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Court orders US Capitol rioter to unlock his laptop ‘with his face’

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered a man accused of participating in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6 to unlock his laptop “with his face” after prosecutors argued that the laptop likely contains video footage that would incriminate him in the attempted insurrection. Guy Reffitt was arrested in late January, three weeks after he participated in the riot, and has been in jail since. He has pleaded not guilty to five federal charges, including bringing a firearm to the Capitol grou...
Tags: Security, Politics, Law, Washington, Articles, Tech, Cnn, Fbi, United States, Washington Dc, Password, New Jersey, Lawyer, Laptops, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U S Supreme Court


Excited for the launch of Inquest, "a forum for advancing bold decarceral ideas"

I was pleased to receive via email this morning the first official announcement of Inquest, which as explained here "is published by the Institute to End Mass Incarceration [but] not the voice of the Institute."   Here are excerpts from the Inquest mission page: Inquest is a forum for advancing bold ideas to end mass incarceration in the United States. Here, you will find original, insightful work by thinkers and doers across a broad range of experience and expertise, united in the belief that ...
Tags: Law, Washington, United States, Washington State, Institute, Douglas A Berman, Institute Here, Joel Castón, Tomas Keen, Rachel Barkow Mark Osler Maneka Sinha


Former Trump inaugural chairman Tom Barrack's bond set at $250 million by federal judge

Former Trump Inaugural Committee chairman Tom Barrack speaks at at a pre-Inaugural "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 AP Photo/David J. Phillip A federal judge set financier and former Trump ally Tom Barrack's bond at $250 million. Barrack is charged with illegal foreign lobbying, making false statements, and obstruction. Barrack must wear an ankle bracelet, observe a curfew, and not spend more than $50,000 at...
Tags: Politics, Law, California, Washington, US, Trends, Brooklyn, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Doj, Uae, Trump, Lincoln Memorial, Christina Wilkie, Barrack, David J Phillip


Here's the video — narrated by Tom Hanks —  in which the Cleveland Indians reveal their new name: the Guardians.

Together, we are all... pic.twitter.com/R5FnT4kv1I— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 23, 2021 ADDED: Here are the graphics: Introducing the Cleveland Guardians!The name will go into effect after the 2021 season. pic.twitter.com/ggCFyIRD2y— MLB (@MLB) July 23, 2021 A closer look at that logo: I think the feathers are reminiscent of a Native American feathered headdress, but the Indians old "Chief Wahoo" logo was aimed the other way — with a face rather than a baseball — and wore a single...
Tags: Law, Washington, Angels, Tom Hanks, Sculpture, Mlb, Native Americans, Baseball, Cleveland, Redskins, Logos, Cleveland Indians, Indians, Ann Althouse


Fight Over ‘Pay For Delay’ Heats Up In Washington

Legislators threaten to ban settlements where branded companies 'pay' generics makers to 'delay' market entry, while drugmakers say the current framework balances competition and innovation. Who will prevail?
Tags: Law, Washington, Government, Health Care / Medicine, Healthcare Docket


"I want to make sure that this U.S. Senate seat is retained in Republican hands.You see what the media’s doing to me. I may not be the best candidate."

"I wouldn’t run if I don’t think I could win, if I don’t think I was the best person to be able to win.... This is an incredibly frustrating place here... Having come from the private sector, running a successful business. Being able to accomplish things. When you just see the dysfunction that is Washington, D.C., it can be pretty frustrating.... I feel really bad that I’ve been here now probably 11 years and we’ve doubled the debt.... Obamacare’s still in place, and we’ve doubled the debt. I do...
Tags: Law, Obamacare, Washington, Senate, US, Ron Johnson, Wisconsin State Journal, Ann Althouse, 2022 Elections


Across political spectrum, insightful folks saying in insightful ways that Prez Biden must do better on criminal justice reform

The news to start this work week that the Biden Justice Department is not disputing the legal opinion that federal prisoners released into home confinement would be returned to prison after the pandemic has likely contributed to the end of this work week bringing a number of effective commentaries rightly asserting that Prez Biden continues to come up short on criminal justice issues.  Notably, these commentary are coming from across the political spectrum as evidenced by these pieces: From Sama...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Washington, Biden, HARRIS, Douglas A Berman, Piper Kerman, Lars Trautman, Biden Justice Department, Examiner Biden, Prez Biden, Samantha Michaels, Jones Biden


