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"Facebook’s oversight board has upheld the company’s decision to restrict Donald Trump’s access to the social media platform."

The Guardian reports. (To comment email me here.)ADDED: I'm not surprised. If the decision had gone the other way, Facebook could have found some new offense and banned him again. AND: From gives some details about the decision, which is not as harshly anti-Trump as it may have first looked: Facebook’s Oversight Board, which acts as a quasi-court to deliberate the company’s content decisions, said the social network was right to bar Mr. Trump after he used the site to foment an insurrection in...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Comedy, Law, Washington, Furniture, Donald Trump, Names, New Yorker, The New Yorker, Trump, The Board, Joe Blow, Michael Nathanson, Ann Althouse, Facebook 's Oversight Board

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

National Guard member's arrest marks fourth service member charged in Capitol riot

In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo rioters supporting President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington. AP Photo A member of the Wisconsin National Guard was arrested Monday over his role in the Capitol attack. Abram Markofski is the fourth service member to face federal charges over the January 6 insurrection. A federal judge released Markofski Monday pending a virtual May 10 hearing. See more stories on Insider's business page. Authorities arrested a member of the Wisconsin Natio...
Tags: Politics, Washington Post, Washington, Defense, Trends, Military, Washington Dc, Wisconsin, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Madison, Justice Department, Nelson, Trump, Capitol, National Guard

Dominion is accusing Sidney Powell of promoting 'defamatory falsehoods' to attract money and fame

Sidney Powell participates in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Dominion is accusing attorney Sidney Powell of lying about the company to earn money and sell books. It made the argument in a court filing on Monday as part of a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit. Powell's lawyers argued her conspiracy theories were not meant to be taken as statements of fact. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sidney Powell doesn't think any "reasonabl...
Tags: Politics, Lawsuit, Law, Washington, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Venezuela, Fox News, Capitol Hill, Republican Party, Biden, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Rudy Giuliani

In final case the court will hear this term, profound issues of race, incarceration and the war on drugs

Academics naturally believe that even obscure cases in their field are underappreciated; each minor tax or bankruptcy case quietly frames profound issues of justice. But, doubtful readers, rest assured that Terry v. United States – which the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday in the final argument of its 2020-21 term – packs so many swirling issues of great importance into an absurdly little case, it can hardly be believed. The national debate on historical racism in our criminal punishment sys...
Tags: Florida, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, White House, Barack Obama, United States, Aclu, Kardashian, Biden, Donald Trump, Terry, Justice Department, Jared, Trump

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

The QAnon insurrectionist who filmed himself begging to be shot and inciting rioters to storm the Capitol told the FBI he was only there as a 'journalist'

Andrew Jackson Morgan Jr. records himself during the insurrection on January 6, 2021. Political Trance Tribune Andrew Jackson Morgan Jr. claimed to be at the insurrection as a civil rights auditor and journalist. Several now-deleted recordings show him encouraging the pro-Trump mob to storm the Capitol. An Insider investigation reveals that he was motivated by far-right, conspiratorial beliefs. See more stories on Insider's business page. Wearing his trademark Harley Davidson beanie an...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Texas, Media, Law, Youtube, Washington, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Fbi, Austin, Washington Dc, News UK, Michigan

Another effective (but still incomplete) look at possible sentencing outcomes for those prosecuted for Capitol riot

This new AP article, headlined "Charged in Jan. 6 riot? Yes, but prison may be another story," reviews potental sentencing outcomes for their role in the January 6 Capitol riot.  Here are some excerpts, to be followed by a bit of contextual commentary: More than 400 people have been charged with federal crimes in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.  But prison time may be another story. With new defendants still flooding into Washington’s federal court, the Justice Department is under pressure to...
Tags: Law, Minneapolis, Washington, Oregon, Joe Biden, Ap, House, Nancy Pelosi, Seattle, Donald Trump, Fargo, Barnett, Justice Department, Trump, Capitol, Brainerd

"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

"Obstruction of Justice: Redesigning the Shortcut"

