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Federal prison population holding steady at just over 152,000 through first 100 days of the Biden Administration

The day after Joe Biden was inaugurated as President, I authored this post posing a question in the title: "Anyone bold enough to make predictions about the federal prison population — which is now at 151,646 according to BOP?".  That post highlighted notable numerical realties about the the federal prison population (based on BOP data) during recent presidencies: during Prez Obama's first term in office, the federal prison population (surprisingly?) increased about 8%, climbing from 201,668 at ...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Biden, Doj, Prez Obama, USSC, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Biden Administration

Supreme Court offers Hope on Eligibility Case

by Dennis Crouch American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.,  v. Neapco Holdings LLC (Supreme Court 2021) The Supreme Court today called for the views of the Solicitor General (CVSG) in this important patent eligibility case. “The Acting Solicitor General is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States.” In a pair of briefs filed in 2019, then Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued that the Court should hear a new eligibility case to clarify its precedent: “the Court’...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, Hp, United States, Patent, Hikma, Dennis Crouch, the Court, Trump Administration, Noel Francisco, Berkheimer, American Axle Manufacturing Inc, Biden Administration, Federal Circuit Narrows Application of Hooke, Vanda These

Interesting and critical accounting of Biden Administration's criminal justice work over first 100 days

This new lengthy Law360 piece, headlined "Biden Falls Short On Criminal Justice Reform In First 100 Days," provides a fittingly critical review of the Biden Administration's criminal justice work over its first 100 days in office.  I recommend the piece in full, and here are some highlights (along with an interesting graphic): President Joe Biden made a slew of campaign promises on the criminal justice reform front that he has made little progress on in his first 100 days in office, disappointi...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, America, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Rahman, Jacobs, U S Department of Health and Human Services, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Vera Institute of Justice, Jen Psaki, Psaki

Biden urged to end US aid ‘abortion ban’

More than 140 rights groups call for repeal of 1973 Helms amendment widely misinterpreted as total ban on funding abortion services overseasJoe Biden is being urged to clarify a longstanding US law restricting overseas aid that has been misinterpreted by successive administrations as an outright ban on funding abortion for any reason.As the US president marked his first 100 days in office on Friday, more than 140 human rights and global health organisations, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty...
Tags: Health, Women, US, Life and style, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Global development, Amnesty International, Abortion, Reproductive Rights, Biden, Helms, Women's rights and gender equality, Biden Administration

Biden Administration announces $15 minimum wage for all federal contractors

Yesterday, the White House announced that effective January 30, 2022, all federal contractors will be required to incorporate a $15 minimum wage in new contract solicitations, and by March 30, 2022, all federal agencies will need to implement the minimum wage into new contracts and into existing contracts with annual options to renew.The Executive Order that implements these changes will also tie this new minimum wage to inflation and adjust accordingly annually, eliminate the tipped minimum wa...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, Biden, Jon, Jon Hyman, Sharon McCutcheon, Biden Administration

Biden hails ‘stunning progress’ on Covid but warns Americans: ‘Do not let up now’ – as it happened

President lauds vaccination effort to reduce cases and deathsBiden raises minimum wage for workers paid by federal contractorsTexas sheriff who criticized Trump is nominated to head IceCDC relaxes guidelines on mask-wearing for AmericansRepublicans still orbiting Trump dark star fail to derail Biden 12.57am BST – Joanna Walters and Maanvi Singh 12.28am BST The governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, has signed a bill that criminalizes abortions based on genetic conditions and implements a raft ...
Tags: Republicans, India, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, South and Central Asia, Arizona, Vaccines and immunisation, Biden, Trump, Doug Ducey, Maanvi Singh, Joanna Walters

Biden hails ‘stunning progress’ on Covid but warns Americans: ‘Do not let up now’ – live

President lauds vaccination effort to reduce cases and deathsCDC relaxes guidelines on mask-wearing for AmericansRepublicans still orbiting Trump dark star fail to derail Biden 7.33pm BST Here is where the day stands so far in US political news. There will be a lot more coming up, so please stay tuned. 7.14pm BST Joe Biden said that getting vaccinated is a “patriotic duty” for everyone in the US and urged people to continue efforts to bring the pandemic under control.“Do not let up now, ...
Tags: Republicans, India, US, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, South and Central Asia, Vaccines and immunisation, Biden, Trump, Biden Administration, Coronavirus

Harry and Meghan to join Joe Biden at Vax Live concert to increase global vaccination

Jennifer Lopez and J Balvin among stars at virtual performance to raise money for CovaxCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join the US president, Joe Biden, at a virtual concert in Los Angeles aimed at increasing the global vaccination effort.Harry and Meghan are “campaign chairs” of the A-list event, Vax Live. Hosted by Selena Gomez, and organised by Global Citizen, the event, on Saturday 8 May, will feature musical performances by nam...
Tags: Health, Music, US, Los Angeles, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Jennifer Lopez, Prince Harry, Harry, Selena Gomez, Vaccines and immunisation, Duke, Sussex

"The investigation I am announcing today will assess whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force including during protests."

