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Interesting review of African (and global) trends in capital punishment abolition

The New York Times has this interesting new article on capital punishment around the world under the headline "One by One, African Countries Dismantle Colonial-Era Death Penalty Laws."  Here are excerpts: Lawmakers in Sierra Leone voted unanimously on Friday to abolish the death penalty, a momentous step that made the West African country the 23rd on the continent to prohibit capital punishment. The decision was one more step in a long-sought goal of civil society organizations and legal practi...
Tags: Law, China, Africa, Iran, Britain, United States, Sierra Leone, New York Times, United Nations, Amnesty International, Chad, Malawi, Gambia, Ghana, Donald J Trump, Egypt Iraq Saudi Arabia

WaPo columnist lives in a partisan bubble and he likes it.

I'm reading "Opinion: I live in a Democratic bubble. Here’s why that’s okay" by Perry Bacon Jr. I live in a partisan bubble, according to an interactive New York Times feature that lets you enter your address to find out the political-party breakdown of the [1,000 voters closest to you]. Only 18 percent of my neighbors in the Highlands area of Louisville are Republican. There is an area only four miles away that is balanced between the parties. I ain’t moving there. Being “in a bubble” is gener...
Tags: Law, New York Times, Bacon, Biden, Louisville, Highlands, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Partisanship, Perry Bacon Jr

Noticing Biden Administration's withdrawal of pursuit of the death penalty in many cases

This new New York Times article, headlined "U.S. Won’t Seek Death Penalty in 7 Cases, Signaling a Shift Under Biden," reports on a notable set of pending case developments suggesting one way that the Biden Administration is making good on its stated antipathy toward capital punishment.  Here are excerpts: One man was charged in Orlando, Fla., with kidnapping and fatally shooting his estranged wife. Another man was indicted in Syracuse, N.Y., in the armed robbery of a restaurant and the murders ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, New York Times, Boston Marathon, Biden, Justice Department, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Charleston, American Civil Liberties Union, Orlando Fla, Anchorage, Donald J Trump, Sacramento Calif, Garland, Stubbs, Douglas A Berman

Leading Democrats oppose Biden plan to end house arrest and potentially return inmates to prison after the pandemic

Prisoners stand outside the federal correctional institution in Englewood, Colo. AP Photo/David Zalubowski Since March 2020, more than 28,000 people have been released from federal prison due to COVID-19. Those released were assessed to face severe health risks if they contracted the coronavirus. Those released currently have to return to prison a month after the pandemic formally ends. See more stories on Insider's business page. Two leading Senate Democrats are urging the White House...
Tags: Politics, News, Law, Congress, Senate, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, New York Times, New Jersey, Department Of Justice, Biden, Illinois, Criminal Justice, Charles Davis, Booker

Not just COVID: mortality rates are up from homicides, drug overdoses, accidents

Mortality rates from drug overdoses, homicides, and unintentional injuries increased since the pandemic began. Surprisingly, the suicide rate was below expectations.Cancer deaths may increase in coming years due to delayed diagnosis and reduced treatment.In the U.S. the COVID pandemic cost hundreds of thousands of lives. Most deaths were directly attributable to the virus, but a substantial number were caused through the exacerbation of chronic social problems. A catastrophic increase in drug ...
Tags: Death, Politics, Cdc, Drugs, Society, New York Times, Innovation, Addiction, Usc, Derek, JAMA, National Cancer Institute, COVID-19

A federal judge gave Indiana University the green light to move forward with its COVID-19 vaccination requirement, potentially setting the tone for other colleges and universities in the US

Fourth-year medical student Anna Roesler administers the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Indiana University Health, Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., December 16, 2020. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston/File Photo 8 students sued Indiana University in June over their COVID-19 vaccine policy. IU mandates the students and faculty must be fully vaccinated before returning to campus. On Sunday, a federal judge ruled that IU can uphold their vaccine requirement....
Tags: Science, Law, US, Trends, University, New York Times, Donald Trump, Indiana University, Tuskegee, Indianapolis Indiana, James Bopp, Bryan Woolston, Damon Leichty, James Bopp Jr, Leichty, Coronavirus

“Tenth justice” or “third advocate”?: Examining the solicitor general’s frequent participation at oral argument

Does the solicitor general’s office have too much influence over the Supreme Court? In “ ,” a recent article in the Vanderbilt Law Review, Darcy Covert and Annie Wang examine an overlooked corner of that question — the solicitor general’s routine participation in oral argument in cases in which the U.S. government is not a party. Although anyone who files an amicus brief is eligible to participate in oral argument, the court “grants this privilege almost exclusively to the SG.” As an empirical ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Court, Ford, New York Times, San Antonio, Ford Motor Co, Adam Liptak, Caplan, Wang, SG, Academic Round-up, Lincoln Caplan, Annie Wang

