At the Milkweed Café...

... you can write about anything you want.And do consider using the Althouse Portal when you're going to shop at Amazon. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Plants, Ann Althouse

"Investing in Failure: 2020 Ballot Initiative to Repeal Justice Reform Would Come at a High Cost to Californians"

The title of this post is the title of from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice making the case against a ballot initiative before California voters this year.  Here is the report's introduction: In November 2020, Californians will vote on a ballot initiative titled Restricts Parole for Non-Violent Offenders.  Authorizes Felony Sentences for Certain Offenses Currently Treated Only as Misdemeanors.  Initiative Statute (“the initiative”), which would roll back key elements of the state’...
Tags: Law, California, Criminal Justice, Douglas A Berman, Ridolfi, Public Safety Realignment Proposition 47, Juvenile and Criminal Justice CJCJ

The Wheels of Justice in Exceptional Cases

Despite the pandemic, the wheels of justice continue to turn. With several hearings continuing to occur remotely due to social distancing protocols, the Ontario Court of Justice announced they are scheduled to resume in-person hearings on July 6, 2020. The incremental plan includes the use of limited courtrooms for all trials and preliminary inquiries involving accused persons who are in custody and who are out of custody. All participants in a trial or preliminary inquiry, including the accused...
Tags: Law, Court, Canada, Jordan, Durham, Abella, Supreme Court of Canada, Cody, Morin, Cromwell, This Court, Justice Issues, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Ontario Court of Justice, Jordan Cody, Brown JJ

Some Trump video clips for your amusement or pain.

This is art.— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 21, 2020 The walk of shame.— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 21, 2020 Out of context this is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life— Rachel Fisher (@TheRachelFisher) June 21, 2020 How to happy father's day— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) June 21, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Sarah Cooper, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump's family, Rachel Fisher, Trump styles, Lincoln Project

"A community college professor in Oakland, Calif., is on administrative leave after asking a Vietnamese-American student to 'Anglicize' her name because he felt it sounded 'offensive' in English."

You may wonder, what was the student's name? It was Phuc. With experience, the professor now knows that he should have simply risen above any childish distraction and said the name forthrightly.The article is "Professor Who Asked Student to ‘Anglicize’ Her Name Is Put on Leave/Matthew Hubbard, a mathematics professor in Oakland, Calif., said his emails to Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American college freshman, were both a 'mistake' and 'offensive.'"Notice that he went beyond saying tell me...
Tags: Law, Names, Hubbard, Oakland Calif, Nguyen, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Dirty Words, Matthew Hubbard, Phuc, Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen

"This is a golden moment for the movement known as tactical urbanism."

"More than 200 cities have already announced road closings in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of cities have yet to act in any bold way, however. If they do not, they may miss what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.... Cities are finding they can make bold moves to accommodate all the new bikers and walkers because the drivers who would normally object to street closings are hunkered down in their homes.... Most of the road closures announced so far have been billed as te...
Tags: Law, NYC, Cars, Urban Planning, Biking, Justin Gillis, City Life, Ann Althouse, Heather Thompson, Post-coronavirus Culture

Legaltech Week 6.19.20: Clio CEO Jack Newton Joins the Panel to Discuss New Research on the Pandemic and the Profession

The Legaltech Week panel of journalists is joined this week by Jack Newton, cofounder and CEO of Clio, to discuss new research findings on COVID-19’s impact on the legal industry. With findings based on both anonymized customer data and surveys of lawyers and consumers, the research suggests business may be picking up for law firms, but there are still reasons for concern. Newton discusses the findings and takes questions from the panel and audience. Also, our panelists discuss their top stor...
Tags: Law, Newton, Legaltech News, Nicole Black, MyCase, Zach Warren, Joe Patrice, Jack Newton, Legaltech Week, Victoria Hudgins, Panel to Discuss New Research

Seventh Circuit panel finds way above-guideline (stat-max) sentence to be "not sufficiently" justified

As long-time readers know, I have long been troubled be the fact that the Booker-created reasonableness standard of review has been pretty toothless as a check on extreme federal sentences. But because so few sentences have been found unreasonable, any such decision is noteworthy, and so here I highlight a new Seventh Circuit panel decision handed down last week in US v. Jones, No. 19-1644 (7th Cir. June 19, 2020) (available here). The 12-page ruling is worth reading in full, and here is how the...
Tags: Law, US, Booker, Jones, Jerry Jones, Seventh Circuit, Douglas A Berman

"'chunk" and 'chunks' two posts down. Lot of chunk-ing this morning. How often has that word appeared in your posts over the years?"

