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Austin Police Monitor proposed rule changes to discourage officer discourtesy

When one digs into the details of complaints at most police departments, the category that stands out by volume isn't "use of force" but "rudeness," or some variant thereon. But most police-oversight discussions focus on beatings, shootings, etc., not the nasty, personal interactions that generate the greatest volume of grassroots antipathy.So Grits was pleased that Austin's Office of Police Oversight in September put out recommendations to upgrade APD's Personal Conduct policy regarding officer...
Tags: Texas, Law, Austin, John, Apd, Gritsforbreakfast, Austin s Office of Police Oversight, City Council See


Trump campaign asks to enter Pennsylvania mail-in ballot challenge

Telling the court that “the vote in Pennsylvania may well determine the next President of the United States,” the campaign of President Donald Trump went to the Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon. In a 10-page filing in Republican Party of Pennsylvania v. Boockvar, the president’s campaign asked to join the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s appeal of a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that requires election officials to count mail-in ballots received by Nov. 6. The justices rejected a pl...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Pennsylvania, United States, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Trump, Democratic Party, The Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Howe, Alito, Republican Party of Pennsylvania, State Supreme Court, Samuel Alito


Argument analysis: Justices sympathetic to faith-based foster-care agency in anti-discrimination dispute

If the justices – like many of us – were up late on Tuesday night watching election returns, it was hard to tell when they took the virtual bench on Wednesday morning to hear oral argument in an important case involving a clash between religious freedom and laws and policies that protect LGBTQ rights. When the justices considered a similar dispute two years ago, in the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a custom cake to celebrate a same-sex wedding because he believed that doing so wou...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Colorado, Stanford, Css, Philadelphia, Catholic, Smith, John Roberts, Fulton, Fisher, Roberts, Neal Katyal, Howe, Alito


At The Who Won Cafe...

 ... you can write about whatever you want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse


Election Coverage Now Comes From Blogs

Election coverage now comes from blogs. Whether they be blogs run by the mainstream media, blogs that have the status of mainsteam media, such as FiveThirtyEight, blogs published by legal commenators, or citizen bloggers, blogs dominate election coverage. In addition, what Americans read on social media is often a report originally published on a blog. This was not the case not that long ago. Sixteen years ago, the Boston Globe’s Teresa Hanafin, reporting from. the Democratic Nat...
Tags: Law, Senate, Iraq, Uncategorized, House, Boston Globe, McDonald, Dave Winer, Winer, Boston Garden, Hanafin, Teresa Hanafin


Trump rants and sues as Biden victory looms

With the vote count nearing completion and Joe Biden securing both the upper-midwest swing states and, according to Fox News and the AP, the state of Arizona, President Donald Trump's only electoral path to victory is winning every other state yet to be called: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Law, Joe Biden, Arizona, Fox News, Nevada, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Election2020, Pennsylvania North Carolina Georgia


International observers say US elections 'tarnished' by Trump and uncertainty

Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe highlights systemic flaws and president’s bid to ‘undermine public trust’US election live – follow all the latest updatesUS election – live resultsAn international observer mission has reported that the US elections have been “tarnished” by legal uncertainty and Donald Trump’s “unprecedented attempts to undermine public trust”.A preliminary report by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) pointed to systemic weaknesses i...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Law, US, US news, US politics, Donald Trump, Trump, US elections 2020


Cancel culture vs. toleration: The consequences of punishing dissent

Pluralism is the idea that different people, traditions, and beliefs not only can coexist together in the same society but also should coexist together because society benefits from the vibrant workshopping of ideas.Cancel culture is a threat to a liberal society because it seeks to shape the available information rather than seek truth.Practicing toleration for those ideas does not mean merely putting up with them but actually acknowledging the ideas with an open spirit, as Chandran Kukathas, p...
Tags: Google, Politics, Diversity, Society, United States, Paris, Innovation, Sergey Brin, Philosophy, Catholic, Marie Curie, Caribbean, Hamilton, Warsaw, Personal Growth, Soviet Union


Case preview: Justices will consider constitutionality of ACA’s individual mandate again

