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The new death penalty: COVID now a leading modern killer of California inmates on death row

As reported in this local article, headlined "Fifth San Quentin Death Row Inmate Dies During Prison COVID-19 Outbreak," the global pandemic is hitting California's death row hard these days. Here are the details: While California has not executed a death row inmate since 2006, an out-of-control COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin State Prison may have contributed to the death of a fifth condemned inmate on Saturday. To date, more than 1,300 prisoners and 120 staff members have tested positive for ...
Tags: Law, California, US, Sacramento, San Diego, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles County, San Pablo, Carey, Erskine, San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, Machado, CDCR

Prince Andrew's silence is a 'torture test' for Epstein's alleged victims, says lawyer

Pressure grows on Duke of York to ‘speak up’ after the arrest of his friend Ghislaine MaxwellThe Duke of York was accused of subjecting alleged victims of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein to a “torture test” by his silence as lawyers for the women increased the pressure following the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell.As Maxwell, 58, remained in custody on charges of facilitating former boyfriend Epstein’s sexual exploitation of underage girls, lawyers for multiple women demanded Prince Andrew “be a...
Tags: Law, US, UK News, World news, US news, Maxwell, Prince Andrew, Sexual Harassment, Duke Of York, Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein, Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Ghislaine MaxwellThe Duke of York

A Journalist Shield Law for the Provinces

This piece is based on my Parkland Institute report entitled, “Alberta’s Inadequate Legal Protection of Whistleblowers, Journalist Sources and Others Who Speak Out in the Public Interest.” The report is expected to be published online later this year. A person who wants to blow the whistle on wrongdoing in our society has a lot to worry about. On the legal front, they may lose their job or be sued. Whistleblower protections in Canada, which extend only the public sector employment, are poor. Mor...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, California, US, Canada, District Of Columbia, Alberta, Columbia, US supreme court, National Post, Abella, Hayes, Joe Mathewson, Justice Issues, Alberta Labour Relations Board

Tuesday round-up

Yesterday the Supreme Court released decisions in three cases, including one of the highest-profile cases of the term. In June Medical Services v. Russo, the court, by a vote of 5-4, struck down a Louisiana law requiring physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Amy Howe analyzes the opinion for this blog, in a post that first appeared at Howe on the Court. Mariam Marshedi provides an analysis at Subscript Law. Ronn Blitzer and others report at Fox News t...
Tags: Health, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Mexico, Court, US, Bloomberg, Cnn, New York Times, Fox News, Npr, Louisiana, Wall Street Journal

"There's never been a film before about a family that home educates its kids. Very few people in the movie world have had that experience..."

"... so I don't think it's a subject that would be treated objectively. It's a runaway, underground, counter-culture kind of thing - that's why it hasn't been done," said Charles Webb, quoted in "What happened next? (the author will let you know after he dies)," a 2005 article in The Guardian, which I'm reading this morning after blogging the NYT obituary for Charles Webb yesterday. Webb, the author of the novel "The Graduate," signed away the rights to the characters in his story when he sold t...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Hollywood, Writing, Law, US, Los Angeles, David, Paris, John, The Graduate, Contracts, Webb, Pessimism, Charles Webb, Ann Althouse

'It’s how I feel. It’s not how you feel': four teens explain why they reject the gender binary

A growing number of US kids are rejecting traditional gender identities in favor of being non-binary, but many feel misunderstood and face prejudice Who decides your gender?A growing number of kids say it is up to them – and are rejecting the traditional markers of “male” or “female” in favor of identifying as “genderqueer”, which refers to people who don’t fall squarely within the gender binary. Stars like Indya Moore have come out as non-binary and use they/them pronouns, and non-binary charac...
Tags: Asia, Gender, US, Society, Culture, Sexuality, Kate Dillon, Indya Moore

"Donald Trump has deleted a tweet in which he approvingly shared a video showing one of his supporters yelling 'White power!' at a group of anti-Trump demonstrators."

"The US president, or someone with access to his Twitter account, deleted the controversial tweet at 11am Eastern time, more than three hours after it was posted at 7.39am," The Guardian reports.White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere has issued a statement on Trump’s retweet, saying the US president “did not hear” the portion of the video in which one of his supporters yelled ‘white power’ in an argument with anti-Trump demonstrators.“President Trump is a big fan of The Villages,” Deere s...
Tags: Florida, Law, White House, US, Protests, Donald Trump, Trump, Racists, Deere, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020, Judd Deere

Poetic justice: black lives and the power of poetry

Leading black British poets including Linton Kwesi Johnson, Grace Nichols and Raymond Antrobus share their thoughts on protest, change and the trailblazers who inspired them. Introduction by Kadish MorrisPerformance poetry revolutionised me. When I was 13, my mother invited me to a group called Leeds Young Authors, which she co-ran with founder and poet Khadijah Ibrahiim. Together, along with visiting poets, they ran writing workshops for teenagers. The selling point was that I would get the cha...
Tags: Books, UK, London, Poetry, US, Society, Culture, Caribbean, Jackie Kay, Brixton, Black Lives Matter Movement, Saul Williams, Lemn Sissay, BAME, Benjamin Zephaniah, Sonia Sanchez

