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In Memoriam: Deborah L. Rhode (1952-2021)

MOVING TO FRONT FROM JANUARY 9: UPDATED A leading scholar of legal ethics and the legal profession, as well as gender and the law, Professor... [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Deborah, Brian Leiter


Next Steps in Eligibility.

Two competing patent eligibility petitions have been filed with the Supreme Court.  In American Axle, the patentee argues that the Federal Circuit has gone too-far in finding its claimed method of manufacturing a frequency-tuned vehicle drive-shaft to be directed to a natural law (namely Hooke’s law).  In Ariosa Diagnostics, the petition goes the other way and argues that the Federal Circuit has unduly narrowed its conception of a product-of-nature under Myriad.  It would be interesting for the ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Patent, Illumina Inc, Federal Circuit, Ariosa Diagnostics Inc, Hooke, Neapco Holdings LLC, American Axle Manufacturing Inc, Ariosa Diagnostics, Supreme Court In American Axle


At the Monday Night Café...

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


Welcome To Repercussions Week! — See Also

I Don't Care To Belong To Any Club That Will Have Me As A Member: New York State Bar Association informs Rudy Giuliani that it draws the line at "inciting armed insurrection." Is You Taking Notes On A Criminal F**king Conspiracy: Lawyer records himself breaking into the Capitol and posts it on social media. He Wasn't Wrong, He Massaged The Truth: Alan Dershowitz gets dragged for espousing nonsensical heavily disfavored interpretation of impeachment. I Made A Huge Mistake: Ginni Thomas might w...
Tags: Law, Rudy Giuliani, Capitol, New York State Bar Association, Alan Dershowitz, Ginni Thomas, See Also


On The Expulsion Of U.S. Senators

Can't imagine why this is a topic of conversation right at this moment in time.
Tags: Law, Government, Senators, Trivia Question of the Day


Law: The Director Of Dreams

It tears down obstacles and opens the door between dreams and reality.
Tags: Law, In-House Counsel, Olga V. Mack


Larry Kudlow Not Resigning, Merely Taking The Rest Of The Trump Administration Off

I mean, if he doesn’t use the days he’s gonna lose’em, right?
Tags: Law, Finance, Larry Kudlow


Over 7,000 Lawyers Sign Petition To Have Josh Hawley And Ted Cruz Disbarred

More petition problems for the senators.
Tags: Law, Government, Ted Cruz, Coups, Incitement, Josh Hawley, Disbarment


"Hours after it went offline on Monday, the social media start-up Parler filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing Amazon of violating antitrust law..."

"... and asking for a temporary restraining order to prevent the tech giant from blocking access to cloud computing services. Amazon told Parler over the weekend that it would shut off service because 'a steady increase in violent content' on the site showed that the company did not have a reliable process to prevent it from violating Amazon’s terms of service. Amazon said it would ensure Parler’s data was preserved so that it could migrate to a new hosting provider. Millions of people turned ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Law, Antitrust, Free Speech, Trump, Capitol, Ann Althouse, Parler, lawsuits I hope will succeed, the Trump resistance


A veteran in Congress asked the military to make sure troops participating in Biden's inauguration aren't sympathetic to domestic terrorists after Capitol siege

DC National Guard walk around the Capitol grounds, Thursday morning, Jan. 7, 2021 in Washington AP Photo/Julio Cortez Colorado Rep. Jason Crow, a former Army Ranger, asked Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy for a review of troops participating in the inauguration to ensure they are not sympathetic to domestic terrorists. The congressman's request followed an assault on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that appears to have included veterans and may have also included current military personnel. Ari...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Colorado, Washington, Politico, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, Fbi, Military, Veterans, Washington Dc, Arizona, Army, Pentagon


The fork as a weapon.

