Manley exonerates Mike Ramos' shooter in report to Ken Paxton filled with false statements

The killing of Mike Ramos by the Austin PD has been an instructive moment. Chief Brian Manley's reaction to the shooting of yet another unarmed man tells us definitively that he has no intention of changing his stripes, and justifies the increasingly widespread calls for him and the APD leadership team to all lose their jobs.  If there was any doubt of this, the death-in-custody report Chief Manley filed with the Texas Attorney General demonstrates that he intends to continue time-worn patterns...
Tags: Texas, Law, Austin, Apd, EMS, Midland, Ken Paxton, Ramos, Manley, Toyota Prius, Christopher Taylor, Gritsforbreakfast, Austin PD, Mike Ramos, Brian Manley, Bonnell

COVID 19 Commercial Building Liability

With all 50 states now in some stage of reopening from coronavirus pandemic closures, many commercial real estate owners are questioning if they can be liable for damages when someone, whether an employee of the business tenant or someone else, claims to have contracted COVID-19 at their building. Obviously courts have never addressed a situation like the coronavirus pandemic (.. there was not a mature plaintiff’s bar during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic), and this evolving and rapidly growing e...
Tags: New York, Maryland, Law, Congress, California, Cdc, San Francisco, Environmental, Miami, Green Building, Epa, Andrew Cuomo, Cbre, Premises Liability, Stuart Kaplow, Kaplow

At the Soft Sunrise Café...

... you can talk all night. And while you're up, if you're shopping, remember to use the Althouse Portal to Amazon.The photo was taken at 5:31 this morning. The "actual" sunrise time was 5:25. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Ann Althouse, Althouse Portal to Amazon

"Trump's advisers relish the contrast between his public appearances and Joe Biden's lack thereof...."

"Watch for plenty more mask-free outings from Trump, hyping the reopening of the economy and avoiding discussions of social distancing and death counts. And watch for a visual contrast between the two party conventions in August. Two sources close to the president said they hope to have a boisterous, live crowd. They want to have more people there physically than at the Democratic convention the week earlier, which will likely involve significant virtual elements.... While most Americans tell po...
Tags: Safety, Law, Joe Biden, Scary, Biden, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020, 2020 Campaign, Coronavirus

Judicial Council Overturned on Dean Appointment

The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law was founded in 2013, to much fanfare. It was the first Canadian law school to offer an integrated licensing curriculum, and has mandatory courses in Aboriginal law. Since that time, the school has also had its challenges, most significantly, the resignation of Angelique EagleWoman as Dean in June 2018, citing systemic racism in the law school. Given that she was the first Indigenous law dean in Canada, this resignation sent shock waves throughout the school. EagleW...
Tags: Law, Court, University, Canada, Parliament, Smith, Council, Mcgill, Law School, Baker, Ottawa, Supreme Court of Canada, Review Committee, Dean, Faculty, Ontario Court of Appeal

Federal judge strikes down Florida's "unconstitutional pay-to-vote system" for former offenders

This Politico article reports on a big new ruling from Florida under the headline "Federal judge strikes down restrictions on Florida felon voting." Here are the basics: A federal judge on Sunday dismantled Florida’s restrictive felon voting rights law in a ruling that could open the door to hundreds of thousands of new voters being added to rolls just ahead of the 2020 presidential election.  U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle declared key portions of the state’s felon voting law unconstitution...
Tags: Florida, Law, University of Florida, Donald Trump, Daniel Smith, State, Fla, Florida Legislature, Eleventh Circuit, United States Court of Appeals, Hinkle, State of Florida, Douglas A Berman, Robert Hinkle, See Jones

Oh, we're all "decomposing," aren't we?

Robots Read News about Biden's campaign strategy — Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) May 24, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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If they are using their own golf carts on wide open outdoor course with few other people, why would they require masks? Can somebody point me evidence that would be necessary?— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) May 23, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Masks, Golf, Bad Science, Ann Althouse, Philip Klein, President Trump, Coronavirus

The mail-in ballot scare.