"COVID-19 and Homicide: Final Report to Arnold Ventures"

The title of this post is the title of that I can across yesterday. The 13-page work is authored by Thomas Abt, Richard Rosenfeld and Ernesto Lopez.  Here is its summary: Did crime rates decline in response to the actions taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic?  Several reports have suggested that they did, in the United States and other nations (e.g., Jacoby, Stucka, and Phillips 2020; Mohler, Bertozzi, Carter, et al. 2020; Police Executive Research Forum 2020; Semple and Ahmed 2020).  Some ...
Tags: Law, US, United States, Ahmed, Phillips, Semple, Douglas A Berman, Ernesto Lopez, Arnold Ventures, Thomas Abt Richard Rosenfeld, Jacoby Stucka, Mohler Bertozzi Carter, Dolmetsch Pettersson Yasiejko

Aimpoint Wins US DoD Follow-Up Contract for FCS13RE Sights

To most shooters, Aimpoint is best known for optics like their rifle-mounted red dots such as the PRO (Patrol Rifle Optic) or the Micro series, and their increasingly popular ACRO P-1 pistol sight. In March 2019, TFB reported that the US Department of Defense would be purchasing $24 million worth of Aimpoint FCS13RE sights for […] Read More … The post Aimpoint Wins US DoD Follow-Up Contract for FCS13RE Sights appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: News, Guns, Defense, US, Military, Optics, Us Department Of Defense, Daily News, Réflex, Dod, Aimpoint, Carl Gustaf, Sight, Reflex/Red Dot, MIL/LE, Dynamic Universal Reflex Sights

Christiana Ebohon-Green meets Wunmi Mosaku: 'It's exhausting being the non-threatening black woman'

The TV director and actor talk candidly about how racism is draining, limiting and ingrained. But is leaving to work in the US the answer?The director Christiana Ebohon-Green (EastEnders, Call the Midwife, Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle) and the actor Wunmi Mosaku, 33, (Luther, End of the F**king World and Jordan Peele’s upcoming HBO drama series, Lovecraft Country) have met before. In fact, they have worked together, on Ebohon-Green’s Bafta-longlisted short, Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote. They...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Race, US, Society, UK News, Culture, Television & radio, British identity and society, Inequality, Black Lives Matter Movement, Jordan Peele, Wunmi Mosaku, Christiana Ebohon Green, Windrush Chronicle, Ebohon Green 's Bafta

Global report: WHO warns of global shortage of oxygen equipment

Coronavirus cases rising by 1m per week; US has second-highest one-day total; Latin America ‘yet to reach peak’; Qantas sheds 6,000 jobsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs 1 million new cases of coronavirus are confirmed worldwide per week, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that hospitals are facing a shortage in oxygen concentrators needed to support the breathing of Covid-19 patients suffering from respiratory distress. “Many countries are now experienci...
Tags: Health, Americas, US, Society, World news, Australia news, US news, Who, World Health Organization, Qantas, Latin America, World Health Organization WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Coronavirus outbreak

The US military is allegedly investigating the cause of racial disparities in the US military

During a Congressional hearing on June 16, 2020, top legal officers from the US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps acknowledged the results of a 2019 study from the Government Accountability Office, which noted that Black and Hispanic servicemembers of any gender were significantly more likely to be sent to court-martial for formal punishment after an act of misconduct than their white counterparts. The judge advocates of each of these wings of Armed Forces recognized that this is, indee...
Tags: Post, News, Navy, US, Racism, Military, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, U.S. military, US Navy, US Air Force, Armed Forces, GAO, Congressional, JEFFREY

Life After Bar Admission

Mother Jones has a profile of our friend Tarra Simmons This story was published in partnership with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit newsroom covering the US criminal justice system. Sign up for their newsletter, or follow The Marshall Project on... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, US, Mother Jones, Legal Profession Prof, Tarra Simmons

Good News From Washington, DC

We citizens in DC have been subjected to too much sad news and desolation due to the coronavirus and the violent federal response to a peaceful demonstration against police brutality. These peaceful demonstrations are continuing throughout the United States.   I was very happy that on June 15th the Supreme Court of the US decided that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from firing employees for being lesbian, homosexual, bisexual or transgender. Bostock v. Clayto...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, US, Dhs, United States, Washington Dc, Dc, Department Of Homeland Security, Hopkins, Trump, John Roberts, DACA, Amy Howe, Legal Information, Price Waterhouse, Clayton County Georgia

