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FOIA Information Releases On Bump Stock Ban

Len Savage sends the following pages released as part of his FOIA request on the bump stock ban. Now, let’s pose some questions for readers to consider.  First, why are these pages marked SECRET/NOFORN (No Foreign Nationals)?  Second, if you were Paddock, why would you voluntarily choose to shoot an AR-15 with a bump stock in a crime you intended to perpetrate when you could shoot a fully automatic weapon?  Third (and I’ll keep asking this until I get an answer), why did the FBI refuse to allo...
Tags: Fbi, Military, Gun Control, ATF, BATFE, Las Vegas Shooting, Len Savage, Bump Stocks, Bump Stock Ban, FOIA Information Releases On Bump Stock Ban

Prez Trump pardons Conrad Black and Pat Nolan

Prez Donald Trump has his clemency juices flowing again, and he is back to his high-profile pardon practices today with grants to two offenders whose names should be familiar to readers of this blog.  Here are the details from The Hill: President Trump on Wednesday signed granted a full pardon to media tycoon Conrad Moffat Black and Patrick Nolan, former Republican leader of the California State Assembly. Black, a Canadian-born British citizen, served as the chief executive of Hollinger Interna...
Tags: Florida, Supreme Court, Law, California, White House, US, Fbi, Chicago, United States, Pope Francis, Nolan, Donald Trump, Los Angeles Times, Black, Trump, U S District Court

Wednesday round-up

At Slate, Mark Joseph Stern maintains that in recent decisions striking down partisan gerrymanders in several states, federal “courts have called SCOTUS’s bluff[:] They’ve shown the justices exactly why partisan gerrymandering infringes on the Constitution, and how it can be remedied.” At the Election Law Blog, Nicholas Stephanopolous argues that “[n]ow that courts have invalidated congressional districts in Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, there are very few remaining...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, Fbi, Pennsylvania, Wall Street Journal, Round-up, Mark Joseph Stern, Jess Bravin, Kavanaugh, Common Cause, Brett Kavanaugh, Tonja Jacobi, Rucho, Benisek, Nicholas Stephanopolous

Infringing Rights And Raising Revenue On The Backs Of Gun Owners

David Codrea: “It was brought to Hawaii Firearms Coalition’s attention during this year’s legislative session that not one single firearms owner has been entered into the service. However, for more than two years, the state has been requiring firearm owners to sign a waiver (of their constitutional rights) and collecting the fees associated with the FBI Rap Back service.” The state’s position is that new firearm purchases are going to require fingerprints and coerced “consent,” if you don’t you ...
Tags: Fbi, Military, Hawaii, Gun Control, David Codrea, Hawaii Gun Laws, Hawaii Firearms Coalition

Should you pay if your business is attacked by ransomware?

Cleveland Hopkins Airport flight information boards have been out of service since last Monday (story here). Yesterday, after paying contractors more than $750,000 to restore them, the City finally acknowledged the cause—a ransomware attack. Ransomware is malicious software that locks and encrypts a victim’s computer data. The criminal then demands a ransom to restore access, usually within a set amount of time. If the ransom is not paid, the data is destroyed. The best way to guard against...
Tags: Law, Time, Fbi, Cleveland Hopkins airport, Jon Hyman, Christiaan Colen, Ransomware Prevention and Response for CISOs

"Coverage of Trump’s latest rally shows how major media outlets normalize his worst excesses."

Aaron Rupar writes about the Green Bay rally at Vox:The president falsely accused Democrats of supporting infanticide, called the FBI and Justice Department leaders he’s purged from government “scum,” referred to the assembled media as “sick people,” and even admitted his proposal to punish blue states by relocating undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities was “actually my sick idea.”...The New York Times did attempt to fact-check Trump’s lie about Democrats and abortion — Trump accused Democ...
Tags: Law, Journalism, Fbi, Abortion, The New York Times, Times, Vox, Justice Department, Trump, Green Bay, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump and the press, getting used to Trump, Aaron Rupar, Trump Instead of calling Trump

Expungement and Sealing: County vs State Supreme Court Expungment Records Back and Forth

My question involves criminal records for the state of: ok I got an expungment granted in may of last year. Everything has gone smoothly, and the records have all been removed from the OSBI and from what I gather, FBI as well. That and because of the time lapse, the paper records were destroyed back a year and a half ago, so for the most part, I''m all set. EXCEPT for one little glitch: When I log on to my states online county records, there is also a link that takes it to the Ok supreme cou...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Criminal Records, OSBI, State Supreme Court Expungment Records Back

