Trump gives out 26 MORE pardons: Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Charles Kushner, other cronies

• Part two of Pardonpalooza just hit. Part one was yesterday. On Wednesday, outgoing U.S. president Donald Trump gave out 26 more pardons, including to his 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort, to Trump's longtime associate Roger Stone, to Jared Kushner's felon father Charles Kushner, and other longtime personal and political allies of the Trump family. — Read the rest
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'Sex for sanitary pads': how Kenya's lockdown led to a rise in teenage pregnancy

Girls who got free sanitary products at school were pushed to desperate measures in what is being called a shadow pandemicThousands of girls in Kenya will not be going back to school when classes start again in January, because they became pregnant during the Covid 19-lockdown.The African Institute for Development Policy puts the number of teenage girls who became pregnant in the country between January and May at more than 150,000, with Nairobi recording nearly 12,000 pregnancies. Anecdotal evi...
Tags: Africa, Society, World news, Contraception and family planning, Global development, Kenya, Young People, Teenage pregnancy, Menstruation, Nairobi, Coronavirus

Limiting police pursuits would save lives but cops like them too much

Houston police Chief Art Acevedo says HPD won't change its policies after three high-speed chases in one night, all of them initially stemming from suspects who fled at traffic stops, resulted in two innocent bystanders killed. According to press reports, Houston cops on average undertake 2-3 high-speed pursuits per day. Overuse of police pursuits has been a hobbyhorse of this blog for many years: High-speed chases are among the most dangerous things police officers do and result in many prevent...
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Trump's Pardonmania

There is no way to describe Donald Trump's pardon choices this week as anything but repulsive. Instead of extending a second chance to those who turned their lives around, were remorseful and deserving of mercy, he made a mockery of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Request for Comments on the National Strategy for Expanding American Innovation

The USPTO is in the midst of writing a new “report concerning patenting and entrepreneurship activities among women, minorities, and veterans” and is seeking comments (, docket number PTO-P-2020-0057). = = = = = Issues for Comment: The USPTO seeks comments from the public that will be used to help draft a national strategy to create opportunities that will expand our innovation ecosystem to include all individuals, including those from underrepresented socioeconomic, geographi...
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A Pardon Won’t Get You Back To Biglaw — See Also

Former Biglaw Associate Gets Pardoned: But it's not like Skadden is back on the agenda. Reputation Counts: In the practice of law. No Special Bonuses For You: At Alston & Bird. Which Lawyer Was Tops This Year: Or at least had the biggest impact, because, really it's mostly a cavalcade of awful.
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It’s Bonkers How Many Equity Partners Expect To Take A Compensation Hit Thanks To COVID-19

COVID hasn't been kind to equity partners.
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Key Considerations For Modern Document Management [Sponsored]

Selecting technology partners that will deliver what they promise and provide value to the organization has become more important than ever.
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On the Supreme Court’s shadow docket, the steady volume of pandemic cases continues

As the Supreme Court winds down for the holiday break, one thing that has not slowed is the flow of litigation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. In November and December, the court handled seven emergency requests for relief related to COVID-19, six involving challenges by religious institutions to state crowd-restriction orders and one involving exposure of prisoners to the coronavirus. All of the cases followed a now-familiar procedural pattern. Like the many other pandemic-related cases tha...
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Trump Lawyers Find Out The Hard Way That He Screws Everyone In The End

Lie down with dogs, wake up with tweets.
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My Book About How To Go To Law School Without Debt, ‘Your Debt-Free JD,’ Just Sold Its 100th Copy

That is a whole lot of people who hopefully gained valuable insight into what they are facing in terms of law school debt.
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Prez Trump issues 29 more clemencies on Festivus that include full pardons to Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Charles Kushner

As reported in this CNN piece, "President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening announced 26 new pardons, including ones for longtime ally Roger Stone, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's father, Charles." Here is a bit more: Also included in Trump's pardon list Wednesday evening is former California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter's wife, Margaret, just one day after Trump granted Duncan Hunter a full pardon. Margaret Hunter had pleaded guilty last year to ...
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There Is At Least One Law Danske Bank Hasn’t Broken

How many it has, and how much it will cost, remains unclear.
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‘Shoved aside’: Fiji set to lose top job on UN rights body in global power struggle

Country’s expected ascension to human rights council presidency is being challenged by a China-backed bid by BahrainFor a small country in the South Pacific that joined the UN’s powerful human rights council for the first time in 2019, Fiji has made giant strides within the organisation: right to the very top ... almost.By consensus, Fiji’s chief diplomat in Geneva, ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, was set to assume the presidency of the council for 2021, a historic first not only for Fiji, but f...
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No Trivial Matter

