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Trump's legal team a wreck, lawyers all leave one week before impeachment trial begins

Former president Donald Trump's legal team didn't last long. As of Saturday night, CNN is reporting that all five lawyers identified as part of Trump's impeachment defense — Butch Bowers, Deborah Barbier, Josh Howard, Johnny Gasser, and Greg Harris — have departed. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Law, Cnn, Donald Trump, Trump, Greg Harris, Impeachment, Trump Impeachment


Australia's air attacks in the Middle East ended three years ago – or did they? | Paul Daley

Defence is refusing to provide details about the Australians piloting deadly British air force drone strikes in Iraq and SyriaAustralian air attacks on enemy ground targets in the Middle East ended three years ago. Or so the Australian military told us.But undisclosed to either the Australian public or the federal parliament, this country’s air force personnel have been piloting deadly British air force drone strikes on enemy combatants in Iraq and Syria. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Iraq, Australia news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Australian politics, Middle East, Australian military, Paul Daley


ICYMI: Legaltech Week 1.29.21 – New This Week: Panelists’ Rants and Raves

We introduce a new segment this week: panelists’ rants and raves, a lightning round of what made us mad or glad this week. Other stories we discuss include: a look-ahead to virtual Legalweek, an ABA ethics opinion on responding to negative online criticism, ROSS’s litigation gambit calling Thomson Reuters a monopoly, whether virtual firms are here to stay, and ODR comes to Manhattan small claims court. Listen to the audio above or watch the video below. Our panelists this week are: Nicole Bla...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Manhattan, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Ross, ABA Journal, Victor Li, Bob Ambrogi, Legaltech News, Nicole Black, MyCase, Zach Warren, Joe Patrice, ODR, Stephen Embry


Be in the Webinar Where It Happens: Shot or No Shot – A Vaccine Discussion

As plans for a broader vaccine rollout unfold, the questions and decisions facing employers have multiplied. Beyond the important question of whether employers can mandate vaccines, there is an equally-challenging question: should they? I’ve been talking with employers a lot about these issues the last few weeks — so much so, that my colleagues and I figured it would be best now to put together a webinar that tries to address the more complicated issues that have been arising. For example: What ...
Tags: Law, OSHA, Executive Orders


I keep applying for jobs and I keep getting rejected. It’s a brutal, endless cycle | Madeleine Rose

This nothingness I feel would end if I had a job. I feel a greater need to have stability in my life, writes Madeleine RoseRead Madeleine’s previous Dreams interrupted diary hereFreedom lost: the generation coming of age in Australia’s pandemic-fuelled recessionName: Madeleine RoseAge: 22Dreams of: Being a teacherWhat has my life been like lately? Well it’s been like a train getting stuck somewhere along the railway tracks, never quite arriving at the next destination. Nothing has moved, nothing...
Tags: Australia, Society, Australia news, Unemployment, Young People, Youth Unemployment, Madeleine Rose, Coronavirus, Madeleine RoseAge, Madeleine RoseRead Madeleine


Australia's military operations in the Middle East ended three years ago – or did they? | Paul Daley

Defence is refusing to provide details about the Australians piloting deadly British air force drone strikes in Iraq and SyriaAustralian air attacks on enemy ground targets in the Middle East ended three years ago. Or so the Australian military told us.But undisclosed to either the Australian public or the federal parliament, this country’s air force personnel have been piloting deadly British air force drone strikes on enemy combatants in Iraq and Syria. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Iraq, Australia news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Australian politics, Middle East, Australian military, Paul Daley


Couple marry on Covid ward 46 years after first meeting

Ceremony at Coventry university hospital follows urgent Twitter appeal for registrarCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA couple have been married in a hospital’s coronavirus ward after an urgent appeal for a registrar, more than 46 years after they first met on the set of a pantomime.Philip, 78, and Patricia, 88, were married at Coventry university hospital, where Patricia is being treated for Covid-19, on Friday. Continue reading...
Tags: Society, UK News, Hospitals, Weddings, Coventry, Philip, Patricia, Coronavirus, COVID


Selling Keyword Ads Isn’t Theft or Conversion–Edible IP v. Google

It’s been years since I’ve blogged a lawsuit against Google for selling trademarked keyword ads. About a decade ago, Google was dealing with about a dozen cases. Google won some of them and settled the rest, and everyone moved on. Well, almost everyone. Edible Arrangements, which sells overpriced fruit baskets, decided to challenge Google’s cash cow worth billions of dollars of annual revenue. If you’re going to go after a trillion dollar company, at least you should bring your A-game. Instead,...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Florida, Law, California, Georgia, Search Engines, Trademark, BPI, Ftc, Florida Bar, Greenberg, Adler, CDF, Jive, Jason Carter


"'From a friend (who is very shy, so I can't attribute): "Pretty sure Brett about to enter the lexicon as the male equivalent of Karen,"' [Brett] Alder tweeted."

"He then started to try to get the term trending by saying a coffee shop Jo's Coffee was being a Brett after an image surfaced of the store with writing on its wall reading: 'I love you so much *except for Brett Alder.' 'Don't know why @JosCoffee is being such a Brett about all this...' he wrote."  From "'Douche' father-of-seven sales exec who moved his family from California to Texas then BACK again is blasted for complaining about Austin's 'rude locals, bland culture, oppressive heat and Yel...
Tags: Texas, Law, California, America, Austin, Bill Clinton, Driving, Graffiti, Jo, Austin Texas, Brett, San Diego California, Ann Althouse, Insults, Dirty Words, Hamamatsu


So what's a reasonable expectation for how many of Prez Biden's judicial nominees will be criminal defense or civil rights lawyers?

