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Arrested for pot, then dead; capital murderer sent out to write tickets; fired cops won't stay fired; bail-legislation updates, and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends that merit readers' attention while mine is focused at the Texas Legislature:Say his name, folks: Marvin Scott. Arrested for marijuana by the Allen Police Department, the 26-year old man  while being forcibly restrained by seven detention officers. Scott was schizophrenic, but its unclear if he was being treated at the jail under mental health protocols. This is a bad one. Over marijuana!Capital murderer sent out to write tickets: Dallas PD suspected an officer of t...
Tags: Texas, Law, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Senate Judiciary Committee, Scott, Tim, Harris County, UCR, 5th Circuit, Texas Legislature, Amron, Acevedo


Dismissal Of Claims Against Former Firm Affirmed

The Vermont Supreme Court affirmed the grant of summary judgment against an associate attorney who had sued his former law firm on a variety of theories premised on his belief that he had been undercompensated for his work. Defendant hired... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Law Firms, Vermont Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof


"Leaders of the British group LGB Alliance warn that lesbians are 'going to become extinct’ as individuals increasingly identify as trans..."

"... a fear echoed both by trans-exclusionary groups and by lesbian feminists who in other ways advocate for trans rights. Feminist writer Aimee Anderson frets about 'the extinction of an entire people,' and Cherríe Moraga worries that butch lesbians, self-actualizing as transmasculine, might 'become a dying breed.' Tomboys, too, have become a point of contention, seen by some as a 'rarer and rarer species' that is 'going extinct' as more tomboyish children identify as trans and/or nonbinary.......
Tags: Law, Transgender, Homosexuality, Eugenics, Ann Althouse, Tomboys, Cherríe Moraga, LGB Alliance, Aimee Anderson, Lynne Stahl


A Pennsylvania prosecutor making $60 per hour got demoted because of his DoorDash side gig - where drivers make $17 per hour

Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images A Pennsylvania prosecutor was demoted for delivering food for DoorDash during his work hours. His boss called it "indefensible, thoughtless, selfish, and so stupid." The prosecutor, Gregg Shore, told KYW Radio that his reasons for working for DoorDash were personal. See more stories on Insider's business page. District attorneys typically serve citizens by building legal cases against people accused of crimes, but one prosecutor in Bucks County, Pennsylvan...
Tags: Politics, Law, Trends, Pennsylvania, The New York Times, Food Delivery, Shore, Gig Economy, Doordash, Bucks County, Tony Xu, Matt Weintraub, Weintraub, Tech Insider, Bucks County Pennsylvania, Gig workers


Atlanta spa shootings: Georgia hate crimes law could see first big test

Law was passed after killing of Ahmaud Arbery in 2020Atlanta shootings: why US hate crime data is so lackingA hate crimes law passed in Georgia amid outrage over the killing of Ahmaud Arbery could get its first major test as part of the murder case against a white man charged with shooting and killing six women of Asian descent at Atlanta-area massage businesses this week. Related: 'It's time for people to hear us': Georgia's Asian Americans vow to stand up against hate Continue reading...
Tags: Protest, Law, Race, US, Atlanta, Georgia, World news, US news, US politics, Gun crime, US crime, Ahmaud Arbery, Atlanta spa shootings


Keeping an eye on the force: life in the real Line of Duty

As the popular BBC drama returns, a former crime reporter takes a look at the reality of fighting police corruptionLast week, an officer from South Wales police received formal notification that they were under investigation regarding their dealings with a man who had been arrested and held overnight in a cell in Cardiff.The suspect had been released from custody the following morning then found dead shortly afterwards. The investigation is to focus on whether the level of force used by the offi...
Tags: Television, Crime, Media, Drama, Police, Society, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Home Office, Cardiff, South Wales, Crown Prosecution Service, Police Federation, Focus, Line of Duty


Star Rating at Google Review Isn’t Defamatory–Gursten v. Doe 1

The plaintiff is a lawyer. Doe 2, under the pseudonym “Patrick Anderson,” left a one-star rating for the lawyer (without any explanatory text) on the lawyer’s Google Review page. The plaintiff protested that he never had a client named Patrick Anderson. Indeed, the plaintiff had some reason to believe that Doe 2 was a competitor trying to game the Google Reviews’ ratings. The court dismisses the lawyer’s defamation claim. The majority says: “as a matter of law, a one-star wordless review posted...
Tags: Google, Law, Virginia, Iowa, DOE, Usc, Reit, Spencer, Lewis, Lee, Albert, Wong, Tabitha, Mirza, Braverman, Spiegelman


Less than half of Britons expected to tick ‘Christian’ in UK census

Snapshot of Britain will see many reject church as immoral or irrelevant, academics predictThe “post-Christian era” in the UK will be cemented by data emerging from Sunday’s census which is expected to show further generational disengagement from organised religion, according to a leading academic.The once-a-decade snapshot of the country has included a voluntary question about religion since 2001. In 2011, returns across England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland showed 59.3% ticking Chr...
Tags: UK, England, Religion, Society, UK News, Britain, Christianity, Northern Ireland, Population, Atheism, Census, Wales Scotland, ` Christian


Brains.

