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A “view” from the courtroom: Trials of Mississippi

Today will bring an intense hour of argument about race in jury selection in the case of a Mississippi man who has been tried six times by the same prosecutor, which will culminate in a series of short questions by Justice Clarence Thomas, his first during oral argument in three years. But first, there are a couple of lighter moments. Justice Thomas questions petitioner’s lawyer in Flowers v. Mississippi (Art Lien) Chief Justice John Roberts announces that Justice Stephen Breyer has the co...
Tags: Google, Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Kentucky, Walmart, United States, New Jersey, Davis, Manhattan, Evans, Nielsen, Johnson, Flowers


Opinion analysis: Washington state motor-fuel tax violates Yakama Treaty

With a three-justice plurality opinion, a two-justice concurrence in the judgment and two dissents, Washington State Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den appears unusually fractured at first glance. But the disagreements among seven of the justices are relatively small, turning largely on whether and why Washington’s motor-fuel tax really burdens the Yakama treaty right to travel. Only the dissent by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, indicates a fundamental disagreemen...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, United States, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Thomas, State, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Roberts, Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas


Tuesday round-up

Today the justices will hear oral argument in Cochise Consultancy v. United States, ex rel. Hunt, which asks whether the “discovery” exception to False Claims Act statute of limitations applies to private parties in cases in which the government has not intervened. David Engstrom had this blog’s preview. Lauren Devendorf and Tyler Schmitt preview the case at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. Subscript Law provides a graphic explainer. [Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose...
Tags: Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Court, Bloomberg, Atlantic, Gop, United States, New York Times, Kansas, Beltway, Louisiana, Usa Today, Flowers


Want to see a warship? Seal Beach Weapons Station will host tours March 23-24

In a rare opportunity for the public to board a warship at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, the Navy will be giving free tours this weekend of the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton as part of 75th anniversary celebration at the base. The tours will be held Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. “The last public ship tour we did on base was in October 2012,” said base spokesman Gregg Smith. The weapons depot was established in 1944, ...
Tags: Navy, Washington, Uncategorized, Sport, Atlantic, Soccer, Military, Local News, Smith, Princeton, Pacific, Pacific Coast Highway, Beaches, Pacific Fleet, Southern California News Group, Top Stories OCR


Resignation: Do I Have to Pay Back Medical Leave if I Quit Upon Return

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Washington I currently am on medical leave, with plans on returning to work next week. Today I was offered a dream position, pending I pass the required drug screening (won't be a problem at all) and I would be foolish to turn it down with this company for multiple reasons. Does this require me to pay back any of my medical leave? I will still be able to give the customary 2 weeks of notice from my return date.
Tags: Law, Washington, Employment and Labor


Justices grant four new cases (Corrected)

The Supreme Court issued orders from last week’s private conference. The justices added four new cases to their docket for next term and asked the U.S. solicitor general to weigh in on two more cases. The justices also rejected an appeal from a Georgia death-row inmate who alleges that one member of the jury that convicted him was biased against the inmate because of his race. In Kansas v. Garcia, the justices will review a ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court that reversed the convictions of Rami...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Virginia, Court, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, United States, Social Security, New Orleans, Kansas, Louisiana, Corrections


Justices grant four new cases

The Supreme Court issued orders from last week’s private conference. The justices added four new cases to their docket for next term and asked the U.S. solicitor general to weigh in on two more cases. The justices also rejected an appeal from a Georgia death-row inmate who alleges that one member of the jury that convicted him was biased against the inmate because of his race. In Kansas v. Garcia, the justices will review a ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court that reversed the convictions of Rami...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Virginia, Court, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, United States, Social Security, New Orleans, Kansas, Louisiana, Patterson


Collection and Enforcement: Moving to 100% Commission Pay, How Can I Pay

My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Washington I am considering a move to a job role that is paid 100% commission with no base. Currently I am salaried and pay support automatically every 2 weeks. My question is, if I'm paid weekly and 100% commission, how can I set this up with the support office? If there is a week that I don't make any sales, but then make sales the next week to cover both, would they take double the amount the week they were able or something dif...
Tags: Law, Washington, Child Custody, Support And Visitation


