDERED TO STOP WORKING ON A CASE: It kept working on the case though. TRUMP LOSES: He LOST his tax battle at the district court. Okay? LOST. He did not "win." ARE SUPREME COURT CLERKS OVERRATED? Given the manifest lack of diversity among clerks, one would think we'd stop placing so much emphasis on the credential. WHAT RBG CALLS AN "ABERRATION": I c...
Tags: Law, Elizabeth Warren, Alex Kozinski, Kavanaugh, See Also


Cybersecurity, The C-Suite, & The Boardroom: The Rising Specter Of Director & Officer Liability

The law is moving towards potential liability, so don’t have your company (or client) delay implementing something soon concerning data security.
Tags: Technology, Law, Cybersecurity, Data Security, Data Breaches, Corporate Boards, Tom Kulik


Larry Culp Bravely Willing To Let GE Employees Share The Pain Of GE’s Turnaround, As Long As He’s Not One Of Them

The guy making $21 million a year is cutting costs by freezing pensions.
Tags: Ge, Law, Finance, Larry Culp


Innovation In Law: An Oxymoron?

Change doesn’t always come easy, but it’s worth it in the end.
Tags: Technology, Law, Innovation, Biglaw, Fenwick & West, Olga V. Mack, Alicia Ryan


A “view” from the courtroom: Two-minute warning

There is an air of anticipation as spectators gather in the courtroom for the first day of the new term. Already, there are people in line for Tuesday’s arguments on whether Title VII covers sexual orientation or transgender status in the workplace. In the cafeteria this morning, I meet a recent law school graduate who is fourth in line and is taking a breakfast break. (Apparently, the members of the overnight line look out for each other and allow for restroom and meal breaks.) But before we ge...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Stanford, New Orleans, Kansas, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Department, Thomas, Peter, Northwestern University, Sonia Sotomayor, Stewart


ACEDS Names Industry Veteran As New Executive Director

Two months ago here, I reported that Mary Mack, the executive director of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the leading membership and certification organization for e-discovery professionals, and Kaylee Walstad, who Mack brought on in 2018 as vice president of client engagement, would leave the organization at the end of October. Today, BARBRI, the parent company of ACEDS, named Mack’s successor. Michael Quartararo, an e-discovery industry veteran, has been named pre...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Mack, Bob Ambrogi, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher Flom LLP, Fredette, Quartararo, Mary Mack, Stroock Stroock Lavan, Walstad, Ari Kaplan, BARBRI, Global Advisory Board, Stroock, ACEDS, Stephen Fredette


An Interview With Immigration Attorney Miriam Lacroix

She tells us about the realities of practicing immigration law under the current administration.
Tags: Law, Immigration, Solo Practitioners, Small Law Firms, Kerriann Stout, An Interview With, Miriam Lacroix


With IP Accelerator, Amazon Edges Into The Legal Services Arena

It is not hard to imagine a time when Amazon offers curated networks of lawyers providing services at pre-negotiated rates.
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Law, Intellectual Property, Legal Services, Legal Services Arena, Amazon Intellectual Property Accelerator


National Security Official: Spineless Trump Gets Rolled by Turkey

Donald Trump wouldn't know a winning hand if it fell in his lap. He is now alienating members of his own party, the military and the world with his decision to pull troops from Syria as Turkey prepares to invade. Via Newsweek: Donald Trump... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Turkey, Syria, Donald Trump


Top DoD Lawyer Gathers All Ukraine Aid Docs For Congress: ‘Routine’

General Counsel Paul Nay directed DoD officials to 'preserve all documents, records, and writings, and any associated attachments, in any format,' that relate to the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.
Tags: Law, Congress, Ukraine, Dod, Military / Military Law, Paul Nay


Forgiving Your Brother’s Murderer

Hating the person who killed a sibling and carrying that hate forever doesn’t make anyone better or lessen the grief.  Closure is important.
Tags: Crime, Law, Toni Messina, Criminal Defense Attorneys, Botham Jean, Amber Guyger, Brandt Jean


Highlighting hypocrisy reduces anti-Muslim sentiment

Study finds a better way to play the blame game. Mark Bruer reports.
Tags: Society, Mark Bruer


LawNext Episode 53: The AI Behind ROSS, with CTO Jimoh Ovbiagele and Head of Engineering Stergios Anastasiadis 

Back in LawNext Episode 48, I traveled to Toronto to record a live interview with the founders of the AI-driven legal research platform ROSS Intelligence, CEO Andrew Arruda and CTO Jimoh Ovbiagele, in which they discussed the company’s rise from startup in 2014 to a more mature and established company. In this second interview recorded in Toronto, we take a deep dive into the artificial-intelligence technology that drives the ROSS legal research platform. For this interview, CTO Ovbiagele ret...
Tags: Google, Law, Toronto, Ross, Shopify, Bob Ambrogi, ROSS Intelligence, Andrew Arruda, LawNext, Jimoh Ovbiagele, Stergios Anastasiadis, CTO Jimoh Ovbiagele, CTO Ovbiagele, University of Toronto Anastasiadis


Calling All Legal Ops Leaders: The 2019 LDO Survey Is Live

The definitive resource for benchmarking and building understanding around the profession.
Tags: Law, Legal Operations


LawNext Episode 54: The AI Behind ROSS, with CTO Jimoh Ovbiagele and Head of Engineering Stergios Anastasiadis 

Back in LawNext Episode 48, I traveled to Toronto to record a live interview with the founders of the AI-driven legal research platform ROSS Intelligence, CEO Andrew Arruda and CTO Jimoh Ovbiagele, in which they discussed the company’s rise from startup in 2014 to a more mature and established company. In this second interview recorded in Toronto, we take a deep dive into the artificial-intelligence technology that drives the ROSS legal research platform. For this interview, CTO Ovbiagele ret...
Tags: Google, Law, Toronto, Ross, Shopify, ROSS Intelligence, Andrew Arruda, LawNext, Jimoh Ovbiagele, Stergios Anastasiadis, CTO Jimoh Ovbiagele, CTO Ovbiagele, University of Toronto Anastasiadis


"As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)."

Some amazing Trump rhetoric.He's amused by his power and thinks we can be amused too. Like it's a movie. Reminds me of the Wizard of Oz — "The Great and Powerful Oz knows why you have come." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Turkey, Syria, The Wizard Of Oz, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric


Argument analysis: Justices open new term with questions and concerns about insanity defense

In 2009, James Kahler shot and killed four members of his family – his two teenaged daughters, his ex-wife and her grandmother – during the weekend after Thanksgiving. Kahler’s young son was at the scene but ran out the back door and was not physically harmed. When Kahler’s case went to trial, an expert testified that Kahler had been so depressed at the time of the shooting that he couldn’t help himself. However, under Kansas law Kahler couldn’t argue that he was not guilty by reason of insanity...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, United States, Kansas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Roberts, Howe, Ginsburg, Alito, Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Elena Kagan



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