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17 Sep 3:15 pm
Less than a week after Michelle Murphy was exonerated of the murder of her infant son based on new DNA evidence and other previously undisclosed evidence pointing to her innocence, the Oklahoman underscored the importance of Innocence Project efforts in an editorial that was published today. Just one day after Murphy's exoneration, the newspaper published an op-ed written by Oklahoma Innocence Project Executive Director Lawrence Hellman that questioned how many other innocent people like Murphy were sitting behind bars across the state. Twenty years ago, Murphy, 17 at the time, awoke… [read post]
17 Sep 3:08 pm
"Opponents of Wisconsin voter ID law seek reversal of court's decision": Patrick Marley of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has this news update. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that "Groups appeal voter ID ruling, allege 'eleventh-hour' changes will disenfranchise thousands." And Bloomberg News reports that "Wisconsin Voter ID Ruling Assailed in ACLU Reversal Bid." I linked to the petition for rehearing en banc filed late yesterday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in this post earlier today. [read post]
17 Sep 2:58 pm
"Model Networking Site Must Face Rape Victim's Lawsuit": Karen Gullo of Bloomberg News has this report. And Courthouse News Service reports that "Claim by Woman Raped by Model Mayhem Users Revived by 9th Circ." My earlier coverage of today's Ninth Circuit ruling can be accessed here. [read post]
17 Sep 2:55 pm
"Richard Shelby: Judge Mark Fuller should resign." Mary Orndroff Troyan and Brian Lyman of The Montgomery Advertiser have a news update that begins, "Sen. Richard Shelby on Wednesday called for U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller to step down from the bench, joining a growing chorus of federal lawmakers seeking the judge's resignation after his arrest on domestic violence charges last month." [read post]
17 Sep 2:54 pm
Dozens of high school students gathered at the Texas Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 17, filling seats in the chambers of the Texas House of Representatives in recognition of Constitution Day. The Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates invited the 11th- and 12th-grade students, who represented public and private schools across the state, to attend the annual James Otis Lecture series, developed by ABOTA to educate students on the U. S. Constitution. The day included a college-level address from Nathan Allen, author of Arsonist: The Most Dangerous Man in America, which is a… [read post]
17 Sep 2:53 pm
The EOIR has been busy today. They've issued a second notice of proposed rulemaking. This one: "proposes to amend the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) regulations relating to the representation of aliens in custody and bond proceedings. Specifically, this... [read post]
17 Sep 2:50 pm
In Coming to Grips with Risk, business expert witness Shelley Lee Boyce writes that "Your tolerance for risk is an important factor in how you allocate your investment portfolio among different investments." While investments are subject to many different types of risk, risk tolerance typically refers to your ability to hold an investment when the return is either less than you expect or it declines in value. You should only assume a level of risk you are comfortable with, so you aren't tempted to sell an investment when it is at a low point. There are at least two factors affecting… [read post]
17 Sep 2:43 pm
WASHINGTON -- The cola wars are still being waged at the Department of Justice. Tony West, who left his position as the No. 3 official at the Justice Department earlier this week, is headed to Pepsico Inc., to become general counsel, according to people familiar with the decision. [read post]
17 Sep 2:41 pm
Maryland Legal Aid is receiving a $64,000 gift via a cy pres award. The funds were directed to Maryland Legal Aid at the request of Cory L. Zajdel, of Z Law LLC in Reisterstown. The money came from a $3 million settlement in a class action by Maryland consumers brought by Zajdel against a national ... [read post]
17 Sep 2:37 pm
West Columbia, TX — A man from West Columbia was critically injured a few miles west of the small town this past weekend after a driver collided head-on with his pickup truck. The accident happened just before 5 a.m. on Sunday morning, September 14, and the injured driver was identified as Norberto Sanchez, 34 years old.  Police said that Sanchez was driving his Chevy pickup truck east along FM 1301 last Sunday morning and a Ford SUV was headed west. As they neared County Road 376, the Ford SUV lost control and swerved into Sanchez’ lane, causing a head-on… [read post]