This article is the first entry in a symposium previewing California v. Texas. Since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the Supreme Court has reviewed six cases testing various parts of the law or the regulations that flow from it. One week after Election Day, the court will hear oral argument in a seventh. The newest challenge, California v. Texas, will be the second time the justices review the constitutionality of the ACA’s individual mandate – the requirement that virtually all...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Court, House, House Of Representatives, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ACA, Medicaid, Irs, Kennedy, Paul Clement


Lawyers Take The Election’s Center Stage — See Also

Counting Votes Shouldn't Be Partisan: But we live in America in 2020, so. Post Master General About To Get Learned: Federal court orders need be followed. Biglaw Firms With The Best Appellate Practices: The 2020 list. COVID Austerity Measure Rollbacks And Bonuses! At Baker Botts. The President's, erm, Bold Election Strategy: Law, who needs the law?
Tags: Law, America, See Also


"Drugs Won Big During the U.S. Election"

The title of this post is the title of this Vice piece highlighting one clear pattern of clear winners during election 2020. Here are excerpts: Despite the uncertainty over the outcome of the U.S. presidential race Wednesday morning, Mississippi cannabis advocate Natalie Jones Bonner was feeling “absolute joy.”  Jones Bonner, 59, was celebrating the passing of Initiative 65, a ballot measure that will establish a medical cannabis program in the state. Mississippi is one of a handful of states t...
Tags: New York, Mississippi, Law, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, New Jersey, District Of Columbia, Drug Policy Alliance, Sutton, Raich, Douglas A Berman, Matt Sutton, Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, Arizona Montana New Jersey, Natalie Jones Bonner


Wait, How Much Money Has This Biglaw Firm Billed To Democrats?

Hopefully the Dems' spending is worth it.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Trivia Question of the Day, Election Law


"Biden looks screwed even if he wins/At a minimum, the lackluster performance of Democratic Senate candidates would hamstring a President Biden from Day One."

Says Politico. [T]his campaign was always a referendum on Trump, rather than an affirmative endorsement of Biden and his agenda. That dynamic already cut against Biden claiming a strong positive mandate. He needed a crushing rejection of Trump to strengthen his case. He also needed the Senate...  Final results that fall short of a massive rejection of Trump, as seems likely, would fail to trigger the repudiation of Trumpism in the Republican Party that many Democrats — and a minority of Republ...
Tags: Law, Senate, Gop, Republican Party, Biden, Trump, John Harris, Ann Althouse, 2020 Elections, Trump the ex-President


House Democrats stunned that they didn't oust a single GOP incumbent.

Politico reports.  [B]y Wednesday morning, party officials and the rank and file were in panic mode as they awaited the results of nearly 20 members of the Democrats’ historic freshman class that handed the party control of the House just two years ago. And already they were saying goodbye to at least a half-dozen of their centrist Democratic colleagues, who were stunned by GOP challengers on Tuesday, including Abby Finkenauer in Iowa and Donna Shalala in Florida.... “It’s a dumpster fire,” sai...
Tags: Florida, Law, Congress, Gop, House, Iowa, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Trump, Ann Althouse, Abby Finkenauer, 2020 Elections, Donna Shalala


Ant, Squashed

Not even Jack Ma is bigger than the Chinese Communist Party.
Tags: Law, Finance, Jack Ma


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Tags: Giveaways, Hunting, Hunt, Giveaways Got Hunts


Biden-Harris About to Cross the Finish Line

Update 7:40 om: CNN just interviewed Richard Barrett, the head of vote counting somewhere in Georgia. He was the best most composed, intelligible guest all night (even though the guy interviewing him was a jerk. He asked, "Are all of these ballots... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Georgia, Cnn, Richard Barrett, Biden Harris


"The Remaining Vote in Pennsylvania Appears to Be Overwhelmingly for Biden/The president leads by nearly 700,000 votes, but there are 1.4 million absentee votes outstanding."

