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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


Trump said he regrets not 'immediately' sending in the US military to quash nationwide unrest last summer

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to Air Force personnel during an event September 15, 2017 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. President Trump attended the event to celebrate the 70th birthday of the U.S. Air Force. Alex Wong/Getty Images A new book from two Washington Post reporters reveals one of former President Trump's regrets. He told them he wishes he had sent in the military "immediately" to quell unrest last summer. The nationwide unrest followed the murder of George Floyd by ...
Tags: Politics, Maryland, Minneapolis, Washington Post, White House, US, Trends, Cnn, Military, United States, Washington Dc, Protests, Portland, Pentagon, The New York Times, Air Force


An American father and son will serve prison time for helping ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn in his dramatic escape from Japan in a box

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn faces charges of financial misconduct in Japan JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images Two Americans will serve prison time for helping ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn flee Japan in 2019. Michael and Peter Taylor admitted to assisting Ghosn's escape to Lebanon in a metal box. Ghosn was on bail and facing trial in Japan on charges of financial misconduct. See more stories on Insider's business page. A Japanese court sentenced an American father and son to ...
Tags: Transportation, Japan, News, Law, Washington Post, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Turkey, Bbc, Tokyo, Trial, Nissan, Beirut, Taylor, Lebanon


Catching up on notable mid-summer stories and commentary

The middle of July continues to bring many criminal justice stories and commentaries worth a read, and so here is a round up of links to catch up: From CNN, "How crime stats lie — and what you need to know to understand them" From The Crime Report, "Dream Corps Launches Campaign to Close Federal Prisons" From The Marshall Project, "Inside The Nation's Overdose Crisis in Prisons and Jails" From The Marshall Project, "Everyone on Death Row Gets a Lawyer. Not Everyone Gets a Kim Kardashian." From N...
Tags: Law, California, Washington Post, New York Times, Douglas A Berman


Israeli military-grade spy software was used to hack phones of journalists, activists, executives, and 2 women connected to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a report says

An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on August 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images Military-grade spyware technology was used to hack the smartphones of journalists, activists, and executives, The Washington Post reported. Some of the affected journalists worked at outlets including CNN and The New York Times. The 37 numbers appeared on a list of 50,000 phone numbers in countries with a history of conducti...
Tags: Post, London, News, Washington Post, Mexico, France, Israel, US, International, Trends, Qatar, Cnn, Spyware, Surveillance, Military, Hacking


Trump says Gen. Mark Milley should be 'court-martialed' if he thought the former president potentially sought a coup

Flanked by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, US President Donald Trump meets with senior military leaders at the White House on October 7, 2019. Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS Trump said that Gen. Mark Milley should be "court-martialed" if the reports are true that he feared a potential coup. "There was no talk of a coup, there was no coup, it all never happened," the former president said. Milley has been the chairman of Joint Chief...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Washington Post, White House, Defense, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Fbi, Military, Washington Dc, Cia, Interior Department, Donald Trump, Trump


'This is really f---ed up down here': GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan called Mark Milley during the Jan. 6 riot and spoke against a tentative plan to evacuate senators, book says

Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska. Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP Sullivan told Milley on Jan. 6 that a tentative plan to move senators by bus could present danger. Senators had already been rushed to a secure location within the Capitol after the riot broke out. Pelosi and Schumer later got on a call with Pentagon leaders to express alarm at the response. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. After Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska surveyed the harrowing scene at the Capitol dur...
Tags: Politics, New York, Congress, California, Washington Post, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, Military, Gop, Alaska, House, Pentagon, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Miller


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


"CPAC did two straw polls: One with former President Donald Trump included and one without him."

"In the first, Trump crushed with 70%, which, if you've followed politics over the past, say, five years, will not surprise you. DeSantis came in second with 21%, the ONLY candidate not named Trump who got more than 1% in the straw poll. In the second straw poll -- without Trump -- DeSantis took 68%(!) of the vote. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came in second with 5% followed by Donald Trump Jr. and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 4% and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem at 3%."From "The leader of th...
Tags: Florida, Law, Washington Post, Siri, Cnn, South Dakota, Republican Party, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Polls, Trump, State, Howard Dean, Don, Newsweek, Vermont Howard Dean


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


What's the carbon footprint?

