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NM governor signs law ending qualified immunity for cops

Qualified immunity is the legal principle that allows police officers to do things that would be illegal when done by others, such as beating people to death in the streets. New Mexico has passed a law abolishing it there. In addition to eliminating qualified immunity, this historic legislation will allow New Mexicans – including the wrongfully convicted – to recover damages from the government when their constitutional rights are violated while also providing incentives for government employ...
Tags: Post, News, Law, New Mexico, Police Reform, Qualified immunity


Proud Boy not so proud of actions at Capitol riot, flips to the prosecution

CNN reports that one of the defendants charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has flipped on their Proud Boy friends and decided to help prosecutors take on the violent street gang's leadership. Yet the cases are still in early stages. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Law, Cnn, Capitol, Proud Boys, Capitol Riot


Hollywood actor arrested in $227m ponzi scheme

Zachary Horwitz, 34, stage name Zach Avery, stars in low-budget genre thrillers. He is also, say prosecutors, the operator of a massive ponzi scheme that cheated 200 investors out of $227 million. The alleged hook was fictitious film deals with HBO and Netflix backed by his slim but factual Hollywood resume. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Hbo, Hollywood, Crime, News, Entertainment, Law, Netflix, Zach Avery, Zachary Horwitz


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


Google prevails in long-running fight to establish API fair use

Oracle and Google's fight over the latter's reimplementation of an API was a long haul, and things often looked hairy due to the complexities involved and the difficulty of defining the differences between interfaces and executable code, then matching that distinction to the sprawling convolutions of intellectual property. — Read the rest
Tags: Google, Post, News, Law, Copyright, Oracle v Google


Pentagon reverses Trans ban

Late Wednesday, The Pentagon announced that it is reversing the previous administration's ban on trans people serving in the U.S. armed forces. The announcement was made on the International Transgender Day of Visibility. Among the provisions: The military will now provide service members a process by which they may transition gender while serving. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Military, Pentagon, Trans Rights


UK rollout for sweat-testing ankle bands to enforce alcohol bans

Big Brother is licking you. Sweat monitors (aka scram cams) are ankle bands that monitor the wearer's sweat for alcohol, to enforce court-ordered abstinence. They're rolling them out nationwide in the UK in a bid to tackle booze-related crime. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, UK, Crime, News, Privacy, Law, Tech


Big military drone washed up on Florida beach

Visitors to a Boynton Beach, Florida shore found this 20-foot drone washed up on the sand. That must have been a fun NextDoor thread. Turned out it had been used for target practice by the US Air Force. From CNN: Air Force officials were called to Boynton Beach and the drone was removed within a few hours. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Florida, News, Military, Drones, Air Force, Boynton Beach, Boynton Beach Florida, US Air Force From CNN


Children's court judge jailed on child pornography charges

Milwaukee County Children's Court judge Brett Blomme was arrested Tuesday and charged with 7 counts of possessing child pornography. Blomme spent the night in jail, and was prohibited from using social media or contacting children other than his own before being bonded out. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Crime, News, Law, Milwaukee County Children s Court, Blomme, Brett Blomme


EU court bans French hunters from gluing birds to trees

Chasse à la glu is an old French hunting method in which the hunters coat branches in sticky lime to trap live birds. Above, a 16th engraving titled Chasse de la grive à la glu ("glue thrush hunting"). Even if the "unwanted" birds are cleaned and released, the lime unsurprisingly causes lasting damage to their feathers. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Animals, Eu, Birds, Hunting, Chasse


Japan's Supreme Court rules ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

Reuters: JAPAN'S SAPPORO DISTRICT COURT RULES THAT SAME-SEX COUPLES NOT BEING ABLE TO MARRY IS 'UNCONSTITUTIONAL' – KYODO Don't plan the ceremony just yet; the legislative wheels turn slowly in Japan.
Tags: Post, Japan, Same-sex Marriage, News, Supreme Court, Law, Gay Rights, Sapporo, Reuters, KYODO Don


"How Do Big Media Outlets So Often 'Independently Confirm' Each Other's Falsehoods?"

