Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Gun Rights Case Stemming From New York Restrictions

Yahoo: The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to jump back into the national debate over gun rights after nearly a decade on the sidelines. The justices agreed to consider a petition backed by gun owners’ groups asking them to strike down New York City’s strict rules for carrying legally owned guns outside the home. [ … ] City officials argued that more liberal transporting policies in effect until 2001 were abused. While the policies were intended to allow gun owners to take unloaded guns only to tar...
Tags: New York, Texas, Supreme Court, Police, New York City, Military, Second Amendment

Rift Over NRA Highlights Fundamental Divide Among Gun Owners

David Codrea: So what are we supposed to do? Pretend deep disagreements don’t exist? No.  We don’t.  My readers would be shocked at me if I pretended anything.  Make sure you read the comments.  They’re all over the map, some pointing to compromise with the NRA, under the rubric of “This is exactly what the progressives want to do – divide us.”  “We must be united.” My view if fairly simple.  The NRA is the most well-funded, largest, most powerful gun lobby on earth.  They gave Trump the idea of...
Tags: Military, Trump, Nra, National Rifle Association, David Codrea

Sex Offenses: Nudes Sent by a Minor to Other Minors Without Consent

My question involves criminal law for the state of: Massachusetts. Multiple of my underage friends and I were sent nudes several times from the same person. this person is also underage, he's two years older than us. we all told him to stop but he continued. he's also said sexual things to us.
Tags: Law, Massachusetts, Criminal Charges

The Navy Officer in Charge of a SEAL Accused of Murder Has Also Been Charged

Lt. Jacob Portier plans to plead not guilty to charges including failure to report a war crime
Tags: News, Navy, Uncategorized, Military, Overnight, Onetime, Jacob Portier

Business Regulation: Challenges with Naming a New Holistic Practitioner Association

My question involves business law in the state of: NC I am starting a national association for people who teach a new biological science called German New Medicine or GNM. I have already discovered these terms are not copyrighted in the US. "German New Medicine" is copyrighted in Germany only. The US copyright was not renewed and ran out in 2015 and it was only for "German New Medicine" not for "GNM." The physician who discovered GNM died in 2017. Those of us who consult with GNM walk a fi...
Tags: Law, Germany, US, Business Law, New Holistic Practitioner Association, German New Medicine

What arguments are being made by defendants on direct appeal seeking to benefit from the FIRST STEP Act's sentencing reforms?

In this post not long after the passage of the FIRST STEP Act, I noted that Congress directly spoke to so-called "pipeline cases" by saying expressly that defendants who have not yet been sentenced, are clearly to get the benefits of the new and lowered mandatory minimums (section 401) and would avoid stacked 924(c) charges (section 403).  But, asks a lawyer who corresponded with me recently, could there still be a way for a defendant who has been sentenced, but whose case is now on direct appea...
Tags: Law, Congress, United States, ICCPR, Douglas A Berman

At the Smirking Rat Café...

... you're in my space. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Drawing, Rats, Smiling, Ann Althouse

FAMM writes extended letter to Prez Trump to "strongly discourage" re-nomination of Bill Otis to US Sentencing Commission

As reported in this prior post, back in March 2018 Prez Trump announced this notable slate of nominations to the US Sentencing Commission.  Though it is usually only hard-core sentencing nerds like me who pay much attention to USSC nominations, this slate of nominees, especially the nomination of Bill Otis, prompted considerable critical commentary from various sources (which I covered in posts here and here).  Perhaps in part because these nominees were controversial, the Senate never acted on ...
Tags: Law, Senate, US, Commission, Donald J Trump, Otis, USSC, Douglas A Berman, U S Sentencing Commission, US Sentencing Commission, Bill Otis, Kevin Ring, Prez Trump, FAMM, William Otis, U S Sentencing Commission Here

RBG Is Just Fine, Thanks For Asking — See Also

Simple Gaffe? Wishful Thinking? Freudian Slip? Depends who you ask. Ugh, Trump's Ban On Transgender Soldiers Is Happening: But the legal fight is far from over. Harvard-Educated Lawyers Marry Other Harvard-Educated Lawyers: Film at 11.  Lawyer Of The Year Is Revealed: It's like the Rorschach test of attorneys. Trouble With Your Outside Counsel? Dealing with them during enforcement matters can be a challenge.  
Tags: Law, Trump, See Also