Helpful review of some modern US capital punishment realities

Over at the Pew Research Center, John Gramlich has this effective new piece headlined "10 facts about the death penalty in the U.S." In fact, many of the "facts" discussed in this article are facts about polling regarding the death penalty in the U.S. (which makes sense given Pew's recent poll work on this topic). Nevertheless, the piece is well worth a read in full, and here are a few of the highlights I though most bloggy-notable: 1. Six-in-ten U.S. adults strongly or somewhat favor the death...
Tags: New York, Texas, Maryland, Law, Colorado, Washington, Virginia, US, Gop, New Hampshire, Connecticut, District Of Columbia, Illinois, Delaware, Pew Research Center, U S Department of Justice


Arguments for Republican bail bill become nonsensical when debating rural jails

I've gotta say, 2021 has been dispiriting on many levels, not the least of which is the partisanship injected into criminal-justice topics turning once-rational individuals into liars and/or idiots. Over the last week, Just Liberty has been walking around to rural members - almost all Republicans, since the Dems are in Washington, D.C. - discussing the effects of the Governor's bail bill (HB2/SB6/HJR1) on rural jails. (See Grits' testimony to the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on the t...
Tags: Texas, Law, Washington, Houston, Joan Huffman, Gritsforbreakfast, House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, Andy Kahan, HB1, Shelby Slawson


First Jan 6 rioter to be sentenced on felony charges gets (below-guideline) sentence of eight months in federal prison

As noted in this preview post on Friday, this morning was the scheduled sentencing day for Paul Allard Hodgkins, who carried a Trump flag into the well of the Senate during the January 6 riot at the Capitol.  Hodgkins' sentencing has been seen as particularly significant because he is the very first person to be sentenced on felony charges stemming from his actions on January 6 — one misdemeanor defendant has been sentenced to probation — and because Hodgkins' sentencing memo and the Government'...
Tags: Florida, Law, Washington, Senate, Joe Biden, Indiana, Ap, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump, Tampa, Trump, U S Senate, Capitol, Pennsylvania Avenue, Hodgkins, Douglas A Berman


Arizona Democrats call for investigation after report that Trump, Giuliani pressured state elections officials

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images Phone records show that ex-President Trump and his allies pressured Arizona elections officials. "We need you to stop the counting," Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward told an official in Maricopa County. President Joe Biden won Arizona by more than 10,000 votes. See more storie...
Tags: Politics, New York, Law, Washington, Senate, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, New York Times, Arizona, US Senate, Republican, Biden, Giuliani, Donald Trump


Feds advocate for (mid-guideline) prison term of 18 months for first Jan 6 defendant due to be sentenced on felony charge

As noted in this Washington Post piece, a notable federal sentencing is scheduled for Monday and federal prosecutors have a notable sentencing recommendation for the judge: "U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday urged a federal judge to impose an 18-month prison term on the first defendant to face sentencing for a felony in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, citing the need to deter domestic terrorism."  Here is more: “The need to deter others is especially strong in cases involving domestic terrorism, which t...
Tags: Post, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Senate, America, Fbi, Idaho, Lincoln, Tampa, South, Moss, Capitol, Abraham Lincoln, Hodgkins


LawGeex Gets An Evangelist; Names Sameena Kluck To New Role

The AI-driven contract review technology company LawGeex has named legal industry veteran Sameena Kluck to the newly created position of director of brand evangelism. Kluck, who has been with LawGeex since April 2020 as a strategic account executive, said that her new position is her dream job. “What I’ve been put in this position to do is to tell our story externally and internally,” Kluck said. That means not only telling the company’s story, but also highlighting the “visionary” general couns...
Tags: Law, Washington, Uncategorized, St Louis, Thomson Reuters, Paladin, Lawgeex, Noory Bechor, Kluck, Sameena Kluck


American Thought Leaders -- one of the best programs out there

Jan Jekielek is the host. Jan actually went onto the streets with me into Hong Kong action. Respect. We also met up in Washington, D.C. The man gets around. Look at the quality of guests on his show. Tops. American Thought Leaders has become one of those programs that top thinkers seek to come onto. I am bit biased -- I do go on from time to time. So factor that in. When I learned he was Polish descent, I was pretty sure we would get along. Polish are stubborn by nature. We need more of...
Tags: Hong Kong, Featured, Washington, Military, Epoch Times, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Jan Jekielek


"The Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives... said they had no other recourse, and they admitted that they have no endgame..."

"... as [Republican Governor Greg ] Abbott promised to keep calling special sessions, over and over, until the election legislation has its day. But they chose Washington, a hideout in full view, for a reason: to garner national attention and escalate the stakes in a long-running effort to pressure Congress and President Biden to approve federal voting-rights protections that would outlaw the kinds of restrictions Texas Republicans — and dozens of other legislatures across the country — are tryi...
Tags: Texas, Voting, Law, Congress, Molly, Washington, Austin, Biden, Names, Greg Abbott, Bradley, Texas Capitol, Miller Lite, Ann Althouse, Garner (the Word, Texas House of Representatives


"We will choose an identity that unequivocally departs from any use of or approximate linkage to Native American imagery."