The United States cannot have all Mail In Ballots. It will be the greatest Rigged Election in history. People grab them from mailboxes, print thousands of forgeries and “force” people to sign. Also, forge names. Some absentee OK, when necessary. Trying to use Covid for this Scam!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Voting, Law, United States, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, President Trump

"Black activists warn Biden: Don't pick Klobuchar as VP."

That's the headline at Politico, making it sound as though a group of activists had sent a warning to Biden, when it's just that Politico interviewed black activists who, under questioning, expressed concern that Amy Klobuchar would not be very effective in bringing out the black vote. One of the interviewees is a co-author of a Washington Post op-ed that said Biden doesn't "not need help winning white, working-class voters" and picking Amy Klobuchar "will only alienate black voters." She says, ...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Politico, Amy Klobuchar, Biden, Don, Klobuchar, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics

"Allemansrätten ('every man’s right') is in the Swedish Constitution, guaranteeing the right to camp, swim, build campfires and gather wild produce..."

"... such as flowers, mushrooms, and berries. Similar rights, whether formalized by law or accepted as historic custom, exist in Central Europe and the Baltics. Now, covid-19 has underscored the value of roaming rights. In Sweden, 80 to 90 percent of the country’s land mass is open for responsible recreation.... In the United States, I calculate that a little more than a quarter of the country is theoretically roamable. That sounds like plenty of space, but the great bulk of these places — mainl...
Tags: Health, Europe, Sweden, Law, America, United States, Alaska, Property, Ann Althouse, Allemansrätten

This week at the court

On Monday, the court will be closed for Memorial Day. On Tuesday, the court is expected to release orders from the May 21 conference at 9:30 a.m. On Thursday, the justices will hold their May 28 conference. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
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Algorithms associating appearance and criminality have a dark past

'Phrenology' has an old-fashioned ring to it. It sounds like it belongs in a history book, filed somewhere between bloodletting and velocipedes. We'd like to think that judging people's worth based on the size and shape of their skull is a practice that's well behind us. However, phrenology is once again rearing its lumpy head.In recent years, machine-learning algorithms have promised governments and private companies the power to glean all sorts of information from people's appearance. Several ...
Tags: Crime, China, Society, History, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Anthropology, Cesare Lombroso, Criminal Justice, Wu, Francis Galton, Galton, Cyril Burt, Human body, Xi Zhang, Xiaolin Wu

Reopen lawsuits, and their mixed outcomes

Lawsuits have been filed in many states challenging governors’ and mayors’ public health orders arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. I’m in the Frederick News-Post with a guest opinion piece on a judge’s rejection of the (unusually weak) Reopen suit in Maryland. Excerpts: In some other states, challengers have won rulings striking down at least some portions of state stay-home orders. But this suit’s claims failed all down the line, and here’s why…. In Wisconsin, Oregon, and Ohio, challengers w...
Tags: Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, Public Health, Ohio, General Assembly, Antonin Scalia, Annapolis, Hogan, Frederick News Post, WO writings, NCSL, Bonnie Kristian, PLF, COVID-19 virus

"The multimillion-dollar 'Forget Stoner' push featured a diverse cast of models posing in photos with the label 'Stoner' crossed out at the bottom."

"Other identities, like 'Grandmother,' 'Queen,' and 'Entrepreneur' were scrawled in instead. One image featured a uniformed police officer. Because of weed’s legal status, internet platforms like Google and Facebook, as well as most television stations, generally reject ads for it. So MedMen’s campaigns, which earned national recognition, relied heavily on billboards and radio spots... [In one ad, directed by Spike Jonze, an] interracial couple walks up their suburban driveway, carrying reusable...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Colorado, South Park, Marijuana, Advertising, Commerce, Spike Jonze, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Stoner, Ann Althouse, Bierman, Modlin

Turtle crossing.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Turtles, Trees, Ann Althouse

Dear Sammy, Ross, Sol and Hank. This Memorial Day is all about you.

