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Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – March 3, 2014

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...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

Report deems NSA telephone records program illegal

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued a report today concluding that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone call records is illegal and should be ended. ...more

History in the Making as Journalism, Law and Politics Converge for Federal Reporter's Shield

In September of this year, the U.S. Senate began debate on a federal reporter’s privilege. Free Flow of Information Act of 2013, S. 987, 113th Cong. §§ 2-5 (2013). The bipartisan bill to recognize such a privilege was...more

On The Radar: Government Unmanned Aerial Vehicles And Their Effect On Public Privacy Interests From Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence...

The utility of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in military operations and border security is well documented. As the technology becomes more affordable and available, domestic law enforcement agencies, other state and federal...more

The Sequester hits home

It is a sad day indeed when the government of the United States has run out of funds to pay CJA attorneys, members of the defense bar who accept assignments to represent indigent federal criminal defendants pursuant to the...more

Three Strikes: Now And Then

Intended to reduce or eliminate the opportunity for violent, repeat offenders to commit further serious crime, the California Three Strikes Law meted out harsh inequitable punishment at enormous cost...more

U.S. Supreme Court Roundup - National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit – August 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent term included decisions in several cases with implications on states and states' rights. This presentation included the court's review and opinions handed down for the following cases. -...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

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

DOJ Leak Investigations Raise First Amendment Concerns

Many journalists, constitutional lawyers, and plain old average Americans have expressed alarm at recent revelations about the Obama Administration’s “unprecedented number of leak investigations.”...more

The Cahill Prosecution In Massachusetts: Vagueness Is Still A Problem After Skilling

Vagueness is a common problem in white-collar criminal cases. In many instances the line between legal and illegal conduct is blurry at best. This means that someone could face prosecution, a damaged reputation, loss of...more

Weekly Brief: $350K in Wine Leads to $14M Lawsuit [Video]

Mar. 28 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. The US Supreme Court hears oral arguments on two landmark civil rights cases focusing on gay marriage. Also, Italy's Supreme...more

Bills on Use of Mobile-Device-Location Data Reintroduced

Updating our entry on this issue posted during the last Congress, on March 21, 2013, lawmakers in the House and Senate reintroduced companion bills intended to curb government use of mobile users’ geolocation data. The...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 2-22-13

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House is a weekly update that provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. If you would like more specific information regarding an item in this newsletter...more

Does ‘Speech or Debate’ Trump the Right to Defend Oneself in Court?

On February 5, 2013, the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives filed a brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to hold that U.S. legislators and their aides cannot be forced...more

Steven Getman: Legal links of interest for the week ending January 25, 2013

Attorney Steven Getman reports on some of the stories about courts, the law and lawyers in the news this past week: • Court strikes down Obama recess appointments: The DC Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President...more

Update on INTERPOL's Red Notice for TCI's Michael Misick: Part 2

In the last post, I addressed the latest events in the case of Michael Misick, former Premier of Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). Today's post is a continuation of that discussion and an update of a related post from earlier...more

Grassley: HSBC Should Face Criminal Charges [Video]

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg Law) -- United States Senator Charles Grassley (R - Iowa) and Bloomberg Contributing Editor Neil Barofsky talk with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about HSBC's recent settlement with US authorities over claims...more

Changes in the Minnesota “Time Off to Vote” Statute

Minnesota employers should know that Minnesota’s “Voting Time Off” statute (section 204C.04) has changed since the last presidential election. Previously, employees who were eligible to vote were allowed up to two hours of...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

Illinois Supreme Court in the News: 7/1-15

Coverage of the Court in the news and blogs is light with the Court on its summer hiatus between terms. Bethany Krajelis of The Madison St. Clair Record reported on Republican leaders' petition for reconsideration of the...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

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