Said Jason Wright, president of the Washington Football Team (the erstwhile "Redskins"), quoted in "WFT’s new name won’t be ‘Warriors’ or include any Native American imagery, Jason Wright says" (WaPo).“One might look at this name [Warriors] as a natural, and even harmless transition considering that it does not necessarily or specifically carry a negative connotation,” Wright wrote on the team’s website. “But as we learned through our research and engagement with various groups, ‘context matters...
Tags: Law, Washington, Football, NFL, Native Americans, Redskins, Wright, WaPo, WFT, Jason Wright, Ann Althouse, Washington Football Team, Washington Football, Washington Circulatory System


The GOP's top lawyer said Rudy Giuliani's 2020 election lawsuits were 'a joke' and 'are getting laughed out of court'

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, left, listens to Sidney Powell, both lawyers for President Donald Trump, during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin An email The Washington Post obtained shows division within the GOP over the 2020 election. The Republican National Committee's top lawyer criticized lawsuits disputing the election results. Rudy Giuliani retaliated by trying to have th...
Tags: Post, Politics, New York, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, Michigan, Biden, Election, Rudy, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Charles Davis


‘365 for Business’ Users’ Privacy Lawsuit Dismissed–Russo v. Microsoft

Users of “Microsoft 365 For Business” allege oversharing by Microsoft, which translates into claims under (1) the Wiretap Act and the Stored Communications Act; (2) Washington’s Consumer Protection Act; (3) the Washington one-party consent phone statute; and (4) common law. The court meanders through the allegations in the complaint, noting that “the precise nature of plaintiffs’ claims lack clarity.” The allegations, which span a wide range of products and contexts, don’t appear to focus on an...
Tags: Supreme Court, Microsoft, Law, California, Washington, E-commerce, Privacy/security, Northern District of California, Russo, Facebook Connect, Western District of Washington, Ed Bott, Publicity/Privacy Rights, BF, Microsoft Audience Network, Amazon Ninth Circuit


Spotlighting prosecutors advocating for and embracing second-look sentencing mechanisms

At a conference a dozen years ago, I spoke about the need for second-look sentencing mechanisms and argued that prosecutors should be much more involved in reviewing past sentences.  That speech got published as Encouraging (and Even Requiring) Prosecutors to Be Second-Look Sentencers, 19 Temple Political & Civil Rights L. Rev. 429 (2010).  I am very pleased that these ideas are finally coming into vogue, as highlighted by this new Law360 piece headlined "New Wave Of Prosecutors Push For Resente...
Tags: Texas, Law, California, Washington, Oregon, America, San Francisco, Ohio, Illinois, Kamala Harris, NACDL, Washington County, King County, Across the Nation, New York Virginia, Dan Satterberg


Just take one more minute for rational reflection and you will be all set.

That's what I have to say to metalmom, who writes this comment to (NYT): What really burns me up about the endless reports of how we need to do at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise five days a week: who has time for that? Let me get this straight. You have young children. You get them off to school and then commute an hour to your job. Do your job all day and then rush home to your kids. Help them with their homework, make dinner, attend school-related or community-related events. And all ...
Tags: Health, Law, Washington, Motherhood, Emotion, Ann Althouse, Althouse, Washington Blogger


Drone attacks US base at Erbil airport in northern Iraq

By Ahmed Rasheed | Reuters BAGHDAD – A drone attacked Erbil airport in northern Iraq with explosives on Tuesday, aimed at the U.S. base on the airport grounds, Kurdish security sources said. Sirens were blaring from the U.S. consulate in the city, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, the sources said. Flights were suspended following the attacks, they said. In a statement, the Pentagon said it was aware of reports about a drone attack, but initial information did not indicate structural damage, or in...
Tags: News, Washington, Iraq, US, Sport, World news, Iran, Soccer, Military, Pentagon, Kurdistan, Baghdad, U S Embassy, Erbil, Ahmed Rasheed, Ain al Asad


Important perspectives as rising homicides garner ever more attention

In this round up of recommended reading, I noted the the New York magazine article titled, "Progressives Don’t Need to Downplay Rising Homicides."  I wanted to flag the article again in the separate post because I think this piece provides particularly useful perspectives on the ever-growing concerns about increased homicides in the US and about a variety of reactions thereto.  I highly recommend the piece in full (and its many links), and here I will spotlight just a few of many passages that m...
Tags: New York, Law, Washington, US, America, United States, Medicaid, Douglas A Berman, Iowa Within the District