FBI Arrests Leader Of Militia Stopping Immigrants In New Mexico

Reuters: The FBI on Saturday said it had arrested Larry Hopkins, the leader of an armed group that is stopping undocumented migrants after they cross the U.S.-Mexico border into New Mexico. [ … ] “We’re not worried about it, he’s going to be cleared,” said Jim Benvie, a spokesman for the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), blaming his arrest on political pressure from Lujan Grisham. Hopkins is the “national commander” of the UCP, which has had around half a dozen members camped out on a rotati...
Tags: Mexico, Immigration, Cnn, Fbi, Military, United States, CBP, New Mexico, Customs, San Antonio, Reuters, U S Army, U S Marine Corps, U S Mexico, Clint Texas, Larry Hopkins

The FBI Has Ignored The GOA’s Concerns Over Use Of Facial Recognition

NextGov: The FBI still has not assessed whether its facial recognition systems meet privacy and accuracy standards nearly three years after a congressional watchdog—the Government Accountability Office—raised multiple concerns about the bureau’s use of the tech. Since 2015, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have used the Next Generation Identification-Interstate Photo System, which uses facial recognition software to link potential suspects to crimes, pulling from a database of more th...
Tags: Facebook, Fbi, Military, Cia, Goa, Facial Recognition, Justice Department, Sicario, Government Accountability Office, Fusion Centers, JTTF

Argument preview: Must an unauthorized immigrant in possession of a firearm know he is in the country illegally?

When the federal government prosecutes someone not legally in the United States for possessing a firearm, must the government prove that the person actually knew he was not legally in the country? Or need the government merely prove that the person knew he possessed the firearm? The U.S. Supreme Court will puzzle over this classic, yet novel, statutory question of “mens rea,” or criminal intent, when it hears argument on April 23 in Rehaif v. United States. In August 2013, Hamid Mohamed Ahmed A...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Fbi, United States, United Arab Emirates, Melbourne, Armed Forces, U S Supreme Court, U S Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, Florida Tech, Gorsuch, Melbourne Florida, Merits Cases

Morning Docket: 04.16.19

* Varsity Blues students receive target letters, which are basically acceptance letters to the criminal justice system. [NY Times] * Greg Craig looking at an August trial date. That may sound soon, but this matter is all about the rushin'. [National Law Journal] * The Department of the Interior has opened an ethics investigation into its new head. He was confirmed a mere four days ago. [Courthouse News Service] * Circuit splits are on the rise and many are blaming the Supreme Court for not t...
Tags: Google, Crime, Supreme Court, Law, Police, Fbi, Courts, Law Schools, Biglaw, Courthouse News Service, Ny Times, Interior, National Law Journal, Greg Craig, Morning Docket, Varsity Blues

Fascinating map and data highlighting prevalence and intensity of marijuana's criminal enforcement footprint

Over at the Washington Post, Christopher Ingraham has fully titled "Where the war on weed still rages: In some U.S. counties, more than 40 percent of all arrests are for marijuana possession." The title highlights the piece's themes, but the text and a map therein reinforce the point in various ways: Marijuana possession led to nearly 6 percent of all arrests in the United States in 2017, FBI data shows, underscoring the level of policing dedicated to containing behavior that’s legal in 10 st...
Tags: Florida, New York, Texas, Maryland, Law, Colorado, California, Washington Post, Washington, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Fbi, Pennsylvania, United States, North Dakota

Breaking and Entering

My question involves criminal law for the state of: Florida: Unlawful breaking and entering. This situation will require a lengthy explanation and I state up front it is a bizarre situation. I will try to be concise. We are seasonal residents who own a condo in Florida. The subject of this post lives in an adjoining unit with a firewall existing in the attic between the two units. Subject exhibits bizarre behavior. Without provocation he has accused us as well as other residents of steali...
Tags: Florida, Law, Fbi, Criminal Charges, FPL

"The baffling thing was why they were baffled. Barr's statement was accurate and supported by publicly known facts...."

"It is a fact that in October 2016 the FBI wiretapped Carter Page, who had earlier been a short-term foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. The bureau's application to a secret court for that wiretapping is public. It is heavily redacted but is clearly focused on Page and 'the Russian government's attempt to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.' Page was wiretapped because of his connection with the Trump campaign. Some critics have noted that the wiretap authorization came afte...
Tags: Law, Washington, Fbi, Page, Trump, Barr, Byron York, Ann Althouse, Carter Page, Trump troubles, William Barr, Stefan Halper

"The F.B.I.’s surveillance of [John] Lennon is a reminder of how easily domestic spying can become unmoored from any legitimate law enforcement purpose."