Said Attorney General Merrick Garland, quoted in "Attorney General Merrick Garland announces an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department" (NYT).So-called pattern-or-practice investigations are often the precursors to consent decrees, court-approved deals between the Justice Department and local governments that create and enforce a road map for training and operational changes.... The Obama administration had repeatedly used the tool to address police misconduct. The restoration of ...
Tags: Law, Minneapolis, Obama, Police, Green, City Council, Biden, Justice Department, Democratic Party, Floyd, JEFFREY, Ann Althouse, Merrick Garland, Minneapolis Police Department, Biden Administration, Derrick Chauvin

Replacing “Illegal Alien” and “Assimilation” in USA

The Biden administration has made a key announcement on how Americans talk about immigration. The terms “illegal alien” and “assimilation” have been replaced by “undocumented noncitizen” and “integration”. The details of this shift in terminology has been sent to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). As reported by NPR: “As an essential steward of a more secure and humane immigration system, ICE will set a tone and example for our country for yea...
Tags: Japan, Usa, Law, US, Canada, House, Npr, CBP, Customs, Biden, Manitoba, CBC News, Customs Enforcement ICE, Border Protection CBP, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Chris Hall

Immigration Reform During A Pandemic? Biden Administration Comes Out Swinging [Sponsored]

Immigration law expert Austin T. Fragomen, Jr. discusses the Biden Administration’s bold approach to immigration reform.
Tags: Law, Biden, Sponsored Content, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Practising Law Institute (PLI, Biden Administration, Unprecedented, PLI Custom Unprecedented, Austin T Fragomen Jr

COVID-19 International Trade in a Time of Crisis: Pandora’s Box Revisited, Part I

The spectre of “vaccine nationalism” is one of the recent challenges that the global COVID-19 pandemic has brought us. The immediate and primary focus of governments has been the serious threat to the health of their populations. The resulting economic challenges have been “game changing.” At the end of January 2021, the European Union became the first major trading power to introduce export controls on COVID-19 vaccines.[1] Other countries have considered export bans. In India, the domestic Ser...
Tags: UK, Law, China, India, America, Eu, European Union, Pandora, Canada, United States, House Of Commons, WTO, Globe, Administrative Law, Trump, Secretariat

DEPC-hosted symposium, "Prioritizing Science Over Fear: An Interdisciplinary Response to Fentanyl Analogues," now available online

As detailed in this press release, a coalition of over drug policy, civil rights, criminal justice and public health organizations are urging Congress and the Biden Administration to allow temporary class-wide emergency scheduling of fentanyl-related substances to expire in May 2021.  This letter to members of Congress on this topic highlights why this issue is, in many ways, a sentencing story because "class-wide scheduling of fentanyl analogues ... expands the application of existing severe ma...
Tags: Law, Congress, US, America, Biden, GAO, Douglas A Berman, Cisco WebEx, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, DEPC, Biden Administration, House of Representatives Subcommittee, Committee on Energy and Commerce, Interdisciplinary Response to Fentanyl Analogues

Labor Department Will Not Enforce Anti ESG Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that it will not enforce recently published final rules by the prior Administration on “Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investments” and “Fiduciary Duties Regarding Proxy Voting and Shareholder Rights.” This policy statement is in furtherance of the Biden Administration issued Executive Order 13990, entitled “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis,” directing federal agencies to review existin...
Tags: Law, Labor, Obama, Commission, SEC, ESG, U S Department of Labor, Wild West, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Biden Administration, Ali Khawar, Labor Department Will Not Enforce Anti ESG, Update Required Climate Related Disclosures ESG

