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Here's the clip from Colbert's talk show last night, where Gillibrand announced that she was forming an exploratory committee.

TONIGHT: @SenGillibrand stops by @colbertlateshow to announce that she is forming an exploratory committee to run for President of the United States! #LSSC pic.twitter.com/vPUpF1gs8z — The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) January 15, 2019 Colbert asked her the classic question (the one Ted Kennedy famously flubbed), "Why do you want to be President of the United States?" The question was, it appears rather obviously, planned, and even if it wasn't, it was utterly predictable. Ever since Ted's scr...
Tags: Law, Washington, Ted, United States, Colbert, The Colbert Report, Ted Kennedy, Gillibrand, Ann Althouse, Ralph L, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Ralph (the commenter


Sale of Goods Given to Me for Services That Were Not Done

My question involves criminal law for the state of: Washington I sold a used computer for services I was going to provide but didn't. I want to make it right, but am wondering what I could be charged with, if the other party won't respond. Is this criminal , or will it have to be in small claims?Thank you
Tags: Law, Washington, Personal Property


Other Offenses: Selling Something That Was Given to You for Services That Were Not Provided

My question involves criminal law for the state of: Washington I sold a used computer for services I was going to provide but didn't. I want to make it right, but am wondering what I could be charged with, if the other party won't respond. Is this criminal , or will it have to be in small claims?Thank you
Tags: Law, Washington, Criminal Charges


Traffic Lights, Signs and Controls: Failure to Use Turn Signal - Jurisdiction

My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Washington I was traveling on a road which also serves as the border between the City of Puyallup and unincorporated Pierce County. Unbeknownst to me, a Puyallup PO was hiding somewhere and noticed that I did not use my right turn signal. Once I turned right, I was no longer in Puyallup. He nonetheless followed me, and then pulled me over for speeding. It is my understanding that PO have the right to follow out of their district if they o...
Tags: Law, Washington, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets, Puyallup, Pierce County, Pierce County Unbeknownst, Puyallup PO


Speeding Tickets: Visual Estimate and Pacing

My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Washington [IMG]/Users/Warner/Documents/Speeding Affadavit.jpeg[/IMG] The PO states that he checked his speedometer for accuracy using RADAR within 6 months and it appeared to be working properly. He identifies the RADAR unit but he doesn't identify his patrol car so there is no way I can verify his speedometer. He also says he "visually noticed my vehicle appeared to be traveling faster than the posted speed limit of 35 mph" and after ...
Tags: Law, Washington, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets


"Reducing Barriers to Reintegration: Fair chance and expungement reforms in 2018"

The title of this post is the title of from the Collateral Consequences Resource Center to document the laws passed in 2018 aimed at reducing barriers to successful reintegration for individuals with a criminal record. Here is the report's executive summary: * In 2018, 30 states and the District of Columbia produced 56 separate laws aimed at reducing barriers faced by people with criminal records in the workplace, at the ballot box, and elsewhere.  Many of these new laws enacted more than one...
Tags: Florida, New York, Law, Colorado, California, Washington, Pennsylvania, Maine, Kansas, Nebraska, Michigan, Louisiana, North Carolina, District Of Columbia, Arizona California, Douglas A Berman


Spotlighting problems with immediate application of expanded good time credit in the FIRST STEP Act

This new Reuters article, headlined "Error in U.S. prisons law means well-behaved inmates wait longer for release," reports on what appears to be a significant drafting hiccup in the expansion of good time credits through the FIRST STEP Act. Here are the details: U.S. prisoners who were expecting earlier release for good behavior, thanks to a new criminal justice law enacted last month, must keep waiting due to an error in the bill, said activists working with the White House to fix the mistake...
Tags: Florida, Law, Congress, Washington, White House, Chicago, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Reuters, AG, Sharon Johnson Coleman, Douglas A Berman, Kevin Ring, Bureau of Prisons BOP, Families Against Mandatory Minimums FAMM, Wyn Hornbuckle


Wednesday round-up

The justices wrap up the first week of the January session today with one oral argument, in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, in which the court will consider whether to overrule a precedent that allows a state to be sued in the courts of another state without its consent. Richard Re previewed the case for this blog. Clotilde Le Roy and Jarrett Field have a preview at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. In his first Supreme Court opinion, Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote for...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Court, America, Bloomberg, Cnn, New York Times, New Orleans, Fox News, Republican, Economist, Hyatt, Trump, Round-up