“You… Are Your Brothers’ and Sisters’ Keepers”: Now Is the Time to Move From Words to Deeds

Reflections on the 19 June 2020 UN Human Rights Council resolution on systemic racism, police brutality, and unlawful suppression of peaceful protest. “Black Lives Matter. Indigenous Lives Matter. The lives of people of colour matter.” – Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 17 June 2020 The brutal torture and murder of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, in the United States (US) on 25 May 2020 has sparked global outrage about systemic racism and impunity for police violence...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Time, US, Toronto, America, First Nations, Canada, New Brunswick, Aclu, United Nations, Un, Indigenous Peoples, Council, British Columbia, Alberta

Seventh Circuit panel finds way above-guideline (stat-max) sentence to be "not sufficiently" justified

As long-time readers know, I have long been troubled be the fact that the Booker-created reasonableness standard of review has been pretty toothless as a check on extreme federal sentences. But because so few sentences have been found unreasonable, any such decision is noteworthy, and so here I highlight a new Seventh Circuit panel decision handed down last week in US v. Jones, No. 19-1644 (7th Cir. June 19, 2020) (available here). The 12-page ruling is worth reading in full, and here is how the...
Tags: Law, US, Booker, Jones, Jerry Jones, Seventh Circuit, Douglas A Berman

Invention of a Slave and the Ongoing Movement For Equal Justice

by Dennis Crouch The Black Lives Matter movement, ongoing protests, and statements of alliance have given me new hope that our society and its institutions are ready to take another step toward equal justice. In 1857, the US Supreme Court decided Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. (19 How.) 393 (1857) and affirmed what various state courts had previously decided — that under the law, free (non-enslaved) black and brown people were not United States Citizens. [A]s long ago as 1822, the Court of App...
Tags: Law, US, Chicago, Canada, United States, Missouri, Jim Crow, Patent, Columbia, US supreme court, State, Scott, Stan, Swanson, US Patent Office, The Black Lives Matter

IRS says it bought in to location database for millions of US cellphones to track tax crime suspects

The United States Internal Revenue Service says it purchased access to a marketing database that offers location data for millions of US cellphones, so the IRS can identify and track persons suspected of tax-related crimes. The unsuccessful effort illustrates how marketing data, and locatin data, are used by law enforcement to track and I.D. individual people suspected of criminal activity. Reports Byron Tau at the Wall Street Journal: The IRS Criminal Investigation unit, or IRS CI, had a subs...
Tags: Security, Post, Crime, News, Privacy, Law, Virginia, US, Surveillance, Wyden, Irs, Ron Wyden, Sen Ron Wyden, Byron Tau, Location Data, IRS CI

Are militaries justified in existing?

Pacifism, in its most recognisable form, is an absolute, principled condemnation of war. Military abolitionism is the view that institutions devoted to war are not justified in existing. Most pacifists are also military abolitionists. This is unsurprising. After all, if you think that going to war is always wrong, then you’ll likely think that having armed forces at the ready does nothing but enable us—and perhaps even temp us—to do things that we ought never to do. One can, however, be a milita...
Tags: Books, Featured, Iraq, Brown University, US, Afghanistan, Military, United States, Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Arts & Humanities, Neta Crawford, 9780198860518, Ned Dobos

Notable new talk of (badly needed) new nominees for the US Sentencing Commission

The US Sentencing Commission has lacked a full slate of Commissioners for the entirety of Trump Administration. With only two (of seven) Commissioners in place since the start of 2019, the USSC has lacked a quorum and thus cannot complete any formal work (including a lot of work that should and needs to be done in response the the FIRST STEP Act).  Part of the problem, as I have covered in this space, was that at least one of the four nominees that Prez Trump put forward back in March 2018 was o...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Kentucky, Senate, White House, US, Barack Obama, Reagan, Commission, Mitch McConnell, Miami, Capitol Hill, Npr, Hudson

Friday round-up

Yesterday the Supreme Court decided another of the term’s most closely watched cases, Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, ruling that the government’s decision to terminate the DACA program, which allowed undocumented young people brought to this country as children to apply for protection from deportation, violated the procedural requirements prescribed for administrative agencies. Amy Howe analyzes the opinion for this blog, in a post that was first publ...
Tags: Usa, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Court, US, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Cnn, Atlantic, New York Times, Fox News, Npr, Donald Trump, Ada

China charges two detained Canadians with alleged espionage

Spying charges against former diplomat and businessman are seen as retaliation for Canadian arrest of Chinese telco chiefChinese prosecutors have charged two detained Canadians for alleged espionage, in a case that has driven a diplomatic wedge between Ottawa and Beijing.Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were arrested in late 2018 on state security charges, after Canadian authorities arrested Huawei Technologies Co’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver...
Tags: Law, China, Americas, US, World news, Canada, Asia Pacific, Vancouver, Espionage, Extradition, Ottawa, Huawei Technologies Co, Michael Spavor, Michael Kovrig, Meng Wanzhou, Beijing Former

