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Meet Victoria Toensing and Joseph diGenova, the Republican power couple caught up in the FBI's Rudy Giuliani investigation

Rudolph Giuliani, Joseph diGenova, and Victoria Toensing, attorneys for then-President Donald Trump, conduct a news conference. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Image Victoria Toensing was served a search warrant alongside Rudy Giuliani last week. She and her husband and law partner, Joseph diGenova, have been close to Giuliani for decades. They were instrumental in the Ukraine scandal that led to former president Donald Trump's first impeachment. See more stories on Insider...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Media, Law, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Congress, Senate, White House, Russia, New York City, US, Trends, Reagan, Joe Biden

"So TMZ’s confident declaration that 'there is NO PRENUP' might not be correct. As Bill Clinton famously quipped..."

"'... It depends upon what the meaning of the word "is" is.' Maybe there 'is' no prenup, but there was a prenup, and it just got superseded — fancy legal-speak for 'supplanted' or 'replaced' — by a separation agreement."Writes David Lat in "Bill And Melinda Gates Are Divorcing; Do They Have A Prenup?/The answer is... it's complicated." (Substack). There's a petition for divorce that has a section on "Written Agreements" and then lists only a separation agreement. Lat explains why you can't concl...
Tags: Law, Divorce, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, David Lat, Contracts, Ann Althouse, Bill And Melinda Gates

"When Joe Biden was the presumptive nominee against Donald Trump, they quickly vilified his accuser Tara Reade as a mentally unwell liar..."

"... just as they did in the 1990s to the group of women who accused Bill Clinton of various levels of sexual impropriety, including rape. When something like the presidency is at stake, female accusers of key Democratic male leaders are to be mocked and destroyed, not believed. That is because there is no discernible principle at play. It is only about power. Why was the highly educated Christine Blasey Ford to be believed with no evidence in her accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, and why is...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Glenn Greenwald, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Stringer, Scott Stringer, Ann Althouse, Brett Kavanaugh, Reade, Jean Kim, Christine Blasey Ford, Cancel Culture, Tara Reade, Tara Reader, Glenn Greenwald Substack Stringer

"Slamming the Courthouse Door: 25 years of evidence for repealing the Prison Litigation Reform Act"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new report from the Prison Policy Initiative authored by Andrea Fenster and Margo Schlanger. Here is how it gets started: Twenty-five years ago today, in 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Prison Litigation Reform Act.  The “PLRA,” as it is often called, makes it much harder for incarcerated people to file and win federal civil rights lawsuits.  For two-and-a-half decades, the legislation has created a double standard that limits incarcer...
Tags: Law, Bill Clinton, Douglas A Berman, PLRA, Margo Schlanger, Andrea Fenster

"[W]hen an alleged rapist writes a book about a brilliant but problematic novelist, and when that book is lauded and celebrated up until..."

"... the moment two women say the author assaulted them — when all that happens, you wonder how the 900-page tome reads in hindsight." Writes Monica Hesse (in WaPo). She bought the book after the publisher withdrew it. You can still download the Kindle version. [ADDED: You can even buy the hardcover book at that link. Amazon has its stock to ship. But the publisher, Norton, isn't shipping any more books, and it's not doing publicity.]That takes some of the heat out of the argument that the book ...
Tags: Amazon, Marriage, Law, Labor, Cheese, Censorship, Reading, Karen, Feminism, Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, Philip Roth, John, Bob, Matt Lauer, Maggie

"Kamala Harris to hold discussion with Bill Clinton on 'empowering women and girls'.... 'Is this a ... joke?' asked Juanita Broaddrick."

Fox News reports.I guess this is good news for Andrew Cuomo: Bill Clinton, never cancelled, and now, forefronted, with special access to the first woman Vice President. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Rape, Bill Clinton, Fox News, Andrew Cuomo, Sexual Harassment, Kamala Harris, Juanita Broaddrick, Ann Althouse

"For years, Republicans used welfare to drive a wedge between the white working middle class and the poor."

"Ronald Reagan portrayed Black, inner-city mothers as freeloaders and con artists, repeatedly referring to 'a woman in Chicago' as the 'welfare queen.'... And the tension between the working class and the poor was easily exploited: Why should 'they' get help for not working when 'we' get no help, and we work? By the time Clinton campaigned for president, 'ending welfare as we knew it' had become a talisman of so-called New Democrats, even though there was little or no evidence that welfare bene...
Tags: Law, Reagan, Chicago, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Welfare, Biden, Clinton, Robert Reich, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, Biden economics

"The Equality Act... explicitly overrides the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which prohibits the federal government from 'substantially burdening' individuals’ exercise of religion..."