Spotlighting criminal-justice debt and its profound impact on the poorest Americans

The New York Times magazine has this lengthy new article about criminal justice debt under this full headline: "How Cities Make Money by Fining the Poor: In many parts of America, like Corinth, Miss., judges are locking up defendants who can’t pay — sometimes for months at a time." I recommend the piece in full, and here is a snippet: No government agency comprehensively tracks the extent of criminal-justice debt owed by poor defendants, but experts estimate that those fines and fees total tens...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Oregon, Alabama, America, West, New York Times, Louisiana, Washington State, Ross, National Public Radio, American Civil Liberties Union, Corinth, Southern Poverty Law Center


Disability and Elder Law Issues: My Grandchildren's Great Grandmother in Montana No Family There Can She Be Moved

My question involves a person located in the state of: Montana She is the great grandmother of my grandchildren on the paternal side. Most of her family and relatives live in Panhandle of Idaho or in or near Spokane, Wa. Her son has Severe Parkinson's and is living with his daughter who also has an autistic child and a 2 year old so they could not take her. Her older daughter is not healthy either and living with her dad who is healthier than she is but he is 85 and her younger daughte...
Tags: Law, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Social Security, Nebraska, Washington State, Disability and Elder Law, Spokane, Washington Spokane, Panhandle of Idaho


Minors' Rights: Granddaughter Age 17 Parents Moved Left Her Behind Situation

My question involves juvenile law in the State of: Idaho My grandaughter is 17 and will be 18 in May we reside in Washington a border state and she often visits and attends church in Washington where we are Last summer her parents moved to another state 1500 miles away. They own the home she stays in and are paying the bills there. She did not want to move as it is her senior year of high school and she wanted to graduate where she attends now. Parents arranged to have her stay with fri...
Tags: Law, Labor, Washington, Idaho, Washington State, Juvenile Law, Idaho Which


Morning Docket: 01.07.19

* Senator Ted Cruz has proposed a constitutional amendment that would set term limits for those in the Senate (two six-year terms) and House of Representatives (three two-year terms) because "[t]erm limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington, D.C." [Business Insider] * Speaking of terms, the grand jury's 18-month term in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation was set to expire this past weekend, but Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the D.C. D...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Government, Senate, Russia, Ted Cruz, House Of Representatives, Grand Jury, Government Shutdown, First Amendment, Constitutional Law, Trademarks, Northern District of California, Robert Mueller


Purported SCOTUS originalists and liberals, showing yet again that they are faint-hearted, refuse to consider extending jury trial rights to restitution punishments

I noted in this post the array of per curiam rulings and statements that the Supreme Court released today to get 2019 off to an interesting criminal justice start.  Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that one particular decision, namely the decision to deny certiorari in Hester v. US, has me revved up.  Hester involves a claim that the Sixth Amendment jury trial right recognized in Apprendi, Blakely, Booker and Southern Union is applicable to cases in which findings are essential for...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington, US, America, United States, Smith, Kennedy, Jones, Commonwealth, Thomas, Henry Viii, State, Somerville, Roberts, Ginsburg


Monday round-up

This morning the Supreme Court kicks off the January argument session with oral arguments in two cases. The first is Merck Sharp & Dohme v. Albrecht, which raises questions about whether a state-law failure-to-warn claim is pre-empted by federal law regulating the safety and efficacy of prescription drugs. Elizabeth McCuskey previewed the case for this blog. Garion Liberti and Tayler Woelcke have a preview for Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. The second case today is Obduskey v....
Tags: Texas, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Massachusetts, Bloomberg, Gop, Wyoming, North Carolina, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Department, Cornell, Trump, Round-up


Some New Year highlights from Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

It has only been a few weeks since I did a round-up of posts of note from my blogging over at Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform, but a recent post round-up is timely given the interesting discussions that the end if 2018 and start of 2019 have engendered. So: Effective accounting of Top 5 marijuana reform developments in 2018 (with a couple extra added for emphasis) An informed accounting of those states "Most Likely To Legalize Marijuana In 2019" Will 2019 really be the "year of weed"? How c...
Tags: Law, Colorado, Washington, Douglas A Berman


Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, when an “offer[] to sell” under the Patent Act occurs, the scope of the review Strickland v. Washington requires to determine whether an error rendered counsel’s representation constitutionally deficient, the validity of a foreclosure sale that violated 12 U.S.C. § 4617(j)(3), and the scope of a federal court’s jurisdiction when determining whether resolution of a state-law claim would involve a c...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Connecticut, Freddie Mac, Strickland, LLC, Fannie Mae, Goldstein Russell, Skakel, Cases in the Pipeline, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp, Federal Housing Finance Authority, Renesas Electronics America Inc, Alaska Airlines Inc, Schurke


