TX bail-reform momentum growing amidst supportive press

Source: SA Express-News In San Antonio, bail companies openly advertise to defendants that they should reject "personal bonds" and use bail bondsmen instead to avoid court fees, in-person check ins, and drug testing. That's pretty brash, for a group trying to convince the Texas Legislature that they're in the business of protecting public safety!Here are several items anyone tracking the Texas bail debate will want to have read:SA Express-News: Bexar's stunning embrace of cash bailAustin ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Texas Legislature, Bexar County, Travis County, Express News, Bexar, Jerry Valdez, Gritsforbreakfast, SA Express News, Larry Krasner, Mandy Marzullo, Janice Dotson Stephens, John Longoria

Argument analysis: Justices seem divided about government right to challenge patents in administrative process

The justices have a light calendar this week, with only two arguments. If the first argument of the week (Return Mail Inc. v. U.S. Postal Service) is any guide, they’ve spent their extra time focusing carefully on the relatively thin session. At first glance, Return Mail is a simple statutory case, involving another in a long line of drafting flaws in the AIA (Congress’ 2011 patent-reform bill, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act). But the argument presented a highly engaged bench, with all of t...
Tags: Featured, Law, Congress, Post Office, Postal Service, AIA, Stewart, John Roberts, Cato Institute, Ginsburg, U S Postal Service, Alito, PTO, Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Breyer

Idaho Senate Opens Door to Gun Confiscation Orders with SJR101 Vote ~ VIDEO

Idaho Senate Opens Door to Gun Confiscation Orders with SJR101 Vote Idaho – -( The Idaho State Senate stunned the citizens of Idaho yesterday by opening the possibility of Idaho implementing Gun Confiscation Orders, better known as “Red Flag” laws. Despite repeated warnings from the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance and gun owners across Idaho, the Idaho State Senate moved forward with their ill-advised resolution known as SJR101 or Marsy's Law. We'll get to who voted for and agai...
Tags: Guns, Law, Bloomberg, Idaho, States, State, Congressional, Idaho Senate, Idaho House, Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, Idaho State Senate, Gun Rights News, Greg Pruett, Gun Confiscation, Marsy, Red Flag Laws

Opinion analysis: A win for one taxpayer, but not many more

West Virginia cannot impose its state income tax on federal retirement benefits paid to a retired U.S. marshal while exempting its own pension payments to former state law enforcement officers, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a 9-0 decision. That result is a resounding — if unsurprising — victory for the petitioner, retired U.S. marshal James Dawson, who sought a $4,285 state tax refund from West Virginia for tax years 2010 and 2011. It may matter much less for other former federal workers ...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, West Virginia, Michigan, John Roberts, West Virginia Supreme Court, McCulloch, Dawson, James Dawson, Gorsuch, First the Supreme Court, Merits Cases, Frank Easterbrook, Neil Gorsuch

The Right to Be Forgotten – Insights From Germany

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) have set the basic framework for the right to be forgotten. Recent case law from Germany offers an insight into its application on the ground. The right to be forgotten as initially created in the Google Spain case (C-131/12) and now further developed in art. 17 GDPR provides data subjects with the right to have their personal data erased by a data processing controller (most prominently search en...
Tags: Google, Law, Germany, Spain, University of Toronto, Legal Technology, Gdpr, Vi, ECHR, Court of Justice, Gsc, European Union CJEU, Google Spain, CJEU, Legal Information, German Constitutional Court

Argument preview: Justices to consider whether First Amendment applies to public-access channels

Next week the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case involving free speech and public-access television channels. Although the issue may sound somewhat obscure, internet giants like Facebook and YouTube are paying close attention, fearing that the court’s ruling could have ripple effects that limit their ability to control their content. The First Amendment provides that “Congress shall make no law” restricting freedom of speech. Through the 14th Amendment, the First Amendment also ap...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Youtube, Hawaii, Federal Communications Commission, Manhattan, Rhode Island, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, Anthony Kennedy

"The Trump administration is launching a global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality in dozens of nations where it's still illegal to be gay...."