In the previous post, discussing a WaPo article about various characters in the January 6th incident at the U.S. Capitol, we encountered a man named Pete Harding, who "said that the only weapon he carried was a dinner fork, which he put in his pocket." He said — humorously, I think — "Fortunately, I didn’t have to wield the kitchen fork menacingly." So I want to look into the topic of the fork as a weapon. When I was a college student and went through a phase of thinking I might take a course ...
Tags: Murder, Law, Things, Capitol, Harding, WaPo, U S Capitol, Hitchcock, Ann Althouse, the Trump resistance, Pete Harding


A veteran in Congress asked the military to make sure troops deploying to Biden's inauguration are not sympathetic to domestic terrorists after Capitol siege

DC National Guard walk around the Capitol grounds, Thursday morning, Jan. 7, 2021 in Washington AP Photo/Julio Cortez Colorado Rep. Jason Crow, a former Army Ranger, asked Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy for a military review of troops participating in the inauguration to ensure they are not sympathetic to domestic terrorists. The congressman's request followed an assault on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that appears to have included veterans and may have also included current military perso...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Colorado, Washington, Politico, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, Fbi, Military, Veterans, Washington Dc, Arizona, Army, Pentagon


Justices issue more orders from Friday’s conference, decline to fast-track election-related cases

The Supreme Court on Monday morning issued more orders from the justices’ private conference last week. After adding 14 new cases to their docket for the term on Friday afternoon, the justices were not expected to grant review in additional cases on Monday – and they did not. Monday’s order list was nonetheless noteworthy because the justices turned down a group of requests to expedite the consideration of petitions for review in cases seeking to undo the results of the 2020 presidential electio...
Tags: Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, United States, Boston Marathon, Wisconsin, Nevada, Biden, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Pittsburgh


Okay, Joe. Thanks. I will link back to this if it ever seems you might be stoking the flames of hate and chaos.

The work of the next four years must be the restoration of democracy and the recovery of respect for the rule of law, and the renewal of a politics that’s about solving problems — not stoking the flames of hate and chaos.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 11, 2021 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Ann Althouse, Order And Chaos


"But 'dilettante' is one of those words which deter people from taking up new pursuits as adults."

"Many of us are wary of being dismissed as dabblers, people who have a little too much leisure, who are a little too cute and privileged in our pastimes.... We might remember... that the word 'dilettante' comes from the Italian for 'to delight.' In the eighteenth century, a group of aristocratic Englishmen popularized the term, founding the Society of the Dilettanti to undertake tours of the Continent, promote the art of knowledgeable conversation, collect art, and subsidize archeological expedi...
Tags: Law, Aging, Time, Language, Boredom, Prussia, Frederick II, Ann Althouse, Annual Nonsense, Margaret Talbot, Society of the Dilettanti


Learning In Unprecedented Times: Keeping Current With PLI [Sponsored]

PLI practically invented CLE over 80 years ago – and its commitment to flexible, online, on-demand programming has allowed the organization to adapt seamlessly to the pandemic era.
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Cle, Pli, Sponsored Content, In-House Counsel, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Practising Law Institute (PLI, Unprecedented






Danny Boyle to Direct Sex Pistols Limited Series For FX

Danny Boyle to Direct Sex Pistols Limited Series For FX FX has officially given a series order to a brand new limited series centered around the iconic punk rock band Sex Pistols with Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Yesterday) attached to direct the project. The six-part series will be based on the memoir by Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones titled Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; ...
Tags: UK, TV, Downton Abbey, Movies, Society, Bbc, Bob Dylan, Oscar, TV News, Danny Boyle, Vivienne Westwood, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Sex Pistols, Chrissie Hynde, FX, Maisie Williams


Authorities had four warnings about Reading attacker's mental health

Refugee support chief warned of Khairi Saadallah carrying out ‘London Bridge-type scenario’• Reading attacker Khairi Saadallah given whole-life prison sentenceRepeated warnings were given that Khairi Saadallah, who murdered three men in a Reading park last summer, could carry out a “London Bridge-type scenario” shortly before the killings took place, the Guardian has learned.Documents reveal that Nick Harborne, chief executive of the Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG), who had had dealings wit...
Tags: Health, London, Society, UK News, Mental Health, UK criminal justice, Refugees, Prisons and probation, Guardian, London Bridge, Khairi Saadallah, Saadallah, Reading park attack, Nick Harborne, Reading Refugee Support Group RRSG


"German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers it 'problematic' that Twitter would toss President Trump off its social media platform..."

"'This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined by legislators — not according to a decision by the management of social media platforms,' Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin. 'Seen from this angle, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the U.S. president have now been permanently blocked,' he added." The NY Post reports. Many American are quick to say that freedom of speech is only a righ...
Tags: Twitter, Law, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Merkel, Free Speech, Ny Post, Steffen Seibert, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric


"House Democrats on Monday introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump for inciting a mob that attacked the Capitol last week, vowing to press the charge..."