Argument preview: Tribes, treaties and animals return to the Supreme Court

In January 2014, Clayvin Herrera, a member of the Apsáalooke Nation, also known as the Crow Tribe, went hunting on the nation’s reservation in Montana. He and his companions successfully bagged three elk, but their pursuit had taken them outside the reservation borders into the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming. Wyoming authorities subsequently charged Herrera with violating state hunting laws. Wyoming’s prosecution has led the Supreme Court to venture yet again into the interpretation of tri...
Tags: Featured, Minnesota, Supreme Court, Law, Montana, Washington, West, United States, Wyoming, Pacific Northwest, Murphy, Indians, Carpenter, Mille Lacs, Crow, Herrera


"No other country in the world symbolizes the decline of the American empire as much as Afghanistan."

"There is virtually no possibility of a military victory over the Taliban and little chance of leaving behind a self-sustaining democracy — facts that Washington’s policy community has mostly been unable to accept.... The heavily Pashtun Taliban, an accessory to the Sept. 11 hijackings, continues to make battlefield gains and, if there are actual peace negotiations, is poised to share power with the American-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani, if not eventually replace it. The United St...
Tags: Law, Washington, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, Kabul, Ashraf Ghani, Zalmay Khalilzad, George Shultz, Mattis, South Central Asia, Ann Althouse, Trump and foreign policy, Trump And The Military, Robert D Kaplan, Trump And


Harry Reid "does not have long to live. I hate to be so abrupt about this, but Reid probably would not mind."

Writes Mark Leibovich in "Harry Reid Has a Few Words for Washington/The former Senate majority leader on President Trump and Senator Chuck Schumer, and on why he doesn’t regret ending the filibuster for judicial appointment" (NYT Magazine).In May, he went in for a colonoscopy, the results of which caused concern among his doctors. This led to an M.R.I. that turned up a lesion on Reid’s pancreas: cancer. Reid’s subdued and slightly cold manner, and aggressive anticharisma, have always made him an...
Tags: Law, Washington, Senate, Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi, Federal Reserve, Harry Reid, George W Bush, Nancy, James Comey, Trump, Pelosi, Schumer, Reid, Chuck Schumer, Alan Greenspan


Separation: How to Qualify for a Housing Subsidy After Separation From Your Spouse

After 50+ years of an unpleasant marriage, my parents have separated (i.e., living apart, but with no legal action (yet)). My mother (early 70's) lives in an assisted living facility in Wyoming, and my father (early 80's) has moved (temporarily) into my home in Washington. They have moderate income (his state retirement + SS for both). They also own their home (now vacant) and some CD's. We've been looking at senior apartments for my father. Because nearly half of his income goes to pay for ...
Tags: Law, Washington, Divorce, Wyoming, Annulment and Separation


Separation: Eligibility for Subsidized Housing: Separated Elderly Parents

After 50+ years of an unpleasant marriage, my parents have separated (i.e., living apart, but with no legal action (yet)). My mother (early 70's) lives in an assisted living facility in Wyoming, and my father (early 80's) has moved (temporarily) into my home in Washington. They have moderate income (his state retirement + SS for both). They also own their home (now vacant) and some CD's. We've been looking at senior apartments for my father. Because nearly half of his income goes to pay for ...
Tags: Law, Washington, Divorce, Wyoming, Annulment and Separation


Top Texas #CJreform Stories of 2018

Passage of the First Step Act was clearly the biggest criminal justice policy story of 2018, and congrats to all the Texans who were a part of that. But Grits wanted to take a moment to identify the biggest state-level Texas criminal-justice stories of the year. Here's the list I came up with. Let me know what else you think should have been included.1. Elections: Creuzot, Gonzalez, in, Abel Reyna, Nico Lahood out; Harris Co. and appellate courts sweep Democrat: Texas statewide races failed to "...
Tags: Texas, Law, Washington, Austin, Gop, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Ward, Houston Chronicle, HARRIS, Legislature, Lone Star State, Huntsville