NBC reports:U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly gay person in the Trump administration, is leading the effort, which kicks off Tuesday evening in Berlin. The U.S. embassy is flying in LGBT activists from across Europe for a strategy dinner to plan to push for decriminalization in places that still outlaw homosexuality — mostly concentrated in the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.“It is concerning that, in the 21st century, some 70 countries continue to hav...
Tags: Europe, Nbc, Law, Germany, Berlin, Iran, Homosexuality, Death Penalty, Caribbean, Trump, Middle East Africa, Ann Althouse, Trump and foreign policy, Richard Grenell, Grenell

Argument transcript

The transcript of oral argument in Return Mail Inc. v. United States Postal Service is available on the Supreme Court’s website.   The post Argument transcript appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, United States Postal Service, Merits Cases, Return Mail Inc

6 Winning Search Strategies for Law Firm Marketing

Law firms should take it as a given by now that online search plays a crucial role in business development, especially for B2C law firms. Consumers needing legal services will turn to the Internet first to research their options. Even when a friend has recommended an attorney, you can bet that referral is being researched online before a call is made. If you do not rank well in search — being on the first page is key — you are losing potential clients to competitors that have deployed better sea...
Tags: Google, Law, Seo, Search, Search Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Local Search, Phoenix, SEO for law firms

Ask the Lawyer: Can the police officer change the ticket?

Q: The police officer who gave me a ticket also gave me the impression he would consider changing it if I go to court. If he shows up for trial in traffic court, what are the chances that he will agree to a lesser charge? -S.C., Torrance Ron Sokol A: In my view, none. Police officers are not prosecutors. He is a witness, and is not authorized nor permitted to modify the charges or negotiate a plea. Q: It seems like the traffic judges always decide the cases right then and there. In small cla...
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Argument transcript

The transcript of oral argument in Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC is available on the Supreme Court’s website.   The post Argument transcript appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Merits Cases, Mission Product Holdings Inc, Tempnology LLC

Justices take up Clean Water Act case, rebuke Texas court in death penalty case

Last Friday the justices added the dispute over the decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census to their merits docket. Today they issued more orders from last week’s conference, granting review in another case and throwing out – for the second time – the death sentence of a Texas inmate who argues that he cannot be executed because he is intellectually disabled. The Clean Water Act bars the discharge of any pollutant into “navigable waters” without a permit. In its lone gran...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Indiana, Hawaii, New York Times, Bill Cosby, Cosby, Lgbtq, CWA, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Aaron Schock, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Schock

Argument preview: Justices to hear oral argument on additional time for sex offenders who violate terms of supervised release

In 2006, Congress passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act “to protect the public from sex offenders and offenders against children.” One part of the act provides that if a defendant who is required to register as a sex offender commits certain crimes carrying a prison term longer than one year, his supervised release will be revoked, and he must return to prison for at least five years – and possibly for the rest of his life. Next week the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, United States, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, Merits Cases, Haymond, Andre Haymond

Episode 28: Jennifer Roberts – Data Science Superhero

  Not all Data Scientists wear lab coats to work. Intapp’s Jennifer Roberts wears a cape! On the latest episode of The Geek in Review, Marlene and Greg dive into the wonderfully geeky world of data science and its application within law firms and the legal industry. Jennifer Roberts, Manager, Strategic Research at Intapp, discusses exactly what it means to be a data scientist, and why law firms are leveraging them to help run their legal operations. When it comes to “the business of law,” Rober...
Tags: Podcast, Law, Congress, California, Uncategorized, Cisco, Eu, New York Times, Data Science, Gdpr, Cristian Farias, Greg, Jennifer, Roberts, Emily, American Association of Law Libraries

A hiker in Zion National Park gets trapped in quicksand — and stays trapped for hours in freezing cold water.