Morning Docket: 04.08.21

* A lawsuit alleges Florida police used excessive force after mistaking Star Trek memorabilia for weapons. They should have set their phasers to stun... [Hill] * The Trump Organization has hired a criminal defense lawyer. [Wall Street Journal] * A public defender is suing her boss for allegedly being told to dress more modestly to avoid the sexual interest of male prisoners. [Daily Mail] * Three Michigan lawyers have been charged in a scheme to collect debts on money that was allegedly neve...
Tags: Florida, Law, Washington Post, Star Trek, Fox News, Michigan, Baseball, Wall Street Journal, Hill, Trump Organization, Morning Docket, Public Defender, Biden Administration, Juris Lab

Biden restores $200m in US aid to Palestinians slashed by Trump

Former US president had gradually cut virtually all US money to Palestinian aid projectsThe US will restore more than $200m in aid to Palestinians, reversing massive funding cuts under the Trump administration that left humanitarian groups scrambling to keep people from plunging into poverty.“[We] plan to restart US economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people,” the secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said in a statement. Continue reading...
Tags: Israel, US, Society, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Biden, Trump, Antony Blinken

Using Data For Anti-Racist Medical Research: An Interview With COTA’s Chief Legal Officer

Nadine Peters, chief legal officer of COTA, shares her journey to leadership in health data privacy law and policy recommendations for the Biden Administration on achieving health equity through data use and education.
Tags: Law, Cota, Health Care / Medicine, Biden Administration, Healthcare Docket, Nadine Peters

Immigration And The Biden Administration: A Changing Landscape [Sponsored]

Immigration law expert Austin T. Fragomen, Jr. discusses the Biden Administration’s bold approach to immigration reform.
Tags: Law, Immigration, Biden, Pli, Sponsored Content, Small Law Firms, Immigration Law, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Practising Law Institute (PLI, Biden Administration, PLI Custom Small Law, Austin T Fragomen Jr

"A Reintegration Agenda for the 117th Congress: Criminal Record Relief, Federal Benefits, & Employment"

The title of this post is the title of from the Collateral Consequences Resource Center.  This blog posting at CCRC, titled "Second Chance Month: A Federal Reintegration Agenda" provides some background on the report.  Here is the report's introduction: The new Congress has an opportunity to make significant bipartisan progress on criminal justice reform, including reducing barriers to successful reintegration for people with a criminal record. This agenda recommends specific measures by whic...
Tags: Law, Congress, Fbi, Ccrc, TANF, Douglas A Berman, Biden Administration, 117th Congress, Criminal Record Relief Federal Benefits amp

SCOTUS grants cert to review First Circuit's reversal of death sentence of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

As noted in this post, the First CIrcuit last summer overturned the death sentence of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and the Trump administration sought review in October on these two questions in the government's cert petition: Whether the court of appeals erred in concluding that respondent’s capital sentences must be vacated on the ground that the district court, during its 21-day voir dire, did not ask each prospective juror for a specific accounting of the pretrial media covera...
Tags: Law, US, Joe Biden, Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, US supreme court, Trump, First Circuit, Tsarnaev, AG Barr, Douglas A Berman, Biden Administration, Prez Biden

Morning Docket: 03.18.21

* A client fired his lawyer at a Zoom hearing recently saying his attorney was a "bum ass dude." Don't know how the legal news cycle worked before Zoom hearings... [Boing Boing] * A lawyer accepted a $1 billion lottery check on behalf of his clients. [Hometown Life] * The Texas Attorney General is suing a utility in order to forgive have high electricity bills stemming from extreme weather earlier this year. [New York Daily News] * Republican's state Attorneys General are threatening to sue...
Tags: Texas, Law, Lawyer, New York Daily News, Zoom, Don, Hill, Supreme Court Justice, March Madness, Morning Docket, SCOTUSblog, Biden Administration, Texas Attorney General

"14 Steps Biden’s DOJ Can Take Now to Reform America’s Criminal Legal System"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new commentary at The Appeal authored by Rachel Barkow and Mark Osler. I highly recommend the full piece, and here are parts of the preamble and the listed "14 steps": As the Biden Administration takes shape and the nation recovers from four years of Donald Trump, there may be a temptation to return to “normal.”  That could be especially true at the Department of Justice, where so many longstanding norms — independence from politics, high ethi...
Tags: Law, Obama, Congress, Obama Administration, America, Department Of Justice, Biden, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Doj, Trump, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Sentencing Commission, Rachel Barkow, Trump Administration

Are we soon going to start seeing notable judicial nominees from Prez Biden?

