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Accessory After The Fact

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has imposed a two-year and a day suspension for conduct that led to a federal conviction f or accessory after the fact. Respondent's federal criminal conviction in Kansas arose from his conduct in 2014, after he... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Kansas, Oklahoma Supreme Court, Respondent, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


Badcopping, pretrial diversion for profit, getting around Miranda, and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention:Corruption, thy name is 'pretrial diversion'. A Texas DA in the Panhandle charged illegal pretrial diversion fees to criminal defendants then gave huge donations to local charities, the Houston Chronicle's Eric Dexheimer reported recently. He also maxxed out charges to defendants who won't play ball. E.g., they charged drivers coming back from Colorado with a few marijuana gummies with first degree felony charges, comparable to if ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Colorado, US, Austin, Houston, Miranda, Fort Worth, Jones, New Braunfels, Houston Chronicle, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Schertz, KXAN, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ


Fort Worth police pull rug out from under Tarrant DA on no-pot-arrest policy

What the hell is happening in Fort Worth over marijuana enforcement? Today brings two contradictory news reports on the topic from Cowtown.First, the Dallas News reported on Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson's new program, announced Monday, for Class B pot cases. Wilson is offering to dismiss charges if someone passes a drug test for three months running.But seemingly in response to the prosecutor's announcement, yesterday evening the local NBC affiliate ran a story announcing that:...
Tags: Texas, Nbc, Law, Marijuana, Fort Worth, Wilson, Tarrant County, Don, Gritsforbreakfast, Sharen Wilson, Cowtown First the Dallas News, Capt Mark Barthen, Barthen


Trump reportedly plans to pardon former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI

FILE - In this July 10, 2018, file photo, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, following a status hearing. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) Associated Press President Donald Trump plans to pardon former national security advisor Michael Flynn, reported.  The reported plans are said to be part of a series of pardons Trump plans to issue before leaving office in January. Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the F...
Tags: Politics, Law, Washington Post, Washington, White House, Russia, US, Trends, Fbi, Donald Trump, Pardon, Doj, Justice Department, Kamala Harris, Trump, Sidney Powell


Trump reportedly has plans to pardon Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russia

FILE - In this July 10, 2018, file photo, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, following a status hearing. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) Associated Press President Donald Trump may be planning a number of pardons between now and when he leaves office, including pardoning former national security advisor Michael Flynn, reported.  Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russia in December 2017.  In ...
Tags: Politics, Law, Washington, White House, Russia, Trends, Fbi, Donald Trump, Pardon, Justice Department, Kamala Harris, Trump, Sidney Powell, Flynn, Roger Stone, Powell


Parents of Seth Rich reach undisclosed settlement with Fox News, lawsuit charged cable newser with exploiting 27 year old DNC staffer's death

Fox News and the parents of slain Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich confirm they have reached a settlement today. No public apology and no financial or other details offered. The parents of 27-year-old Seth Rich said in their lawsuit against Fox News that the cable news company exploited their son's death. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Justice, Law, Dnc, US news, Fox News, Democratic National Committee, Seth Rich


At the Snowfall Café...

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


OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty on criminal charges including anti-kickback law, and defrauding the U.S.

The makers of the highly addictive prescription painkiller Oxycontin, Purdue Pharma LP, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to criminal charges in part of a deal with federal prosecutors to resolve an investigation into the drugmaker's role in the U.S. opioid crisis. Of three total criminal counts against Purdue, two were for violating a federal anti-kickback law, and another charged them with defrauding the United States and violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. —
Tags: Post, News, Law, US news, United States, Purdue, Purdue Pharma, Sacklers, OxyContin, Oxycontin Purdue Pharma LP


Bonus Season Kicks Into High Gear — See Also

Now That Cravath Has Announced Year-End Bonuses: Cleary, Skadden, and Milbank are on board. Former Biglaw Attorney Disbarred: Over a little matter of $2.5 million. Attention J.D.s: Stop calling yourself "doctor," you sound like an idiot. The Fourth Amendment And Covid: It's actually pretty straight forward. Rand Paul Had His Feelings Hurt: And the government won't help him out.
Tags: Law, Milbank, See Also


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Tags: Asia, Law, Miami, Sponsored Content, In-House Counsel, Lateral Moves, Kinney Recruiting, Asia Chronicles


"Mystery metal monolith."