"... unless it is for a 'compelling government interest.' While enacted in 1993 with overwhelming bipartisan support, the RFRA in recent years has been most loudly championed by social conservatives. LGBTQ and civil liberties advocates say the RFRA has been used to allow discrimination. The Equality Act matches Americans’ fast-moving rejection of discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. More than 6 in 10 Americans say business owners should not be allowed to refuse service...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, Transgender, Gop, House, Bill Clinton, Smith, Clinton, Antonin Scalia, Scalia, WaPo, Chuck Schumer, RFRA, Jesse Helms, Blackmun

Here's a NYT column headline I took the wrong way: "Democrats Repent for Bill Clinton."

I thought finally — probably because of the desire to oust Andrew Cuomo — there is a demand that Democrats denounce Bill Clinton for his mistreatment of women in the workplace.But no. (by Charles Blow) isn't about that at all. It's not even mentioned. Blow's focus is on "Black and brown Americans and the poor":Two major pieces of Clinton-signed legislation stand out: The crime bill of 1994 and the welfare reform bill of 1996. I view the crime bill as disastrous. It flooded the streets with pol...
Tags: Crime, Law, Poverty, Bill Clinton, Welfare, Andrew Cuomo, Clinton, Charles Blow, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics, Racial Politics

Why aren't people talking about the new Jordan Peterson book? It came out 4 days ago, and I'm only just noticing it now.

Here's the book: "Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life." I only noticed it just now because I was having an in-person conversation that caused me to need to check the exact reason why Toni Morrison called Bill Clinton "the first black President" and I landed on "It Was No Compliment to Call Bill Clinton 'The First Black President.'" That was in The Atlantic. I hadn't stopped by The Atlantic in a long time, but while I was there, I noticed "What Happened to Jordan Peterson?/Adored guru and revile...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Atlantic, Bill Clinton, Toni Morrison, Ta-nehisi Coates, Peterson, Helen Lewis, Ann Althouse, Jordan Peterson, Quidditch Peterson

Trump sexual assault accuser Summer Zervos is trying to resume her lawsuit against him now that he's out of office

Summer Zervos and Donald Trump. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer; AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Summer Zervos has asked a court to move her lawsuit against former President Donald Trump forward. Zervos accused Trump of sexual assault and filed a defamation lawsuit when he called her a liar. Trump argued that he had presidential immunity, but Zervos' lawyers noted he's no longer president. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who a...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Nbc, Law, Sexual Assault, Congress, California, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Trump, Beth Wilkinson, Trump Trump

Donald Trump Goes on Trial in Senate

It's hard to believe it was 22 years ago that I attended the impeachment trial of former President Bill Clinton. Today it is private citizen Donald Trump who is on trial in the U.S. Senate for his conduct on January 6,2021 when rioters stormed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Senate, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, U S Senate

The Benefits and Burdens of Mary Ziegler’s Account of Abortion Law

For the Symposium on Mary Ziegler, Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Linda Greenhouse             While this is Mary Ziegler’s third book about abortion (following After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate , Harvard 2015, and Beyond Abortion: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Privacy , Harvard 2018), what it most resembles is a book published before Professor Ziegler was even in high school – a measure of the longe...
Tags: Health, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Planned Parenthood, Kentucky, White House, America, Arkansas, Yale, Bill Clinton, Wisconsin, Louisiana, University Of California, Branding, Hopkins

"'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

Reviewing Prez Trump's clemency work from a number of perspectives

It is now a full week since former Prez Trump issued a large batch of clemencies in his final hours in office (basics here and here).  The final 140+ clemencies on the final day, and Trump's entire clemency efforts, are full of fascinating and frustrating stories with respect to individual cases and the entire body of clemency work.  Here is just a partial round-up of recent pieces assessing Trump's clemency record:  From the Business Insider, "Trump's pardons may be poorly worded enough to leav...
Tags: New York Post, Law, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Medicare, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Justice Department, Trump, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Notably Trump, Federal Sentencing Reporter, Prez Biden, Center for Responsive Politics Trump, New York Times The Road

Inauguration Day

Today is a wonderful day. 28 years ago, January 20, 1993, I was on the National Mall experiencing the inauguration of Bill Clinton. One of my absolute best memories. I treasure the day I spent as part of history.Democrat or Republican, left or right, liberal or conservative, it’s a day that we should ALL come together to celebrate our nation and our glorious democracy.So even if you disagree with the person placing his hand on the Bible and swearing the oath of office, please celebrate all that...
Tags: Jon Hyman