 In 1793, Rousseau had been dead for fifteen years.— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) March 20, 2021 Rousseau wanted to eat the rich’s braaaaaains— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) March 20, 2021 ADDED: Turley took down the tweet Kruse mocked. He's reposted like this, so that it no longer depicts Rousseau as speaking of "eating the rich" in 1793. For identity politics, there is no surer bet than attacking the “super rich.” Since philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau spoke of “eating the rich” before ...
Tags: Law, Zombies, Elizabeth Warren, Turley, Kruse, Jonathan Turley, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Rousseau, Ann Althouse, Class Politics, Kevin M Kruse


Arrests as thousands march against Covid lockdown in London

Police order crowds to disperse after demonstrators gather in Hyde Park for Piers Corbyn speech Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThousands of people have marched through central London under a heavy police presence to protest against lockdown measures, and at least 13 were arrested.Demonstrators gathered at Speakers’ Corner by Hyde Park at about midday where the anti-lockdown figurehead Piers Corbyn gave a speech saying he would “never take a vaccine” and falsely claim...
Tags: London, Law, Police, UK News, UK civil liberties, Hyde Park, Corbyn, Piers Corbyn, Coronavirus, COVID


Thousands gather to protest against Covid lockdown in London

Some demonstrators detained by police after gathering in Hyde Park for Piers Corbyn speechCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThousand marched under a heavy police presence through central London in protest against lockdown on Saturday, with officers leading small numbers of people away in handcuffs.Demonstrators gathered at Speakers’ Corner by Hyde Park at about midday, where the anti-lockdown figurehead Piers Corbyn gave a speech saying he would “never take a vaccine” a...
Tags: London, Human Rights, Crime, Protest, Law, Police, UK News, World news, UK civil liberties, Hyde Park, Piers Corbyn, Priti Patel, Coronavirus, COVID


At the Sunrise Café...

 ... you can talk about whatever you want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Ice, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Portland police officers used force more than 6,000 times against protesters last year

A demonstrator is pepper sprayed shortly before being arrested during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Portland police used force 6,000 times against protesters last year, according to DOJ attorneys. These incidents at times violated department policies and top brass didn't question it, they said. Portland became a flashpoint for protest activity and police response after Geo...
Tags: Politics, News, Law, Trends, Portland, Police Brutality, Department Of Justice, Black Lives Matter, BLM, Criminal Justice, Doj, Racial Discrimination, Portland Police Bureau, Tyler Sonnemaker, George Floyd, George Floyd Protests


"Tall, with short-cropped hair and distinctive glasses, Peretti was both mercurial (she allegedly threw a fur coat into a fire when arguing with Halston) and minimal."

"'Take away, take away,' is how she described her process to Vogue in 1986.... Peretti led an ascetic, unhurried, and happy existence in Catalonia (perhaps somewhat akin to that of Georgia O’Keeffe in Taos, New Mexico), that she found conducive to creation. 'Of course, I’m slow,' she told Vogue. 'I have to crystallize a form, find the essence. It’s a continual training to be essential in your work, and then you have to be essential in your life, too.'"From "Jewelry Designer Elsa Peretti Has Died...
Tags: Jewelry, Law, Catalonia, Vogue, Tiffany, Elsa Peretti, Taos New Mexico, Peretti, Georgia O'Keeffe, Halston, Ann Althouse


Guilt Through Association

An attorney's association with an out-of-state entity drew a two-year suspension from the New York Appellate Division for the Fourth Judicial Department respondent conditionally admits that, in or about January 2017, he agreed to serve as local counsel to an... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Bar Discipline & Process, Legal Profession Prof


"Accompanying one original piece on the known facts, the NYT ran nine — nine! — separate stories about the incident as part of the narrative that this was an anti-Asian hate crime..."

"... fueled by white supremacy and/or misogyny. Not to be outdone, the WaPo ran sixteen separate stories on the incident as an anti-Asian white supremacist hate crime. Sixteen! One story for the facts; sixteen stories on how critical race theory would interpret the event regardless of the facts. For good measure, one of their columnists denounced reporting of law enforcement’s version of events in the newspaper, because it distracted attention from the 'real' motives. Today, the NYT ran yet anot...
Tags: Murder, Law, Journalism, Atlanta, Harvard, Affirmative Action, Trump, WaPo, Harvard College, Andrew Sullivan, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Critical Race Theory, Andrew Sullivan Substack Sullivan, Supreme Court Students for Fair Admissions Inc


"By 1979, he was managing the lots, a job that came with the keys to an inconspicuous entry and an empty concession stand in left field..."