A look at how the number of women in the military has steadily grown

Coast Guard Lt. Ronaqua Russell, 28, was awarded the Coast Guard Air Medal for operations. (Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video) Last month, Coast Guard Lt. Ronaqua Russell, 28, was one of eight pilots to be awarded the prestigious Coast Guard Air Medal for operations after the deadly hurricane that hit Houston in 2017. She is the first African-American woman in the branch to receive the Air Medal. The Women in Aviation International Conference ends Saturday, March 16 in Long Beach. Nine C...
Tags: News, Navy, Washington, Iraq, Defense, Infographic, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, Military, International Space Station, Army, Marine Corps, Va, Pentagon, Houston


Case study on the Ginsburg conspiracy theories in action

#WheresRuth. Even as the answer – working from home while recovering from cancer surgery – was covered by journalists and confirmed by the Supreme Court itself, this hashtag and similar ones populated Twitter in January and February. False allegations about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s status ranged from standard political rumors (e.g., that she planned to announce her retirement soon) to massive conspiracy theories (e.g., that she was in a medically induced coma or that her death was being hid...
Tags: Post, Featured, Nbc, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Fox News, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Collins, ABA Journal, Woods, James Woods, Miller, Ruth, Ginsberg


What Good Can A Handgun Do Against An Army?

Recall when I said this? Do you suppose this would look like great land armies getting into formation at the edges of great fields of battle and marching towards each other?  What do you think such a messy civil war in America would look like?  Bubba would be wearing a Ghillie suit, shooting a bolt action rifle, or a modern sporting rifle, and after the shot you will never hear from him again – until the next one.  And you’ll never catch him.  Police will have to decide what side to take, and if...
Tags: Washington, America, Afghanistan, Military, Venezuela, Second Amendment, National Guard, Bubba, Red Dawn, Maturin, Mike Vanderboegh, Texas Air National Guard, Handgun Do Against An Army


New Pentagon Policy Requires Most People To Serve In Their Birth Gender

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department has approved a new policy that will largely bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex, and require most individuals to serve in their birth gender. The memo outlining the new policy was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, and it comes after a lengthy and complicated legal battle. It falls short of the all-out transgender ban that was initially ordered by President Donald Trump. But it will likely force the mili...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, California, Washington, Defense, Ap, Military, House, Pentagon, Associated Press, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Defense Department, Ash Carter, Trump


March 13 roundup

“Near the end of her new proposal to break up Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple, Senator Warren asks, ‘So what would the Internet look like after all these reforms?’ It’s a good question.” [Geoffrey Manne and Alec Stapp, Truth on the Market/CNBC] Floral arrangements as constitutionally protected expression: Cato files amicus on behalf of First Amendment rights of Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman not to serve a wedding of which she disapproves [Ilya Shapiro and Patrick Moran, Washington...
Tags: Apple, Law, Washington, Uncategorized, Elizabeth Warren, Transgender, Antitrust, Warren, Don't, FHA, Second Circuit, Natalia, Facebook Google Amazon, Scott Greenfield, Barronelle Stutzman, Ilya Shapiro


Support For Trump Dwindles Among ICE Officers

The Washington Times: ICE officers who endorsed President Trump in 2016 now say he has failed to follow through on his get-tough promises, saying catch-and-release of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. is not only still happening, but has gone into “overdrive.” Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers say they’re being roped into such mundane tasks as opening the doors on vans to release immigrants already caught by Border Patrol agents. That’s dragging the officers from their usual dut...
Tags: Washington, Mexico, White House, Immigration, Military, House Of Representatives, Customs, Border Patrol, Trump, Border Protection, Crane, Customs Enforcement, Trump Administration, National ICE Council, Border War


Gun Dealers Who Fail To Comply With New Firearms Law Will Face ‘Legal Jeopardy,’ Inslee, Ferguson Warn

News from Washington: For the third time in the last month, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has sent a letter to the mostly rural areas in Washington where county sheriffs have threatened to not enforce the new, stricter gun laws that state voters approved last year. On Thursday, Ferguson and Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter to 262 gun dealers in counties where sheriffs have said they won’t enforce the new law, known as Initiative 1639. The letters warned that the dealers are still respons...
Tags: Washington, Military, Gun Control, Ferguson, New Mexico, Inslee, Jay Inslee, Bob Ferguson, AG, Washington State Gun Laws, Inslee Ferguson Warn


H.R. 1, political omnibus bill, passes House

H.R. 1, the political regulation omnibus bill, contains “provisions that unconstitutionally infringe the freedoms of speech and association,” and which “will have the effect of harming our public discourse by silencing necessary voices that would otherwise speak out about the public issues of the day.” That’s not just my opinion; it’s the view of the American Civil Liberties Union, expressed in this March 1 letter (more). For example, the bill would apply speech-chilling new restrictions to issu...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Senate, Uncategorized, David, House, Aclu, House Of Representatives, First Amendment, American Civil Liberties Union, Federal Election Commission, John Sarbanes, Ilya Shapiro, Redistricting Reform


