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  • Summons issued to Trump in case alleging he is violating emoluments clause

    03/22/2018 6:45:36 PM PDT · by usafa92 · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/22/2018 | Rebecca Savransky
    A summons has been issued to President Trump in a lawsuit alleging he is violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution. The lawsuit — filed by the attorneys general in Washington, D.C., and Maryland — alleges that Trump is violating the clause, which prevents elected officials from receiving gifts or benefits from foreign governments without Congress’s approval, WAMU reported. The lawsuit is filed against Trump in his "official capacity and in his individual capacity," according to the Washington, D.C., radio station. The lawsuit also argues that businesses in Maryland and D.C. have been hurt because groups instead choose to stay...
  • Who is Alex van der Zwaan and why does he matter? Connecting the Dots

    02/21/2018 8:34:28 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 31 replies
    Vachel Lindsay (sic) Twitter Account ^ | Feb 22 2018 | Vachel Lindsay (sic)
    Mueller indicts lawyer Alex van der Zwaan. MSM scream: the evil Drumpf is about to fall! They're embarrassingly WRONG, of course. And they are MISLEADING you, by not mentioning OTHER names (bombshells incoming). Let me explain.
  • Report: Obama’s Civil Rights Warriors Distraught as DOJ Shutters Project That Funded...

    02/04/2018 12:18:41 PM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2/2/18 | Ian Mason
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has “quietly” put an end to most work at the Office for Access to Justice (ATJ), one of the lesser initiatives of the Eric Holder era, according to a Thursday New York Times report.The tiny ATJ was founded in 2010 under then-Attorney General Eric Holder. Its last published organization chart, from 2015, shows only three appointees and their support staff. ATJ distributed grants and drafted “statements of interest” aimed at supporting the right to competent legal representation for the poor and indigent secured by the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court’s famous 1963 decision in...
  • Will Lawyers Destroy Science?

    01/06/2018 9:12:56 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 30 replies
    American Council on Science and Health ^ | 29 Dec, 2017 | Alex Berezow
    Scientists and lawyers do not get along. There's a reason for that. Simply put, scientists and lawyers do not think alike. I was smacked in the face by this reality when I was called into jury duty in 2011. The case involved a car accident, and the standard in Washington State for the jury to decide in favor of the plaintiff is a "preponderance of evidence," which is a fancy way of saying, "51 percent." Essentially, a coin toss decides if the plaintiff wins a bunch of money. The judge asked if any of the potential jurors objected to that....
  • The Lawyers' War on Trump

    01/04/2018 1:02:04 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 1/3/18 | Daniel Greenfield
    Wednesday, January 03, 2018 The Lawyers' War on Trump Posted by Daniel Greenfield The original civil war was fought by farmhands and factory workers, freed slaves and young boys turned soldiers; the new civil war is being fought by lawyers in blue or gray suits not with bullets, but with bullet points. From the Mueller investigation to Federal judges declaring that President Trump doesn’t have the right to control immigration policy or command the military, from political sabotage at the DOJ by Obama appointees like Sally Yates to Patagonia’s lawsuit over national monuments, the cold civil war set off by...
  • Former US President Barack Obama to Meet President Xi Jinping (Logan Act?)

    12/01/2017 11:52:53 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    China Christian Daily ^ | November 30, 2017 03:11 AM | Faith Magbanua
    Former US President Barack Obama is set to visit Chinese Leader Xi Jinping this Tuesday while on a five-day trip to China, India and France. A statement from Washington's spokeswoman has told CNN that former President Barack Obama is set to meet with his former counterparts during his trip, including Chinese President Xi Jinping. Obama, who will be arriving in Shanghai to deliver remarks at the Global Alliance of SMEs Summit, will meet with Xi for the first time since September 2016, when both leaders ratified the Paris climate agreement in their respective countries. Just recently, current US President Donald...
  • She Fought the Law But the Law Lost