Glenn Greenwald asks (at Substack). When a news outlet such as NBC News claims to have “independently corroborated” a report from another corporate outlet, they often do not mean that they searched for and acquired corroborating evidence for it. What they mean is much more tawdry: they called, or were called by, the same anonymous sources that fed CNN the false story in the first place, and were fed the same false story.... We just saw proof of that... with a major Washington Post “correction”...
Tags: Post, Law, Washington Post, Politico, Nbc News, Journalism, Georgia, Cnn, New York Times, Glenn Greenwald, Wall Street Journal, Trump, State, Capitol, Ann Althouse, Trump and the press


Lost recording of Trump pressuring a Georgia election official was uncovered in an investigator's spam folder, report says

Officials reportedly located the recording in Watson's spam folder when responding to a public records request. Getty Images A phone call between Trump and a Georgia election official was published by The Wall Street Journal. It was previously believed that no recording of this phone call existed. Officials, however, located the recording in an investigator's junk folder, The Post said. See more stories on Insider's business page. A six-minute phone call between former Presiden...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Law, Washington Post, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, New York Times, News UK, Watson, Biden, Donald Trump, Spam Filter, Trump, Election 2020


Lost recording of Trump pressuring a Georgia election official was uncovered in an investigator's trash folder, report says

Officials reportedly located the recording in Watson's trash folder when responding to a public records request. Getty Images A phone call between Trump and a Georgia election official was published by The Wall Street Journal. It was previously believed that no recording of this phone call existed. Officials, however, located the recording in an investigator's trash folder, The Post said. See more stories on Insider's business page. A six-minute phone call between former Presid...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Law, Washington Post, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, New York Times, News UK, Watson, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Election 2020, State


Prominent Georgia family sued their local grocery clerk after she made claims on Facebook about their role in the Capitol riots, report says

Pro-Trump protestors clash with police during the tally of electoral votes that that would certify Joe Biden as the winner of the U.S. presidential election outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/For The Washington Post via Getty Images A family is suing a grocery clerk after she posted allegations about their roles in the Capitol riots. Katheryn and Thelma Cagle had helped organize buses from Georgia to DC, according to the Washingto...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Politics, News, Law, Washington Post, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, News UK, William, Capitol, Fleischman, Cagle, David McDonald


Law School Canons: Pierson v. Post v. Cybersquatting

Editor’s Note: Avery Welker is a 1L at Mizzou and likely a future patent attorney. He is starting a new series linking law school canonical cases with intellectual property counterparts. You can email ideas for future posts to [email protected] – Dennis Crouch By Avery Welker Modeling v. modelling, labeled v. labelled, traveler v. traveller. We borrow a lot from British English in United States English but that doesn’t usually include the extra consonant in words. That’s not quite how Travele...
Tags: Post, Law, United States, Uspto, Patent, Travellers, Travelers, Mizzou, Pierson, Dennis Crouch, Travelers Indem Co, Avery Welker, Avery Welker Modeling, Travelers Indemnity Company Travelers, Travellers com Travellers, Additionally Travelers


Federal judge gives California go-ahead to enforce Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality, the principle that service providers must treat users and services equally and without discrimination, was the bedrock upon which the internet was built. Dealt a federal death-blow under the Trump administration, it was later restored in the state of California. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Net Neutrality, Law, California, Tech, Trump


Covid relief loan recipient enjoyed $150k shopping spree, say cops

Police say someone in North Carolina lied to get a Covid relief loan, then headed to Nieman Marcus, Nordstrom and Louis Vuitton with the cash in hand. The release said Clifton applied in March for a Small Business Administration loan designed to provide relief to existing businesses harmed by pandemic shutdowns. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Crime, News, Law, Fraud, North Carolina, Louis Vuitton, Clifton, Small Business Administration, COVID, Nieman Marcus Nordstrom


Twitch copyright bot replaces audio stream on live Metallica concert with generic library music

Dadrock icons Metallica tried to play a live concert on Twitch, but Twitch's copyright bot detected the copyrighted material and replaced it with generic library music. the current state of Twitch: the official Twitch Gaming channel cut off the live Metallica concert to play 8bit folk music to avoid DMCA pic.twitter.com/sCn56So8Ee — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Law, Tech, Copyright, Mistakes, Metallica, Twitch, Twitch Gaming


The Justice Department and FBI are investigating whether Roger Stone and Alex Jones played a role in the Capitol siege, report says

Roger Stone, left, and Alex Jones, right, spoke at pro-Trump rallies ahead of the Capitol siege on January 6, 2021. Getty Images Right-wing influencers are being investigated by the FBI and the Justice Department, according to The Washington Post. Investigators are exploring possible ties between Alex Jones, Roger Stone, and the insurrectionists. The investigation wants to understand what the rioters were thinking when they ransacked the US Capitol. Visit the Business section of Insider fo...
Tags: Post, Politics, Supreme Court, Law, North Korea, US, Trends, Fbi, Maine, News UK, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Justice Department, Trump, Alex Jones, Alexander


Google has bowed to pressure and will make 'significant' payments to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp

Google's CEO Sundar Pichai Justin Sullivan /Getty Images Google just confirmed it had inked a landmark deal with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.  The Wall Street Journal and others will make some content available via Google News.  The deal comes as Australia is set to debate laws forcing tech firms to pay news publishers for content. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Google has struck a deal with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, offering "significant" payments to display ...
Tags: Google, Post, New York Post, Australia, US, Trends, Society, Rupert Murdoch, Robert Thomson, News Corp, Wall Street Journal, Google News, Sundar Pichai, Journal, Murdoch, Jeff Jarvis


Popeyes new flounder sandwich for Lent comes with insurance option

As the Lenten season approaches and many Catholics opt not to eat meat on Fridays, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has a fish answer for them. The Cajun deep-fried flounder sandwich much like the sought-after chicken sandwich, except with tartar sauce instead of mayonnaise. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Insurance, Popeye Doyle, Louisiana Kitchen, Catholic Sandwich, Fish Insurance, Founder sandwich, Lent time, Popeyes No Apostrophe


The New York Post publishes the Bret Stephens column that the New York Times spiked.