I see "Richard Branson completed a daring, barnstorming flight to edge of space Sunday, rocketing through the atmosphere in the spaceplane he’d been yearning to ride for nearly 20 years." That's the Washington Post dribbling enthusiasm like a sci-fi fanboy. I have no idea what "edge of space" means, but I suspect it should be "the edge of space," and it's sloppy editing. Anyway, WaPo is normally concerned about global warming and I don't know why the "daring barnstorming" of a billionaire gets...
Tags: Travel, Spacex, London, Law, Washington Post, Singapore, Wealth, Global Warming, Nasa, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Astronauts, Branson, Cnbc, Jeff


Morning Docket: 07.08.21

* "Are you serious? Right in the middle of discovery?" Gunmaker fluffs documents for Sandy Hook shooting with non-sequitur memes. [CtPost] * Failed the DC Bar? At least you aren't the only one who can't practice there. Tough break, Giuliani. [The Guardian] * Ex-President sues private companies under a "Freedom of Speech" claim in Florida. The Civil Procedure and First Amendment finals write themselves. [BBC] * Okay, break it up! Thirty-six states (and DC) set their sights on Google for antitr...
Tags: Google, Florida, Law, Washington Post, Police, Marijuana, Bbc, Antitrust, Freedom Of Speech, New Mexico, Dc, Giuliani, Sandy Hook, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Morning Docket


The morning read for Wednesday, July 7

Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. To suggest a piece for us to consider, email us at [email protected] Here’s the Wednesday morning read: How Convenient Should Voting Be? Court Ruling Leaves No Clear Answer (Nate Cohn, The New York Times) Trump’s Supreme Court shrinks from controversy (Josh Gerstein, Politico) Justice Kagan’s Rhetoric Diminishes the Court (Jason Richwine, National Review) What Diffe...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Round-up, Charles Lane, Josh Gerstein, Breyer, Jonathan Adler, Nate Cohn, New York Times Trump 's Supreme Court, Politico Justice Kagan, Court Jason Richwine National Review, Volokh Conspiracy The Supreme Court


Morning Docket: 07.02.21

* A Tennessee gamer is suing so that he can keep his vanity "69PWNDU" license plate. Hope he isn't a legal noob... [Yahoo News] * A Texas lawyer has been disbarred for allegedly taking his client's food stamps and purportedly faking the client's signature. [Texas Lawyer] * The Supreme Court has struck down a California law that required charities to disclose their largest donors. [Washington Post] * Attorney General Garland has issued a memorandum pausing federal executions. [Fox News] * T...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, California, Washington Post, Tennessee, Tour De France, Fox News, Yahoo News, Garland, Morning Docket, Texas Lawyer, Attorney General Garland, The Tour de France


Hoping grandmothers and others on home confinement get compassionate consideration

In prior posts (some linked below), I have discussed the Office of Legal Counsel memo which interprets federal law to require that certain persons transferred to home confinement pursuant to the CARES Act be returned to federal prison when the pandemic ends.  There has been particular advocacy directed toward Prez Biden urging him to use his clemency powers to keep these persons from being returned to federal prison, and I have recently argued Congress could and should address this matter with a...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington Post, Kevin, Office of Legal Counsel, OLC, Douglas A Berman, Kevin Ring, Prez Biden, AG Garland, Biden Justice Department FAMM, Gwen Levi


Morning Docket: 06.30.21

* Donald Trump is suing the State of New York over a golf course. Bet he hopes the litigation doesn't end up in the rough... [Washington Post] * A grand jury may soon be investigating the recent building collapse in Surfside, Florida. [Insider] * The Second Circuit has ordered an alleged "copyright troll" to file a sanctions opinion against him in all cases in which he is involved and to mail the decision to clients. Almost seems like a scarlet letter... [ABA Journal] * Apparently, Attorne...
Tags: New York, Law, Washington Post, Copyright, Golf, Fox News, Department Of Justice, Air Force, Donald Trump, ABA Journal, Second Circuit, Garland, Surfside, Morning Docket, Surfside Florida, Space Force


Heat exhaustion/heat stroke.