I am a big fan of trivia. I am pretty much undefeated in any game of Trivial Pursuit since the mid-1980s [1] . One night years ago my family thought they might defeat me playing a DVD-video based version of the game. My victory that night has become family legend. [2] A piece of trivia I recently learned was that the Audi automobile company takes its name from the legal maxim, audi alteram partem . The founder, August Horch, could not use his surname as it was part of the trademark ...
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South African Covid-19 variant has reached the UK, says Matt Hancock

Two people test positive for variant after contact with travellers from South AfricaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA “highly concerning” new variant of coronavirus that is suspected of fuelling a rise in cases in South Africa has been detected in the UK, Matt Hancock has said.Surveillance by Public Health England on Tuesday identified two people who contracted the virus after being in contact with separate travellers from South Africa. One case is in London, the othe...
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"Versari Crimes"

The title of this post is the title of this new article authored by Stephen Garvey available via SSRN. Here is the abstract: The versari doctrine alleges that if a person commits a crime, he or she is strictly liable for all the resulting consequences.  This doctrine, which goes back to canon law, doesn't get much attention these days from criminal law theorists.  But it probably should.  A fair case can be made that the doctrine underwrites the felony murder rule, the misdemeanor manslaughter ...
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Google Isn’t Liable for Allegedly Problematic Search Results–Diez v. Google

Diez claims to be a “naturist” (note: these facts are taken from Diez’s complaint). He conducted Google image searches for the keywords “family naturist females,” “family naturist girls,” “family nudist females,” and “family nudist girls.” [PLEASE DO NOT INDEPENDENTLY INVESTIGATE THESE KEYWORD SEARCHES] Diez says he obtained 25-30 images of “minor females.” At his Pinterest page, he posted a photo of “a 7-8 year old girl standing nude on a sandbar with a scenic background” that he claims he dow...
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Above The Law’s 2020 Lawyer Of The Year Contest: The Finalists!

From distinguished to despicable, who should be Above the Law’s Lawyer of the Year for 2020?
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No Second ‘Chances’

You can have a second ACT, but you don't get a consequence-free mulligan.
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IRS Rolls Back Standard Mileage Rates for 2021

The IRS has issued the 2021 standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes. Beginning January 1, 2021, the standard mileage rate for business use of a car, van, pickup, or panel truck will be 56 cents per mile, down 1.5 cents from the […] The post IRS Rolls Back Standard Mileage Rates for 2021 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Remote Research? No Problem – Meet PLI PLUS [Sponsored]

From the way you meet clients to the way you do research, everything’s more virtual in today’s pandemic climate. Practising Law Institute (PLI), known as the industry’s established provider of continuing legal education, also provides authoritative, practical guidance in an online format that makes finding information easy – even if your ‘office’ is in your dining room.
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Fears UK aid cuts could undermine research on deadliest diseases

Exclusive: experts sign letter warning against slashing spending on public-private programmesExperts fear a push to cut the UK’s aid budget will slash spending on global health research, handicapping international public-private programmes that have helped combat the world’s deadliest diseases over the last decade.In a letter addressed to the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, last week, prominent parliamentarians sought reassurance that the planned cuts would not lead to “dramatic reductions” in ...
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More data needed before giving just one vaccine dose, says Covid adviser

Tony Blair and others make argument for giving more people a single jab rather than twoCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA senior scientific adviser has said more data is needed before the government can adopt a proposal to give as many people as possible a single dose of a Covid vaccine rather than preserving stocks so there is enough for a second jab.The former prime minister Tony Blair and Prof David Salisbury, a former director of immunisation at the Department of H...
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CDC Says Lawyers and Judges A Priority for Coronavirus Vaccine

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control on who should be first to receive the coronavirus vaccine puts lawyers and other legal professionals near the top of the list. On Sunday, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices issued recommendations for who should be next to receive the vaccine after long-term care patients and frontline health care workers. The recommendations outline three tiers of phase one vaccine prioritization. After the first tier of long-term care residen...
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"The combination of half-listening and overdramatization of the facts by the media creates an anxiety-driven stew."

Said Gale Ridge, an entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, quoted in "Rumors of a ‘murder hornet’ apocalypse may have been exaggerated" (ScienceNews). "Suddenly, overlooked local wasp and hornet species… hanging around in corners of people’s backyards for millennia become the subjects of panic-driven calls," she said. The solution, she says, is: "One creates a fresh storybook of information on which callers can relax, feel comfortable and thrive."  I...
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Former Skadden Associate Taken Down In Mueller Probe Gets Pardoned By Trump

But his career as a lawyer was already beyond help.
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