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?
End Game in the Fight Over Same Sex Marriage?
Is Punishment Dead in America?
Bill on Bankruptcy: Detroit Falls Short on Good-Faith Test
Bill on Bankruptcy: Madoff Victims Rooting for Stanford Victory
Bill on Bankruptcy: Listening in the Dark at the NCBJ
Health Care Antitrust & the Supreme Court – Interview with Bruce Sokler, Member, Mintz Levin
Bill on Bankruptcy: Detroit Shows Need for Amending Bankruptcy Law
At the very core of judicial independence is the notion that courts and judges decide matters in accordance with the evidence and legal precedent, independent from political power or outside controls. The question of whether...more
Amid controversy over the bill and its potential consequences, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 1327 this Sunday. The bill would have required law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using a drone to gather criminal...more
On May 20, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act of 2014 (“SAVE Act”). If enacted, the bill would expose websites and other media to federal criminal penalties for...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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