"Shifting how journalists talk about people in prison"

Given that I sometimes feel a bit like a journalist when doing certain types of blogging, I found interesting and effective this new Columbia Journalism Review piece (which carries a headline that I used as the title of this post).  Here are excerpts from the piece: Prisons are often “dangerous and inhumane spaces of abuse and degradation,” Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative and a law professor at NYU, says.  Yet a great deal of mainstream media prison reporti...
Tags: Texas, Law, America, South Carolina, Nyu, Houston Chronicle, Newsweek, Williamsburg County, Stevenson, Columbia Journalism Review, Bryan Stevenson, Jelani Cobb, Douglas A Berman, Chandra Bozelko, Equal Justice Initiative, Keri Blakinger

Snowball the poodle dies after inspiring movement to stop spaying pregnant dogs at shelters

Snowball, the poodle mix that inspired a movement to stop animal shelters from spaying pregnant dogs before they give birth, died at the South Los Angeles pound before she could deliver her pups. As L.A. animal services commissioners listened to impassioned pleas Tuesday for and against a change in city policy, General Manager Brenda Barnette announced that the pregnant poodle-Bichon mix who propelled “Snowball’s Law” had been unwell and didn’t survive, despite CPR efforts to save her. Snowball ...
Tags: News, Law, Dogs, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mommy, Orange County, Animal Shelters, Snowball, Southern California, South Los Angeles, Fullerton, Barnette, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR

This Biglaw Name Partner Knows A Little Something About The Impeachment Of A President

Well, isn't that a nifty legal experience?
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Trivia Question of the Day

"Trump gets just 41 or 42% in head to head match ups against 7 likely Democratic candidates for President."

"He trails Joe Biden 53-41, Bernie Sanders 51-41, Kamala Harris 48-41, Beto O’Rourke 47-41, Elizabeth Warren 48-42, and Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand each 47-42."PPP polls. (Full results .)Also in the poll: 45% think "members of Donald Trump’s campaign team worked in association with Russia to help Trump win the election for President." 43% say no. And 45% "think that Donald Trump has committed any crimes since he began running for President." 41% say no.There's also a series of "Who do yo...
Tags: Law, Russia, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Fox News, Donald Trump, Kirsten Gillibrand, PPP, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Cory Booker, MSM, Ann Althouse, Trump and the press, Trump 2020

"The Senate will vote Thursday on two separate bills that would bring an immediate end to the partial government shutdown..."

"... one backed by President Trump that includes $5.7 billion for his border wall and another that would simply extend funding for shuttered agencies through Feb. 8. The plan, a compromise between Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, and Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, offers the first hint of a path out of the partial shutdown, which is now in its fifth week and has left 800,000 federal workers without pay. The two announced it Tuesday afternoon on the Senate floor."The N...
Tags: Law, Senate, Mitch McConnell, Trump, Chuck Schumer, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump's new Congress, Trump's shutdown

Opinion analysis: Justices affirm ruling that secret sales of invention bar later patent

This morning’s decision in Helsinn Healthcare v. Teva Pharmaceuticals, the Supreme Court’s first patent case of the year, breaks no new ground. Justice Clarence Thomas’ opinion for a unanimous court holds that Congress’ 2011 revisions to the Patent Act, however important they might be in some areas, did not displace the long-standing rule that commercial exploitation of a patentable invention “bars” a later patent – even if the inventor manages to sell the patentable item without disclosing the ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, United States, AIA, Thomas, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Teva, Federal Circuit, U S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Merits Cases, Leahy Smith America, Helsinn, Art Lien

Doctors’ Refusal to Refer Patients for Treatment They Refuse to Provide on Religious Grounds

The importance of religion in Canada is reflected in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, both in section 2(a)’s guarantee of “freedom of conscience and religion” and in the inclusion of “religion” as a protected ground under section 15’s equality provision. As all guarantees, these are subject to section 1’s justification for limiting rights, which are “subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society”. And as do ...
Tags: Law, College, Canada, Ontario, Carter, Supreme Court of Canada, Jehovah, Case Comment, Amselem, Divisional Court, Ontario Divisional Court, Ontario College of Physicians, Professional Obligations and Human Rights, Canada Attorney General The College, Syndicate Northcrest, Children s Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto

Upcoming ETL Programming

ETL events coming up in January and February 2019.
Tags: Law, Evolve the Law

Erstwhile idiot becomes genius.

