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San Antonio to #txlege: Fix the 180-day rule, stop arbitrators from overturning police firings, and make police-disciplinary records public

The San Antonio City Council added some police-reform-oriented items to the Alamo City's 2021 legislative agenda, reported the Express News' Joshua Fechter. Here are some of the items approved by the mayor and council:Change the 180 day rule to prohibit discipline 180 days after it's been discovered rather than when it occurred. This rule ended up prohibiting the department from firing a San Antonio officer who fed a literal "shit sandwich" to a homeless man.Make all disciplinary records for off...
Tags: Texas, Law, San Antonio, McManus, Texas Legislature, Alamo City, Gritsforbreakfast, San Antonio City Council, Joshua Fechter


Election Night - Am in DC at Black Lives Matter Plaza

Doing live streams on my Twitter Michael_Yon [Author: [email protected] (Michael Yon)]
Tags: Featured, Military, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Black Lives Matter Plaza


Argument analysis: Court considers bright-line and case-specific standards for the Freedom of Information Act’s “deliberative process” privilege

The Supreme Court heard oral argument on Monday morning in a case that will determine the scope of transparency under the Freedom of Information Act’s key “deliberative process” privilege. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service v. Sierra Club presents the question of whether the privilege allows the government to withhold documents prepared as part of a statutorily required interagency consultation process between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service (collectively, “t...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Esa, Foia, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Sierra Club, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, 9th Circuit, Wildlife Service, Roberts, Alito, Barrett


Election Night - Am near White House

Many roads closed. More later. As I learn anything interesting, will say. [Author: [email protected] (Michael Yon)]
Tags: Featured, White House, Military, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon


Half of My Blog Posts Are Below Average, But I Don’t Know Which Half

“Half of my blog posts are below average, but I don’t know which half.” This from author and speaker Seth Godin discussing on Faceboook today his latest book, The Practice: Shipping Creative Work. Godin explains that shipping is the work of saying, “Here, I made this for you.” Lots of time, though, it doesn’t work. But Godin, the publisher of over 7,000 blog posts is not sitting around polishing while waiting for perfect. “I’m doing my best to learn, to pay attention and to get b...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Seth Godin, Godin, Per Godin


It’s Election Day, May God Have Mercy On Our Souls — See Also

Are You Freaking Out About The Election? Of course you are. May We Suggest Drinking: Like a lot. Maybe Gambling Is More Your Thing? Whatever vice gets you through. Or Distract Yourself With Cute Videos: Featuring adorable questions from kids and a Biglaw partner. At Least This Is Good News: Judge Sullivan mandates Postal Inspectors actually look for mail-in ballots.
Tags: Law, Sullivan, See Also


You Couldn’t Always Drink To Get Through The Anxiety Of Election Day

In the words of Absolut Vodka: vote first, then drink.
Tags: Law, Government, Drinking, Trivia Question of the Day, Election Day


Argument analysis: Justices debate requirements for life sentences for juveniles

The Supreme Court heard oral argument on Tuesday on what states must do before imposing a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for defendants who were under the age of 18 when they committed their crimes. After nearly an hour and half of oral argument by telephone, it was not clear how the justices would resolve the case. Several justices seemed to believe that what a Mississippi judge had done in the case of Brett Jones, who was convicted of the 2004 stabbing death of his grandfat...
Tags: Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Alabama, United States, Louisiana, Jones, Montgomery, Miller, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Roberts, Howe, Alito, Mississippi Supreme Court


LGBTQ+ Families Receive Some Good News, But Trouble Lies Ahead

It’s not clear how far of a reach the government’s possible reversal on the immigration code’s application to same-sex couples will be.
Tags: Law, Family law, Ellen Trachman, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART


Sentencing reform ballot initiative in Oklahoma, SQ 805, appears likely to lose badly

I have been following closely, as highlighted by prior posted noted below, the interesting ballot initiative in Oklahoma seeking to limit the impact of nonviolent criminal history on sentencing outcomes.  Notably, back in 2016, Oklahoma voters approved a ballot initiative downgrading drug possession and a slate of minor property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.  So state voters have a history of backing sentencing reform via ballot initiative.  But it seems that SQ 805 did not garner compar...
Tags: Law, Oklahoma, Douglas A Berman


Safe Zone

It’s hard to live in a realm of constant drama.
Tags: Law, Health and Wellness, Law Schools, LawProfBlawg, Health / Wellness


3 Questions For A Patent Litigator Turned Political Director (Part II)

How has his patent litigation experience helped him in his current role?
Tags: Law, Intellectual Property, Gaston Kroub, David Nir


Dissecting the Majority and Dissenting Opinions in Fraser

The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in Fraser v. Canada (Attorney General) (“Fraser”) illustrates the fissures on the Court in the judges’ approaches to equality undersection 15(1) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Although there are also other factors explaining the differences in the majority and dissenting opinions, here I discuss three that are somewhat distinct from the facts of the case: the nature of “equality” under section 15(1); the interrelationship between the...
Tags: Law, Court, Canada, Court of appeal, Parliament, Federal Court, Brown, McIntyre, RCMP, Abella, Andrews, Supreme Court of Canada, Cote, Fraser, Rowe, Royal Commission


Night falls... the election results should be coming in soon...