WaPo reports.“Quicksand is not normally a problem at Zion, but it does happen if conditions are right,” said Alyssa Baltrus, a spokeswoman for the park. “We have been unusually wet here this winter. The weather was most likely a contributing factor.”Despite what Hollywood would have you think, a 2005 study by researchers at the University of Amsterdam showed that it is not possible for a person to sink entirely into quicksand, because they are too buoyant.....“The water was so cold I thought for...
Tags: Hollywood, Law, Survival, Zion, Zion National Park, Park Service, WaPo, University of Amsterdam, Ann Althouse, Osmun, Alyssa Baltrus, Ryan -RSB- Osmun, ABC News Osmun, Jessika McNeill, Subway Trail

The 6th nominee for the “worst employer of 2019” is … the diverse discriminator

How many different ways can one employer discriminate? How about eight. The EEOC recently settled a national origin and disability discrimination lawsuit against a staffing agency, brought on behalf of a group of Latino employees working at an Alabama poultry plant. The eight different acts of discrimination alleged by the workers? They were harassed, which included ethnic slurs, threats, verbal abuse, and other abusive working conditions. They were paid less than they were promised. They w...
Tags: Law, Alabama, Birmingham, EEOC, Jon Hyman, Marsha L Rucker, Bradley Anderson

Wednesday round-up

This morning, in Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology LLC, the justices will consider whether a trademark licensee retains any rights under a licensing agreement when the licensor goes bankrupt. Ronald Mann previewed the case for this blog. Cecelia Bruni and Brady Plastaras have a preview at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. Yesterday the court released additional orders from Friday’s conference, adding an important Clean Water Act case to their docket for next term and in...
Tags: Texas, Mississippi, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Court, Cnn, Atlantic, New York Times, Epa, Flowers, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American Legion, Trump, Round-up

At the Chartreuse Café,,,

... you can stay up talking.And you can buy things through the Althouse Portal to Amazon. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Drawing, Rats, Ann Althouse, Althouse Portal to Amazon

Thursday round-up

Yesterday the court issued two opinions from the December argument session. In Timbs v. Indiana, the court ruled unanimously that the Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive fines applies to states and localities under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment. Amy Howe has this blog’s opinion analysis, which first appeared at Howe on the Court. At Bloomberg, Greg Stohr reports that “[t]he ruling limits what critics say is an increasingly common and abusive government practice of using fines and ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, America, West Virginia, Indiana, New York Times, Usa Today, Los Angeles Times, Round-up, Thomas, Lyle Denniston, Howe, Jess Bravin, Richard Wolf, Greg Stohr

Lost in the Noise

There was recent discussion on Twitter and LinkedIn as to the ideal length of a law blog post. Lost in all of the noise was what is real law blogging for business development. A conversation. Listen first to what the people you want to engage/meet are saying/writing and what is being said/written about them. Then blog about what they are saying/writing or what is being said/written about them. They’ll engage you in return. You may find the people and organizations you’ll want to eng...
Tags: Law, Blogging

Opinion analysis: Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states

The Supreme Court today ruled that the Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states. The decision is a victory for an Indiana man whose luxury SUV was seized after he pleaded guilty to selling heroin. It is also a blow to state and local governments, for whom fines and forfeitures have become an important source of funds. The case began back in 2015, when Tyson Timbs sold heroin to an undercover police officer. He pleaded guilty to drug charges and was sentenced to one year of...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Indiana, United States, States, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Thomas, U S Supreme Court, Howe, Indiana Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, Merits Cases, Neil Gorsuch, Timbs, Tyson Timbs

Aim for This Emergency Fund Goal 

When it comes to following standard financial advice, how many of us can say we actually have three to six months worth of living expenses saved in an emergency fund?Read more...
Tags: Health, Personal Finance, Money, Savings, Insurance, Health Insurance, Emergency, Lifehacks, Emergency Fund

Live blog of opinions (Update: Completed)

We live-blogged as the Supreme Court released its opinions in Dawson v. Steager and Timbs v. Indiana. The transcript of the live blog is available below and at this link.  The post Live blog of opinions (Update: Completed) appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Indiana, Live, Dawson, Steager, Timbs

Who Are Alternative Legal Service Providers Today?