New York Times reporting Biden Justice Department agrees with OLC memo stating prisoners transferred to home confinement must return to prison after pandemic ends

As reported in this new New York Times article, headlined "Biden Legal Team Decides Inmates Must Return to Prison After Covid Emergency," it appears that the US Department of Justice is not changing its view of the limits of congressional authority to move people to home confinement under the CARES Act. Here are the details: The Biden administration legal team has decided that thousands of federal convicts who were released to home confinement to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 will be re...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, New York Times, Biden, Justice Department, US Department of Justice, Faith and Freedom Coalition, OLC, Douglas A Berman, Justice Department 's Office of Legal Counsel, Andrew Bates, Biden Justice Department, Prez Biden, AG Garland, Biden Justice Department FAMM

Catching up on notable mid-summer stories and commentary

The middle of July continues to bring many criminal justice stories and commentaries worth a read, and so here is a round up of links to catch up: From CNN, "How crime stats lie — and what you need to know to understand them" From The Crime Report, "Dream Corps Launches Campaign to Close Federal Prisons" From The Marshall Project, "Inside The Nation's Overdose Crisis in Prisons and Jails" From The Marshall Project, "Everyone on Death Row Gets a Lawyer. Not Everyone Gets a Kim Kardashian." From N...
Tags: Law, California, Washington Post, New York Times, Douglas A Berman

Israeli military-grade spy software was used to hack phones of journalists, activists, executives, and 2 women connected to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a report says

An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on August 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images Military-grade spyware technology was used to hack the smartphones of journalists, activists, and executives, The Washington Post reported. Some of the affected journalists worked at outlets including CNN and The New York Times. The 37 numbers appeared on a list of 50,000 phone numbers in countries with a history of conducti...
Tags: Post, London, News, Washington Post, Mexico, France, Israel, US, International, Trends, Qatar, Cnn, Spyware, Surveillance, Military, Hacking

Arizona Democrats call for investigation after report that Trump, Giuliani pressured state elections officials

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images Phone records show that ex-President Trump and his allies pressured Arizona elections officials. "We need you to stop the counting," Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward told an official in Maricopa County. President Joe Biden won Arizona by more than 10,000 votes. See more storie...
Tags: Politics, New York, Law, Washington, Senate, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, New York Times, Arizona, US Senate, Republican, Biden, Giuliani, Donald Trump

50 unique gifts for dogs lovers and their canine companions

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Treat your favorite chef to a dog treat maker from Dash. Target We rounded up the most unique and thoughtful gifts for dog lovers and their canine companions. Here are 50 useful, entertaining, and adorable gifts dogs and their humans will love. For more gift ideas for everyone in your life, check out all of Insider Reviews gift guides. To a dog lover, the best gift of all is, well, a dog. But second bes...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Gift Guide, Etsy, Dogs, Boston, Pets, Disney, Trends, Society, Features, Gifts, New York Times, Kenya, Leo, Zappos

The morning read for Thursday, July 15

Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. To suggest a piece for us to consider, email us at [email protected] Here’s the Thursday morning read: What Thurgood Marshall Taught Me (Stephen Carter, The New York Times) 6-3 Conservative Supermajority’s First Term and What it Means for AAPI Reproductive Justice (National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum) A Glimpse at the Newest Class of SCOTUS Law Clerks ($) ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, New York Times, Round-up, Thurgood Marshall, Stephen Carter

"Deaths from drug overdoses soared to more than 93,000 last year... The death toll jumped by more than 21,000, or nearly 30 percent, from 2019..."

"The increase came as no surprise to addiction specialists, drug counselors and policy experts who have watched the steady rise in deaths throughout the pandemic.... ... 2020 brought the added complications of a worldwide viral pandemic. Health care resources were stretched and redirected toward the emergency. Anti-addiction medication was more difficult to obtain. Stress increased dramatically." WaPo reports.ADDED: From the NYT article on the subject: The death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 375,...
Tags: Death, Law, Drugs, New York Times, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, COVID

"We Know How to Fix the Clemency Process. So Why Don’t We?"

