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The North Carolina State Bar has filed a complaint alleging that an attorney engaged in misconduct in the course of representing a domestic relations client. The complaint alleged that the attorney went to the client's home to have her sign... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Bar Discipline & Process, Legal Profession Prof

Missing Evidence

The Tennessee Supreme Court ordered a three-year suspension with all but eight months suspended and probation. According to the summary on the web page of the Board of Professional Responsibility He admitted to taking controlled substances from an evidence room... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Tennessee Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

When the jail is full, Sheriff, what you gonna do?

Grits noticed the bad news that the Harris County Jail population has ballooned back up near capacity, reported Gabby Banks at the Houston Chronicle. Rather than a detailed policy analysis, which I've been offering up on this blog for a decade-and-a-half when it comes to the Harris County Jail, let's change things up on a Friday afternoon and present a few lines of verse, instead:When the jail is full, Oh Sheriff, what you gonna do?The cops they keep on bringing them but the courts don't pass th...
Tags: Law, Sheriff, Houston, Harris County Jail, Gritsforbreakfast, Gabby Banks

SCOTUS clear way for 13th federal execution in six months, prompting extended dissents from Justices Breyer and Sotomayor

The now familiar federal execution drama has now played out one more time, this time around with Dustin Higgs securing a stay in lower courts only to see the Supreme Court allowing the execution to go forward.  Notably, with this last scheduled federal execution, Justice Beyer and Justice Sotomayor each sought to say their piece in extended dissents.  Justice Breyer's fourt-page dissent starts this way: Last July the Federal Government executed Daniel Lee. Lee’s execution was the first federal ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, Georgia, United States, Federal Government, Stevens, Sotomayor, Breyer, Gregg, Corey Johnson, Douglas A Berman, Beyer, Nken, Stewart Powell, Barr v Lee

Maybe Next Week Will Bring Happier News — See Also

Spoke Too Soon: Just as we learned that the legal industry mostly weathered the pandemic just fine, Norton Rose cuts more jobs. Opening Up About Depression: Former Sidley partner tells his story. Meet The Management: A run-down of the impeachment team. Mistakes Were Made: But Rod Rosenstein doesn't want anyone blaming him for it.
Tags: Law, Norton Rose, Sidley, Rod Rosenstein, See Also

This Law School’s Recent Graduates Are Raking In The Money

Big bucks on the horizon for these grads!
Tags: Law, Law School, Law Schools, Trivia Question of the Day, Law School Transparency

Once You’re Engaged, The Fee Should Not Matter (To You, At Least)

If you’re a private lawyer, you need to make a living -- you deserve to get paid. But once you’re actually fighting for a client, you’re supposed to do what’s best for the client, not focus on the fee.
Tags: Law, Litigators, John G. Balestriere

Judge Not Impressed By Parler’s Attempt To Force Amazon To Put It Back Online

From the Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200 Dept.
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Law, Antitrust, Courts, Parler

Biglaw Partner Arrested On Domestic Violence Charge

Joshua Schiller was arrested in California last night.
Tags: Law, California, Biglaw, Boies Schiller & Flexner, Joshua Schiller

Stat Of The Week: A Dearth Of Boardroom Climate Expertise 

Also: 2020 tied the warmest year on record. 
Tags: Law, Stat of the Week, Environment / Environmental Law

A Country, And A Mind, Divided: Two Posts In One

Columnist Mark Herrmann’s mind is divided by the state of society, so he writes two remarkable contrasting posts in one.
Tags: Law, Government, Mark Herrmann

Judge Saves United States Asylum Law, With More Than A Little Snark

He compared Chad Wolf to 'a squatter in a rental building.'
Tags: Law, Immigration, Courts, Lorelei Laird, Chad Wolf, Legal Asylum

Rod Rosenstein Is Real Sorry About All Those Kids Separated From Their Parents. Oopsies!