TML writes in the comments to a post that begins with the Trump quote "So they take over a big chunk of a city called Seattle."The other post is about a city that "voted to name a park for a 1970 explosion that rained chunks of rotting whale flesh on curious bystanders." So how often has "chunk" come up over the 16 years of this blog? Oh, maybe 50 or 100, but the most interesting thing is that one time, back in 2015, it came up twice in one day and I made it the word of the day:"Chunk" is the wo...
Tags: New York, Law, Obama, Massachusetts, Advertising, Bob Dylan, Language, Salvador Dalí, Whales, Seattle, Trump, Midwest, Chicago Tribune, Dylan, Dali, Eustace

This week at the court

On Monday, the court will release orders from the June 18 conference at 9:30 a.m., followed by opinions at 10 a.m. On Thursday, the justices will hold their June 25 conference. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Law, This Week at the Court

“There’s Always a Tweet” Applies to Trump’s Anti-Social Media Rhetoric (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Jess Miers [Eric’s introduction: this is the first of a two-part series from Jess Miers, a 3L at SCU and my RA, providing historical context on Trump’s anti-social media statements, including the anti-Section 230 Executive Order from last month.] In the spirit of “there’s always a tweet,” Trump’s Twitter feed is filled with tweets that conflict with his current official anti-Section 230 and anti-free speech positions. “Neutrality” In 2014, Trump criticized former President Barac...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Fcc, Law, Obama, Barack Obama, Reagan, United States, New York Times, Trump, Tom Steyer, Eric, Twitter and Facebook, Trump Campaign, Content Regulation

Interim Suspension Continues For Alleged Crime

The Vermont Supreme Court has denied a petition to dissolve the temporary suspension of an attorney Respondent was charged with reckless endangerment after allegedly pointing a loaded firearm at a store clerk. She represents herself in that criminal matter and... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Vermont Supreme Court, Respondent, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

Ohio Issues Ethics Opinions

A staff report from the web page of the Ohio Supreme Court The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued two opinions to replace opinions it previously issued under the former Code of Professional Responsibility. The board also withdrew a... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof

"Bidens is a genus of flowering plants in the aster family, Asteraceae. The common names beggarticks, black jack..."

"... burr marigolds, cobbler's pegs, Spanish needles, stickseeds, tickseeds and tickseed sunflowers refer to the fruits of the plants, most of which are bristly and barbed, with two sharp pappi at the end. The generic name refers to the same character; Bidens comes from the Latin bis ('two') and dens ('tooth').... The plants are zoochorous; their seeds will stick to clothing, fur or feathers, and be carried to new habitat. This has enabled them to colonize a wide range...."From "Bidens" (Wikiped...
Tags: Law, Metaphor, Plants, Bidens, Ann Althouse, Bidens Wikipedia Bidens

"So they take over a big chunk of a city called Seattle. I mean, we’re not talking about some little place, we’re talking about Seattle."

"Have you ever been to Seattle? They took over a big chunk and the governor, who’s radical left — all of these places I talk about are Democrat, you know that, every one of them, every one of them. And I’d have an offer out, I said, 'Anytime you want we’ll come in, we’ll straighten it out in one hour or less.' Now I may be wrong, but it’s probably better for us to just watch that disaster. I flew in with some of our great congressmen... and I said to them, 'Congressmen, what do you think? I can ...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Minneapolis, Washington Post, Police, Protests, Seattle, Jones, Trump, Tulsa, Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Police Department, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Order And Chaos, Omari Salisbury

Happy Father's Day Open Thread

To all you Dads out there, I hope you have a wonderful day. If your Dad is still alive, don't forget to call him if he can get calls. If he's in jail or prison, send a card, welcome his collect call, and try to make his day a little... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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"We should celebrate our mistakes" says one resident of Florence, Oregon...

