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US Justice Department expresses 'concerns' over the GOP's Arizona election audit being conducted by Cyber Ninjas

Cyber Ninjas owner Doug Logan, left, a Florida-based consultancy, talks about overseeing a 2020 election ballot audit ordered by the Republican lead Arizona Senate at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, as a Cyber Ninjas IT technician demonstrates a ballot scan during a news conference Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Phoenix. The equipment used in the November election won by President Joe Biden and the 2.1 million ballots were moved to the site Thursday so Republicans in the state Senate who...
Tags: Asia, Florida, Politics, Law, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Audit, Gop, Arizona, Department Of Justice, Republican, Biden, Conspiracy Theories, Doj, Charles Davis


Tweaked Moderna vaccine ‘neutralises Covid variants in trials’

Limited data from small test trial shows positive results against South Africa and Brazil strainsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first “tweaked” vaccine against the worrying coronavirus variants that emerged in South Africa and Brazil has successfully neutralised them in laboratory trials, the US company Moderna has said.The results of the small trial suggest that boosters against the variants will be feasible and could potentially be rolled out this year to count...
Tags: Health, Science, US, Society, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Moderna, Coronavirus


Big Move: US Supports IP Waiver for COVID Vaccine

by Dennis Crouch In the USA, COVID vaccines have been widely distributed and are now available at no cost almost on-demand for anyone seeking vaccination.  Vaccines are not widely available in most other countries and global COVID cases are again at an all-time high. And, people around the world don’t really trust that Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J are going to be serving them anytime soon.  That is where the TRIPS waiver comes into play. TRIPS:  Countries around the world are asking for a waiver of...
Tags: Usa, Law, India, US, WTO, Pfizer, Biden, Patent, Dennis Crouch, J J Pfizer, Pfizer Moderna, Katherine Tai


SCOTUS argument in Terry suggests low-level crack defendant unlikely to secure resentencing based on FSA retroactivity

On Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Terry v. United States, and the full oral argument is available here via C-SPAN.  The full argument runs nearly 90 minutes and the quality of the advocacy makes it worth the full listen.  But one can get a much quicker flavor of the tenor of the discussion from just a scan of the headlines of these press accounts of the argument: From the AP, "Supreme Court skeptical of low-level crack offender’s case" From Bloomberg Law, "Biden Switch...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, US, United States, Terry, Trump, Douglas A Berman, Reuters U S Supreme Court, Terry Terry, AP Supreme Court, Tarahrick Terry, Bloomberg Law Biden, From USA Today Supreme Court, From the Washington Post Supreme Court


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


"An adjunct professor teaching her first-ever course at a California college was placed on leave this week after she ripped a student during a class presentation because he said he regards police officers as 'heroes.'"

"The unidentified Cypress College educator was apparently triggered Wednesday during 19-year-old business major Braden Ellis’ Zoom presentation on cancel culture in the US, in which he noted how even animated kids TV shows such as 'Paw Patrol' have come under fire from unhinged cop-haters.... 'You’re saying police officers should be revered, viewed as heroes? They belong on TV shows with children?'" The NY Post reports. Here's the video:  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Education, Law, California, Police, US, Children's Tv, Ny Post, Cypress College, Ann Althouse, Braden Ellis


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


Terry v. US, the final SCOTUS argument of Term, provides yet another reminder of the persistent trauma and drama created by the 100-1 crack ratio

It was 35 years ago, amid intense media coverage of a "crack epidemic" and the overdose death of basketball star Len Bias, when Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 with the 100-to-1 powder/crack cocaine quantity ratio defining severe mandatory minimum sentencing terms.  As the US Sentencing Commission explained in this 1995 report, Congress "dispensed with much of the typical deliberative legislative process, including committee hearings," when enacting this law, and "the abbreviated...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, US, United States, Kardashian, Biden, Terry, U S Supreme Court, Christian Science Monitor, Len Bias, Douglas A Berman, US Sentencing Commission, Ekow Yankah, Henry Gass, Tarahrick Terry