I will mark the occasion with a picture of the sunrise....   ... perhaps by tomorrow's sunrise we will know the answer. I hope so! I'd like a crisply clear result to come into focus as soon as possible, and I'd like gracious winners and losers, all united in love for our beautiful country.  Please use the comments section to discuss the election doings. We'll be moderating comments through quickly over the course of the evenings. I have seen a few requests to take moderation off, but yo...
Tags: Photography, Voting, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, 2020 Elections, 2020 Campaign


Relist Watch: Tales of Relists Foretold

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. It’s a time of heightened tension. Everyone is on pins and needles. On the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, all of America wants to know one thing: What cases were relisted after the Supreme Court’s last October conference? If you read last week’s installment, you already know every issue the court will be reconsidering at this Friday’s conference. But that is not to say that this was a status quo week. A lot happened in relists in the past ...
Tags: Florida, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, NFL, America, United States, Davis, National Football League, Taylor, DOE, Carr, Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, McKesson, Saul


Argument analysis: Justices debate power of courts to review requests to reopen railroad benefits decisions

The Supreme Court heard telephonic argument on Monday in Salinas v. U.S. Railroad Retirement Board. The case presents a narrow question about the Railroad Retirement Act and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, two federal statutes that govern pensions, unemployment benefits and sickness benefits for the nation’s railworkers. The question is: When the agency responsible for administering those statutes denies benefits to a claimant, and then later refuses to reopen its denial, is that refusa...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, United States, Salinas, Board, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, HARRIS, Alito, Barrett, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Elena Kagan


Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Granddaughter Urges Voters To ‘Make Her Voice Heard’ At The Ballot Box

Vote in Election 2020, and tell them Ruth sent you.
Tags: Law, Government, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Quote Of The Day, Ruth, Election 2020, Clara Spera


ATL Special Report Podcast: Unlocking Insights And Integrating With Lexis+ [Sponsored]

LexisNexis Director of Product Management Lindsey Bringardner and Ian Connett discuss the power of unlocking data insights and integrating with new age practice tools on the Lexis+ Platform.
Tags: Technology, Law, Legal Research, Legal Technology, Lexis, LexisNexis, Sponsored Content, LexisNexis / Lexis-Nexis, LexisNexis Custom, Ian Connett, Lindsey Bringardner


Election Night Viewing Guide — For Maximum Self-Destruction

Let's make it through the night together.
Tags: Law, Government, Joe Biden, Drinking, Donald Trump


UK can expect at least three Covid waves with lockdowns, Mordaunt says

Tory MP defends strategy as rebels warn they will not vote to extend latest restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK should be braced for at least a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic and further lockdowns, a minister has said as Tory sceptics warned they would not vote to extend England’s four-week shutdown.Penny Mordaunt, the paymaster general, told MPs on Tuesday that there could yet be a rolling series of lockdowns – but argued this was not evidence ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Health policy, Penny Mordaunt, Mordaunt, Coronavirus


The Hopeful Second Gentleman Of The United States Of America Has Some Great Advice For Kids

Maybe this will quell your anxiousness for a hot second.
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Biglaw, Dla Piper, Election 2020, United States of America, Doug Emhoff


"We all had fun."

It's a podcast. Topics: "The right not to vote, it all depends on Pennsylvania, second in line to vote, the 'mathematical president-elect,' we all had fun, what a Hitler ad would look like, the Little Pimp gaffe." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Podcast, Law, Pennsylvania, Hitler, Ann Althouse


Polls Begin to Close: A Nail-biter or a Landslide?

Update 8:06 p.m. MT: The latest numbers are not encouraging. Trump is now ahead in Ohio, PA, NC, and GA. Trump is on the rails in Arizona. John King keeps comparing Biden's numbers to Hillary's 2016 numbers. I'm not sure they mean that much. He... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Arizona, Biden, Hillary, John King, Trump, Ohio PA NC, GA Trump


Some places to watch for results on criminal justice ballot initiatives

The folks at Vox have created this webpage which will help track "live results" from some of the criminal justice ballot initiatives that voters are considering today around the country. Here is the set up: In Oklahoma, voters could ban harsh sentencing enhancements that can keep people in prison longer for nonviolent crimes. In California, voters will consider three measures: one to affirm the end of cash bail, another to let people vote while on parole, and a third to roll back recent crimina...
Tags: Utah, Law, California, Kentucky, Oregon, America, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Vox, Douglas A Berman, Ohio State University Moritz College, Tom Angell, Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, ETFMG


Judge Sullivan Orders Post Office To Actually Deliver Any Ballots They’ve Got

Is it good news when it's news that never should have been newsworthy in the first place?
Tags: Law, Government, Sullivan, Emmet Sullivan, Election Law


UK can expect three Covid waves with lockdowns, Mordaunt says

Tory MP defends strategy as rebels warn they will not vote to extend latest restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK should be braced for at least a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic and further lockdowns, a minister has said as Tory sceptics warned they would not vote to extend England’s four-week shutdown.Penny Mordaunt, the paymaster general, told MPs on Tuesday that there could yet be a rolling series of lockdowns – but argued this was not evidence ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Health policy, Penny Mordaunt, Mordaunt, Coronavirus


New lockdown, same economic victims: young, low-paid workers

Low-paid workers are most at risk of losing their jobs or being furloughed on less than the minimum wageAs far as the labour market is concerned, lockdown 2 will be the same as lockdown 1: the main casualties will be young, low-paid workers employed by consumer-facing services.Retailing, hospitality and leisure make up around one-sixth of the economy’s output and anybody working in one of those sectors is more at risk of losing their job, of being furloughed and of not having their government-su...
Tags: Business, Technology, Money, China, Tesla, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, Retail industry, Pay, Stock Markets, Family finances, Minimum Wage, Asia Pacific, Motoring, Electric



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