Harry Dunn's parents face setback in legal action against Foreign Office

Court rejects attempt to force handover of papers relating to claims FCO obstructed prosecution The high court has rejected an attempt by Harry Dunn’s parents to force the Foreign Office to hand over more documents relating to allegations that it obstructed a criminal prosecution of the wife of a US intelligence officer under pressure from the US state department.Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn are bringing legal action against the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, and Northamptonshire police, cla...
Tags: UK, Law, US, UK News, Foreign Policy, Northamptonshire, Foreign Office, Fco, Harry Dunn, Dominic Raab, Tim Dunn, Anne Sacoolas, Charlotte Charles

Climate crisis poses serious risks for pregnancy, investigation finds

Air pollution and heat exposure linked to negative outcomesResearchers discover ‘pretty scary health burdens’More than a decade of overwhelming evidence links air pollution and heat exposure with negative pregnancy outcomes in the US, according to a new review of dozens of studies.The investigation, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, identified 57 studies since 2007 showing a significant association between the two factors and the risk of pre-term birth, low birth weig...
Tags: Health, Gender, Climate Change, Environment, US, Society, World news, US news, US healthcare, American Medical Association

Who’s on First? Personal Jurisdiction and the First-to-File Rule

by Dennis Crouch In re Seattle SpinCo, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2020) (a) Wapp Tech first sued UK software company Micro Focus plc (MF PLC) in E.D. Tex. for infringing several of its patent, including U.S. Patent No. 9,971,678 (system for testing app for mobile device). (b) MF PLC then had a two fold response.  First, through its US subsidiaries (MF LLC and SpinCo), the company filed a declaratory judgment (DJ) action in D.Del. Then, the MF PLC moved for dismissal in the Texas case for lack of personal j...
Tags: UK, Texas, Law, US, Delaware, Patent, Federal Circuit, SpinCo, Petitioner, Tex, Dennis Crouch, WAPP, Seattle SpinCo Inc Fed, Wapp Tech, Micro Focus plc MF PLC, MF PLC

Trump administration sues John Bolton to block publication of new book that claims presidential misconduct

LOL: “The United States of America respectfully requests [that John Bolton] take any and all available steps to retrieve and dispose of any copies of The Room Where It Happened that may be in the possession of any third party in a manner acceptable to the United States.” Okay. Donald Trump's Justice Department has just filed a lawsuit seeking to block publication of former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book, according to a complaint filed in 'United States of America v. B...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Law, US, US news, United States, Lawsuits, Bolton, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department, Trump, Charlie Savage, United States of America, John Bolton

The CCPA Proposed Regs’ Data Valuation Calculation Provisions Provide Flexibility, But Raise Ambiguity & Transparency Concerns

by guest blogger Lourdes M. Turrecha, Privacy Tech & Law Fellow at Santa Clara Law [Eric’s Note: I am working on a mondo blog post about the AG’s final CCPA regulations. In the interim, I’m sharing this post from Lourdes Turrecha, our new Privacy Law Fellow, about the regulations’ price discrimination provisions.] The CA Attorney General recently published the final text of the CCPA proposed regulations (the AG still calls them “Proposed Regs,” though it has completed its work on them). While t...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Law, California, US, E-commerce, Berkeley, Goldman, Doj, Privacy/security, Eric, DVC, AG, Eric Goldman, Lourdes, CCPA

Dion: 'When I heard my album sober, I thought "Wow – heroin didn't touch it"'

He was a street-tough doo-wopper, then a wayward cult legend. Now at 80, Dion is embracing the blues – and his status as one of the last rock’n’rollers standingDion DiMucci was 13, maybe 14, when he first sang in a club for money, roughly the same time as he picked up a heroin habit that lasted 15 years. He got on the stage and belted out three Hank Williams songs – Cold, Cold Heart, Jambalaya and Hey Good Lookin’ and when he was done “the owners, Yodi and Bart, they gave me $20 apiece, which wa...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, Religion, US, Life and style, Society, World news, Music Industry, Culture, Pop and rock, Bob Dylan, Christianity, Blues, Older people, Columbia, Bart

Another round-up of troubling carceral headlines and stories as coronavirus continues to ravage incarcerated populations

I did a round-up post last week of headlines and stories as a reminder of dire realities that persist as incarceration nation continues to confront a coronavirus pandemic.  As assembled below, a big new story from the New York Times highlighting increased COVID cases and deaths is just one of a number of new disconcerting stories emerging from our jails and prisons: From ABC News, "Lawmakers worry about COVID-19 spread after Bureau of Prisons officers deployed to protests" From The Appeal, "Grim...
Tags: Law, US, Arkansas, New York Times, Npr, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, ABC News Lawmakers

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