This past week was full of big accomplishements for the Biden Administration with the confirmation of Attorney General Merrick Garland and the passage of the big COVID relief bill.  And now, as we approach nearly two months into the new Administration, there is reason to expect we will start seeing Prez Biden announce some judicial nominations.  These recent press articles certainly are raising expections that nomination will be coming soon: From Axios, "White House primes 'pipeline' of federal ...
Tags: Law, Cnn, Jackson, Biden, Josh Blackman, Prez Obama, DC Circuit, Douglas A Berman, US Sentencing Commission, Merrick Garland, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Axios White House, Biden Administration, Prez Biden

"Biden Has Few Good Options for the Unaccompanied Children at the Border."

Headline at The New Yorker. Inside the Biden Administration, a common refrain is that “all the options are bad.”... “Some of the tools the new Administration is going to have to use to build our capacity back up are going to look a lot like things associated with Trump,” the transition official told me.... [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Biden, Trump, Ann Althouse, Biden Administration, Biden And Immigration

Criminal complaint filed against Mohammed bin Salman in German court

Reporters without Borders accuses Saudi heir of crimes against humanity over persecution of journalistsSaudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other high-ranking Saudi officials have been accused of committing crimes against humanity in a criminal complaint filed in Germany by Reporters without Borders (RSF), the press freedom group.The 500-page complaint, filed with the German public prosecutor in general in the federal court of justice in Karlsruhe, centres on the “widespread and systematic...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Media, Law, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Germany, World news, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Journalist safety, Karlsruhe, Mohammed bin Salman, Jamal Khashoggi, Biden Administration

Biden under pressure from progressives as he prepares to pick first judges

President has chance to mitigate some of Trump’s judicial efforts as vacancies ariseDonald Trump’s historic shakeup of the roster of US federal judges will not soon be reversed, despite his exit from the White House. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, White House, US, Joe Biden, US news, US justice system, Biden, Donald Trump, US supreme court, Trump, Law (US, Biden Administration

What kind of "behind the scenes" clemency moves might Prez Biden's staff be working on?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by a sentence in this Vox piece by German Lopez (strangely) headlined "Biden’s secret weapon for criminal justice reform."  The article is about the power of the President to grant clemency, and I think it a bit strange to call that power a "secret weapon" given all the attention that clemency has received in recent years and given that there has already been a number of prominent calls for Prez Biden to use this power in prominent ways (example...
Tags: Law, Senate, White House, America, Aclu, Biden, Lopez, Douglas A Berman, Biden Administration, Prez Biden

Criticism builds over Biden's failure to lift Trump sanctions on ICC prosecutors

Trump targeted officials for launching war crimes investigations, as reports say Israel is lobbying to keep sanctions in placeThe Biden administration is facing growing criticism for failing to lift US sanctions imposed last year on war crimes prosecutors at the international criminal court, amid reports that Israel is lobbying to keep them in place. Related: Democrats' $15 minimum wage rise under threat after Senate parliamentarian ruling – live Continue reading...
Tags: Law, Senate, Israel, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, International criminal court, Biden, Icc, Trump, Biden Administration

Federal prosecutors still pursuing capital charges over a month into Biden Administration

There has been considerable advocacy from progressives urging Prez Biden to commute federal death row and to halt all capital prosecutions (examples here and here).  Against that backdrop, I thought this new Justice Department press release was notable under this full headline: "Death Penalty Sought For Murder Of Fort Campbell Soldier; Victim's murder occurred on the Fort Campbell, Kentucky military installation."   Interestingly, the start of the release specifies that former Prez Trump's last ...
Tags: Law, United States, Justice Department, Fort Campbell Soldier, Fort Campbell Kentucky, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Western District of Kentucky, Acting United States, Jeffrey A Rosen, Biden Administration, Prez Biden, Victor Everette Silvers, Brittney Niecol Silvers, Michael A Bennett, Everette Silvers

EPA 2020 Enforcement Offers Insight

The Environmental Protection Agency’s has released the results of its 2020 enforcement and compliance efforts and those results offer significant insight that business can benefit from. In the first 5 months of fiscal year 2020, EPA was on track to significantly exceed traditional numeric metrics in many categories with more compliance monitoring activities in the first 5 months than in any year since 2013, more in assessed penalties the first 5 months than in 7 out of the previous 10 years, mor...
Tags: Law, Environmental, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Trump, Federal, Stuart Kaplow, Maryland Department of the Environment, Codes and Regulations, Kaplow, Michael Regan, FIFRA, Biden Administration, environmental law Maryland, Baltimore environmental lawyer, MDE

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