Canadian Court Finds Jurisdiction Over Twitter

Twitter has received a lot of public attention recently, most notably for banning the President of the United States from using the platform.  A new decision by the British Columbia Supreme Court in Giustra v. Twitter, Inc. concluded that the court has jurisdiction simpliciter over the platform, and that the Canadian courts were a forum conviens for the purposes of litigation. The plaintiff had strong connections to both British Columbia and California, the latter also being the location of th...
Tags: Twitter, Law, California, Court, Toronto, Canada, United States, Bill Clinton, Court of appeal, Party, Kent, Smith, British Columbia, Columbia, Wilson, Carter

Reviewing CJUTF Recommendations: when and how might Biden Administration create an independent clemency board?

Right after the election, I blogged a bit (here and here) about some criminal justice reform recommendations from the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force (available here pp. 56-62); I stressed in one of those posts that Prez-elect Biden could get started right away in implementing recommendations calling for creating a new "Task Force on Prosecutorial Discretion" and a "Clemency Board."  Especially with so much clemency chatter as Prez Trump's term comes to a close, I am eager to again amplify attent...
Tags: Law, Obama, Congress, Barack Obama, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Biden, Donald Trump, Doj, George W Bush, Trump, American Civil Liberties Union, Prez Obama, Roseberry, Michelle Alexander

The lives they lived and the court they shaped: Remembering those we lost in 2020

The lead plaintiffs in three landmark civil rights cases. A government lawyer who argued at the Supreme Court more than anyone else in the 20th century. A chief justice’s right-hand man. A trailblazing feminist who became a transformative justice. These were among the people we lost in a year that was so defined by death. As the year comes to a close, SCOTUSblog looks back at some of the individuals who died in 2020 after living lives that brought them – at different times and for different reas...
Tags: John Lewis, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, China, Virginia, Court, Alabama, America, Georgia, Reagan, Cnn, Pennsylvania, United States, Ronald Reagan

"Now Ann has baited me into promiscuously spiking my anxiety stew with carnalized onions..."

Ha ha ha. My favorite kind of comment — taking an ingredient from an old post and adding it to the material in the post under discussion. It's fusion commenting, like fusion cooking... and the metaphor in the comment is cooking. And I love that I've got a tag for "onions," though I see various posts with onions that did not get the tag, including posts with the tag "onion rings," onion rings being a special, niche topic here on the blog. Remember these carnalized onion rings? And of course, t...
Tags: Law, Christmas, Blogging, Metaphor, Bill Clinton, Jesus, ANN, Onion, Trump, Jesus Son, Big And Small, Ann Althouse, Cruel Neutrality, Onion RIngs, President Trump, Lucien (the commenter

A challenge for those troubled by Trump's final month clemencies: identify dozens, hundreds of comparable cases for Biden's first month

It is hardly surprising that Prez Trump has kicked off his final weeks in office with sets of clemency grants that include all sorts of friends and family and politically-charged defendants (basics here and here).  It is perhaps even less surprising that Trump's latest flourish of clemency grants is garnering lots and lots of criticisms from lots and lots of quarters (just a few examples are here and here and here and here and here).  But particularly notable in the first wave of reaction was US...
Tags: Law, Congress, US, Barack Obama, House, Bill Clinton, Biden, George W Bush, Trump, Murphy, Oval Office, Chris Murphy, Federal Prison, Prez, Jack Goldsmith, Douglas A Berman

Congress agrees on education reforms that include restoring Pell Grants for incarcerated persons!!

As well reported in this NPR piece, headlined "Congress Poised To Simplify FAFSA, And Help People In Prison Go To College," it appears federal lawmakers have reaching a deal on an array of higher-education reforms that include a very important reform for incarcerated individuals.  Here are the details (with links) from the NPR piece: For the past 26 years, one sentence in federal law has withheld federal Pell Grants from the nearly 1.5 million people in state and federal prison. The proposed ch...
Tags: Law, Obama, Congress, Bill Clinton, Npr, U S House, Pell, Vera Institute of Justice, Douglas A Berman, Congress Poised To Simplify FAFSA, Higher Education Programs

Justices refuse to delay execution of Brandon Bernard

The Supreme Court on Thursday evening declined to postpone the execution of Brandon Bernard, who was sentenced to death for his involvement in the carjacking and murder of two youth ministers, Todd and Stacie Bagley, in Fort Hood, Texas. The court’s three liberal justices publicly dissented from the decision to allow the execution to proceed. Bernard, who had just turned 18 at the time of the crime in 1999, is the ninth person to be executed by the federal government since July, when the Trump a...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Starr, Kim Kardashian West, Trump, Todd, Bernard, Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Harvard Law