 I'm trying to read this WaPo article, "As Portland, Ore., copes with unprecedented heat, illnesses spike and roads buckle":PORTLAND, Ore. ­— Kim and Kathy Stoughton thought they could wait out the record-breaking heat in their east Portland apartment, even though they don't have air conditioning. But by Sunday, they couldn’t take it anymore. “I felt fatigued, extremely uncomfortable, mad,” said Kim, who is in his 60s. He was also dizzy and confused, signs of heatstroke...  Heatstroke?! Come on,...
Tags: Health, Law, Washington Post, Oregon, Portland, Kim, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Hotness, Kathy Stoughton


Why aren't there much stronger calls for CONGRESS to fix post-pandemic home confinement problems?

In many prior posts (some linked below), I have discussed the Office of Legal Counsel memo released at the end of the Trump Administration which interprets federal law to require that certain persons transferred to home confinement pursuant to the CARES Act be returned to federal prison when the pandemic ends.  I see that there are two more notable new press articles on this topic: From The Hill, "Biden faces criticism for not extending home confinement for prisoners" From the Washington Post, "...
Tags: Post, Law, Congress, Washington Post, House, Biden, Doj, Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee, Hill, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Office of Legal Counsel, Justice Department s Office of Legal Counsel, Bureau of Prisons, OLC, Douglas A Berman


Derek Chauvin Sentencing , Motion for New Trial Denied

Bump and Update: The live feeds are already up. According the Washington Post: Although a jury found Chauvin guilty on all three charges he was facing, Minnesota law dictates he will face sentencing only on the most serious charge: second-degree... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Washington Post, Chauvin, Derek Chauvin


Morning Docket 06.25.21

* The NCAA has failed to dismiss a lawsuit filed by athletes aimed at recovering a portion of TV revenue. This has not been a good week for the NCAA... [USA Today] * "Stuttering John" from the Howard Stern show has lost his lawsuit against SiriusXM. [Reuters] * Attorney General Merrick Garland said that 500 people have been arrested so far for the January 6th Capitol riots. [CNBC] * A lawsuit has been filed to stop the Governor of Maryland from ending federal unemployment benefits. [Washing...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Washington Post, Attorney General, Bloomberg, Ncaa, Howard Stern, Usa Today, Cnbc, Gamestop, Reuters, SiriusXM, Morning Docket, Merrick Garland


Rudy Giuliani has been suspended from practicing law in New York after a court found 'uncontroverted evidence' that he made 'demonstrably false and misleading statements' about the election

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference about lawsuits contesting the results of the presidential election at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday Nov. 19, 2020. Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post via Getty Images Rudy Giuliani has been suspended from practicing law in the state of New York. A court found that there was "uncontroverted evidence" that he presented "demons...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, New York City, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, United States, Manhattan, Biden, Giuliani


"Four Saudis who took part in the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi are reported to have received paramilitary training in the US."

"The training was provided by the security company Tier 1 Group, which is owned by the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, under a contract approved by the State Department, according to The New York Times. Louis Bremer, a Cerberus senior executive, said that the training was 'protective in nature' and took place in 2017, a year before the murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi government. It is said to have included 'safe marksmanship' and 'counter...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, US, The New York Times, State Department, Cerberus, London Times, Cerberus Capital Management, Ann Althouse, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi, Tier 1 Group, Louis Bremer


"I will order their arrest. To protect the people, I have to sequester you in jail. Now choose — get vaccinated, or I’ll lock you up in a cell."

"If you don’t want to be vaccinated, I’ll have you arrested and have the vaccine shot into your [buttocks]... If you don’t get vaccinated, leave the Philippines. Go to India if you want, or somewhere, America."Said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, quoted in The Washington Post. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Washington Post, India, Philippines, Philippine, Rodrigo Duterte, Duterte, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, America Said Philippine


The morning read for Tuesday, June 22

Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. To suggest a piece for us to consider, email us at [email protected] Here’s the Tuesday morning read: With the courts (and Kavanaugh) on their side, advocates plot future challenges to the NCAA (Molly Hensley-Clancy, The Washington Post) The NCAA, the Supreme Court, a Duck, and a Bicycle (Jason Gay, The Wall Street Journal) Supreme Court Protects Faith-Based Adopt...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Ncaa, Round-up, Kavanaugh, Dennis Crouch, Arthrex, Wall Street Journal Supreme Court, Molly Hensley Clancy, Amanda Shanor, Jeremy Dys Newsweek, Regulatory Review United States