There is a long-standing concern, especially among criminal justice reform advocates and civil rights groups, that the federal judiciary is badly skewed because of the disproportionate number of judges who are former prosecutors or former government lawyers or have only private practice experience.  As noted in this post, Clark Neily at Cato has done great work on this front with this report from late 2019 with these core findings: [I]t is generally perceived that a disproportionate number ...
Tags: Law, Obama, Senate, Biden, Criminal Justice, Cato, Center for American Progress, DC Circuit, Douglas A Berman, Merrick Garland, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Clark Neily, Hill Biden, Prez Biden, Prez Barack Obama, NBC News After Trump Democrats


"I was a little bit like, how we’re going to get 800 people to show up at, you know, at 10 or 11 o’clock at night? But that proved to be no problem at all, because, you know, word kind of spread like wildfire."

Said Jenny Brackett, an assistant administrator at UW Medicine, quoted in "A failed freezer forced an overnight dash to give out more than 1,600 doses of the coronavirus vaccine" (WaPo).  “URGENT: We have 588 DOSE 1 MODERNA appointments available Jan. 28 11 p.m. to Jan. 29 2 a.m.,” Swedish Hospital tweeted at 10:59 p.m. Pacific time with a link to book slots, limiting sign-ups to those in high-priority groups already cleared to receive the vaccine.  At UW Medical Center-Northwest, people like B...
Tags: Law, Pacific, Ann Althouse, Brackett, Moderna, UW Medicine, Coronavirus, Jenny Brackett, UW Medical Center Northwest


"'History,' E. M. Cioran once wrote, 'is irony on the move.' Bearing out this maxim, cultural revolutions have now erupted right in the heart of Western democracies...."

"The appeal of Maoism for many Western activists in the nineteen-sixties and seventies came from its promise of spontaneous direct democracy—political engagement outside the conventional framework of elections and parties. This seemed a way out of a crisis caused by calcified party bureaucracies, self-serving élites.... Tony Judt warned, not long before his death, that the traditional way of doing politics in the West—through 'mass movements, communities organized around an ideology, even religi...
Tags: Law, Democracy, Washington, China, History, West, United States, Donald Trump, Irony, Trump, Tony Judt, Pankaj Mishra, Judt, Ann Althouse, Cioran, Order And Chaos


"Assessing Graham v. Florida at the Ten-Year Mark: Progress and the Prospects for Ongoing Juvenile Sentencing Reform"

The title of this post is the title of this great looking upcoming symposium being conducted by the Catholic University Law Review this coming Friday, February 5, 2021 starting at 1pm EST. Here is how the event is described and the planned coverage (click through to see all the great speakers): Three Supreme Court decisions in the last decade have dramatically reshaped the treatment of juveniles in our criminal justice system.  In Graham v. Florida (2010), the Court held that juveniles may not ...
Tags: Florida, Law, Court, Alabama, Graham, Louisiana, Montgomery, Miller, Douglas A Berman, LWOP, Catholic University Law Review, Three Supreme Court, Assessing Graham, Resentencing Hearings Post Graham


"There is no authority granted to Congress to impeach and convict persons who are not 'civil officers of the United States.' It’s as simple as that."

"But simplicity doesn’t mean unimportance. Limiting Congress to its specified powers is a crucial element in the central idea of the U.S. Constitution: putting the state under law.... The interpretation that persons are subject to impeachment and conviction even if they are not civil officers would greatly expand the Senate’s ability to prevent future office-holding.... [If] removal is irrelevant, any person who was once a civil officer might be impeached and convicted and by this means disquali...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, United States, Ann Althouse, Philip Bobbitt, Impeachment


"In an email to thousands of students, faculty, graduates and parents earlier this month, Virginia Military Institute’s interim superintendent defended its one-strike-and-you’re out honor code... But in private conversations....

"... with faculty and alumni, retired Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins is raising questions about VMI’s student-run Honor Court, which The Washington Post revealed in December expels Black students at a disproportionately high rate. Wins, who was appointed VMI’s first Black leader amid a state-ordered investigation into racism at the country’s oldest state-supported military college, discussed the Honor Court during a recent virtual listening session with more than a dozen faculty members. He asked whet...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, VMI, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Virginia Military Institute, Maj Gen Cedric T Wins, Honor Court, VMI 's Honor Court


Malawi sex workers protest at 'targeted police brutality' after Covid-19 curfew

Petition urges government to extend closing times for bars as women go hungry and are forced to skip HIV medicationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDozens of sex workers took to the streets of Malawi’s capital Lilongwe on Thursday to protest against what they described as “targeted police brutality” following new Covid-19 restrictions.The protests were led by the Female Sex Workers Association (FSWA), which has about 120,000 members across the country, according to its...
Tags: Africa, Society, World news, Poverty, Global development, Sex trade, Malawi, Lilongwe, Coronavirus, Female Sex Workers Association FSWA, Zinenani Majawa


My husband died a year ago. Here's what he taught us about life and love

A year after her husband Joe Hammond’s death from motor neurone disease, his widow reflects on grief, parenting through loss, and survivalHow do you decide upon a day to die? For my husband Joe and me, that meant finding out when the doctors we needed were available, then we took note of our two sons’ school holidays and, finally, we looked at the carer rota for that month. Who could we trust with Joe’s death as much as we had trusted them with his life?The next step was a meeting with the relev...
Tags: Family, Life and style, Society, Death and dying, Parents and parenting, Bereavement, Joe, Motor Neurone Disease, Joe Hammond



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