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California Enacts Smartphone Kill Switch Law to Promote Data Security

This week California enacted into law Senate Bill 962, which requires a “kill switch” on all smartphones that would render the device inoperable. The law applies to all smartphones manufactured after July 1, 2015 and sold in...more

Africa Update - August 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Africa Update - July 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Africa Update

In This Issue: - South Sudan - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from South Sudan: On April...more

Is Punishment Dead in America? [Video]

Feb. 25, 2014 -- New York Law School Professor Robert Blecker discusses his new book entitled "The Death of Punishment: Searching for Justice among the Worst of the Worst." Harvard Law School's Laurence Tribe called the book...more

US Attorney General Eric Holder’s Memorandum Outlining Proposed Changes to Federal Policy on Mandatory Drug Sentences (Full Text...

Full text copy of US Attorney General Eric Holder’s memorandum proposing changes to the mandatory minimum sentences in certain drug cases. From the Washington Post: “Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced … that...more

Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al.

Federal Court Ruling that the NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” Program Violates the Fourth Amendment

Full text copy of Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling that the New York City police department’s stop and frisk tactics violate the constitutional rights of minorities in the city. From the decision: “Based on the...more

Still a good idea - how INTERPOL can protect itself from its corrupt member countries

This post is an updated version of the original, which was published in July of 2011. How could INTERPOL shield itself from being used as a political weapon against a corrupt country's own people? In a previous post,...more

Alabama Firearm Act of 2013

The Alabama Firearms Act of 2013 was signed by Gov. Bentley in May, 2013, thus the effective date should be (at the latest) 08/01/2013. This long overdue law changed Alabama's system of issuing concealed carry weapon's...more

Venezuela Post-Chavez- More of the Same INTERPOL Abuse?

Now that Nicolas Maduro is the President of Venezuela, most hopes of political reform in Venezuela have been dashed, at least for the next six years...more

Attorney Steven Getman: legal links of interest for the week ending November 16, 2012

Attorney Steven Getman: Legal links of interest for the week ending November 16, 2012 Friday, November 16, 2012 by Steven Getman Attorney Steven Getman notes some of the stories about the law and lawyers in the news...more

Legal links of interest for the week ending July 28

Attorney Steven Getman reports on a number of stories about the law and lawyers in the news this week: • Addressing threats to an independent judiciary • How colleges suppress free speech • Federal...more

Free But No Liberty: How Florida Contravenes the Voting Rights Act with Disenfranchisement of Felons

The United States has a long history of denying minorities their right to vote―of practicing racially-motivated disenfranchisement. In early 2011, Florida Governor Rick Scott continued this tradition by issuing an...more

Attorney: Arizona Can't Implement Immigration Law Without Racial Profiling [Video]

June 28 (Bloomberg Law) -- Careen Shannon, attorney at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of the new Arizona immigration...more

Mobile County Pistol Permit Application 2012

This is one of the "May Issue" applications. It is not as bad as many were....more

December 2, 2011 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

It’s Time to Fix Our Sentencing Laws

Years after the Supreme Court Put the Ball in Congress’s Court,the Sentencing Commission Can Finally Spur Action The US Sentencing Commission is confronting a challenge to its own existence. Critics of the Commission’s...more

Let us tell you how we see this going down: White House publishes cybersecurity legislative proposal

On May 12, 2011, the Obama Administration released its legislative proposal concerning cybersecurity. The proposal comes almost two years after the President identified cyber threats and protecting our digital infrastructure...more

The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, Arizona Senate Bill 1070

Full text copy of The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, Arizona Senate Bill 1070, signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer on April 23, 2010. From the law: “The legislature finds that there is a...more

Citizens' Voice "vesrus" State of Punjab and Ors.

PIL - Civil Writ Petition for Preventing Political Interference in The Functioning of Police

Civil Writ Petition for issuance of writ in the nature of mandamus for order or direction to be issued directing the member of legislative assembly to desist and refrain from interfering in the administration of law and order...more

The Power and Effect of Scaring White, Suburban Voters: How Our Politicians, Criminal Justice System, and Supreme Court Use...

Fear can be a powerful tool: our politicians warn us that drugs and violence are seeping into our safe communities, and that, if elected, they can help put a stop to it. Once elected, these mostly white men support Criminal...more

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