    11/14/2017 9:00:02 AM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 8 replies ^ | 11/14/17 | Bob Lonsberry
    And that, kids, is justice. Walk into court in a jail jumper, plead guilty to a lie, walk out the door and laugh. That’s where the Leticia Astacio clown circus took us yesterday, as all of a sudden it’s not just about #drunkjudge, it’s about a system that might be as effed up as she says it is. She is a Rochester City Court judge who, caught driving drunk one morning on the way in to do arraignments, has been in and out of jail and she has taken a simple misdemeanor and turned it into the most exasperating local...
  • Donald Trump’s Unqualified Judges (the anti-constitutionalist ABA no longer has veto power)

    11/12/2017 8:13:46 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies ^ | 11/12/17 | Doug Mataconis
    For the fourth time since January, one of President Trump’s nominees for a Federal Judgeship has received the extremely rare “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association, and this time it’s a man who has never tried a case in a Federal or State Court in what amounts to a very short, limited career: A 36-year-old lawyer who has never tried a case and who was unanimously deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association has been approved for a lifetime federal district judgeship by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The lawyer, Brett Talley, is the fourth judicial nominee under...
  • Who Should Control a Lawyer’s Courtroom Behaviour?

    11/05/2017 7:57:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Sun., Nov. 5, 2017 | Arthur Cockfielld
    The Supreme Court decision on defence lawyer Joe Groia's behaviour will have a significant impact on lawyers and judicial independenceOn Monday, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case that will determine who gets to regulate a lawyer’s courtroom behaviour, which has important implications for our justice system. At the centre of the storm is a Toronto litigator named Joe Groia, who has been convicted of being “rude” — that is, in engaging in uncivil courtroom conduct — by the Law Society, the body that regulates Ontario lawyers. As a result of his conviction, Joe has been sentenced to...
  • Hillary Clinton’s lawyers defended by state of Maryland amid ethics probe

    10/17/2017 3:15:04 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 16, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    Maryland officials appear to have begun to circle the wagons in defending Hillary Clinton’s lawyers, according to the lawyer trying to get them punished by the state bar. Ty Clevenger, who last month won a court order demanding the state’s attorney grievance commission investigate David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson over accusations of destruction of evidence, says the state is now refusing to divulge the progress of the probe, breaking its usual rules. Mr. Clevenger also said the state’s top court quietly changed the rules in June to allow the bar to refuse to investigate complaints filed by...
  • Climate Change And The Criminal Justice System, The cruel torture of the climate.

    10/12/2017 10:37:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Above The Law ^ | October 12, 2017 | By MATT KAISER
    One of the worse effects of sentencing someone to prison time is what it does to that person’s health. Which is why anyone on the cusp of a term of imprisonment is really much, much better off seeing a dentist and a doctor before they go in. Another problem that anyone who has spent any time in a jail or prison knows — even in a lawyer visiting room — is that prisons underspend on HVAC systems, if they spend at all. In the summer, jails and prisons are sweltering. In the winter, people in federal prisons often have to...
  • Bump Stock Producer Slapped With Lawsuit Over Vegas Shooting

    10/11/2017 7:26:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 64 replies ^ | 10/11/2017 | Anders Hagstrom
    A personal injury law firm is now suing the producer of bump stocks — devices that can be fitted to a semi-automatic weapon to simulate fully-automatic fire — over its reported role in the Las Vegas shooting. The lawsuit was filed Friday on behalf of concert-goers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival and does not purport to represent the 58 who were killed or the hundreds of others who were injured, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Police said that at least two of the weapons in Stephen Paddock’s hotel suite were fitted with bump stocks. The firm, the...
  • Witnesses: Woman shot by Miami Beach police after she slammed her car into a cop

    10/09/2017 9:24:35 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 39 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | October 08, 2017 | Monique O. Madan, Carli Teproff and Joey Flechas
    In the heart of South Beach’s entertainment district, a woman was shot dead by a police officer after causing at least one crash and then knocking a cop to the ground with her car Sunday evening. Police Chief Daniel Oates said the incident started at about 6:15 p.m., when a woman driving a black BMW westbound on 12th Street hit a Mercedes with two men inside at Collins Avenue after running a red light. An officer who was nearby on foot because he was part of additional patrols for the weekend tried to get her to stop, but she accelerated...
  • Russia probes leave Trump associates struggling with huge legal bills