‘Ground zero of the opioid epidemic’: West Virginia puts drug giants on trial

A series of federal cases over the pharmaceutical industry’s push to sell narcotic painkillers which created the worst drug epidemic in US historyThe trial of the three biggest US drug distributors for illegally flooding West Virginia with hundreds of millions of prescription opioid pills, and driving the highest overdose rate in the country, is due to open on Monday. Related: Empire of Pain review: the Sacklers, opioids and the sickening of America Continue reading...
Tags: US, West Virginia, Society, World news, US news, US healthcare, US crime, America Continue, Opioids, Opioids crisis


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


Panama: Jaguar Hunting — while others Hunt Migrants— literally

Darien Jungle, Panama Unedited Mind-dump This morning, after Embera Indian with Quapi Baby, and logging truck accident, we came across a peccary baby in the jungle road. Peccary baby ran off into jungle. I asked if peccary are dangerous here. Embera guide told me that in some places, like South America, peccary eat people and people eat peccary, but here it’s mostly people eat peccary. About 10 days ago, in another Embera village, I saw a man with a baby peccary following him around...
Tags: Florida, Featured, Mexico, US, America, Colombia, Military, Jaguar, South America, Laos, Panama, Darien, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Darien Gap, Baby Quapi


Panama: Logging on Bad Tires

Darien Province, Panama A few minutes after saying goodbye to Embera lady with Quapi baby, we came to this. We checked the truck for driver. Abandoned. The truck is outfitted with mixed tires in bad state. As I write this at 1700, the rain has just stopped and the birds are very loud. Especially so the parrots flying overhead in pairs. Just now, three Senafront trucks (Border Patrol — trained in part by US Special Forces), just passed me. Two filled with migrants and the third ...
Tags: Featured, US, Military, Border Patrol, Panama, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Darien Province Panama, Quapi


Pre-Invention Innovations Not Captured by Employment Agreement Duty to Assign

by Dennis Crouch Bio-Rad Labs, Inc. v. ITC and 10X Genomics (Fed. Cir. 2021) At its core, this is an employer-inventor dispute in the area of gene sequencing technology.  Saxonov & Hindson co-founded company QuantLife that was bought out by Bio-Rad. The pair then became Bio-Rad employees. At both companies they signed agreements to transfer invention rights to Bio-Rad. In April 2012 the pair left Bio-Rad; in July 2012 formed 10X; and began filing new patent applications in August 2012. These app...
Tags: Law, California, US, Itc, Patent, Fed, Bio Rad, Federal Circuit, Dana Farber, Dennis Crouch, USITC, Ono Pharm Co Ltd, Bio Rad Labs Inc, Saxonov Hindson, Hindson, Saxonov


Biden urged to end US aid ‘abortion ban’

More than 140 rights groups call for repeal of 1973 Helms amendment widely misinterpreted as total ban on funding abortion services overseasJoe Biden is being urged to clarify a longstanding US law restricting overseas aid that has been misinterpreted by successive administrations as an outright ban on funding abortion for any reason.As the US president marked his first 100 days in office on Friday, more than 140 human rights and global health organisations, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty...
Tags: Health, Women, US, Life and style, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Global development, Amnesty International, Abortion, Reproductive Rights, Biden, Helms, Women's rights and gender equality, Biden Administration


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


The Geek in Review Ep. 115 – Nicole Bradick and Ryan McClead on the Launch of Map Engine and Life as a Startup Founder

Nicole Bradick , Founder and CEO of Theory and Principle , along with Ryan McClead , Principle at Sente Advisors , join us to talk about their collaborative product Map Engine. Map Engine is an easy-to-use, but powerful data visualization tool that allows law firms to quickly and easily turn their multi-jurisdictional data into beautiful, shareable maps. Instead of the common approach of placing data in flat documents like PDFs, Map Engine allows the firms to tell the story embedd...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Europe, Podcast, Law, Uncategorized, US, Startup, Bloomberg, Data, Visualization, Steve, Association of Legal Administrators, Mansfield, Alm, Greg