"... as Republicans blocked a separate move to formally call on Vice President Mike Pence to strip him of power under the 25th Amendment.... Democratic leaders were confident it would pass, and pressured Republican lawmakers to vote with them to beseech the vice president, who is said to be opposed to using the powers outlined in the Constitution, to do so. It was a remarkable threat. If Mr. Pence does not intervene 'within 24 hours' after passage and the president does not resign, House leader...
Tags: Law, United States, House, Republican, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence, Capitol, Pence, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Impeachment, Democratic Party in Trumpland, the Trump resistance


'Cummings effect': why are people bending lockdown rules?

Analysis: experts say erosion of trust in government contributes to liberal interpretation of guidanceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePhotographs of crowded beaches, parks and queues at food stalls outside popular walking spots, all at a time when the UK is on highest alert under tough coronavirus restrictions.Despite Matt Hancock describing these as examples of “flexing the rules”, and Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, warning that stopping to chat in th...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, Chris Whitty


Ohio enacts new laws precluding death penalty for those with "serious mentally illness" and largely eliminating LWOP for juvenile offenders

As detailed in this official notice, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine over the weekend signed a bunch of new bills into law, and two are sure to be of interest to sentencing fans: House Bill 136, sponsored by Representative Brett Hudson Hillyer, prohibits the death penalty if offender was mentally ill at time of offense.  Senate Bill 256, sponsored by Senator Nathan Manning and former Senator Peggy Lehner, regards sentencing offenders under the age of 18.  This local press piece provides a bit of bac...
Tags: Justice, Law, Senate, House, Ohio, Mike DeWine, Suliman, Werner, Nathan Manning, Peggy Lehner, Douglas A Berman, LWOP, South Cumminsville, Kevin Werner, Rukiye, Brett Hillyer R Uhrichsville


“Beware systemic discrimination,” says EEOC to employers

Systemic discrimination has multiple meanings, according to the EEOC: A "pattern or practice, policy, and/or class cases where the discrimination has a broad impact on an industry, profession, company, or geographic location.""Bias that is built into systems, originating in the way work is organized," referring to "structures that shape the work environment or employment prospects differently for different types of workers.""Patterns of behavior that develop within organizations that disadvantag...
Tags: Law, Ada, EEOC, Jon Hyman


I hear people say that people who receive Centrelink are lazy. Hello, I want to work! | Madeleine Rose

Applying for casual jobs is not an easy process anymore, writes Madeleine Rose. Every employer seems to want at least two years’ experience Read Madeleine Rose’s first Dreams interrupted diary hereRead Madeleine Rose’s second diary, about losing her mother, hereFreedom lost: the generation coming of age in Australia’s pandemic-fuelled recessionName: Madeleine RoseAge: 22Dreams of: Being a teacherAfter a festive, blissful few weeks celebrating Christmas and New Years, I am able to finally relax a...
Tags: Australia, Society, Australia news, Unemployment, Welfare, Young People, Victoria, Madeleine Rose, Madeleine RoseAge


Disbarment Sought For Teacher Who Became Lawyer

An oral argument before the Ohio Supreme Court on January 12 is summarized by Dan Trevas Disciplinary Counsel v. Anthony J. Polizzi Jr., Case No. 2020-0740 (Lake County) In March 2018, Anthony Polizzi Jr. pleaded guilty to eight counts of... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Ohio Supreme Court, Lake County, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Dan Trevas Disciplinary Counsel, Anthony J Polizzi, Anthony Polizzi Jr


Section 230 Year-in-Review for 2020

Section 230 had such a drama-filled year that I decided to do a separate roundup, in addition to my annual Internet Law wrapup coming soon. (I know 2020 feels like it was a decade ago…) Trigger warning: this post is a shitshow. My list of Top 10 Section 230 developments of 2020: #10: A Tsunami of Reform Bills Were Introduced.  Over two dozen Section 230 reform or repeal bills were introduced in Congress’ 116th session. In general, the bills reflected a partisan divide over Section 230: Democrat...
Tags: Amazon, Twitter, Fcc, Law, Congress, California, Mexico, Senate, US, Canada, United States, House, Doj, Wall Street Journal, Malwarebytes, Knight Foundation



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