Headline at the NYT.So far, Mr. Biden has won absentee voters in Pennsylvania, 78 percent to 21 percent, according to the Secretary of State’s office. The results comport with the findings of pre-election surveys and an analysis of absentee ballot requests, which all indicated that Mr. Biden held an overwhelming lead among absentee voters. If Mr. Biden won the more than 1.4 million absentee votes by such a large margin, he would net around 800,000 votes — enough to overcome his deficit statewide...
Tags: Voting, Law, Pennsylvania, Biden, Trump, State, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020


Professional Development And Wellness: Essential Resources For Tough Times [Sponsored]

This month, PLI is recognizing its inaugural PD Appreciation Month, and for this year’s theme, it’s putting the focus on wellness.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Health & Wellness, Pli, Tough Times, Sponsored Content, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Practising Law Institute (PLI, PLI Custom


CBD Cosmetics: Unregulated, Yes. Risk-Free, No.

Some federal laws and regulations apply to cosmetics marketed in interstate commerce.
Tags: Law, Marijuana, Nathalie Bougenies, Cannabidiol (CBD


Judge Questions Thomson Reuters’ Lawsuit Against ROSS Intelligence

During a hearing last Friday in the copyright lawsuit filed by legal research giant Thomson Reuters against legal research startup ROSS Intelligence, the judge presiding over the case questioned whether TR’s allegations in its complaint were complete speculation. “Why shouldn’t I understand what you are telling me to be, hey, we’re just completely speculating here that the defendant actually used some of our protected material,” Delaware U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark asked TR’s atto...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Thomson Reuters, Ross, Kirkland Ellis, Crowell Moring, Ramsey, Westlaw, Stark, ROSS Intelligence, Leonard P Stark, Cendali, LegalEase Solutions, Delaware U S District


"Can you tell me please, who won?"

  It's a podcast. Topics: "Post-election day rhetoric analyzed, a stoical approach, the language of boarded-up windows, there will be math, and the squandered credibility of the press." You might want to subscribe on iTunes — here. Or subscribe on whatever podcast app you use. The podcast is a way to read the Althouse blog by ear, perhaps when you're out walking around, perhaps when you're taking a bath or falling asleep. There are many benefits to the podcast version of the blog. Not...
Tags: Podcast, Law, Ann Althouse, Althouse


Guest post: Advancing Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship through the Patent System

By Colleen V. Chien, Professor of Law; and  Jonathan Collins,  Zachary J. Daly , and Rodney Swartz, PhD, all third-year JD students; all at Santa Clara University School of Law. This post is fourth in a series about insights developed based on data released by the USPTO. “To truly advance innovation and human progress, we must all work to broaden the innovation community and make sure everyone knows that they, too, can change the world through the power of a single idea.” – June 17, 2020 USPTO D...
Tags: Law, Georgia, Uspto, Michigan, Npr, AIA, Patent, Kamala Harris, Small Business Administration, PTO, Sara Blakely, Small Business Innovation Research, Iancu, Alan Marco, Office of Patent Quality Assurance, Colleen Chien


Helpful Tips for Getting Through the Work Day

With COVID fatigue setting in and winter coming, motivation to complete work may be in short supply. The Harvard Business Review released an article this week titled “Feeling Overwhelmed? Here’s How to Get through the Workday” by Alice Boyes.  Alice Boyes offers the following tips for beating the blues and carrying on with work: “Focus on a familiar activity”. Begin by working on a “old” activity that you have lots of experience performing. The sense of accomplishment after the completing the w...
Tags: Law, Harvard Business Review, Practice Of Law, 7 and 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Alice Boyes, Getting Through The Work Day, Alice Boyes Alice Boyes


The Future Of Legal Technology Is Here With Lexis+ [Sponsored]

The world of data-driven insights is really exciting, and Lexis+ helps answer the important questions that need to be answered.
Tags: Technology, Law, Biglaw, Sponsored Content, In-House Counsel, Small Law Firms, LexisNexis / Lexis-Nexis, LexisNexis Custom, Executive Interview


Dear God, Don’t Put The Election In The Hands Of Lawyers

De jure universal suffrage doesn't matter if de facto voter disenfranchisement happens in courtrooms.
Tags: Law, Donald Trump, Biglaw, Election 2020, Election Law


An obvious point.

Obvious point here but: media quickly calling states in Biden's favor, when they're actually close, and slow-walking the announcements of Trump's clear victories is not a good look for being trusted or fighting a narrative of an election being stolen from the voters.— Mollie (@MZHemingway) November 4, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Voting, Law, Biden, Trump, Ann Althouse, MOLLIE HEMINGWAY, Trump and the press



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