It's a podcast. Listen here...    ... if you haven't already subscribed on your podcast app.  Topics: "Trump’s non-bombshell, Trump’s subversion, Rudy’s movie, kids and COVID, Madison’s #1, Hillbilly Elegy, Biden loyalists want taking care of, the monolith of the Canyonlands, Trump’s non-weird 90-second press conference." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Podcast, Law, Rudy, Trump, Ann Althouse, Hillbilly Elegy Biden, Canyonlands Trump


Symposium: Depoliticizing the census through administrative process

This article is part of a symposium previewing Trump v. New York. Jennifer Nou is a professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School. The census saga continues. This time, however, the Trump administration is more truthful about its motivations. It wants to count immigrants who are in the country without authorization, not — it turns out — to enforce the Voting Rights Act, but rather to influence the reapportionment of legislative seats. Specifically, the government has issued a presiden...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, White House, Massachusetts, States, Donald Trump, Trump, State, APA, Franklin, Commerce Department, Electoral College, Census Bureau, John Paul Stevens


Do you see it? Right there in the middle? The monolith!

  They weren't going to tell you exactly where it was. Somewhere in the desert in Utah. But the Reddit discussion pinpoints the place, and I made my screen shot from Google Maps "street view."  Here's the article in The Guardian: "Theories abound over mystery metal monolith found in Utah/Structure compared to monolith featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey while John McCracken gallerist says object is not sculptor’s work."  The McCracken gallerist got involved because some people were sayin...
Tags: Landscape, Utah, Law, Sculpture, Language, Reddit, Google Maps, Indiana Jones, Department of Public Safety, Rosebud, McCracken, Ann Althouse, Red Rock Country, Nick Street, John McCracken, Facebook the Utah Highway Patrol


Trump Wonders If He Should Have Gone With A Lawyer From The Yellow Pages Instead Of Leaky Rudy

The cases would still have been BS, but it would have been less humiliating.
Tags: Law, Government, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Sidney Powell, Election Law, Jenna Ellis, Leaky Rudy


Comparison Shopping

So few patent cases actually get to trial and verdict that damages appeal decisions are uncommon.
Tags: Law, Intellectual Property, Patent Law, GSK, Gaston Kroub, Vectura


Second Circuit panel affirms 55-year federalsentence for 15-year-old while lamenting the "unavailability of parole"

A helpful reader made sure I did not miss the interesting opinion by the Second Circtuit today in US v Portillo, No. 19-2158 (2d Cir. Nov. 24, 2020) (available here).  Here is how the opinion gets started: This appeal, challenging as unreasonably severe a sentence of fifty-five years imposed on a defendant who was fifteen years old at the time of the offense, presents the legal issue of the lawfulness of the sentence and also serves as a classic illustration of the unfortunate consequences of t...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, US, Alabama, United States, Miller, Portillo, District Court, Second Circuit, United States District Court, Douglas A Berman, Appellant Josue Portillo, Eastern District of New York Joseph F Bianco


If It’s At All Possible, Hedge Fund Would Like To Make Dov Charney’s Life Even More Miserable

Getting its money back would be nice, too.
Tags: Law, Finance, Dov Charney


"The Obama staffers are now cutting out the people who got Biden elected. None of these people found the courage to help the VP when he was running and now they are elevating their friends over the Biden people. "

"It’s fucked up.... There’s real doubt about whether they will be taken care of...People are pissed.... I think I’m going to be taken care of but I have not been taken care of yet. I am really interested to find out how you even find out how you got a job in this White House." Said a Biden adviser quoted in  "'People are pissed': Tensions rise amid scramble for Biden jobs/Veterans of the Democratic primary campaign fear they're being squeezed out of plum posts by later arrivals" (Politico).  T...
Tags: Law, Obama, Washington, White House, Careers, Biden, BETO, Bernie, Ann Althouse, Coolness, Warren Even


