Reform updates from Dallas, Houston, and Austin, a police-union hissy fit, how police spend their time, and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends related to policing that merit Grits readers' attention: Big D Demands for Police Reform Check out a out of Dallas from anti-police brutality activists, and see coverage from the Dallas Morning News: Dubbed 10 New Directions for Public Safety and Positive Community Change, the demands fall into one of two categories, the authors say: reprioritizing city and county money currently earmarked for public safety and increasing transparency and accountability.Among...
Tags: Texas, Law, Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Houston Chronicle, Austin Dallas, Sylvester Turner, Dallas Houston, Gritsforbreakfast, Austin PD, Brian Manley, Harris County Commissioners Court, Gerald Goines, Office of Police Oversight

DC Provides Access To Remote Oral Arguments

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has created opportunity out of challenges by providing easy online access to its oral arguments. Today's arguments are already available. DCCA Remote Oral Arguments To expand the administration of justice during the current... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Current Affairs, Legal Profession Prof, District of Columbia Court of Appeals

"Silence Is Made In America" (a found slogan).

You may have to click twice to enlarge and see the plywood stamp "Made in America." Oh, let me help: Here's the full image, with the intended slogan ("Silence Is Violence"): Here's the Wikipedia article "Found Poetry" (which I'm choosing over "Found object" because we're talking about words): Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them (a literary equivalent of a collage) by making changes in spacing an...
Tags: Photography, Protest, Law, Wikipedia, Poetry, America, Dylan, Skull, Murals, Unsaid Things, Ann Althouse, Misreadings, Aphorism, Tahar Djaout

Timothy Leary "had no interest in politics. He called student activists 'young men with menopausal minds' and suggested that LSD could stand for 'Let the State Disintegrate.'"

"But by 1968, his slogans were so poised between derangement and Madison Avenue that they could pass for visionary; 'Everyone should start their own nation,' he uttered, just days after Martin Luther King's assassination. It was awfully hard to tell charlatans from prophets at the time, and besides, the denatured, anti-intellectual language that dominated discourse then (and is still with us, in a New Age guise) had been rolling off Leary's tongue since before he had ingested a single microgram ...
Tags: Law, Martin Luther King, 1960s, Leary, Madison Avenue, Luc Sante, Timothy Leary, Crumb, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Hippies

At the Sunrise Café...

... you can write about whatever you want.And shop for whatever you want going into Amazon through the Althouse Portal. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Ridgeline Outfitters

Hunt Trophy Elk in New Mexico with Dan Reyes. 2018 was an exciting year with lots of monster bulls and successful elk hunters.
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Our art museum — the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art — boarded itself up and has repurposed the utilitarian protection into a surface for painting.

Is it art? That's a boring old question, but is art made under duress art? I think of the writer tortured to write in Stephen King's "Misery." I think of Scheherezade. I think of the old cowboy trick of shooting at a person's feet and shouting "Dance!" (Is the stepping crazily out of the way of bullets properly termed a "dance"?).Ah, but the museum isn't doing the art. It's bringing in the artists and saying Go ahead, draw on my wounds."Stop": "Power": "... fucking for virginity... the path t...
Tags: Art, Law, Police, Stephen King, Museums, Madison, Graffiti, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Murals, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse

The Biggest Of Biglaw — See Also

Ranking Firms By Headcount: If size is what you're into. More COVID-19 Austerity Measures: Holland & Hart cuts salaries. What's Alan Dershowitz Up To? His Twitter outburst. Dorsey & Whitney Seems To Be Taking This Racial Justice Thing Seriously: They cut ties with the prosecutor's office. Mike Pence Is No Longer The Governor Of Indiana, Seeing How He's Been The Vice President For The Last 3+ Years: But he's still using the governor's mansion as his voting address.
Tags: Law, Indiana, Mike Pence, Holland Hart, Dorsey Whitney, Alan Dershowitz, See Also