Naked TM Licensing Allowed, even if Insufficient establishing TM Rights

by Dennis Crouch The Federal Circuit has denied en banc rehearing in the interesting case of Authentic Apparel Group, LLC v. US.  In the case, the court enforced an agreement that was pretty-dang-close to a naked trademark license — holding that use of a mark for decoration on clothing still counts as a trademark-use for licensing purposes. In view of the clear shift in the law toward allowing trademark licenses, we do not agree with Authentic that a “decorative” use of a trademark is necessaril...
Tags: Law, US, Army, Patent, US supreme court, Fed, Federal Circuit, Dennis Crouch, Federal Circuit on TM Licensing, Authentic Apparel Group LLC


Video shows NRA's Wayne LaPierre shooting but failing to kill an elephant for NRA-sponsored TV show that never aired

In this April 26, 2019, file photo, Nation Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre speaks at the association's Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File A newly released video shows NRA head LaPierre shooting an endangered elephant on a 2013 hunting trip. LaPierre repeatedly fails to kill the animal from close range; his guide eventually makes the kill. LaPierre's wife, Susan, kills anothe...
Tags: Politics, Science, US, America, Trends, Indianapolis, Elephants, Earth, Hunting, Botswana, Trace, Nra, Okavango Delta, Susan, National Rifle Association, Wayne Lapierre


Biden hails ‘stunning progress’ on Covid but warns Americans: ‘Do not let up now’ – live

President lauds vaccination effort to reduce cases and deathsCDC relaxes guidelines on mask-wearing for AmericansRepublicans still orbiting Trump dark star fail to derail Biden 7.33pm BST Here is where the day stands so far in US political news. There will be a lot more coming up, so please stay tuned. 7.14pm BST Joe Biden said that getting vaccinated is a “patriotic duty” for everyone in the US and urged people to continue efforts to bring the pandemic under control.“Do not let up now, ...
Tags: Republicans, India, US, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, South and Central Asia, Vaccines and immunisation, Biden, Trump, Biden Administration, Coronavirus


Fully vaccinated people can go without masks outside unless in crowds, CDC advises – live

Agency relaxes guidelines on mask-wearing for AmericansUS urged to assist India and others countries with vaccinesKilling of Black Americans amounts to crimes against humanity 5.23pm BST US health officials say fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear masks outdoors anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers, and those who are unvaccinated can go without a face covering outside in some cases, too, the Associated Press reports.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relea...
Tags: Republicans, Cdc, India, US, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, South and Central Asia, Associated Press, Vaccines and immunisation, Department Of Justice, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, U S Department of Justice


Harry and Meghan to join Joe Biden at Vax Live concert to increase global vaccination

Jennifer Lopez and J Balvin among stars at virtual performance to raise money for CovaxCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join the US president, Joe Biden, at a virtual concert in Los Angeles aimed at increasing the global vaccination effort.Harry and Meghan are “campaign chairs” of the A-list event, Vax Live. Hosted by Selena Gomez, and organised by Global Citizen, the event, on Saturday 8 May, will feature musical performances by nam...
Tags: Health, Music, US, Los Angeles, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Jennifer Lopez, Prince Harry, Harry, Selena Gomez, Vaccines and immunisation, Duke, Sussex


Biden to give Covid update as pressure builds on US to help India and others – live

CDC set to issue new guidance on masks for vaccinated peopleUS urged to assist others with vaccine production and distribution 2.26pm BST Joe Biden will address the nation this afternoon on latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic and is expected to announce new recommendations on mask-wearing for those who’ve been fully vaccinated in the US.The US president sometimes runs a bit (!) behind schedule but is due to speak from the White House at 1.15pm ET/6.15pm BST (5.15pm GMT). We’re pl...
Tags: Cdc, Washington, White House, India, US, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, South and Central Asia, Vaccines and immunisation, Biden, Coronavirus


US police killings of Black Americans amount to crimes against humanity, international inquiry finds

In devastating report, human rights experts call on International Criminal Court prosecutor to open an immediate investigationThe systematic killing and maiming of unarmed African Americans by police amount to crimes against humanity that should be investigated and prosecuted under international law, an inquiry into US police brutality by leading human rights lawyers from around the globe has found.A week after the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in George...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Minneapolis, Race, US, US news, US policing, International criminal court, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin


US to share up to 60m vaccine doses amid pressure to lead global virus fight

White House to distribute AstraZeneca vaccine overseasBiden calls Modi to offer assistance as Indian surge continuesThe US will share up to 60m doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine with other countries, the White House has announced, amid intensifying pressure for it to lead the global fight against the pandemic.The pledge came as Joe Biden spoke with Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, which is reportedly running out of Covid-19 vaccines just as a virulent second wave continues to...
Tags: White House, India, Narendra Modi, US, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, US politics, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Modi, Coronavirus


Trident could be forced overseas or halted if Scotland gains independence

Continuing UK’s nuclear deterrent would probably require help of an allied country, defence expert saysTrident could be forced to the US or possibly France if Scotland became independent because there is no alternative port immediately available elsewhere in the UK, according to a retired admiral responsible for Britain’s nuclear policy.Unless Scotland were to agree to lease back the Faslane submarine base to the rest of the UK, continuing Trident would probably require the help of an allied cou...
Tags: Politics, UK, France, Scotland, US, UK News, Britain, Military, Defence policy, Nuclear Weapons, Scottish politics, Trident, Scottish National party (SNP


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Mallory Hackett: AliveCor Aims to Ban Sales of Apple Smartwatches, Claiming Patent Infringement (Source: MobiHealthNews) Dom Amato: Patently Confusing: Vermont Businesswoman Testifies on Tricky US Patent System (Source: WCAX) Sean Silcoff: IP Experts Say Ottawa’s Proposed Regulations Could Harm Their Business and Drive Up Patent Costs for Domestic Innovators (Source: The Globe and Mail) Joff Wild: Aon’s $400m IP Fund; Nokia Seals Major Lenovo deal; LG Touts ...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Law, US, Uspto, Globe, Vermont, Patent, Ottawa, Brad, Aon, Charles Duan, Macek, Filipe Espósito, Juvan Bonni, Mallory Hackett


"This is a surreal depiction in which racism is concentrated everywhere. Everyone manifests racism, but then also a vulnerable human side."

"The characters' stories were nicely, complexly interwoven. I liked it — even when it skewed melodramatic. I liked that you were kept on your toes about which characters to love or hate, to respect or revile."That's something I blogged in February 2006, after watching the movie "Crash," which had just been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. The movie went on to win that Oscar, a fact I'm contemplating this morning because I'm reading "The Oscars always get it wrong. Here are the real best pic...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Law, La, US, America, Oscar, Oscars, Homophobia, Brokeback Mountain, Racists, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture, Washington Post Here, Temüjin


Third Circuit panel explores curious loss calculations in federal fraud guidelines

A helpful reader made sure I did not miss the interesting Third Circuit panel ruling this past week in US v. Kirschner, No. 20-1304 (3d Cir. April 22, 2021) (available here), discussing loss calculations under the fraud guidelines. There are lots of element to the Kirschner opinion, but the introduction provides an effective overview: In 2018, Jonathan Kirschner pleaded guilty to one count of impersonating an officer acting under the authority of the United States and one count of importing cou...
Tags: Law, US, United States, US supreme court, District Court, Third Circuit, Nasir, Douglas A Berman, Kirschner, U S Sentencing Guidelines, Jonathan Kirschner


US lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine after advisers say benefits outweigh risk

The vaccine was temporarily halted while scientists investigated rare but dangerous blood clotsUS health officials have lifted an 11-day pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccinations following a recommendation by an expert panel. Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the benefits of the single-dose Covid-19 shot outweigh a rare risk of blood clots.Panel members said it is critical that younger women be told about that risk so they can decide if they’d rather choose ano...
Tags: Science, Cdc, US, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Food And Drug Administration, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Johnson Johnson, Coronavirus


A Pentagon panel recommended that commanders shouldn't get a say in whether service members are prosecuted for sexual assault

The Pentagon commission on sexual assault in the military has recommended that the chain of command not apply when deciding if sexual assault cases should be prosecuted. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images A Pentagon panel recommends that commanders should not decide if service members are prosecuted for sexual assault. The independent commission said sexual harassment claims should be handled outside the chain of command. These recommendation could drastically change the way the mili...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Sexual Assault, Washington Post, White House, Defense, US, Trends, Cnn, Austin, Military, Pentagon, Associated Press, New Mexico, Air Force



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