He was just following ... well, you know.
Tags: Law, Government, Immigration, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein

Petitions of the week: Three Second Amendment petitions and a Wiretap Act claim against Facebook

This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, whether Facebook plug-ins violate the Wiretap Act and whether the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess firearms outside the home or after a conviction for a nonviolent offense. Passed in 1968, the Wiretap Act makes it unlawful for someone to “intentionally intercept[] … any wire, oral, or electronic communication,” unless that person “is a party to the communication.” Facebook ...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Pennsylvania, United States, Davis, District Of Columbia, General Assembly, Wilson, U S Customs, Border Protection, 9th Circuit, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Gonzalez

UK shuts travel corridors and requires negative Covid tests to enter

All foreign arrivals will also have to quarantine in toughening of measures in response to new strainsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK is to close all access to the country for overseas travellers without proof of a recent negative coronavirus test and 10 days of quarantine, shutting all travel corridors, Boris Johnson has announced.At a Downing Street press conference, the prime minister said the border regime was being toughened up in response to new variants ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Hospitals, NHS, Transport, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Transport policy, Coronavirus

Does My Kid Need a Rifle Scope for Their 22LR?

Is it just a fad or phase? What is needed to mount a scope? Is it worth it to upgrade your 22 rifle with a scope? I’ll help you explore these questions and fill you in on what you need to know. Is Wanting a Scope Just Another Phase? The short answer is “no.” This isn’t the newest pair of sneakers or a toy they’ll grow out of in a couple hours. Once the basics of shooting with open sights is realized, it’s only natural that anyone, kids included, would want to push the limits of their shooting ...
Tags: Kids, Blog, Gear, Hunting, Ruger, Weaver, Richard Douglas, Rifles, Scopes Field, National Interest Cheaper Than Dirt Daily Caller

A dreary sunrise...

... but it's a café nonetheless. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Vaccine passports: what are they and do they pose a danger to privacy?

Race to build app for people to demonstrate Covid jab or a negative test, but rights groups worry about ‘identity checks’ Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVaccine passports, which would allow people with immunity to Covid to prove they were at low risk of spreading the disease, are being investigated by companies and countries around the world. But the proposals have also raised fears among critics that they could underpin an oppressive digital ID system, and put sensi...
Tags: Health, Technology, Privacy, Society, Data Protection, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID

The 2nd nominee for the “Worst Employer of 2021” is … the stillbirthing leave spurner

When I close out this contest at the end of each year I ask myself, "Jon, will you be able to find sufficiently awful nominees for the next year?" Each year answers this question with a resounding yes. 2021 is no exception.I bring you the District of Columbia Public Schools, which denied maternity leave to a teacher after she suffered the tragedy of delivering a stillborn baby.  I'm finding it hard to find words to describe my rage over this cold and callous mistreatment, so I'll instead tur...
Tags: Law, Jon, Donnell, George Washington University Hospital, Jon Hyman, District of Columbia Public Schools, Elizabeth O Donnell, Donnell They, Ms O Donnell, Elizabeth Mayce

"There was an eerie sense of inexorability, the throngs of Trump supporters advancing up the long lawn as if pulled by a current."

"Everyone seemed to understand what was about to happen. The past nine weeks had been steadily building toward this moment. On November 7th, mere hours after Biden’s win was projected, I attended a protest at the Pennsylvania state capitol, in Harrisburg. Hundreds of Trump supporters, including heavily armed militia members, vowed to revolt. When I asked a man with an assault rifle—a 'combat-skills instructor' for a militia called the Pennsylvania Three Percent—how likely he considered the prosp...
Tags: Crime, Law, America, Pennsylvania, Biden, Trump, Capitol, Ulysses S Grant, Ann Althouse, Proud Boys, Luke Mogelson, Joe Biggs, the Trump resistance, Harrisburg Hundreds of Trump, Militant pro Trump

"Federal prosecutors offered an ominous new assessment of last week’s siege... saying in a court filing that rioters intended 'to capture and assassinate elected officials.'..."