"What is more surprising, and ultimately more unsettling, is the degree to which the surveillance turns out to have been intertwined with electoral politics. At the time of the John Sinclair rally, there was talk that Lennon would join a national concert tour aimed at encouraging young people to get involved in politics — and at defeating President Nixon, who was running for re-election. There were plans to end the tour with a huge rally at the Republican National Convention. The F.B.I.’s timing...
Tags: Law, Obama, Congress, Wikipedia, John Lennon, Intelligence, Surveillance, Fbi, New York Times, The Times, Mlk, Nyt, Donald Trump, Central Intelligence Agency, Martin Luther King Jr, Lennon

JHP Or FMJ: What For Self Defense?

This is an interesting commentary on whether to use JHP or FMJ for personal defense.  It’s situation-dependent, but this memorable quote sticks out. With these factors in mind, hollow points, with their limited capacity for penetration and greater chance of performing in a way that will stop the attacker with fewer shots, start to sound attractive. When one remembers “there’s a lawyer attached to every round you fire,” and the greater possibility of FMJ rounds traveling through the target and be...
Tags: Fbi, Military, ACP, Ammunition, Evan Marshall, John Basilone

"Attorney General William Barr has assembled a team to review controversial counterintelligence decisions made by Justice Department and FBI officials..."

"... including actions taken during the probe of the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016," Bloomberg reports."I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016." Barr told [the Democratic-controlled House Appropriations subcommittee] on Tuesday.Barr’s inquiry is separate from a long-running investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general...Asked about ...
Tags: Law, Bloomberg, Fbi, Gop, House, Senate Appropriations Committee, Justice Department, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Mueller, Barr, Ann Althouse, William Barr

Open Carry Doomed In South Carolina For Another Year

News from South Carolina: Bills on either side of the gun debate have gone nowhere. That includes legislation by Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, to extend the FBI background check period from three days to five days — versions of which he’s pushed in every session since the 2015 shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, when nine black parishioners were gunned down. Kimpson managed to get a hearing last month, but the bill didn’t advance. Neither has any other bill expanding gun background...
Tags: New York, California, Fbi, Military, Hawaii, New Jersey, Gun Control, South Carolina, Charleston, Emanuel AME Church, South Carolina Open Carry, Sen Marlon Kimpson, Kimpson

"I’ve covered the Justice Department for three decades, and seldom have I seen a story like the one published in the New York Times this week..."

"... under the headline, 'Some on Mueller's Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed.' What concerned me most is that the story’s anonymous allegations reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of the role prosecutors play, including special counsels such as Robert Mueller. The job of prosecutors is not, as the Times headline suggested, to pen 'damaging' narratives about people they couldn’t indict. And it’s not their job to air those people’s dirty laundry, or that of suspects outside ...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Nyt, Times, Justice Department, James Comey, Comey, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Ann Althouse, Prosecutorial Ethics, John Solomon, Team Mueller

Popular Progressive Talking Point: Background Checks For Ammunition Purchases

From a reader, news from Virginia. On March 9, a surveillance camera captured four people walking into a gun store and buying bullets. Though one of the men in the group was ineligible to buy a gun — and had been previously convicted of making a false statement on a firearm consent form — he made the purchase without a hitch. Police took the video footage from the gun store in the course of investigating a homicide, according to search warrants filed in Danville Circuit Court. Day...
Tags: Washington, Virginia, Fbi, Military, Gun Control, North Carolina, Richmond, Buick, Northern Virginia, Virginia State Police, Corinne Geller, Lori Haas, Mecklenburg, Ammunition, AWB, Danville Circuit Court Days

Free speech roundup

“In Cato’s latest ‘funny brief,’ Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus are once again telling the Court that scandalous speech is valuable to society and that there’s no way for a government office to be trusted to decide what’s ‘scandalous.'” [Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus on Cato certiorari amicus brief (with P.J. O’Rourke, Nadine Strossen, and others) in trademark registration case of Iancu v. Brunetti] Could someone remind the President of the United States that there’s no law against making fun...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Social Media, Fbi, Pennsylvania, United States, New Zealand, Knox, Donald Trump, Free Speech, First Amendment, San Antonio, Christchurch, Trademarks, Calif, Chicago Sun Times

