Sunset recommendation for a 'blue-ribbon panel' on Texas police licensing agency: Grits wonders what's left to study?

The new Sunset Commission report for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement came out earlier this month: A once-every-12-years review of agency functions and practices. The good news: They didn't short sell the problems. (See more background here.) Their issue #1 stated flatly that "Texas' Approach to Regulating Law Enforcement is Ineffective," an observation with which Grits wholeheartedly agrees. They described a "fragmented, outdated system with poor accountability, lack of statewide stand...
Tags: Texas, Law, Gop, San Antonio, Sunset, Abbott, Legislature, Gritsforbreakfast, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, Sunset Commission, Texas Training, TCOLE, Bureau of Justice Statistics Texas, Texas Approach, Office of Court, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Grits

Rothco Employee Spotlight - Meet Amanda

We want you to get to know us AKA Rothco a little better!  Each month Rothco will be highlighting a member of our team. For our first employee spotlight meet Amanda.  Amanda has worked for Rothco for just over a year in our marketing department and when she first started here one of the first and favorite items she bought from Rothco was our Lightweight M-65 Jacket. [Author: Rothco NY]
Tags: Military, Amanda, Rothco, Rothco NY, Amanda Amanda, Employee Spotlight

A Lesson from Judge Chen on Waiver vs Forfeiture

by Dennis Crouch In re Google Technology Holdings LLC (Fed. Cir. 2020) Decision authored by Judge Chen and joined by Judges Taranto and Stoll This is an ex parte appeal of a patent office refusal to grant a patent to Google on its U.S. Pat. App. No. 15/179,765 (distributed caching of content for video-on-demand).  The examiner rejected the claims as obvious and that was affirmed by the PTAB.  On appeal here the Federal Circuit affirms on forfeiture grounds: Because we conclude that Google has fo...
Tags: Google, Law, Johnson, Patent, Board, Chen, Federal Circuit, Stoll, Dennis Crouch, PTAB, Olano, Equitable Estoppel, Judges Taranto, Zerbst, Google Technology Holdings LLC Fed, Supreme Court Case of US

At the Sunset Café...

... you can write about anything you want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Trees, Moon, Sunset, Ann Althouse, Sunset Café

Australian special forces Afghanistan war crimes inquiry report released – latest updates

Australian defence force releases long-awaited Brereton report into allegations SAS committed war crimes in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2016. Follow live 12.32am GMT Campbell is asked what the ADF intends to do about individuals who did not bear criminal negligence, but may have been negligent. I will look at them case by case, working with the chief of Army and dealing with our administrative and disciplinary processes to understand their part in this story and their degree of accountability a...
Tags: Law, World news, Australia news, Afghanistan, South and Central Asia, War Crimes, Army, Australian military, Sas, Campbell, ADF, Brereton

A Big Day For Judges — See Also

Some Judges Are Singing And Dancing: Federal judges deliver fantastic Hamilton parody. Some Judges Are Testy: Judge Leon isn't happy with any of this case. Some Judges Are Just Confused: Judge Brann eyes Rudy with normal scrutiny. And Some Judges Have Promising Clerks: Justice Alito clerk joining Biden White House.
Tags: Law, Biden, Rudy, Hamilton, Leon, Alito, Brann, See Also

On The History Of Court Packing

Will history repeat itself? Depends on these Georgia Senate runoffs...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Courts, Georgia Senate, Trivia Question of the Day, Court Packing

Crying Is Healthy

I cry at least once a week. Crying is an incredibly healthy way of releasing stress, grief, and anxiety. It's not weakness, it's strength. Find a safe spot and let it rip!
Tags: Crying, Law, Health and Wellness, Brian Cuban, Health / Wellness

"Against Thanksgiving."