The title of this post is the title of this new paper authored by Ellen Podgor just published in the BYU Law Review and now available at this link. Here is its abstract: When one looks to accomplish consistency and predictability in the criminal justice system — important goals tied to achieving deterrence — the architecture of obstruction of justice remains important.  It is insufficient to suggest that we have consistency in sentencing by using federal sentencing guidelines, when the charging...
Tags: Law, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Robert Mueller, Douglas A Berman, William Barr, Ellen Podgor, BYU Law Review

Great example of clemency leading to more compassion ... in the form of compassionate release thanks to FIRST STEP Act reforms

I am not sure if anyone is trying to make a comprehensive list of the wide array of factors that federal courts have referenced in granting sentence reductions under the (so-called compassionate release) statutory provisions of 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A) ever since the FIRST STEP Act allowed federal courts to directly reduce sentence without awaiting a motion by the Bureau of Prisons.  Thankfully, district and circuit court have consistently recognized that, in the word of the Second Circuit in U...
Tags: Sixth Circuit, Law, Congress, Court, US, United States, Ferguson, Michigan, Donald Trump, Detroit, Edmunds, Sapp, Bureau, McCoy, Kwame Kilpatrick, Second Circuit

Stock Market Roars Six Months After Biden Election, Trump Fans Who Pulled Investments Lick Wounds

The lesson is don't pull your money out of the stock market because you are pouting about an election result.
Tags: Law, Republicans, Finance, Joe Biden, Biden, Stock Market, Donald Trump, Jonathan Wolf, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Finance Docket

Morning Docket: 04.28.21

* A Wisconsin woman has filed a lawsuit against the maker of bagel bites pizza snacks alleging that they do not contain real mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. Must be a true "Cheesehead"... [KIRO] * Brittany Spears is asking for some facetime with the judge overseeing her conservatorship. [New York Daily News] * A lawyer has been suspended from practice for five years for firing several bullets into a colleagues law office. [ABA Journal] * A New York City lawyer has seemingly vanished lea...
Tags: New York Post, Law, Pizza, New York City, Wisconsin, Donald Trump, ABA Journal, New York Daily News, Donald, Trump Tower, Bagel, Morning Docket, Brittany Spears, Cheesehead, Trump Tower Not

"If the article shows your home or apartment, says what city you’re in and you don’t like it, you can complain to Facebook. Facebook will then ensure..."

"... that nobody can share the article on its giant platform and, as a bonus, block you from sending it to anyone in Facebook Messenger. I learned this rule from a cheerfully intense senior Facebook lawyer... who... was trying to explain why the service had expunged a meanspirited New York Post article about a Black Lives Matter activist’s real estate purchases.... The policy sounds crazy because it could apply to dozens, if not hundreds, of news articles every day — indeed, to a staple of re...
Tags: Facebook, Post, New York Post, Real Estate, Law, Censorship, Journalism, Ethics, Facebook Messenger, Jennifer Lopez, The New York Times, Ben Smith, Smith, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Michael Bloomberg

Arizona judge suspends Republican vote 'audit' being conducted by Cyber Ninjas, a Florida company led by a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist

Officials unload election equipment into the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the state fairgrounds, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Phoenix. Maricopa County officials began delivering equipment used in the November election won by President Joe Biden on Wednesday and will move 2.1 million ballots to the site Thursday so Republicans in the state Senate who have expressed uncertainty that Biden's victory was legitimate can recount them and audit the results. AP Photo/Matt York A state judge ...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Lawsuit, Law, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, Democrats, Gop, Arizona, Biden, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Trump, Phoenix, State

Harsh penal treatment of some Capitol rioters being criticized by notable progressive

Politico continues its terrific coverage of prosecution of the Capitol rioters with this lengthy new piece fully headlined "Jan. 6 defendants win unlikely Dem champions as they face harsh detainment; 'Solitary confinement is a form of punishment that is cruel and psychologically damaging,' Sen. Elizabeth Warren said."  I am always pleased to see politicians who express concerns about the operation of our justice systems do so no matter who the defendants happen to be.  Here is how this story sta...
Tags: Law, Senate, Massachusetts, Warren, Biden, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Senate Judiciary Committee, Capitol, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer, Durbin, Dick Durbin, Douglas A Berman, D C Department of Corrections, Keena Blackmon Warren