Roger Stone's past sentencing and coming prison time making headlines

I am not sure which of these stories surprises me less: From ABC News, "Citing coronavirus fears, Roger Stone files motion to delay reporting to Georgia prison" A week before President Donald Trump's longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone was scheduled to turn himself in to federal prison in Georgia to begin his more than three-year sentence, his lawyers filed a motion seeking to delay his surrender, citing the deadly risk posed by the coronavirus outbreak. “This motion is based on the excepti...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington, Georgia, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Roger Stone, House Judiciary Committee, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Amy Berman Jackson, AARON ZELINSKY

Biglaw Firm Cuts Ties With Local Prosecutor’s Office Citing Racial Justice Concerns

George Floyd's death is forcing the firm to rethink exactly what programs it supports.
Tags: Law, Black Lives Matter, Biglaw, Pro Bono, Dorsey & Whitney, George Floyd, Office Citing Racial Justice Concerns

HHS’ Emergency Response Workforce Planning Needs Some Improvement [Sponsored]

The GAO has limited assurance that HHS is adequately prepared to effectively respond to public health emergencies, including keeping responders and others safe during an emergency.
Tags: Law, Wolters Kluwer, GAO, HHS, Sponsored Content, COVID-19

3 Questions For A Litigator Turned Litigation Funding Executive (Part I)

A little information on what it's like to transitio from Biglaw leadership to the world of litigation finance.
Tags: Law, Gaston Kroub, Litigation Finance, Litigation Funding, John Garda

After a Car Accident: 5 Unethical Tricks an Insurance Claim Adjuster May Resort to and How to Protect Yourself

It would be perfectly understandable if you were not thinking straight shortly after being involved in an accident but if you are not on your guard it could be costly if you encounter a claim... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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California Bill Ups Scrutiny Of Hunting License In Gun Sales

SACRAMENTO (AP) – California’s state Senate has approved a measure prompted by last year’s fatal shooting at a San Diego-area synagogue. Investigators say the suspect, John T. Earnest, then 19, used a hunting license to buy the weapon he is accused of using in April 2019 at Chabad of Poway. Earnest is charged with killing a 60-year-old woman and injuring three others, including the rabbi and an 8-year-old girl. Earnest has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges. Having a valid...
Tags: Politics, California News, Sacramento, Earnest, San Diego, Hunting, Department Of Justice, Gun Sales, State Assembly, Poway, John T Earnest, California Bill Ups Scrutiny Of Hunting, AP California s state Senate, Poway Earnest

Event announcement: How Free Enterprise Fared in October Term 2019

On Wednesday, July 1, at 1:00 pm. EDT, the Washington Legal Foundation will host a virtual briefing on the current Supreme Court term and cases concerning business and the free market. The discussion will be led by Allyson N. Ho of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Aaron Streett of Baker Botts and Paul Alessio Mezzina of King & Spalding. Click here for more information and to register. The post Event announcement: How Free Enterprise Fared in October Term 2019 appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Allyson N Ho, Event Announcements, EDT the Washington Legal Foundation, Gibson Dunn Crutcher Aaron Streett of Baker Botts, Paul Alessio Mezzina

"God has honored us in the Islamic State to remove all of these idols and statues worshiped instead of Allah in the past days."

"Whenever we seize a piece of land, we will remove signs of idolatry and spread monotheism."Statements from a video I blogged in 2015.This was horrifyingly brutish to me at the time, but it feels lofty compared to what is happening in the United States in 2020. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Isis, Protest, Law, Islamic State, Iraq, United States, Sculpture, Islam, Ann Althouse, Destruction Of Art

Scholarship Productivity Form

Universities try to quantify quality. It looks something like this.
Tags: Law, Quality, Law Schools, LawProfBlawg

