Prosecutor-turned-TV-star cultivated ring of informants to give false testimony in cold cases, federal judge declares

Imagine prosecutors cultivating a "ring" of jailhouse snitches to give false testimony in cases where there otherwise was insufficient evidence to convict the defendant. Well guess what? You don't have to imagine. A recent Houston Chronicle article by Julian Gill described remarkable allegations against former Harris County prosecutor turned TV star Kelly Siegler, with a federal district judge claiming that she concealed information about the recruitment of an informant from federal prison on...
Tags: Law, Court, Ellison, State, Houston Chronicle, Beaumont, Brady, Walker, Harris County, Keith Ellison, Foreman, Court of Criminal Appeals, Kelly Siegler, Siegler, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ

At the Hit-the-Wall Café...

... you can write whatever you want... within reason.I couldn't get a sunrise picture today, because it rained, and it rained all day, so it's a good day to use the Althouse Portal to Amazon. The warmer weather is here, and we bought 2 of these Bionaire window fans (which the NYT rated as by far the best window fan). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Shakespeare, Homer, Ann Althouse, Bionaire, Wall Café

"Amy Klobuchar didn't prosecute officer at center of George Floyd's death after previous conduct complaints."

Yahoo News reports.Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derick Chauvin saw at least 10 conduct complaints during his 19-year tenure before he was fired Tuesday, according to a database that documents complaints against police. In particular, he was involved in the shooting death of a man who had stabbed other people before attacking police, as well as some other undisclosed complaints. Klobuchar did not prosecute Chauvin and other officers involved for the first death, which occurred in October 2006 wh...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Minneapolis, Police, Senate, Amy Klobuchar, Biden, Amy, Klobuchar, Yahoo News, Hennepin County, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Chauvin, George Floyd, Derick Chauvin

"In a country that has long cherished the freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand pick the speech that Americans may access and convey on the internet."

"This practice is fundamentally un-American and anti-democratic. When large, powerful social media companies censor opinions with which they disagree, they exercise a dangerous power. They cease functioning as passive bulletin boards, and ought to be viewed and treated as content creators.... Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube wield immense, if not unprecedented, power to shape the interpretation of public events; to censor, delete, or disappear information; and to control what people s...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Law, Youtube, Censorship, Free Speech, Twitter Facebook Instagram, Ann Althouse, Trump and the law, Trump's anti-censorship order

George Floyd: Protests, Violence and Official Inaction

Bump and Update: Protesters have set a Minneapolis police precinct on fire. The police are no longer there. There are no sirens and no one coming to put out the fire. Their philosophy seems to be we are outmanned, we're heading out and they're on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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The Law Firm Office Of The Future Is No Office — See Also

Firm Is Opting Not To Renew Its Lease: Working from home is the new normal. This Is Surprising: Women's job satisfaction is up, post-pandemic. Trump Retaliates Against Twitter: Too bad Joe Biden wants to do the same thing. Two Lawyers Arrested In Murder-For-Hire Plot: They are accused of trying to orchestrate a hit on another attorney. Lawyer Allegedly Pulled A Gun On A Store Clerk: Over social distancing.
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, See Also, Trump Retaliates Against Twitter

"The abundance of sightings has also garnered the attention of another New York journalist and author: the 84-year-old biographer himself."

1. And I've garnered the attention of "garnered."2. The quoted sentence is from "Lights. Camera. Makeup. And a Carefully Placed 1,246-Page Book/‘The Power Broker,’ a biography by Robert Caro, has become a must-have prop for numerous politicians and reporters appearing on camera from home" (NYT).3. Robert A. Caro is the one nonfiction author I keep track of and "garner" is a word I keep track of, so this article hit right in my zone. I like the interior decoration angle too — interior decoration ...
Tags: New York, Law, Robert Caro, Ann Althouse, Interior Decoration, Robert A Caro, Garner (the Word

Most online grooming offences in UK committed on Facebook-owned apps

Data shows 55% of offences where the means of communication was given involved firm’s appsMore than half of online grooming offences recorded under a law that made it illegal to send sexual messages to children were committed on Facebook-owned apps, figures reveal.The data, obtained by the NSPCC under freedom of information laws, show 10,019 offences of sexual communication with a child were recorded since the legislation was introduced in April 2017. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Instagram, Privacy, Social Networking, Children, Social Media, Society, Whatsapp, Child protection, Social Care, NSPCC

How DLA Piper Moved Over 3,000 Staff To Working From Home In 36 Hours

The firm credits BigHand Now technology with helping to ease the way for it to completely transition to working from home in record time.
Tags: Technology, Law, Biglaw, Dla Piper, BigHand Now

"How to Wear a Mask to a Bar or Restaurant..."

"Move it aside briefly, then take a sip or a bite or whatever. This is mostly just about being respectful of other people.... What if I wear the mask to the bar, but not in the bar? Why would you do that?... If I have to wear a mask to a restaurant, I might as well just stay home and eat there. That is an excellent idea." A FAQ at New York Magazine.If that's the way it's going to be, I simply won't go to a bar or restaurant until the mask phase ends. I can't see the pleasure in keeping a mask o...
Tags: New York, Law, Kentucky, Restaurants, Masks, Los Angeles, Drinking, Wisconsin, Henry David Thoreau, WaPo, Thoreau, Ann Althouse, Kevin -RSB- Smith

Split Sixth Circuit panel finds above-guideline illegal reentry sentence to be substantively unreasonable

Since Booker made the federal sentencing guidelines advisory and invented a reasonableness standard of review more than 15 years ago, there have been now well over one million federal sentences imposed.  And yet only a few dozen of these million+ sentences have been declared substantively unreasonable by a federal appellate court (even though, by my lights, a good many are truly unreasonable in one sense or another).  Because so few sentences have been found substantively unreasonable, every suc...
Tags: Law, Mexico, US, Pepper, United States, Commission, Booker, Murphy, Alito, Douglas A Berman, Split Sixth Circuit, Perez Rodriguez, Eduardo Perez Rodriguez

"In a disturbing number of the recent cases of the police being called on black people for doing everyday, mundane things, the calls have been initiated by white women."