  It's a podcast. Topics: "Biden and embarrassment, Mo Willems and aging, kids and coronavirus, the war on Thanksgiving, shunning the Trumps, ogling in Pakistan, and the depiction of bad people as ugly." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Podcast, Law, Pakistan, Biden, Ann Althouse, Mo Willems

Judge Tosses Hank Greenberg’s Lawsuit Against Eliot Spitzer, Insults Him To His Face

The former AIG CEO is too blinded by hatred and rage to see any similarities between himself and the libidinous former governor.
Tags: Law, Finance, Aig, Tosses Hank Greenberg, Lawsuit Against Eliot Spitzer Insults

Hackers HQ and Space Command: how UK defence budget could be spent

Creation of specialist cyber force and artificial intelligence unit in pipelineBoris Johnson agrees £16bn rise in defence spendingA specialist cyber force of several hundred British hackers has been in the works for nearly three years, although its creation has been partly held back by turf wars between the spy agency GCHQ and the Ministry of Defence, to which the unit is expected to jointly report. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Technology, Internet, Gchq, UK News, Military, Hacking, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, Espionage, Johnson, Cyberwar, Artificial intelligence (AI

Autism Spectrum Disorder Is the Main Defence in the Van Attack Trial (Alex Minassian Trial): Autism Canada Speaks Out

In April 2018, Minassian drove a van into a crowd of people, killing 10 people. His trial is now happening in Ontario by videoconference. The defence is arguing that he is not criminally responsible on account of his autism spectrum disorder. They are arguing that he did not understand what he was doing was wrong. Expert psychiatrists have been retained to provide opinions on both sides. Each person with Autism spectrum disorder is unique. To learn more about the characteristics, see here. Autis...
Tags: Law, Canada, Ontario, Review Board, Substantive Law, Minassian, Autism Canada speaks out, Autism Defence, Van attack trial, Alex Minassian

Virtual Mediations Are Fairly Effective

Virtual mediations have been fruitful for a number of reasons.
Tags: Technology, Law, Zoom, Small Law Firms, Jordan Rothman, Coronavirus, COVID-19

"The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime over the Last Two Decades"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new work from John Donohue and Steven Levitt published in the American Law and Economics Review.  Here is the abstract: Donohue and Levitt (2001) presented evidence that the legalization of abortion in the early 1970s played an important role in the crime drop of the 1990s.  That paper concluded with a strong out-of-sample prediction regarding the next two decades: “When a steady state is reached roughly twenty years from now, the impact of ab...
Tags: Law, Levitt, Donohue, Douglas A Berman, Steven Levitt, John Donohue

If You Agree To Your Partner Being A Parent To Your Child, Beware Of The No ‘Take-Backsies’ Rule

Courts are increasingly recognizing that families take many forms.
Tags: Law, Family law, Ellen Trachman, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART

UC Law Review Online publishes symposium on "COVID-19 and Criminal Justice"

I was intribued to see this new University of Chicago Law Review Online symposium exploring the COVID pandemic's impact criminal justice.  Here are all the great-looking pieces: Valena E. Beety & Brandon L. Garrett, COVID-19 and Criminal Justice (series introduction) Sharon Dolovich, Mass Incarceration, Meet COVID-19 Maybell Romero, Law Enforcement as Disease Vector Valena E. Beety, Pre-Trial Dismissal in the Interest of Justice: A Response to COVID-19 and Protest Arrests Deniz Ariturk, William...
Tags: Law, Douglas A Berman, Interest of Justice, VALENA, University of Chicago Law Review Online, UC Law Review Online, Valena E Beety Brandon L Garrett, Deniz Ariturk William E Crozier Brandon L Garrett, Pamela R Metzger Gregory J Guggenmos, Jennifer D Oliva

Pyrrhic victory for federal death row inmates in DC Circuit lethal injection litigation

As reported in this Courthouse Legal News piece, headlined "Federal Executions on Track but DC Circuit Flags Legal Errors," two federal defendants scheduled to be executed in coming days and weeks got some cold comfort from the DC Circuit today: Though it declined to block two federal executions, the first just over 24 hours away, the D.C. Circuit was critical Wednesday that seven lethal injections have been carried out in the last few months without medical prescriptions. This year alone, Pres...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Aclu, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Hall, Trump, Fdca, Bernard, D C Circuit, Lisa Montgomery, DC Circuit, Chutkan, Douglas A Berman, William Barr, Christopher Vialva