US completes execution of Brendan Bernard despite high-profile appeals for relief

As reported in this AP piece, the "Trump administration on Thursday carried out its ninth federal execution of the year and the first during a presidential lame-duck period in 130 years, putting to death a Texas street-gang member for his role in the slayings of a religious couple from Iowa more than two decades ago."  Here is more: Four more federal executions, including one Friday, are planned in the weeks before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The case of Brendan Bernard, who recei...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Court, US, Joe Biden, Ap, Harvard, Iowa, Bill Clinton, Mike Tyson, Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian West, Trump, Todd, Bernard

"[T]he fact that Biden did not lead his party to a landslide will... give him certain political advantages. He will not be permitted..."

"... to re-enact the New Deal or the Great Society, but neither will he be tempted into ideologically driven debacles like Bill Clinton’s failed health care push or even Donald Trump’s failed attempt to repeal Obamacare. Having Joe Manchin and Susan Collins as the most powerful figures in the Senate will not be good for progressivism’s policy objectives, but it could be very good for Biden’s popularity, enabling him to chart a moderate course while telling the left, sorry, but my hands are tied....
Tags: Law, Senate, Bill Clinton, Biden, Donald Trump, Susan Collins, Health And Human Services, Tea Parties, Ross Douthat, Obama White House, Trump White House, Joe Manchin, Xavier Becerra, Ann Althouse, Moderation, what Trump did to the GOP

Discussing clemency activity by Prez Trump for six more weeks seems unavoidable, doesn't it?

As highlighted by this post from last week, I am generally much more interested in thinking about how Prez-elect Biden might reform the clemency process than about how Prez Trump might use the clemency power over his last six weeks in office.  But my news feed these days is overflowing with all sorts of reports and commentary about Prez Trump's possible pardon plans, so I suspect this will have to be an evergreen blog topic in the weeks ahead. In reviewing some recent pieces, I really liked the ...
Tags: Law, White House, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Npr, Johnson, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Oval Office, Scott Simon, Asawin Suebsaeng, Michael Flynn, Alice Johnson, Douglas A Berman, Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Beating the anti-vaxxers: how star power can help squash vaccine myths

Analysis: Vaccine hesitancy is growing, thanks in part to social media misinformation. Time for the Elvis approach? President-elect Joe Biden’s statement that he would be happy to be vaccinated publicly against coronavirus to encourage people to follow suit – following similar pledges from Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton – highlights a fundamental concern in global health circles.Vaccine hesitancy – as well as anti-vaccination activism, sometimes promoted by celebrities – is growing...
Tags: Health, Science, Social Media, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Infectious Diseases, Bill Clinton, Health policy, Elvis Presley, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Elvis, Barack Obama George W Bush, Coronavirus

Judge Admonished For Facebook Posts

The New York Commission on Judicial Conduct has admonished a town court justice for "inappropriate" Facebook posts. Among the posts was.a meme implying that Bill Clinton killed Jeffrey Epstein. The justice is not an attorney. The Commission concluded that the... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Facebook, Law, Bill Clinton, Commission, Facebook Posts, Jeffrey Epstein, Legal Profession Prof, Judicial Ethics and the Courts, New York Commission on Judicial Conduct

Should we want Congress to try to limit the President's pardon power?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by this notable new New York Times op-ed By Jack Goldsmith.  The full title of this piece highlight its main points: "Trump Loves to Use the Pardon Power. Is He Next? There is little to be done right now about the president’s self-serving ways, but Congress can limit future abuses." Here are excerpts: President Trump has abused the pardon power like none of his predecessors. But we likely ain’t seen nothing yet. Now that he has lost the electio...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Defense, Iran, New York Times, Bill Clinton, Arizona, Manhattan, Joe Arpaio, Justice Department, Trump, Bush, Roger Stone, Goldsmith, George H W Bush

Symposium: The court should not “sever” where the president cannot

This article the final entry in a symposium previewing California v. Texas. Andy Schlafly is general counsel of the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons. He filed an amicus brief on behalf of AAPS in support of Texas. “To sever or not to sever” is not as profound a question as the immortal one asked by Hamlet, but it may decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act. Congress did not include a severability clause in the ACA, and if the individual mandate is unconstitutional, then the law c...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Senate, House, Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Hamlet, ACA, Madison, Kamala Harris, Hamilton, Clinton

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