    09/16/2017 7:28:43 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sept 16, 2017 | Sarah Westwood
    An expanding special counsel probe into the Trump campaign's alleged Russian ties has saddled many of President Trump's current and former associates with hefty legal fees and left them few options for footing the bill. More than a dozen people, including the president and vice president, are known to have hired attorneys to help them navigate special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and several additional probes in Congress. Some have complained about the burden of paying for their legal bills without assistance from the wealthy president whose campaign is in the crosshairs of federal investigators. "It's very expensive and nobody's called...
  • A surreal legal battle over whether a monkey can own a selfie is finally over

    09/12/2017 5:12:44 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 12,2017 | Lindsay Dodgson
    A wildlife photographer and an animal rights group have reached a settlement in perhaps the weirdest lawsuit of the century. David Slater and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have been at loggerheads for years over who owns the rights to the famous "monkey selfie" taken by a curious macaque in 2011.
  • Judge orders Clinton lawyers to face bar investigation in Maryland

    09/11/2017 9:14:03 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 67 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, September 11, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland judge ordered the state bar to open an investigation Monday into the three lawyers who helped former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to delete her private emails. Circuit Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said the complaints lodged against David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were “egregious” and said the state bar couldn’t brush them aside by calling them “frivolous.” “There are allegations of destroying evidence,” Judge Harris said at a hearing Monday morning, where he said the state’s rules require the bar to conduct investigations no matter who raises the complaint, and can’t brush...
  • American Bar Association Wants to Let Undocumented Immigrants Practice Law

    08/15/2017 10:13:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    LawNewz ^ | August 14, 2017 | by Alberto Luperon
    On Monday, The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates passed a resolution demanding that Congress let undocumented immigrants practice law. The bar suggests that lawmakers should add this block of text to 8 U.S.C. 5 § 1621(d): "A state court vested with exclusive authority to regulate admission to the bar may, by rule, order, or other affirmative act, permit an undocumented alien seeking legal status to obtain a professional license to practice law in that jurisdiction". This wouldn’t require state courts to license undocumented lawyers, but it would make it clear that the federal government won’t get in the way....
  • Report: Prominent Attorney Facing Two Investigations For Misconduct [Gloria Allred]

    08/09/2017 4:41:04 PM PDT · by Fedora · 10 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 08/08/2017 | Martin Walsh
    Prominent discrimination and women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred is reportedly under two bar association investigations for malpractice in relation to a television weatherman she was representing in a legal matter.Washington, D.C., weatherman Kyle Hunter sued CBS in 2010 for allegedly passing him over and offering promotions to young, attractive women. Hunter hired Allred to represent him in his lawsuit asserting that CBS was discriminating against him.Allred’s previous clients have included a woman who sued President Donald Trump for defamation, a porn star who claimed disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner asked her to lie to the media, and a woman who accused...
  • Newt Gingrich: Mueller's Law Firm Gave 99.81% of Its Donations to Hillary Clinton

    07/24/2017 12:54:23 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    Youtube ^ | 07/21/17
    Newt Gingrich: Mueller's Law Firm Gave 99.81% of Its Donations to Hillary Clinton
  • Ottawa to offer Omar Khadr apology, $10-million in compensation [Killed US Soldier]

    07/05/2017 11:14:55 AM PDT · by Syncro · 19 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Jul. 03, 2017 Updated 7-4-17 | Robert Fife
    Ottawa to offer Omar Khadr apology, $10-million in compensation Robert Fife OTTAWA BUREAU CHIEF — The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Jul. 03, 2017 10:00PM EDT Last updated Tuesday, Jul. 04, 2017 6:28PM EDT The Trudeau government is poised to offer an apology and a $10-million compensation package to former child soldier Omar Khadr for abuses he suffered while detained in the U.S. military prison for captured and suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 2010 that the actions of federal officials who participated in U.S. interrogations of Mr. Khadr had offended “the most basic Canadian...