GM is following Tesla's example and launching its own insurance with OnStar

Bill Pugliano/Getty General Motors said Wednesday it will sell car insurance directly to owners.  The move is similar to Tesla's offering that launched in California last year.  Across the board, insurance is changing rapidly thanks to data that can make plans cheaper and help underwriters more easily manage risk.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. General Motors is the latest company to get into the data-driven insurance game.The automaker on Wednesday announced plans t...
Tags: MetroMile, Transportation, Elon Musk, California, Car Insurance, Trends, Insurance, General Motors, Tesla, Ford, Gm, Musk, Graham Rapier, Bill Pugliano Getty, Asad Hussain, Business News Desk

Empirical SCOTUS: How the court’s decisions have limited the national electorate

This article looks at the Supreme Court’s election law jurisprudence under the Roberts court. Supreme Court opinions and applications were searched from 2005 through the present for the term “election.” All cases were examined, and any that related to elections or voting procedures were maintained in the dataset. Cases were broken down across several issues including voting rights and procedures, vote counting, campaign finance and primaries. Several cases also dealt with First Amendment issues ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Middleton, Republican National Committee, Kennedy, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Scalia, Moore, Merrill, Roberts, Ginsburg

Biglaw Firm Pushes First-Year Start Date To Summer 2021

Oof! Are other law firms considering doing the same thing?
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Schiff Hardin, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Start Dates

Kasowitz Suing Its Janitors Just In Time For The Holidays

Timing is a big part of litigation and this... isn't great timing.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Kasowitz, Kasowitz Benson Torres

Partner Out At Magic Circle Firm Following Internal Investigation

Not much is known about what led up to his retirement.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Slaughter & May, Magic Circle, Steve Cooke, Oliver Storey, Magic Circle Firm Following Internal Investigation

Dispatch 46: Revolution, Insurgency, and Civil War – we are there

Am about to drive from D.C. to Atlanta – this dispatch is unedited stream: --- 18 November 2020 Washington, D.C. The big step into insurgency warfare comes when average, intelligent people see the government as illegitimate. And are willing to do something. Actively or passively. This means, among other forms of war being waged from different corners, we face insurgency, civil war, and revolution. Our situation is no longer is ‘a possibility,’ or ‘at some point if we are not careful.’ W...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Hong Kong, New York, Featured, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, China, Iraq, America, Atlanta, Afghanistan, Thailand, Military, United States

Thomson Reuters Unveils Offerings That Make Adopting New Technology Easier Than Ever

No more excuses to avoid new technology.
Tags: Technology, Law, Thomson Reuters

READ: Formal request to Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Sen. Lindsey Graham

Three ethics experts -- Walter Shaub, a former top ethics watchdog for the federal government, Richard Painter, the chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush's administration, and Claire Finkelstein, the director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law -- asked the Senate Ethics Committee on Wednesday to look into Sen. Lindsey Graham's call last week with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and whether Graham "suggested" that Raffensperger "dis...
Tags: Law, Georgia, Cnn, Graham, University of Pennsylvania, George W Bush, Sen Lindsey Graham, Richard Painter, Senate Ethics Committee, Walter Shaub, Claire Finkelstein, Raffensperger, Brad Raffensperger

So You Want To Build A Well-Being CLE Program? 10 Tips For Accreditation [Sponsored]

Offering CLE credit is an excellent incentive for overscheduled, overstressed attorneys to attend well-being programs — but it can be tricky to get these programs accredited.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Health & Wellness, Pli, Sponsored Content, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Practising Law Institute (PLI, PLI Custom

Refunding Student Loans Already Paid Is A Better Idea Than Forgiving Student Loan Balances

Will Biden’s $10,000 proposal be enough?
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Student Loans, Law Schools, Will Biden

There’s A Run On Law School, With Applicants And Applications WAY Up

It may be an 'RBG moment' or just because of the pandemic, but people *really* want to go to law school right now.
Tags: Law, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Law Schools, Law School Applications, COVID-19

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