SCOTUS Map: December 2018

Civility and collegiality continued to be a theme in the Supreme Court justices’ appearances this month. On a December 7 visit to Duquesne University, Justice Sonia Sotomayor recounted a conversation about civility with the other justices. Previous justices were at times openly hostile to one another, and the court’s current era of collegiality is perhaps more of an exception than the rule. According to Sotomayor, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was in large part responsible for this chang...
Tags: Hollywood, Featured, Nbc, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, America, Cnn, United States, Netherlands, Npr, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Variety


Friday round-up

Briefly: At Bloomberg Law, Jordan Rubin reports on “the curious case of Bobby James Moore,” which “is knocking at the U.S. Supreme Court’s door again” after a state court found for a second time that Moore is not too intellectually disabled to be executed. Bill Mears reports for Fox News that the Supreme Court could be front and center again next year “in Donald Trump’s Washington,” as “[t]he justices are confronting a number of immigration-related legal challenges that could be added to the do...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Fox News, Donald Trump, American Legion, Trump, Round-up, U S Supreme Court, Moore, Goldstein Russell, Bladensburg Maryland, American Humanist Association, Tony Mauro, Marcia Coyle, Bill Mears


Empirical SCOTUS: 365 days of Trump and the Supreme Court

How better to wrap up the calendar year than by examining the president’s take on his relationship with the Supreme Court – especially because the court was one of President Donald Trump’s favorite topics of discussion this past year? These references ranged from the specific to the general and from praise to criticism. Many of the tropes are likely familiar. There was commentary on the Supreme Court vacancy after Justice Anthony Kennedy retired, more about Justice Brett Kavanaugh during the con...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington, America, Fox, South Dakota, Hawaii, Manhattan, Donald Trump, Chattanooga, Trump, Arlington National Cemetery, Brett, Houston Texas, United States Supreme Court, Anthony Kennedy


The 20 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2018

What a whirlwind of a year it has been for legal technology. Barely a week into 2018, industry-changing news broke of Avvo’s sale to Internet Brands. Legal tech news has been nonstop ever since – so much that it’s a struggle to keep up with it all. For several years now, I’ve closed out the year with a round-up of the 10 most important legal developments (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). Last year, I bypassed the top 10 to focus on a single overarching development, The Year of Women in Legal Tech. This ...
Tags: Europe, Utah, Florida, UK, New York, London, Microsoft, Law, Washington, Russia, Uncategorized, Toronto, San Francisco, Georgia, Analytics, Portland


Sales Agreements: Car Dealership Owner Died What Happens Next

My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Washington The owner of the used car dealership I deal with recently passed away and the 2 cars I was buying from him aren't paid off what should I expect to happen next do I continue payments?
Tags: Law, Washington, Cars and Dealerships


The 20 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2018

What a whirlwind of a year it has been for legal technology. Barely a week into 2018, industry-changing news broke of Avvo’s sale to Internet Brands. Legal tech news has been nonstop ever since – so much that it’s a struggle to keep up with it all. For several years now, I’ve closed out the year with a round-up of the 10 most important legal developments (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). Last year, I bypassed the top 10 to focus on a single overarching development, The Year of Women in Legal Tech. This ...
Tags: Europe, Utah, Florida, UK, New York, London, Microsoft, Law, Washington, Russia, Uncategorized, Toronto, San Francisco, Georgia, Analytics, Portland


December 26 roundup

“Elephant Habeas Case: Steven Wise’s Forum Shopping Apparently Fails” [Ted Folkman, Letters Blogatory, earlier here and here] Right now owners of gas stations in D.C. “need approval from the Gas Station Advisory Board (GSAB) to close. However, there’s one small problem. The GSAB hasn’t had members since 2008, so there’s no one to get approval from.” [Daniel Warwick, Greater Greater Washington] “Jones Act Reform Gaining Momentum” [Colin Grabow, Cato, earlier] “Serving Two (or More) Masters:...
Tags: New York, Maryland, Law, NYC, Washington, Uncategorized, Civil Service, Steven Wise, Baltimore, Adam White, City Journal, Washington D.c, Ted Folkman, Forum Shopping, Colin Grabow Cato, Gas Station Advisory Board GSAB


Trump's Christmas meme: "I am all alone."

As I see it in the press...... it seems to mean that Trump is isolated, friendless, and self-pitying. His words are characterized as a "ranting" and "complaining." He stews, un-self-aware, in chaos of his own making. Let's look at the tweet that set off this anti-Trump ideation: I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security. At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more ...
Tags: Law, Washington, White House, Solitude, Trump, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Border Wall, Trump derangement syndrome



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