Morning Docket: 03.29.19

* President Trump claims that the FBI and the DOJ will be investigating the Jussie Smollett case because it’s an “absolute embarrassment to our country.” Meanwhile, in more realistic news, Chicago wants the Empire actor to pay $130,000 to cover the costs of the officers who worked on the case. [Wall Street Journal] * According to Diane Feinstein, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, “the blue slip is essentially dead.” May the century-old tradition rest in peace. [Big Law Business] *...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Time, Fbi, Chicago, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Doj, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Law Schools, Wells Fargo, Trump, Reuters, Nra, Jussie Smollett

851.91 Will Sealing a Record Remove It from the Fbi Background Check

My question involves criminal records for the state of: California Will a successfully granted PC 851.91 order to "Seal" a record remove it from the FBI background check? Or would it need to be granted via PC 851.8 "Seal and Destroy"? Thank you in advance for your time and advice.
Tags: Law, California, Fbi, Criminal Records, FBI Background Check

Expungement and Sealing: Options to Seal and Destroy a Criminal Record After Dismissal Relief is Granted

My question involves criminal records for the state of: California In doing FBI background check, have an old conviction that was later granted a dismissal via filing a CR180 petition under PC1203.4. Seeking advice on sealing or sealing and destroying the record with the goal of having it completely removed from my FBI background check. Is the first step to always seek a dismissal before seeking a seal and destroy? Thank you for the help
Tags: Law, California, Fbi, Criminal Records

"John McCain received the fake and phony dossier. You hear about the dossier? It was paid for by Crooked Hillary Clinton."

"And John McCain got it. And what did he do? He didn’t call me. He turned it over to the FBI hoping to put me in jeopardy...."Trump explains why he didn't like John McCain. It's about more than the dossier. President Trump on John McCain: "I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don't care about this. I didn’t get thank you. That's ok. We sent him on the way, but I wasn't a fan of John McCain." — CSPAN (@cspan) March 20, 2...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Nyt, John Mccain, Times, Trump, McCain, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Christopher Steele, Crooked Hillary Clinton, The Dossier, McCain post-mortem

Law enforcement needs to protect citizens and their data

Robert Anderson Contributor Robert Anderson served for 21 years in the FBI, retiring as executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. He is currently an advisor at The Chertoff Group and the chief executive of Cyber Defense Labs. Over the past several years, the law enforcement community has grown increasingly concerned about the conduct of digital investigations as technology providers enhance the security protections of thei...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Security, Facebook, Column, Human Rights, Privacy, Law, Australia, Tech, Eu, European Union, Encryption, Cryptography, Fbi

College admissions scandal: “most of these kids don’t even have issues, but they’re getting time.”

For 20 years I’ve been writing about how the gaming of disability diagnoses in schools helps affluent families. And I was hardly alone: in 2004 Craig Lerner wrote a paper entitled: “‘Accommodations’ for the Learning Disabled: A Level Playing Field or Affirmative Action for Elites?” There hasn’t been much interest in fixing things. Now test accommodations have surfaced as one key theme in the big and colorful new college-admissions scandal. “Particularly glaring in the 204-page indictment is...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Fbi, Colleges and Universities, Disability & Schools, Craig Lerner, Michelle Robertson, Akira Olivia Kumamoto Sacramento Bee

"Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page admitted... that 'the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information'..."

"... [Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe] alleged in a social media post late Tuesday, citing a newly unearthed transcript of Page's closed-door testimony..... 'So let me if I can, I know I’m testing your memory,' Ratcliffe began as he questioned Page under oath, according to a transcript excerpt he posted on Twitter. 'But when you say advice you got from the Department, you’re making it sound like it was the Department that told you: You’re not going to charge gross negligence because we’re t...
Tags: Texas, Law, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Department, House Judiciary Committee, Obama Justice Department, Ratcliffe, Ann Althouse, Hillary's in trouble, Trump rhetoric, Obama DOJ, Trump troubles

The unreliable count of hate crimes

Laws on hate crimes raise longstanding questions of fairness both in theory and practice, including (when enacted at the federal level) dangers of overextension of federal criminal law and inroads on the prohibition against double jeopardy. The role of hate crimes as culture war rallying points can make things worse. In the Jussie Smollett episode, journalists came under fire for raising questions about unlikely elements of the actor’s story — Smollett had been “doubly victimized as the subject...
Tags: Law, Oregon, Uncategorized, America, Fbi, Hate Crimes, Jussie Smollett, Calif, Eugene, Smollett, WO writings, Sen Kamala Harris

International Tragedy

Tags: Law, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Civil Rights, Algeria, MR BENDRIDI

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