State Taxes: Amtrak Act in Oregon

Several years ago I lived in Washington state. My employer was in Oregon. I would drive to Oregon, pick up my work truck and then drive back into Washington where my route was. I believe this qualifies me to use the Amtrak act. I lived in Washington for a total of one year; approximately six months on one calendar year and six months on the other. I filed federal taxes for both of these years. I never filed state because I was unsure how to do it, so I kept putting it off. I normally do my own ...
Tags: Law, Washington, Oregon, Tax Law, Amtrak


Court allows blockchain platform to send subpoena seeking info about hacker

Plaintiff provides a blockchain asset trading platform and claims that a hacker broke in and transferred 330,000 Tether and 100 Ether to a Bittrex account. Though Bittrex told plaintiff it had identified the relevant Bittrex account holder, it would not disclose the identity to plaintiff without a court order. So plaintiff filed suit against the John Doe hacker for conversion, violation of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and under Washington state law. Since it could not serve the comp...
Tags: Law, Washington, Court, Anonymity, DOE, Blockchain, Fed, John Doe, Ninth Circuit, Electronic Discovery, Bittrex, Columbia Ins Co, ZG TOP Technology Co Ltd


Paul Manafort given (only?) 47 months in prison at first federal sentencing

I worried that my prediction this morning that Paul Manafort would get 100 months at his first federal sentencing was a little low.  Turns out, I was way too high: he got only 47 months today.   Here are some details from The Hill: A federal judge on Thursday sentenced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to 47 months in prison, well below the amount recommended in sentencing guidelines. The sentence handed down by Judge T.S. Ellis III, a Reagan appointee, was significantly less than th...
Tags: Law, Washington, Russia, Reagan, New York Times, Manhattan, Jackson, Usc, Trump, Ellis, Mueller, Alexandria Va, Bernie Madoff, Cyrus Vance Jr, T S Ellis III, Robert Mueller


Any bold predictions for Paul Manafort's (first) sentencing hearing?

As reported in this Reuters piece, "President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will be sentenced by a U.S. judge in Virginia on Thursday for bank and tax fraud uncovered during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election."  Here is more reporting setting the basic context: U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis could deliver effectively a life sentence to Manafort, 69, if he follows federal sentencing guidelines cited by prosecutors that c...
Tags: Law, Washington, Virginia, Russia, Ukraine, Dc, Republican Party, Kremlin, Jackson, Donald Trump, Alexandria, Reuters, Ellis, Mueller, Jonas Savimbi, Viktor Yanukovych


Have Fun In Prison, Little Boy

News from Washington: Sheriffs in Okanogan County have arrested a man accused of posting Facebook death threats directed at Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and other Washington state Sheriffs after they announced their opposing of Inititative-1639. Late Wednesday morning, a search warrant was served at the residence of 23-year-old Jaydin Ledford. The investigation began on Feb. 4 after death threats surfaced from a Facebook account, stating that “Ozzie Knezovich is gonna get a bullet in h...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Washington, Fbi, Military, Karl Marx, South, Spokane County, Okanogan County, Ozzie Knezovich, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Ledford, JTTF, Jaydin Ledford, Omak Police, Okanogan County Jail


GOP lawmaker driven mad by bill that would decriminalize children who take naked photos of themselves, delivers a frenzied rant about anal sex on legislature's floor

Washington State is contemplating HB 1742, legislation that would end the practice of charging children who exchange consensual sexts with child porn offenses that can lead to prison and a lifetime on the sex-offender registry. The bill is very carefully crafted: it gives prosecutors the power to charge children who transmit sexualized images of other children aged 13-17 with misdemeanors, and continues to felonize any transmission of sexual pictures of children 12 and under. The statute i...
Tags: Video, News, Law, Washington, Sex, Religion, Gop, Washington State, Sexting, Brad Klippert, Klippert, HB 1742, South Central Washington Klippert, Rich Smith Slog


GOP lawmake driven mad by bill that would decriminalize children who take naked photos of themselves, delivers a frenzied rant about anal sex on legislature's floor

Washington State is contemplating HB 1742, legislation that would end the practice of charging children who exchange consensual sexts with child porn offenses that can lead to prison and a lifetime on the sex-offender registry. The bill is very carefully crafted: it gives prosecutors the power to charge children who transmit sexualized images of other children aged 13-17 with misdemeanors, and continues to felonize any transmission of sexual pictures of children 12 and under. The statute i...
Tags: Video, News, Law, Washington, Sex, Religion, Gop, Washington State, Sexting, Brad Klippert, Klippert, HB 1742, South Central Washington Klippert, Rich Smith Slog


"A veteran Democratic foreign policy adviser has accused Bill and Hillary Clinton of nepotism, dishonesty and vindictiveness..."