The title of this post is the headline of this new New York Times essay authored by Rachel Barkow and Mark Osler.  As with everything authored by these two professors, this piece should be read in full.  Here are excerpts: The fundamental problem with having the Justice Department run clemency is that prosecutors aren’t good at it.  Under the department’s regulations, the Office of the Pardon Attorney must give “considerable weight” to the opinions of local prosecutors — the very people who sou...
Tags: Justice, Law, New York Times, Biden, Justice Department, HARRIS, Douglas A Berman, Rachel Barkow, Mark Osler

Word of the week: NIL

There’s lower-case nil, a contraction of Latin nihil, which means “nothing,” especially in British and Commonwealth sports scores and doctor’s orders (“nil by mouth,” also the title of a 1987 British film directed by Gary Oldman) . Then there’s the acronym NIL, which in the world of U.S. collegiate athletics stands for “name, image, likeness.” And that NIL is a very big something. Until recently, college athletes in the U.S. were prohibited by the National Collegiate Athletic Association...
Tags: Design, Law, Sports, New York Times, Linguistics, Nashville, Ncaa, New Mexico, Bruce Lee, Gary Oldman, Commonwealth, Bowie, University of New Hampshire, Kevin Keegan, National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA, Sports Business Journal

Lots more notable weekend reading

Before the long holiday weekend, I flagged in this post (too) many stories and commentaries worth a read.  A subsequent work week and weekend, though shorter, still produced another long list of pieces criminal justice fans might want to check out: From The Hill, "Biden under pressure to pick new breed of federal prosecutors" From National Review, "Prison Reform Takes Center Stage at CPAC" From the New York Times, "How Should We Do Drugs Now?" From the New York Times, "The Real Toll From Prison ...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, New York Times, CPAC, Douglas A Berman, Hill Biden

Mario is 40.

"Donkey Kong is an arcade game released by Nintendo in Japan on July 9, 1981."That was 40 years ago today."Its gameplay maneuvers Mario across platforms to ascend a construction site and rescue Pauline from the giant gorilla named Donkey Kong, all while avoiding or jumping over obstacles. Donkey Kong is the product of Nintendo's increasingly desperate efforts to develop a hit to rival Pac-Man (1980) and break into the North American market.... The game debuts Mario, who became Nintendo's mascot...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Video Games, Law, New York Times, Nintendo, Mario, Downey, Pauline, Madison Avenue, Donkey Kong, Vincent Canby, Robert Downey Sr, Ann Althouse, Wikipedia Newborn Mario, Putney Slope

"When Will Joe Biden Start Using His Clemency Powers?"

The question in the title of this post is the headline of this lengthy New York magazine article by Zak Cheney-Rice.  The obvious answer, of course, is "not soon enough," given that Prez Biden has gone his first six month, amid a global pandemic after campaigning as a reformer, without a single act of clemency.  But the piece strikes a slightly more hopeful tone, and here excerpts:  According to the New York Times, the Biden administration has signaled, as recently as this summer and in multipl...
Tags: New York, Law, White House, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, Aclu, New York Times, Bill Clinton, Biden, Times, Donald Trump, Harry Truman, Justice Department, New York University, Trump, Nixon

Biden wants military commanders out of the process for investigating sexual assault cases

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his $2 trillion infrastructure plan during an event to tout the plan at Carpenters Pittsburgh Training Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 31, 2021. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters President Joe Biden wants to pull military commanders from the process of investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases.The move would be a major change in how the military handles sexual crimes, which currently fall under the normal chain of command. An independent c...
Tags: Politics, News, Sexual Assault, Congress, Trends, Joe Biden, Military, New York Times, Biden, Reuters, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Jonathan Ernst, Military & Defense, Defense Lloyd Austin, Carpenters Pittsburgh Training Center, Paul Squire

Justices add one religious-rights case to docket but turn down another

Just before departing for their summer recess, the justices on Friday added 10 new cases to their docket for next term, including a high-profile dispute involving public funding for private schools that provide religious instruction. The busy order list was in some ways was a microcosm of the 2020-21 term as a whole. Although the decision to hear the school-funding case suggested that the court as a whole will continue to move to the right, the justices turned down another request to weigh in o...
Tags: Featured, Minnesota, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Colorado, Washington, Court, Alabama, City, Chicago, David, United States, New Hampshire, Maine, Tennessee

Matt Taibbi is annoyed by the repetitiveness and thinness of Robin DiAngelo's new book "Nice Racism."

I'm reading "Our Endless Dinner With Robin DiAngelo/Suburban America's self-proclaimed racial oracle returns with a monumentally oblivious sequel to 'White Fragility.'" Fortunately, Matt Taibbi  keeps his book review super-short and even so, he's risking committing the same writerly sin as DiAngelo — saying the same thing over and over. And it would be especially bad to say over and over that some other writer keeps saying the same thing over and over. DiAngelo's main point is something I myself...
Tags: Books, Law, Obama, America, New York Times, Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, Names, Racists, Nixon, Matt, Peter Hart, DiAngelo, Taibbi, Gergen, David Gergen

Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible. This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Susan On The Soapbox 2. Eloise Gratton 3. Lawyer Life Podcast 4. Attorney with a Life 5. Ontario Condo Law Blog Susan On The Soapbox Kenney and the Autocrat’s Handbook The Alberta ...
Tags: Law, Canada, New York Times, Alvin, Ontario, Mike, Darlene, Adam Grant, Jason Kenney, Monday’s Mix, SoapBox, Éloïse Gratton, Alberta Legislature, Ontario Condo Law, Soapbox Kenney, Eloise Gratton Mon TEDx

Where Will All the Legal Blogs Go?