Mixed messages on mandatory minimums from executive branch in New Jersey witrh a retroactive kicker

In this post last month, I flagged the debate in New Jersey where the Governor was threatening to veto a bill to repeal mandatory minimums for certain non-violent crimes because it repealed too many mandatory minimum sentences.  Sure enough, that veto happened yesterday, but so too did an interesting related action from the NJ Attorney General.  This Politico piece, headlined "Murphy vetoes mandatory minimum bill as Grewal unilaterally eliminates some sentences," provides these details (with som...
Tags: Law, New Jersey, Commission, Donald Trump, Hudson, Legislature, Murphy, Gurbir Grewal, North Bergen, New Jerseyans, AG, Sinha, Grewal, Phil Murphy, Sacco, Douglas A Berman

I Wonder If Your Desk Plant Is Still Alive? — See Also

Back To The Salt Mines: What's up with office reopenings? Bonuses: Jenner's have some fine print attached. Apparently Donald Trump Isn't Detail Oriented: Roger Stone's pardon may have missed his tax case. Graduation: Please let us know who's speaking. Copyright Trolling: Lamar Jackson faces RICO suit because intellectual property holders are truly out of control.
Tags: Law, Donald Trump, Jenner, Roger Stone, Lamar Jackson, See Also

Mike Lindell's company, MyPillow, is suing Dominion for $1.6 billion

Mike Lindell with then-President Donald Trump at the White House in March 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Mike Lindell's company, MyPillow, is suing Dominion for $1.6 billion. Dominion had filed a $1.3 billion lawsuit against Lindell over his voter-fraud conspiracy theories. See more stories on Insider's business page. MyPillow is suing Dominion Voting Systems for $1.6 billion, the pillow company's CEO Mike Lindell announced Monday.The suit appears to be a counterattack ...
Tags: Politics, Minnesota, Law, Washington Post, White House, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, Retail, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Sam, Costco, Wall Street Journal, Rudy Giuliani

Mike Lindell says his company MyPillow is suing Dominion for $1.6 billion

Mike Lindell with then-President Donald Trump at the White House in March 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Mike Lindell said his company MyPillow is suing Dominion for $1.6 billion. Dominion had filed an earlier $1.3 billion lawsuit against Lindell over his voter-fraud conspiracy theories. See more stories on Insider's business page. MyPillow is suing Dominion Voting Systems for $1.6 billion, its CEO Mike Lindell said Monday.The suit appears to be a counterattack after Dominion f...
Tags: Politics, Minnesota, Law, White House, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, Gop, Retail, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Sam, Costco, Wall Street Journal, Rudy Giuliani

Trump rape accuser adds to former president's legal woes by asking court to keep defamation lawsuit alive

Writer E Jean Carroll has accused President Trump of raping her in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s. Eva Deitch/The Washington Post; Saul Loeb/Getty Images In 2020, E. Jean Carroll published an account accusing Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990s. The former Elle columnist sued Trump for defamation after he made comments denying sexually assaulting her. A judge ruled that Trump was not acting in a presidential capacity when he made the ...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Law, Washington Post, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, News UK, Manhattan, Court Case, Biden, Donald Trump, Doj, Elle

Noting the importance of charging policies and practices (and consistency?) as federal rioting charges get resolved from coast-to-coast

A few weeks ago, as blogged here, Politico spotlighted some case processing realities surrounding the on-going federal prosecutions of persons involved in the insurrection on January 6, 2021.  That lengthy piece highlighted reasons why it could turn out, in the words of the headline, that "Many Capitol rioters [are] unlikely to serve jail time."  Politico now has this additional interesting piece on the same beat headlined "Leniency for defendants in Portland clashes could affect Capitol riot ca...
Tags: Law, Minneapolis, Eric Holder, Washington, Oregon, Boston, Politico, Los Angeles, Joe Biden, Portland, Biden, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Harvard Law School, Capitol