PRIDE in the Courts: Judge Deborah A. Batts

Marcelo Rodriguez and Judge Deborah Batts at an event in the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse in New York, NY, June 2019. Let me tell you about someone I met a couple of years ago. Her name was Judge Deborah A. Batts. In 1994, the Honorable Judge Batts became the first openly gay person to be appointed as an Article III federal judge in the United States. She held this position for over 25 years in the Southern District of New York. As part of the library team in my previous position, we commemora...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, Australia, Washington Post, Court, US, Canada, United States, Arizona, Puerto Rico, Robert, Eastern District of Michigan, Court of Appeals, Northern District of California, Los Angeles CA


US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing set for "Examining Federal Sentencing for Crack and Powder Cocaine"

On the morning of Tuesday, June 22, 2021, the US Senate Judiciary Committee has a hearing set for 10am titled "Examining Federal Sentencing for Crack and Powder Cocaine." The hearing should be available to watch at this link, where this list of witnesses are set out: Ms. Regina LaBelle, Acting Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy The Honorable Asa Hutchinson, Governor, State of Arkansas Mr. Matthew Charles, Justice Reform Fellow, FAMM The Honorable Russell Coleman, Member, Frost Bro...
Tags: Post, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Senate, Gop, Arkansas, Ohio, DEA, Biden, George W Bush, Booker, Hutchinson, Senate Judiciary Committee, Rob Portman, Drug Enforcement Administration


"The Washington Post's @laurameckler spent three weeks preparing a hitpiece against me."

"In this thread, I will expose five flat-out lies, from the fabrication of a timeline to multiple smears that are easily disproven by documentary evidence." So begins a Twitter thread by Christopher Rufo. Here's the WaPo piece he's attacking: "Republicans, spurred by an unlikely figure, see political promise in targeting critical race theory." From that article: Critical race theory holds that racism is systemic in the United States, not just a collection of individual prejudices — an idea that ...
Tags: Post, Law, Washington Post, United States, WaPo, CRT, Ann Althouse, Rufo, Critical Race Theory, Christopher Rufo, George Floyd


Morning Docket: 06.21.21

* A federal judge has struck down restrictions imposed on cruise lines by the CDC. Break out the Hawaiian shirts and Dramamine tablets... [Washington Post] * O.J. Simpson is continuing to appeal judgements related to civil suits over the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. [Washington Times] * A Reno lawyer, who was allegedly present during the January 6th Capitol riots, is running to be governor of Nevada. [Nevada Appeal] * AirBNB is taking legal action against a guest who hos...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Cdc, Cruise, Fox News, Airbnb, Nevada, O J Simpson, Nicole Brown Simpson, Reno, Washington Times, Jerry Springer, Nevada Appeal, Ron Goldman, Morning Docket, Capitol Riot


Remember when making Juneteenth a national holiday was a Donald Trump campaign promise?

From September 25, 2020: "President Donald Trump made a series of promises at a campaign event in Atlanta on Friday in a bid to woo Black voters, including establishing Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of U.S. slavery, as a federal holiday" (Reuters).Of course, it was just "a bid to woo Black voters" when Trump promised to do it, but now that the members of Congress and the new President have actually made Juneteenth a national holiday, is anyone minimizing the achievement as pandering to ...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington Post, Atlanta, Fox News, District Of Columbia, Donald Trump, Black, Trump, Robinson, Abraham Lincoln, Eugene Robinson, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Juneteenth, Trump 2020


Drug war ... huh ... after 50 years, what is it good for?

In July 1969, Prez Richard Nixon delivered a special message to Congress warning about the "serious national threat" of drugs, and he thereafter prodded Congress to pass in 1970 the federal Controlled Substance Act.  But on this day in 1971, Prez Nixon delivered an address in which he declared drug abuse "public enemy No. 1" and stated that "to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new all-out offensive." Consequently, many mark this day back in 1971 as the start of the "War on ...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington Post, US, United States, Npr, Al Jazeera, Douglas A Berman, Prez Nixon, Prez Richard Nixon, Latin America From the Washington Post



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