I just ran across this cartoon from the March 19, 1949 issue of The New Yorker:That caption is: "Wouldn't you think they'd have a place for withdrawals, too?"At the time, she was laughed at as a fool, but from our point of view, she's envisioning the ATM machine. Genius!Why am I reading the March 19, 1949 issue of The New Yorker?, you ask.I wanted to see the old J.D. Salinger story "The Laughing Man," because I was talking about it in the comments to yesterday's post, "With a gun against my bell...
Tags: England, Movies, Law, Wikipedia, George Orwell, Catholic, John, DEA, Orwell, Smiling, Salinger, Victor Hugo, J.D. Salinger, Ursus, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse

Most ridiculous Google intrusion ever.

I was Googling that after reading the comments on "Podcaster Joe Rogan and NYT writer Bari Weiss talk about the Covington Catholic school boys." Walter wrote:Oh look: A Saturday Night Live comedy writer responded to the media’s false story about the Covington High kids by offering oral sex to anyone who punches them in the face.“I will blow whoever manages to punch that MAGA kid in the face,” tweeted Sarah Beattie.I wanted to check to see if she really wrote that. But I'm distracted from any out...
Tags: Google, Writing, Law, Sex, Grammar, Snl, Walter, Joe Rogan, Covington High, Ann Althouse, Maga, Sarah Beattie, Bari Weiss, Covington Catholic, Walter (the Commenter

Redacted petition made public in grand jury dispute

Last month the unnamed corporation at the center of a dispute over a grand jury subpoena that is widely believed to be connected to the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked the Supreme Court for permission to file a petition for review under seal. Today the Supreme Court granted that permission and made a redacted version of the petition available to the public. However, the redacted version sheds little – if any – new light on the nature of the dispute or any possible links to ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, John Roberts, D C Circuit, Howe, Robert Mueller, What's Happening Now, Today the Supreme Court

A Trusts And Estates Attorney’s Visit To Paris

Try as she might, this trusts and estates attorney couldn't escape her practice area while she was on vacation.
Tags: Law, France, Paris, Small Law Firms, Trusts and Estates, Cori A. Robinson

A Reflection On Taxes

Hopefully the country does not collapse in on itself from its own weight like a black hole so we can all see my inevitable follow-up piece, Taxes II: A New Bracket. And This Time, It’s Personal.
Tags: Law, Government, Tax Law, Payroll Taxes, Tyler Broker

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lands Cameo Role In Lego Movie

She'll even get her own Lego figurine, to be sold in stores soon.
Tags: Movies, Law, Courts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Repair and Maintenance: Mobile Home Park

My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: South Carolina I bought a mobile home investment property and am currently renovating it. I asked the park manager the process of notifying the park of a need for maintenance and repair on the part of the lot that belongs to the park. I would like trees that are currently in harms way of the house cut back or cut down. I have not yet signed the lease, but wondering who has responsibility for branches or trees that are in a position t...
Tags: Law, South Carolina, Landlord-Tenant Law, MBH

Tales From An Unsuspecting T14 1L: New Year, New Worries

Does the entire law school experience feel like a set up to anyone else?
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Earl Grey, Law Students, 1Ls

Firm ‘uses aggressive tactics’ to collect millions in fines for councils

Whistleblowers claim Kingdom Services Group targets elderly and vulnerable people over minor offences‘We were told to hide in bushes’: how I was trained to collect council finesCouncils are making millions of pounds from a private company accused of using aggressive and intimidating tactics to issue fines for minor offences like littering and dog-fouling, an investigation has found.In interviews with the Guardian, whistleblowers said staff working for Kingdom Services Group – one of the fastest ...
Tags: Society, UK News, Poverty, Social exclusion, Local Government, Kingdom Services Group