Where will all the legal blogs go over time?It’s a real problem. Lawyers, and especially law firms, look at legal blogs for marketing. How can we draw more attention? It’s a short term outlook.If a lawyer leaves a law firm, the firm is apt to delete their blog posts. Or remove the lawyer’s name from their posts and replace it with the firm’s name as author, making the blog posts useless as far as being cited and playing a role in advancing the law.Courts are more apt to cite blogs than a law r...
Tags: Google, Law, Uncategorized, New York Times

27 TV shows Netflix canceled even though critics loved them

"Marvel's Daredevil." Netflix Netflix often sees little value in long-running TV shows. This year, Netflix has canceled critically acclaimed shows like "Special" and "On My Block." We looked at 27 Netflix originals beloved by critics that were canceled. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Netflix doesn't love long-running TV shows and sometimes that means great shows get the ax early.The streaming giant has canceled plenty of shows that upset fans but were panne...
Tags: TV, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, New York City, Time, Norman Lear, Los Angeles, Trends, Society, Features, Chicago, Fox, Netflix, Atlantic, New York Times

Immigration, takings, administrative law and the kitchen sink

The Relist Watch column examines cert petitions that the Supreme Court has “relisted” for its upcoming conference. A short explanation of relists is available here. The last scheduled conference of the Supreme Court’s term — which this term is being held Thursday — is usually one that yields many grants. So perhaps unsurprisingly, the court has relisted 10 cases for this conference. We’ll begin with Patel v. Garland, 20-979, which seems a likely grant, because the government, as respondent, agr...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Court, San Francisco, City, Georgia, Chicago, Austin, Pennsylvania, United States, New York Times, Davis, Medicare, Woodford, Johnson

The Geek in Review Ep. 122 – AALL’s Emily Florio and Diane Rodriguez on Leading an Association Remotely

Leading a professional association over the past year has been tough. It’s like getting all of the work, and not getting any of the fun experiences of traveling to meet people around the world. For the American Association of Law Libraries’ President Emily Florio and President-Elect Diane Rodriguez , they’ve made the most of the situation they found themselves in. (Hat tip to the past-President Michelle Cosby, too!) As Florio and Rodriguez prepare for AALL’s second remote annual conferenc...
Tags: Podcast, Law, Obama, Uncategorized, Chicago, Canada, New York Times, William, Cleveland, Denver, Professional Associations, Reuters, Mary, Andrew, Greg, Cal Newport

From the court, a vindication of faith-based service. From Alito, a blueprint for the future.

This article is part of a symposium on the court’s decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Andrea Picciotti-Bayer is the director of the Conscience Project and previously was the legal adviser to the Catholic Association. Anti-Catholic bigotry is not a thing of the past. When the city of Philadelphia severed ties with Catholic Social Services, a church-run foster-care program, it was the equivalent of hanging a “Catholics Need Not Apply” sign outside of its Department of Human Services. Cit...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, America, Css, United States, New York Times, Catholic Church, Philadelphia, Catholic, Biden, Smith, John Roberts, Fulton, American Civil Liberties Union, Hill

"Life Without Parole Isn’t Making Us Any Safer"

The title of this post is the title of this video guest essay now on the New York Times opinion page.  Here is the text which accompanies the video: Robert Richardson robbed a bank of about $5,000 in 1997 and was sentenced to 60 years in prison without the possibility of probation or parole.  He was 30 years old when he was locked away in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, making his penalty a virtual life sentence. Mr. Richardson doesn’t deny that he did wrong.  He concurs with the adage “Don’t...
Tags: Law, New York Times, Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, Richardson, Louisiana State Penitentiary, Robert Richardson, Douglas A Berman, Sibil Fox Richardson

Morning Docket: 06.17.21

* A trademark lawsuit filed by Ice Cube against Robinhood has been dismissed. Guess the judge put "ice" on that litigation... [Yahoo News] * Prosecutors say Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels's former lawyer, deserves "very substantial" prison time for crimes he purportedly committed. [NBC News] * The Justice Department has ended a criminal inquiry and lawsuit over the publication of a book by John Bolton. [New York Times] * Congressman Mo Brooks has purportedly accused the person who served ...
Tags: Utah, New York Post, Law, Nbc News, New York Times, Ice Cube, Robinhood, Justice Department, John Bolton, Yahoo News, Mo Brooks, Morning Docket, Michael Avenatti, Michael Avenatti Stormy Daniels

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