Bill Cosby granted right to appeal against sexual assault conviction

Decision could test legal framework of #MeToo casesCosby, 82, serving three- to 10-year sentence in prisonDisgraced comedian Bill Cosby has won the right to fight his 2018 sexual assault conviction in the Pennsylvania supreme court, in a stunning decision that could test the legal framework of #MeToo cases.The 82-year-old Cosby has been imprisoned in suburban Philadelphia for nearly two years after a jury convicted him of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004. He’s serving...
Tags: Law, World news, US news, Pennsylvania, Bill Cosby, Cosby, Philadelphia, US crime, Rape and sexual assault, MeToo Movement, Law (US

Supreme Court: Disgorgement Still A Thing, But Not As Much Of A Thing As SEC Would Like

The real winner here is John Roberts, who made everyone happy. Except Clarence Thomas.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Finance, SEC, John Roberts

Canada risks being outplayed in feud over citizens jailed in China

Ottawa’s refusal to swap Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou for detainees Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor means it faces some hard choicesFor more than 560 days, comforted only by a small collection of books and meals of boiled rice in Chinese jail cells, two Canadians have become the centre of a prolonged feud that has pitted the two countries – exercising starkly different concepts of justice – against each other. With the crisis deepening, former diplomats, activists and family members have questioned C...
Tags: Law, China, Americas, International Trade, World news, US news, Canada, United States, Huawei, Ottawa, Justin Trudeau, Michael Spavor, Michael Kovrig, Meng Wanzhou

Alan Dershowitz Is Trending On Twitter… *Sigh* So Let’s See What This Is About

Dershowitz is more agitated about these accusations than usual.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Harvard Law School, Jeffrey Epstein, Alan Dershowitz, Dershowitz

"The University of Michigan is withdrawing from hosting a presidential debate..."

"U-M is making the move because of concerns of bringing the campaigns, media and supporters of both candidates to Ann Arbor and campus during a pandemic.... The move comes on the same day Biden's campaign said he would commit to participating in three debates, not four like Trump's campaign was pushing for. 'Our position is straightforward and clear: Joe Biden will accept the Commission’s debates, on the Commission’s dates, under the Commission’s established format and the Commission’s independe...
Tags: Law, New York City, Joe Biden, Commission, Biden, Rudy Giuliani, University Of Michigan, Debates, Ann Arbor, Trump, Detroit Free Press, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Brad Parscale, Jen O'Malley Dillon Trump

Platforms, Content and Duplication

As we continue to develop CanLII as a content platform and start to work more on developing original content, I have been thinking about the tension between platforms which gain value from lots of content, and organizations that create content as their primary value proposition. The observation may be trite, but to illustrate my point using more general examples, Google and Facebook are examples of platforms that gain from having additional volume while devaluing each individual piece of content...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Canada, Thomson Reuters, Legal Information, Legal Publishing, Xavier Beauchamp Tremblay

The Role of the Legal Profession in Promoting Democracy

Much time, effort and funding has been devoted in recent years to trying to increase access to the legal system. At the same time, there has been a movement to “de-expert” or diminish the expertise of lawyers, as is true of many areas of life (everyone can be a journalist, everyone can become famous on social media, educators rely on what their students say they should teach, sometimes I think anyone can become a successful singer, at least to my tone deaf ear), even if not all (not everyone can...
Tags: UK, Law, Canada, Practice Of Law, Justice Issues, Gladue, Millen, Roy Millen

Colorado Requires Law Enforcement To Take Personal Responsibility 

At this point, any amount of personal accountability is better than none. 
Tags: Law, Colorado, Police, Tyler Broker

UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson leads final daily briefing as social distancing rules eased in England

No 10 scraps daily press conference after today; 2m rule stays in Scotland and Wales; UK death toll rises by 171Full story: households can host visitors at homeKey points: what’s reopening on 4 July in England?Publish action taken to support BAME people, says Doreen LawrenceWhitehall not sharing data on local outbreaks, say councilsGlobal coronavirus updates – live 5.32pm BST Q: Why is there a problem with meat processing factories?Vallance says the meat itself does not produce a risk. 5.30...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, England, Law, Wales, Scotland, UK News, Economic policy, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Suzanne, Robert Buckland, Coronavirus outbreak, Doreen LawrenceWhitehall

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