"The detention memo, written by Justice Department lawyers in Arizona, goes into greater detail about the FBI’s investigation into [Jacob] Chansley, revealing that he left a note for Pence warning that 'it’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.' 'Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government,' prosecutors wrote.... 'When questioned as...
Tags: Law, Washington, US, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Earth, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, United States, Arizona, Evidence, Justice Department, Mike Pence, Capitol, Ann Althouse, the Trump resistance

Maryland (Not) My Maryland

The New Jersey Supreme Court imposed a three-month suspension of an attorney in an original discipline case brought for misconduct in Maryland. As described by the Disciplinary Review Board, the attorney took and passed the Maryland Bar but was never... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Bar Discipline & Process, Legal Profession Prof

Two-thirds of NHS trusts in England treated more Covid patients last week than at peak of first wave

Exclusive: number of Covid patients could be twice that of April 2020 peak within weeksNHS crisis in charts: how Covid has increased strain on health serviceSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo-thirds of all NHS trusts across England were treating more coronavirus patients last week than they did at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, a Guardian analysis reveals.Figures show that in 18 trusts the number of people suffering from coronavirus outnumbered all other patients. Continue reading....
Tags: Health, England, Society, UK News, Hospitals, NHS, COVID

British QC prosecuting activists in Hong Kong fought to be allowed to take case

David Perry faces accusations of ‘making the wrong choice’ after applying despite local objections David Perry, the British QC under fire for agreeing to prosecute pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, had to go to court himself to win permission to take the controversial case. The nine activists facing a potential seven-year jail sentence for alleged unlawful assembly in 2019 include Jimmy Lai, the independently minded newspaper proprietor, and Martin Lee, the so-called father of Hong Kong demo...
Tags: Hong Kong, Protest, Law, UK News, World news, David Perry, Jimmy Lai, Martin Lee

"In his illuminating book 'The Ministry of Truth' a biography of '1984' and its influence, Dorian Lynskey makes a persuasive case that..."

"... the novel is structured in a way that heightens its ambiguity. Yes, the brute force of totalitarianism is an inextricable theme, but the novel’s narration — with its texts within texts — also enacts its own phantasmagoria, a world where both everything is true and nothing is true. Lynskey credits Orwell with anticipating what Hannah Arendt would describe in 'The Origins of Totalitarianism,' published a year after Orwell died: 'The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi...
Tags: Books, England, Law, Nazis, George Orwell, Communism, Language, Propaganda, Orwell, Ministry of Truth, Hannah Arendt, Ann Althouse, Lynskey, Dorian Lynskey, Jennifer Szalai

Jay Clayton’s Legacy At Risk Because He Either Didn’t Read Or Didn’t Care About The Law

At least, one whistleblower attorney really hopes so.
Tags: Law, Finance, Jay Clayton

I long to move to the seaside, but will it unsettle my children?

You’re unhappy where you are. How can you be sure you won’t be just as unhappy in a different town, asks Annalisa BarbieriFour years ago, we relocated at a time we thought least harmful to our children: the youngest was starting primary school, the eldest junior school. They are now nine and 13. They are of mixed ethnicity and we wanted to live somewhere more multicultural, in a larger house in a less urban area. Our close family live outside England, so we thought moving nearer to extended fami...
Tags: Family, England, Children, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing, Annalisa BarbieriFour

"Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Quiñones, who grew up dancing in a bleak public housing project in Chicago and went on to become a pioneer of street dance in the 1980s..."

"... and one of its first celebrities after appearing in the hit movie 'Breakin’,' died on Dec. 29 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 65.... He shimmied in the video for Chaka Khan’s 'I Feel for You,' and he was the choreographer and lead dancer of Madonna’s 'Who’s That Girl?' world tour in 1987. He also choreographed (and appeared in) the video for Lionel Richie’s 'All Night Long' and advised Michael Jackson on the video for 'Bad.' Us Weekly called him the 'Bob Fosse of the Streets.' 'Shabba-Do...
Tags: Law, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dancing, Madonna, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Bob Fosse, Ann Althouse, Breakin, Shabba Doo, Adolfo Shabba Doo Quiñones

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