"... in an assault on a previously untouched part of the Clinton political legacy – Ireland. Trina Vargo, who was a behind-the-scenes Washington player in Northern Ireland’s peace process, claims the couple tried to obtain a scholarship to Ireland for a boyfriend of their daughter, Chelsea, and later cut funding for the scholarship to punish Vargo for backing Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination race."From The Guardian. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Washington, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Ireland, Chelsea, Bill Clinton, Northern Ireland, Bill, Hillary, Clinton, Vargo, Ann Althouse, Trina Vargo


Challenge or Deferral of Speeding Ticket in Wa

My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Washington As indicated, I'm looking for input on my best approach for dealing with a speeding ticket in the city of Shoreline, WA. I was traveling south on I5, approaching the 45th/50th St exits. I was in the left most lane, a dually truck was about 30 feet ahead of me in the lane to my right. He appeared wobly, uncertain whether he was going to enter my lane or something else entirely, so rather than test it, I accelerated past him ...
Tags: Law, Washington, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets, Shoreline WA


A “view” from the courtroom: Third Mondays

The title above is not a new Supreme Court podcast, to replace the recently shelved “First Mondays” (which we hold out hope will be unshelved someday). No, it refers to days like today, when the court meets on a Monday after hearing two weeks of arguments to issue orders and opinions. Such days often get a bit less attention than argument days, or opinion days later in the term when bigger decisions tend to be announced. But they have their charms. Today we will have three opinions from the benc...
Tags: England, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Nasa, United States, Cbs, Mars, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oracle, Mother Teresa, Copyright Office, John Roberts, Sally


Environment roundup

“Everything would be all renewable all the time if we could just pass the right laws.” The wishful underpinnings of the Green New Deal [Cato Daily Podcast with Caleb Brown and Regulation Magazine editor Peter Van Doren] “The U.S. rail system is optimized for freight, vs. European and Japanese systems that are optimized for passengers (it is hard to do both well with the same network). The U.S. situation is actually better, much better, for energy conservation.” [Coyote] Federalist Society d...
Tags: Law, Climate Change, Washington, Boston, Environment, Uncategorized, Canada, Disasters, Recycling, Dc, Public Nuisance, Railroads, CALEB BROWN, Eminent Domain, Colleges and Universities, Washington D.c


From Abused To Abuser

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has imposed an interim suspension of an attorney for crimes committed in Ohio. Cleveland.com reported A Washington-based lawyer who is a former trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice was sentenced to three... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Washington, U S Department of Justice, Ohio Cleveland, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board


Spotlighting the role of prosecutors as the death penalty fades away in Pennsylvania

This lengthy local article, headlined "Death penalty has fallen out of favor with Pennsylvania prosecutors," reports on the steady decline in capital prosecutions and death sentences in the Keystone state in recent decades. Here are excerpts: Pennsylvania’s death penalty is, by all accounts, embattled.  There hasn’t been an execution in two decades, even before Gov. Tom Wolf imposed a moratorium on them in 2015. The courts have long scrutinized death sentences, throwing out scores of them at ap...
Tags: Law, Washington, Senate, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Keystone, Death Penalty Information Center, Chester, General Assembly, Abbott, Wolf, Harrisburg, Legislature, Dunham, Lancaster, Tom Wolf


SCOTUStalk: Justices confront constitutional “hot mess” in Peace Cross case

We are delighted to introduce the first episode of our new podcast, SCOTUStalk. Hosted by SCOTUSblog contributors, the podcast will take a “plain English” look at events and topics relating to the Supreme Court. This week, NPR’s Nina Totenberg joins Amy Howe, of Howe on the Court, for a look back at Wednesday’s oral argument in American Legion v. American Humanist Association, the challenge to the constitutionality of a 40-foot-tall, 93-year-old cross that stands on a traffic median in the Washi...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Court, Npr, American Legion, Howe, Nina Totenberg, Amy Howe, American Humanist Association



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