"Mr. Garvey estimated that the space, whose ceiling sloped down with the 300-level seats above it, was about 60 feet long and 30 feet wide. He created a hallway of cardboard boxes to disguise the apartment from the door. 'I open the door and it looks like a storeroom,' said Mr. Bradley, the former Eagle. 'But if you walk down between the boxes, it opened up into one of the neatest apartments I think I’d ever seen.' There was AstroTurf carpet, a bed, some seating, a coffee table and lamps. Device...
Tags: Coffee, Real Estate, Law, Football, Philadelphia, Baseball, Eagles, Philadelphia Inquirer, Bradley, Phillies, Sixers, Garvey, Dick Vermeil, Julius Erving, Ann Althouse, Seen And Unseen


Unacceptable to let police criminalise protesters, say MPs and peers

Letter to Priti Patel from 62 parliamentarians argues right to protest is enshrined in human rights lawCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAllowing the police to criminalise people for protesting is “not acceptable and is arguably not lawful”, more than 60 MPs and peers have told the home secretary.In a letter coordinated by Liberty and Big Brother Watch, 62 parliamentarians said the right to protest was enshrined in human rights law, amid growing scrutiny of police tacti...
Tags: Human Rights, Crime, Protest, Law, Police, UK News, World news, UK civil liberties, Priti Patel, Coronavirus, Sarah Everard


SCOTUS appoints counsel (and delays argument) after new government position on crack sentencing retroactivity issue in Terry

As noted in this prior post, earlier this week the Acting Solicitor General informed the US Supreme Court that the government had a new (pro-defendant) position in Terry v. United States, No. 20-5904, the SCOTUS case concerning which crack offenders have a so-called "covered offense" under Section 404 of the FIRST STEP Act to allow for their retroactive resentencing.  The Supreme Court yesterday responding via this order in the Terry case: The case is removed from the calendar for the April 202...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Court, United States, Terry, US supreme court, Chicago Illinois, Douglas A Berman, Adam K Mortara Esquire, Acting SG


"I feel strongly that the longstanding tradition of having one’s father or other prominent male figure walk a woman down the aisle is a tradition worth tossing."

"This tradition always felt frankly gross to me, deeply rooted in patriarchy, and the notion that a woman must belong to a man."Said Lauren Nolan, a recent bride, quoted in In the case of Meghan Markle, she was estranged from her father. Is there a trend of women who love their living, ambulatory father choosing to walk down the aisle alone?Instead, Ms. Nolan said, when she met her fiancé at the altar, she was making a joint decision to combine their lives, rather than participating in a handof...
Tags: Law, Fathers, Feminism, Weddings, Nolan, Hypocrisy, MEGHAN MARKLE, Ann Althouse, Said Lauren Nolan


Have you been following the Madison, Wisconsin story about a city council meeting where somebody muttered "c*nt"?

The Wisconsin State Journal reports:An independent analysis has failed to identify the person who called a local activist a vulgarity toward the end of a marathon online meeting in September that exposed deep divisions on the Madison City Council. At the same time, the report released Thursday by Phoenix-based USA Forensic identifies four men who might have said the word. And while the four include the man long accused in the incident, Ald. Paul Skidmore, it also suggests the culprit was, unlik...
Tags: Law, Madison, Phoenix, Mike, Haas, Madison Police Department, Madison Wisconsin, Hass, Wisconsin State Journal, Michael Tierney, Ann Althouse, Insults, Dirty Words, Skidmore, Madison City Council, Neumeister


‘Until the law catches up, all we have is our stories’: my year-long fight to hold my attacker to account

When Caitlin McNamara launched a literary festival in Abu Dhabi, she found herself plunged into a busy, exciting world. Then, she alleges, she was raped by an Emirati royalThis time last year, the world watched as Harvey Weinstein was led out of a New York courtroom, having finally been convicted of sexual assault. For many of us, it signified a hopeful shift in the law’s blemished record of allowing rich men to get away with treating women’s bodies as a perk of power.I watched this historic rul...
Tags: New York, Law, Society, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, UK criminal justice, Feminism, Harvey Weinstein, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Crown Prosecution Service, Hay Festival, Indian Ocean, Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan


Prince Harry writes foreword to book for children who have lost parents to Covid

Duke writes about his mother’s death in book for bereaved children as part of National Day of ReflectionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Duke of Sussex has reflected on the pain of his mother’s death in a foreword to a book for children of health workers who have died in the coronavirus pandemic.Prince Harry wrote that the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997 when he was 12 had left “a huge hole inside of me” but that it was eventually filled with “love and su...
Tags: Health, Books, Children, Wales, Life and style, Society, UK News, Culture, Death and dying, Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Harry, Bereavement, Duke, Diana Princess


UPSC Lateral Special Recruitment 52/2021

Special Lateral Government Job Vacancy Recruitment 52/2021 by UPSC Like earlier special lateral vacancy recruitment no. 51/2021 for Joint Secretaries and Directors, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Dholpur House, New Delhi invites Online application on prescribed recruitment form by 03/05/2021 for following Sarkari Naukri Government Jobs vacancy posts in a special lateral vacancy recruitment drive for the very senior level Government Job vacancy posts of Deputy Secretaries (DS)... Please...
Tags: Food, Jobs, Law, Mba, Engineer, Cma, PSC, Manisha, Secretary, CA-ICWA-Finance, UPSC, Special Drive, Company-Secretary



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