Bob Ambrogi reported this morning that Axiom, a global legal services company providing legal professionals and technology to legal departments in the largest companies in the world, is going public. Made me wonder who were the “alternative” legal service providers of today. Companies like Axiom or traditional law firms? After all, Axiom already has 2,000 employees across three continents.   A few weeks ago, Frank Ready of Legaltech News reported that Elevate, providing consulting, te...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, UK, Technology, Law, Cisco, Andreessen Horowitz, Thomson Reuters, Justin Kan, Chandler, Atrium, Ambrogi, LegalZoom, Bob Ambrogi, Access to legal services, Liam Brown

Wednesday: What’s Hot on CanLII

Each Wednesday we tell you which three English-language cases and which French-language case have been the most viewed* on CanLII and we give you a small sense of what the cases are about. For this last week: 1. R. v. Jarvis, 2019 SCC 10 [5] In my view, circumstances that give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy for the purposes of s. 162(1) of the Criminal Code are circumstances in which a person would reasonably expect not to be the subject of the type of observation or recording that ...
Tags: Law, Court, Durham, Jarvis, Bennett, Blanchard, R, Kiessling, Varga, Wednesday: What's Hot on CanLII, Bennetts, Mrs Durham, Mr Durham, Urbanson, Western Canadian Place Ltd, Karroll

SCOTUSblog is hiring

The blog and  Goldstein & Russell, P.C. , are looking for someone to serve as both the firm manager for Goldstein & Russell, P.C., and the deputy manager of SCOTUSblog. The principal responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: Administrative work for the firm and in particular for Tom Goldstein, the firm’s managing partner; Scheduling travel, which may entail making frequent last-minute changes and arrangements, sometimes during off hours; Assisting with case coverage; C...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, U S Supreme Court, Tom Goldstein, Goldstein Russell, Bethesda Maryland, Everything Else, Goldstein Russell P C

Argument analysis: Meandering argument suggests justices likely to narrow bankrupts’ power to rescind licenses in bankruptcy

The second and last argument of the week came in the Supreme Court’s most important bankruptcy case of the year, Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC. The case presents a problem that has confused lower courts for more than 30 years: What happens when a debtor exercises its statutory right to reject a contract in bankruptcy? It is plain from the language of the statute that the debtor’s rejection should be treated as a “breach” of the contract, and that the counterparty can sue the b...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Ginsburg, U S Court of Appeals, Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, Kagan, 7th Circuit, Samuel Alito, Sunbeam, 4th Circuit

A “view” from the courtroom: Back to the bench for Justice Ginsburg

The court is returning to the bench this morning after its usual four-week winter recess. The recess, marked by noteworthy “shadow docket” actions on the death penalty, abortion rights and other matters, may have offered more news than the relatively sleepy February sitting. Today, though, the press section is filling up, and it is not because there is a groundswell of interest in today’s lone case for argument – a thorny patent dispute between a private business and the U.S. Postal Service over...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Featured, Law, Congress, Abc, California, Washington, Alabama, Los Angeles, Syria, Cnn, Commerce, Oscar, Npr, Ross

If you want to stop workplace harassment, start by educating our children

How soon is too soon to start talking about harassment? If we're talking about your workplace, the correct answer is that it's never too soon. You should start talking to your employees about your anti-harassment / anti-bullying / respectful workplace policies, expectations, and culture on Day One. A discussion should be part of each new hire's on-boarding and orientation. What about outside of your workplace? If your employees come to you as bullies, no amount of respectful workplace training i...
Tags: Law, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, Bravo Lake Ridge Academy Bullying

Loose Talk Ends Up On Wikileaks And Leads To Suspension

An Ad Hoc District of Columbia Hearing Committee has recommended approval of a negotiated discipline agreement that would suspend the attorney for 18 months and require proof of fitness prior to reinstatement. CNN had earlier reported on the underlying controversy.... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Cnn, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Hoc District of Columbia Hearing Committee

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