Reminder — SCOTUSblog and Goldstein & Russell are hiring

SCOTUSblog and Goldstein & Russell, P.C. are seeking to hire a full-time employee to serve as firm manager for Goldstein & Russell, P.C., and deputy manager of SCOTUSblog. The position is based in Bethesda, Maryland, and requires occasional in-person work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The principal responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: Administrative work for the firm [60%]: Managing finances, including payables, receivables, invoicing, and budgets; Keeping orga...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, U S Supreme Court, Russell, Tom Goldstein, Goldstein Russell, Bethesda Maryland, Goldstein, Goldstein Russell P C, Harvard Supreme Court Clinic Executive


Trump steps out to say that the stock market has hit the "sacred" number, 30,000.

  He gives the good news, mentions the vaccines, and turns and leaves.  The Guardian commemorates the occasion with the headline "Trump fails to answer questions or formally concede in bizarre 90-second briefing – video."  What was bizarre? CNN’s Jim Acosta said White House staff were suddenly shouting at journalists to get into their seats because the president wanted to walk into the briefing room. After Trump’s departure, a reporter was heard to say: ‘Well, that was weird as shit’.Yea...
Tags: Law, White House, Cnn, Trump, Jim Acosta, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric


Crybaby Rand Paul Upset That U.S. Attorney Won’t Investigate Nonexistent Crimes

He wants the DOJ to look into an interstate conspiracy to... ask government officials to do their jobs.
Tags: Law, Police, Government, Racism, Rand Paul, Doj, Michael Sherwin


Crybaby Rand Paul Upset That US Attorney Won’t Investigate Non-Existent Crimes

He wants the DOJ to look into an interstate conspiracy to... ask government officials to do their jobs.
Tags: Law, Police, Government, US, Racism, Rand Paul, Doj, Michael Sherwin


Javid advised of 'hostile public sentiment' to Shamima Begum, court told

Officials told then home secretary that withdrawing Isis recruit’s citizenship would not hurt community relations, supreme court hearsHome Office officials declared “public sentiment is overwhelmingly hostile” to Shamima Begum and argued removing her British citizenship would not affect community relations when they advised Sajid Javid to act against her last year.The then home secretary was formally advised that “the general feeling” was that the young woman, who travelled from east London to l...
Tags: Isis, London, Law, Islamic State, UK News, Syria, UK security and counter-terrorism, Sajid Javid, UK supreme court, Shamima Begum, Javid


ATL’s Legally Themed Halloween Costume Contest: The Winner (2020)

Who was the lucky winner of this year’s competition?
Tags: Law, Law Schools, ATL, Holidays and Seasons, Halloween Costume Contest


Changing The Game: How Quimbee Is Revolutionizing CLE And Making It Actually Fun [Sponsored]

Tired of your CLE requirements hanging over your head? Quimbee is here to provide you with a full service CLE platform that is informative, easy-to-use, and most importantly, FUN!
Tags: Technology, Law, Sponsored Content, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Stephanie Wilkins, CLE Courses, CLE requirements, Quimbee


Lawyers Have Much To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

The financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has not hurt lawyers as much as individuals in other industries.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Small Law Firms, Jordan Rothman, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Obviousness: Claim Construction (Q.of.Law) vs. Interpretation of the Prior Art (Q.of.Fact)

by Dennis Crouch In re Aspen Aerogels, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2020) (non-precedential) The basic question in this ex parte appeal is whether the asserted references teach the layering of aerogels as required by the insulation materials claim pending before the USPTO.  The pending APN 14/446,663 was filed in 2014, but claims a chain of priority stretching back to a 2005 provisional patent application. The basic idea here is that aerogel is a great insulator, but is fragile, so the claim requires fiber-r...
Tags: Law, Patent, Aspen, Apn, Board, PTO, Sano, Federal Circuit, Aerogel, Dennis Crouch, Stepanian, Aspen Aerogels Inc Fed, Aergoel, Kakoli Caprihan



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