17 Sep 2:37 pm
The illness most commonly associated with asbestos is mesothelioma, which is cancer that develops in the thin layer of tissue that lines internal organs like the lungs, stomach or heart. Mesothelioma most commonly affects the lungs and is frequently confused with lung cancer, as the symptoms are very similar. Mesothelioma lawyers at Pintas & Mullins detail the cancers and illnesses caused by asbestos to help those suffering find legal recourse. Head and neck cancers - such as pharyngeal, esophageal, throat, and thyroid cancers - can also be caused by exposure to asbestos. Men are… [read post]
17 Sep 2:35 pm
Amy Mall, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C. I've blogged before about the risks to wildlife from oil and gas development. For example, declining mule deer herds in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah. The latest science now documents the impacts on another species--elk--from natural gas operations. Scientists compared data on elk from the early 1990s, before natural gas drilling began, to data collected during development. The research was conducted in the Fortification Creek area of eastern Wyoming. Development in this area has led to 700 gas wells,… [read post]
17 Sep 2:35 pm
Massive open online courses, called MOOCs, are effective if students actually work hard, according to a new study and Captain Obvious. [read post]
17 Sep 2:34 pm
U.S. Census Bureau, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013: Wall Street Journal, U.S. Incomes End 6-Year Decline, Just Barely; Poverty Rate Declines, But Signs of Sluggish Recovery Linger: Washington Post, Poverty Dropped But Household Incomes Didn’t Rise, Census Bureau Says: New York Times editorial, New Data, Old Story:... [read post]
17 Sep 2:33 pm
By David Swedelson, Partner, SwedelsonGottlieb, Community Association Attorneys Growing up, there was a home in our neighborhood that had a massive radio antenna, much like the one in the photograph that is part of this blog post. As a kid, I was fascinated by the antenna. It was so big. Actually, I was captivated by the thought that I could talk to people around the world via a ham radio. As an adult, while I may still be enamored by the prospect of communicating with people around the world, these days I do that via email, twitter and the telephone. While I have no problem with… [read post]
17 Sep 2:31 pm
Coke County, TX — The driver of an 18-wheeler sustained serious injuries after his truck went off the road and tipped over in Coke County, Texas, on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The accident took place approximately nine miles north of Bronte, Texas, on Highway 277. Local reports have identified Marquis Johnson as the driver of an 18-wheeler that lost control as he was driving around a curve in the road. Johnson drove off-road, rolling his truck before crashing through a wire fence and coming to a stop. Roads were wet at the time and police believe that may have contributed to… [read post]
17 Sep 2:30 pm
Traveling is for the dogs...and cats and other small pets With the state of Washington ranking sixth nationwide in households that own a pet, it comes as no surprise that hundreds of people fly out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport ( SEA) every day with their small animals. Traveling through the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint with your small pet can be easy if you know what to expect. "TSA recognizes that for many pet owners, their animals are an extension of their family and they want to travel together," said TSA Federal Security… [read post]
17 Sep 2:30 pm
47 Thames Realty, LLC v Robinson, 2014 NY Slip Op 06051 “22 NYCRR 202.48, entitled “[s]ubmission of orders, judgments and decrees for signature,” states in pertinent part: “(a) Proposed orders or judgments, with proof of service on all parties where the order is directed to be settled or submitted on notice, must be submitted for signature, [...] [read post]
17 Sep 2:28 pm
New York might have failed in its efforts to tax sugary sodas but that didn’t keep retail giant Walmart from trying to tax it anyway. This week, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that the state reached a settlement with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (also known as Walmart) over false advertising claims. The settlement followed an investigation into claims that Walmart advertised a sale on Coca-Cola soft drinks but actually charged customers across New York State more than the advertised sale price. The sale in question was a Father’s Day sale, which touted… [read post]
17 Sep 2:28 pm
Court filings also reveal the best-selling author also owns a tank with "very low mileage." [read post]