To Sammy and Ross. To Sol and Hank. To Marine Corp Medal of Honor recipient Mitchell Paige who devoted the last 40 years of his life to honoring the 33 men in his unit at Guadalcanal who didn’t make it home. Thank you. You are my Memorial Day parade. Memorial Day. Loyalty. Every morning, 89-year-old Sammy Weiner would get up from his bed in the long-term care facility at the Sepulveda VA, and kiss the picture of his late wife, Teri, on his nightstand before climbing into his wheelchair, and wa...
Tags: News, Germany, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Brooklyn, Military, Veterans, Memorial Day, Jesus, Catholic, Vietnam, Ross, Mitch, Susan, Paige

I'm trying to write up one wolf story, and another wolf story pops ups. I'm beset by wolves this morning.

I express my frustration out loud like this: "Remember 'Women who Run with the Wolves'? What the hell was that?""I also remember Naomi Wolf," says Meade."May I quote you?""Yes," he answers, adding "I also remember Wolf Blitzer."So the first story I'm trying very hard to process for this blog is: "A Feud in Wolf-Kink Erotica Raises a Deep Legal Question/What do copyright and authorship mean in the crowdsourced realm known as the Omegaverse?" That's in the NYT. I've had the tag open since yesterda...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Music, Law, Dogs, Wikipedia, Berlin, Copyright, Mythology, Architecture, Feminism, Pornography, Emma Watson, Wolves, Menstruation, Wolf

"Even as Trump tries to paint Joe Biden as gaga, he is doing something truly gaga: He is running the government that is responding to the worst pandemic in a century..."

"... at the same time he is the leader of the resistance to his own government, urging people and states to open up whenever they see fit, recommending Clorox injections, stifling Dr. Fauci, refusing to wear the mask. The fact is that Donald Trump has been wearing a mask for a long time, like Eleanor Rigby 'wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door.' He studied larger-than-life titans like George Steinbrenner and Lee Iacocca and invented a swaggering character called Donald Trump with...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Masks, Joe Biden, Empathy, Donald Trump, Hillary, Frank Zappa, Beatles, Trump, Maureen Dowd, Dowd, Fauci, Clorox, Lee Iacocca, Eliot

Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Ju stice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec. PROCÉDURE CIVILE : En raison de leur caractère général et impersonnel, les décrets et les arrêtés gouvernementaux adoptés dans le contexte de la pandémie de la COVID-19, qui sont contestés par l...
Tags: Law, Canada, NCPC, Ju, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Racicot, Juge Louis Paul Cullen Date

"Carceral Trauma and Disability Law"

The title of this post is the title of this timely new piece by Benjamin Hattem now posted to SSRN. Here is its abstract: Traumatized people have claimed the benefits of federal disability law with increasing success in recent years.  Trauma undermines mental health and cognitive functioning, and disability laws entitle individuals with such impairments to robust accommodations and government support. But this application of disability law has so far overlooked a key site of trauma: America’s s...
Tags: Law, America, United States, Douglas A Berman, Benjamin Hattem

Poll reveals half of parents unconvinced that school is safe for their children's return

Teachers’ union leader warns situation ‘untenable’ as health officials say track and trace system has been left too lateCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageParents are divided over the prospect of sending their children back to school, a new poll has revealed, as parent groups warned that mixed messages and poor communication had caused widespread anxiety about returning.With school leaders still grappling with the practicalities of reopening primary schools for some year...
Tags: England, Education, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Epidemics, Schools, Primary schools, Education policy, Local Government, Parents and parenting, Opinion polls, David Laws, Mary Bousted, Coronavirus outbreak

Netanyahu in the dock: Israeli PM finally faces corruption charges

If convicted on corruption charges, country’s longest-serving leader could be sentenced to more than a decade in jail Accepting lavish gifts of pink champagne and boxes of Cuban cigars; colluding with one Israeli media mogul to publish positive news stories about him; bribing another to smear his political opponents. These are the damning accusations that Benjamin Netanyahu will face on the first day of a high-profile trial that kicks off today.A week to the day after he was sworn into power for...
Tags: Law, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Benjamin Netanyahu, Trial By Jury, Netanyahu

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