Fourth Amendment questions and Sixth Amendment questions

This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, Fourth Amendment questions regarding what constitutes the “curtilage” of an apartment and whether a warrant is required for officers to observe a phone’s notification screen; as well as confrontation clause questions regarding testimony given by sexual assault nurse examiners and whether defense lawyers have a right to cross-examine accomplices about the magnitude of benefits they will receive in e...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, California, Washington, Massachusetts, United States, Ohio, Frost, Campbell, Sorenson, Riley, Burke, Massachusetts Appeals Court, Washington Supreme Court, Cases in the Pipeline, Washington Court of Appeals


There are more ways to cancel your student debt than you might think. Here are your options

A sign is displayed in front of The White House on June 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. Paul Morigi/Getty Images The vast majority of student loan borrowers who file for bankruptcy don't seek to have their educational loans discharged. But of those that do, around 60% won some relief. While additional avenues exist, they can be very difficult to take advantage of in practice. Borrowers with permanent disabilities and borrowers who work in public-sector fields such as military service, la...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, Law, Congress, Navy, Washington, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Poverty, Economy, Biden, Smith, Social Security Administration, Irs


Justices add one religious-rights case to docket but turn down another

Just before departing for their summer recess, the justices on Friday added 10 new cases to their docket for next term, including a high-profile dispute involving public funding for private schools that provide religious instruction. The busy order list was in some ways was a microcosm of the 2020-21 term as a whole. Although the decision to hear the school-funding case suggested that the court as a whole will continue to move to the right, the justices turned down another request to weigh in o...
Tags: Featured, Minnesota, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Colorado, Washington, Court, Alabama, City, Chicago, David, United States, New Hampshire, Maine, Tennessee


Lots of recommended reading for a long weekend

A busy week has meant a lot of interesting stories and commentaries have piled up on my "to read" list.  Fortunately, I have a long weekend to catch up.  Here is a (only partial) list of pieces that seem worth checking out: From the Albuquerque Journal, "It makes humane, fiscal sense to release nonviolent inmates" From Business Insider, "4,000 Americans were sent home from prison during COVID. They repaired their lives, but now could be forced back to prison because of a ridiculous technicality....
Tags: New York, Law, Washington, Biden, New York Times Magazine, Albuquerque, Douglas A Berman, Marshall Project Prisons Have


Mopping up final business with 13 new relists

This article was updated on July 2 at 2:55 p.m. The Relist Watch column examines cert petitions that the Supreme Court has “relisted” for its upcoming conference. A short explanation of relists is available here. Every summer, before the justices  for the Supreme Court’s recess, they have one last impromptu conference to consider – and usually dispose of – all the cases relisted after their last scheduled conference (which this year happened last Thursday). In recent years, that “mop-up” confe...
Tags: Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, California, Washington, United States, Tennessee, Medicare, Philadelphia, Woodford, Johnson, Taylor, DOE, Chevron, Medicaid


Mopping up final business with 14 new relists

The Relist Watch column examines cert petitions that the Supreme Court has “relisted” for its upcoming conference. A short explanation of relists is available here. Every summer, before the justices  for the Supreme Court’s recess, they have one last impromptu conference to consider – and usually dispose of – all the cases relisted after their last scheduled conference (which this year happened last Thursday). In recent years, that “mop-up” conference has overwhelmingly happened on the last Mo...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, California, Washington, United States, Tennessee, Medicare, Philadelphia, Woodford, Johnson, Smith, Taylor, DOE


Justices won’t intervene in dispute over transgender rights and bathrooms

The Supreme Court said Monday it will not take up a dispute over whether transgender students must be allowed to use restrooms that match their gender identities. The justices also added a First Amendment case and an immigration case to their docket for next term, and they ordered a lower court to take a closer look at a wrongful-death lawsuit by the parents of a man who died after police officers pinned him to the ground while he was handcuffed. Those items and others were part of a busy Monda...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Montana, Washington, Virginia, Massachusetts, Iraq, India, Court, San Francisco, Georgia, Indiana, Austin, United States, Wyoming


Hurricane America: You Are Here — and I am migrating to here…

United States is barreling into civil war. I predicted far back in January 2020 that 2021 would be dangerous, and as 2020 unfolded I specifically predicted roughly April-May with increasing violence through the warm months. Hotter it gets and longer days will create but one condition, as often is the case with brighter moons. Brighter the moon, the more people roll about. Commanche Moon. With modern technology, this can be put to test with smartphone tracking. Truth is first casualty in war...
Tags: Featured, Washington, Iraq, America, Afghanistan, Military, United States, Army, John, Patreon, Breitbart, CBS Radio, Iraq Afghanistan, Mark Milley, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon



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