Bribery & Corruption in the Military. A Front-Line View (Part II)
A Moment of Simple Justice - Vaccines
A Moment of Simple Justice - Felony Everything
How the Rise in Undercover Investigations is Changing the Law
A Moment of Simple Justice - A Prosecutor's Duty
Uncovering Factory Farming - The Effects of Ag Gag Laws
A Moment of Simple Justice - Undercover Lover
Trial by Jury: Why It Matters in a Democratic Society
Waldman: Stop Immunizing Websites That Allow Harassment
Busy Days For Voting Rights Advocates, Thanks to SCOTUS
A Moment of Simple Justice - Snitching Ain't Easy
Fighting for Education Rights: Equal Justice for Pregnant and Parenting Students
Combining Arms for Justice-Involved Veterans
A Moment of Simple Justice - Cameras on Cops
A Moment of Simple Justice - Ferguson
A Moment of Simple Justice - Revenge Porn
Schoenbrod: SCOTUS Ruling Helps EPA Deal With a "Stupid Statute"
SOX Whistleblower Protections Extend to Private Companies: Critical Steps to Take Now
A More Perfect Union: Why Punish Russia for Crimea?
Jail Time for Revenge Porn Offenses?
We're back with our final Update of OT14, covering Glossip v. Gross (15-7955), a doubly divisive death-penalty case, and providing a roundup of the Court's orders over the last few weeks. (Did you think we'd forgotten about...more
A few hours ago, the gavel banged a close to October Term 2014, after the release of the final three decisions of the term—Glossip v. Gross (14-7955), holding that the use of a particular drug in a three-drug execution...more
We're back with the two remaining decisions from Monday, Comptroller v. Wynne (13-485) and San Francisco v. Sheehan (13-1412), two split decisions featuring strange bedfellows.
The Justices' philosophical differences...more
Corrections Corporation of America (Dist. Idaho 2015) because the decision reflects a recent trend in RLUIPA cases: close judicial scrutiny as to whether a compelling government interest is furthered by “the least restrictive...more
On March 9, 2015, pursuant to authority contained in the recently enacted Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act (Act), President Obama issued an executive order (EO) declaring a national emergency with...more
We are all very familiar with the recent incidents that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. These two incidents brought to the national spotlight (yet again) the difficult, split-second decision making required...more
Mar. 3, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton argues that resisting arrest should be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony offense. Scott thinks that a bad idea....more
Is Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore out of touch with reality? How can a State Supreme Court Judge defy the ruling of a United States District Court? Because he feels he can. Remember Little Rock, Arkansas in 1954 and the...more
Jan. 19, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Robert Blecker, professor of law at New York Law, talks with Lee Pacchia about the dramatic rise in undercover investigations and their effect on the legal defense of entrapment....more
Jan. 12, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Did District Attorneys Robert McCulloch and Daniel Donovan fulfill their ethical duties in the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner?...more
Jan. 5, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Undercover cops are faced with difficult decisions every minute of their day while on duty, but is fathering a child with a target going too far? According to Scott, drawing the line between...more
Greetings, Court fans!
We're back with decisions two and three of OT14 (did you already forget about Lopez v. Smith?) as well as last week's news of cert petitions granted and likely to be granted.
Nov. 3, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- The DEA gets into the business of making fake Facebook profiles of informants and Scott sorts through the damage....more
James Ryan, the Partner-in-Charge of the Education Litigation Department of Cullen and Dykman LLP was recently featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, regarding the highly publicized University of Florida (the...more
August 18, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- As revenge porn laws crop up across the United States, Scott talks about some of the unintended consequences that can result from criminalizing such a broad swath of online activity....more
The constitutionality of the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) “stop and frisk” policy (which resulted in thousands of pedestrians detained and patted down without reasonable suspicion) was the subject of intense...more
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
Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Sonora police officers were entitled to qualified immunity from claims alleging unlawful arrest and use of excessive force on an “out-of-control” juvenile. ...more
The Right To Freedom Of Assembly And Expression In The European Union -
A.) General Description Of The Applicable Legal Administrative Procedures -
On a European level, fundamental rights are laid down in the...more
EEOC Cracking Down on Use of Criminal Background Checks
by Robert Levy on August 13, 2013
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is cracking down on how employers use criminal background checks during the...more
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
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
The Italian Supreme Court held in relation to a foreign blog where articles inciting to racial hatred were posted that the crime of racist criminal organization and the jurisdiction of Italian courts were applicable if the...more
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
Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently refused to suppress evidence of child pornography found on the iPod of an alleged child molester during a search of his home. The court explained that the outcome was controlled by its...more
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