Spotlighting progressive prosecutor challenges and politics circa spring 2021

Politico has this extended and timely new article headlined "Left-wing prosecutors hit fierce resistance: An uptick in murders across the country is testing their resolve — and their electability."  Here are excerpts: Larry Krasner’s election in 2017 was a triumph for progressives nationwide: The man who had sued cops 75 times, represented Black Lives Matter, promised to end cash bail — and was widely seen as the most liberal district attorney candidate in the country — won. Four years later, P...
Tags: Law, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, Bernie Sanders, Vega, Shaun King, Democratic, Philly, Larry, Marilyn Mosby, Fraternal Order of Police, Rizzo

Delta Flight To MLB Game Without Encountering Any Diehard Trump Supporters: Travel Paradise?

Maybe there is some kind of perverse logic behind Donald Trump’s choice of Easter weekend to release a hate-filled analog tweet to promote his election lies and trash Delta Air Lines, Major League Baseball, and Coke.
Tags: Law, Finance, Georgia, Delta, Mlb, Donald Trump, Major League Baseball, Voter Suppression, Jonathan Wolf, ATL Finance, Delta Air Lines Major League Baseball

The same Donald Trump pudding.

In "The Trump media era ends not with a wow but a whisper" (WaPo), Philip Bump observes that Trump was on TV yesterday, but probably almost nobody watched:"You probably missed it, because it was Donald Trump offering the same pudding of rhetoric we’ve heard so often to an anchor on the far-right network Newsmax." Did you probably miss it because it was the same pudding? Or did you probably miss it because it was on a pretty obscure news channel and you didn't notice it was on because all the big...
Tags: Law, Metaphor, Donald Trump, Trump, NewsMax, Philip Bump, Ann Althouse, Trump the ex-President, Trump and the media, WaPo Philip Bump

A researcher suggested US Capitol rioters came from towns that fear the rise of immigrants and people of color. Reactions to that finding reveal how divided the right and left are.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 6: Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breached security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. Brent Stirton/Getty Images A researcher found that Capitol rioters hailed from towns with dwindling white populations. Robert Pape found rioters came from towns with a fear of growing populations...
Tags: Post, Politics, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Senate, US, Trends, Karen, House, New York Times, University Of Chicago, Times, Donald Trump, Trump

Matt Gaetz sought a preemptive pardon from Trump before he left office, according to report

CHEYENNE, WY - JANUARY 28: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) holds a phone to the microphone as Donald Trump Jr. speaks remotely to a crowd during a rally against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on January 28, 2021 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Gaetz and Trump Jr. added their voices to a growing effort to vote Cheney out of office after she voted in favor of impeaching Donald Trump. Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz sought a pardon from Trump before he left office. The New York Times report...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Law, White House, Trends, Fbi, New York Times, Harry Potter, Times, Donald Trump, Doj, Cheney, Justice Department, Trump, Cheyenne, Carlson

Justices throw out Trump Twitter case

Just under three months after former President Donald Trump was permanently banned from Twitter, the Supreme Court put an end to a legal battle over Trump’s personal Twitter account, throwing out a lower-court ruling against the former president and instructing that court to dismiss the case on the ground that it is moot – that is, no longer a live controversy. The lawsuit was filed in July 2017 by the Knight First Amendment Institute and seven individuals whom Trump had blocked on Twitter afte...
Tags: Twitter, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Wall, Trump, Thomas, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, Clarence Thomas, Trump Twitter, 2nd Circuit, Cases in the Pipeline

Who should attend a Global Democracy Summit?

Tarunabh Khaitan For the first time since 2001,  there are more autocracies  in the world than democracies. In 2019, 54% of the world’s population lived in a full-blown autocracy; 35% lived in democracies that were moving in the autocratic direction. This latter category included countries like Brazil, India, Poland, Ukraine, the Philippines, Turkey, and the United States. In just another year, by 2000, 68% of the world was living under authoritarianism, with V-Dem downgrading India —...
Tags: UK, Law, India, United States, Melbourne, Biden, Donald Trump, Branding, Guest Blogger, Nyu, Democratic Party, Capitol, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Vajpayee, Duterte, John Locke

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