"And understand this: Black people view calling the police on them as an act of terror, one that could threaten their lives, and this fear is not without merit. There are too many noosed necks, charred bodies and drowned souls for these white women not to know precisely what they are doing: They are using their white femininity as an instrument of terror against black men."From "How White Women Use Themselves as Instruments of Terror/There are too many noosed necks, charred bodies and drowned so...
Tags: Law, Terrorism, Charles Blow, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Whiteness, Charles M. Blow, the Cooper incident

Law School Student Worked Nights As A Nurse To Help During COVID Crisis

'I wanted to help people and take care of patients,' she says.
Tags: Law, Nursing, Law Schools, Quote Of The Day, Health Care / Medicine, COVID-19, Cailly Simspon

Quinn Emanuel Law Firm Accused Of Serving As A Spy For Qatar

Basketball as a sight of foreign intrigue? That's what's being alleged.
Tags: Law, Sports, Qatar, Basketball, Mark Geragos, Quinn Emanuel, BIG3, Geragos & Geragos, Quinn Emanuel Law

Red Flags In Law Firm Power Pacts

Some of the red flags you may encounter when considering a contractual work arrangement or joint venture with another law firm.
Tags: Law, Small Law Firms

Lawyers Helping Law Students (In Smaller Bites)

You’ve likely come across Peter Sankoff’s #100interns project over the past few months. Peter executed a very successful campaign of connecting law students with various practitioners, small firms and educational institutions around the country. Students with an interest in Criminal law were paired with practitioners or researchers; giving them the experience they would normally have found during summer intern positions. The idea of filling this “COVID gap” for law students is incredibly admirab...
Tags: Law, Announcements, Education & Training, Ontario, Peter, University of Ottawa, Peter Sankoff, James Alexander Practitioners and Faculty, Davina Shivratan, Nadia Shivratan, Windsor Law LawLinks, James Davina Nadia Well

2 Attorneys Arrested In Alleged Murder For Hire Plot

They're accused of hiring an undercover police officer to kill another attorney.
Tags: Murder, Crime, Law, Legal Ethics, Attorney Misconduct, Chelsea Tijerina, Seth Andrew Sutton

Tracking COVID-19’s Employment Law Impact: The Role Of Traditional Labor [Sponsored]

The overarching dynamic has been cooperation, perhaps in keeping with the 'we’re all in this together' mindset that marked the early days of the pandemic.
Tags: Law, Wolters Kluwer, Sponsored Content, Labor / Employment, COVID-19, Traditional Labor

IRS Spotlights Calculation of Economic Impact Payments (FS-2020-7; IR-2020-99) [Sponsored]

The IRS has released information that highlights the Service’s method of calculating Economic Impact Payments.
Tags: Law, Irs, Wolters Kluwer, Sponsored Content, COVID-19, IRS Spotlights Calculation of Economic Impact

SEC Busily Issuing Slaps On The Wrist

Private equity firm Ares Management is the latest beneficiary.
Tags: Law, Finance, SEC, Ares Management

Executive order to clarify Section 230: a summary

Late yesterday President Trump took steps to make good on his promise to regulate online platforms like Twitter and Facebook. He released a draft executive order to that end. You can executive order. Here is a summary of the key points. The draft order: States that it is the policy of the U.S. to foster clear, nondiscriminatory ground rules promoting free and open debate on the Internet. It is the policy of the U.S. that the scope of Section 230 immunity should be clarified. Argues...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Fcc, Law, Social Media, Commerce, States, Ftc, Trump, Section 230, White House Tech Bias Reporting Tool

"'Why are you not burying him?': Trump allies fret over rising Biden threat/Outside advisers and donors want the Trump campaign to unleash more resources quickly to dent Biden’s strength in the polls."

A headline at Politico. From the text:“Take the gloves off and put him away,” said one Republican close to the White House. “If you have the cash advantage and you have all of June, why are you not burying him?”I think the answer is obvious, but I will let you go first. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, White House, Biden, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020

Adding An Extra Role While Facing A Pandemic

It’s completely normal to have feelings about the pandemic and the extra challenges you might be facing.
Tags: Law, Health and Wellness, Health / Wellness, MothersEsquire, Coronavirus, COVID-19, DawnMarie White

So the lefties are turning people into conservatives!

That's my reaction to "On pandemics and hippies" at my son John's blog, which has a long quote from Matt K. Lewis. You have to read the whole thing to understand my reaction. I'm sure you can think of various ways that lefties might turn people into conservatives, but this is something about the politics of the pandemic. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, John, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, Matt K Lewis

World's oldest man dies in Hampshire aged 112

Family pays tribute to ‘witty, kind, knowledgeable conversationalist’ Bob Weighton The world’s oldest man, Bob Weighton, has died from cancer at the age of 112, his family have confirmed.The former teacher and engineer, from Alton, Hampshire, took up the title of the oldest man in the world in February after the death of the previous holder, Chitetsu Watanabe of Japan. Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, Society, UK News, Older people, Ageing, Hampshire, Bob Weighton, Alton Hampshire, Chitetsu Watanabe

Donald Trump Getting Blasted For Doing What Joe Biden Says He Wants To Do

Trump takes aim at Section 230. If only there were someone on the other side willing to protect it.
Tags: Technology, Law, Government, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Section 230

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