... quoted in "‘Exploding Whale’ Park Memorializes Blubber Blast 50 Years Later/Residents of a coastal Oregon city voted to name a park for a 1970 explosion that rained chunks of rotting whale flesh on curious bystanders" (NYT).It's not so much the belief in celebrating mistakes that caused this park to get the name "Exploding Whale Memorial Park." It's that they put up an online survey, and the alternatives were things like “Bridge View Park” and “Siuslaw River View Park.” It's how that British...
Tags: Voting, Sweden, Law, Oregon, Marijuana, European Union, Estonia, Whales, Ships, Names, Flags, Kanepi, Ann Althouse, Things That Won't Work, Florence Oregon, Exploding Whale Memorial Park

5:24 a.m.

Actual sunrise time: 5:18. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

"If Trump owned a media company, which advisors say he discussed when he believed he would lose the 2016 election, it might look something like 'Team Trump Online'..."

"... the current production. And if he or his family start one after he leaves the White House, this could be the pilot. 'This is the warm-up act,' said Frank Sesno, a former CNN anchor and the director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. 'There's nothing he would like more than to throw his name on a channel, a digital brand'.... Biden, also hoping to reach supporters during the coronavirus shutdown, has a podcast called 'Here's the Deal' and appears at ti...
Tags: Law, Youtube, White House, America, Journalism, Cnn, Fox, Biden, Msn, Trump, KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, Guilfoyle, Donald J Trump, Pierson, Donald Trump Jr, Trump TV

"TikTok users and fans of Korean pop music groups claimed to have registered potentially hundreds of thousands of tickets for Trump’s campaign rally as a prank."

"After @TeamTrump tweeted asking supporters to register for free tickets using their phones on June 11, K-pop fan accounts began sharing the information with followers, encouraging them to register for the rally — and then not show. The trend quickly spread on TikTok, where videos with millions of views instructed viewers to do the same.... 'It spread mostly through Alt TikTok — we kept it on the quiet side where people do pranks and a lot of activism,' said the YouTuber Elijah Daniel, 26, who p...
Tags: New York, Law, Journalism, Slang, Trump, Tulsa Okla, Elijah Daniel, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020, Brad Parscale, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ocasio-Cortez, Tiktok, 2020 Election Meddling, Alt TikTok, Brad -RSB- Parscale

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 Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec. PÉNAL (DROIT) : La tenue d’un nouveau procès est ordonnée notamment pour les motifs suivants: l’exclusion apparente par le juge des infractions d’avoir conduit avec les facultés affaiblies et de ...
Tags: Law, Canada, Appel, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Québec Department of Justice

The coronavirus contact-tracing program in NYC isn't working too well, but why not?

I'm reading "N.Y.C. Hired 3,000 Workers for Contact Tracing. It’s Not Going Well/The program is crucial to the next phase of reopening, which begins on Monday. But workers have not had much success in getting information from people who test positive" (NYT):[T]he first statistics from the program, which began on June 1, indicate that tracers are often unable to locate infected people or gather information from them. Only 35 percent of the 5,347 city residents who tested positive or were presumed...
Tags: New York, Technology, Privacy, Law, NYC, New York City, United States, North Dakota, New Jersey, Rutgers University, School of Public Health, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, Perry N Halkitis

Hunger, violence, cramped housing: lockdown life for the poorest children

Many families are enduring terrible hardship, and campaigners fear long-term consequences for the most vulnerable in society Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage“Before Covid, my three children and I had structure. We would wake up in the morning, they would go to school and do their thing, and I would do mine. We had joy,” says Vicky (not her real name), a single parent living in one of the most disadvantaged boroughs in the country, in south London.The capital has the h...
Tags: UK, London, Children, Benefits, Society, UK News, Poverty, Social exclusion, Welfare, Vicky, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

Covid 'testing inequality' to widen divide between UK rich and poor

Campaigners want affordable kits for all but health experts doubt efficacy of a mass exerciseA new divide is opening up between the “haves” and the “have nots” – this time over Covid-19 testing. While private schools and big businesses have introduced testing for their pupils and employees, allowing them to return to school and work, state schools and small businesses will be left to rely on the state. Campaigners warn that “testing inequality” could fuel greater financial inequality.Financial g...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, Poverty, NHS, Premier League, Credit Suisse, Private healthcare, Ocado, Coronavirus outbreak

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