It's not that Stephens, a regular NYT columnist, can or would just give the rejected column to another newspaper to publish. The Post tells us the column — which defends the NYT reporter who got ousted for saying the n-word — "circulated among Times staffers and others" and the Post got hold of it "from one of them, not Stephens himself." Presumably, the Post publishes it because it is newsworthy — not as an opinion on the news but because the spiking of it is news, so we need to see what it is....
Tags: Post, New York Post, Law, Congress, America, Journalism, Rap, Conversation, House, New York Times, Shanghai, The Times, Peru, Nyt, State Department, Morality


'Q Shaman' Capitol attacker Jacob Chansley moved to Alexandria, VA jail, federal judge orders authorities to give him organic food while in custody

That jerk who wore horns and a bare chest in the US Capitol attack on January 6 has been moved to a Virginia jail, after a federal judge ordered authorities to provide him with organic food while he's in custody. The judge said jail officials in nearby Alexandria could accommodate the special diet, reports AP: Jacob Chansley was transferred to the Alexandria Detention Center after his attorney argued that his client had gone nine days without eating because organic food wasn't served at th...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Justice, Law, Washington, Virginia, US news, Donald Trump, Alexandria, Trump, Alexandria Va, US Capitol, Alexandria Detention Center, Capitol insurrection, Capitol Riot


Trump found some new sleazeball lawyers for his impeachment defense team, after the last ones all ran off

Reuters: "Former U.S. President Donald Trump's office on Sunday said trial lawyers David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor will lead Trump's legal team during his Senate impeachment trial." This announcement follows the not-entirely-surprising news just yesterday that Trump and *all of the lawyers* on his legal team had suddenly parted ways. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Law, Senate, US news, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, David Schoen, Impeachment, Bruce L Castor, Trump Impeachment


Trump's legal team a wreck, lawyers all leave one week before impeachment trial begins

Former president Donald Trump's legal team didn't last long. As of Saturday night, CNN is reporting that all five lawyers identified as part of Trump's impeachment defense — Butch Bowers, Deborah Barbier, Josh Howard, Johnny Gasser, and Greg Harris — have departed. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Law, Cnn, Donald Trump, Trump, Greg Harris, Impeachment, Trump Impeachment


The feds offer $100,000 reward for info about who left pipe bombs near the DNC and RNC the night before the riots

The FBI released an image of a suspect in their investigation into explosive devices found near the RNC and DNC on January 6. FBI The pipe bombs that were found near the RNC and DNC on January 6 were placed there the night before, the FBI says.  They're offering a $100,000 reward for info that leads them to the suspect.  Investigators told CNN they believe the bombs were placed as a distraction to decrease law enforcement at the Capitol, so rioters could storm in.  Visit Business Insider'...
Tags: Post, Politics, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Dnc, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Fbi, Donald Trump, Abc News, Trump, Rnc, Capitol, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms


Biden to visit Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland to visit with wounded service members

President Joe Biden tomorrow afternoon (Friday, January 29th) will travel to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland to visit with wounded service members. [via] President Biden and VP Harris will have an economic briefing with Treasury Sec. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Joe Biden, US news, Military, Veterans, Treasury, Biden, Walter Reed, HARRIS, Bethesda Maryland, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Wounded Vets


British family went shopping in used ambulance with emergency lights flashing

A Manchester family acquired a used ambulance and went shopping in it, lights flashing. The vehicle reportedly pulled into the car lot of a supermarket and everyone just popped out to get some groceries. The ambulance was seized and a man was later charged with a range of driving offences. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Shopping, Law, Manchester, Crime fiction, Mistakes


YouTube demonetizes Rudy Giuliani

YouTube kicked Rudy Guiliani out of its partner program for at least 30 days, reports MSNBC. Trump's personal lawyer will no longer get paid by the company to post conspiracy theories and beg there. On Monday, Giuliani was sued for defamation by Dominion Voting Systems, a maker of election equipment that is the target of many conspiracy theories pushed by Trump and his allies. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Law, Youtube, Giuliani, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Rudy Guiliani, MSNBC Trump, Dominion Voting Systems



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