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ACLU challenges secrecy of US whistleblower law

ACLU challenges secrecy of US whistleblower law The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of a law that requires whistleblowers with allegations of war profiteering or other contract fraud to... Full story Immigration officials end RI detention contract » All 155 survive plane crash [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 22:58:04

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Gay Marriage & Civil Unions - Year to Date, and the Road Ahead.

I thought it might be good to remind people of how well LGBs are doing in gaining recognition of same-sex relationships - here's a quick round-up of ... . The States of Jersey is set to begin debating a civil partnership law this year, having ... marriage or equal-to-marriage civil unions. The Connecticut Supreme Court legalised gay marriage [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 17:44:26

The Paycheck Fairness Act: Equal Pay Baloney From the Press

“News” stories on legislation often read like lazy summaries of press releases put out by the bill’s sponsors ... more women than men, or more minorities than whites). Federal civil rights law has never permitted ... discrimination claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (a longer deadline applies under other [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 20:23:32

White firefighters' race case headed to high court

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a case that could strike down laws that give special protections to minorities in the workplace ... , saying federal civil rights law prohibits the use of tests that have a “disproportionate racial ... Haven, Conn. Here’s the background: The white firefighters had earned the best scores on a civil service [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 18:24:40

Cyber Sexual Harassment

Podcast of a radio show featuring fantastic feminist law prof Danielle Citron, plus Latoya Peterson of Racialicious and Jill Filipovic of Feminste, is available here. Danielle’s referenced law review article, Cyber Civil Rights, can be downloaded ... to expect self-correction of this intimidation of vulnerable individuals, the law must respond [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 03:36:24

Kalamazoo Repeals Gay Rights

Score another one for the religious right in Kalamazoo, Michigan Six weeks after passing a gay rights law, ... it a civil offense in the city of 7,200 to discriminate in housing, public accommodations or employment ... petitions with about 1,600 signatures seeking the law's repeal. If officials found at least 1,273 [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 20:31:35

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15Jan09Rick Warren: Ladies, if you get hit, you cannot acquit By hiscrivener Categories: Above the Fold, OMG!, Televised Theology and Toiletries and WWJDTags: abuse, accountability, Barack Obama, bible, civil rights, crime, divorce, family, identity, law, marriage, outreach, pastor, prayer, president, Rick [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 20:00:48

Just Say Goodbye, George

Dear Friend and Reader, ITS ALMOST OVER. President George W. Bush said goodbye to the nation tonight on national television ... of her husband. Under Bush, our government dismantled laws guaranteeing civil rights and the Bill [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 02:31:30

Finding qualified Senate jurors may not be so easy

COMMENTARY -- Several years ago, I served my one and only time as a jury member ... and avoided sitting two weeks listening to street thugs accuse law enforcement of civil rights [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 17:35:40

If Grandma can do it, anybody can

In this case "it" means slander and defame the paternal grandfather of a girl at the center of a custody case (ninemsm, 10/23/08) ... , and the Family by Stephen Baskerville, Ph.D. examines one of the greatest and most destructive civil rights abuses in America today--our family law system. Baskerville has authored many articles on fatherhood [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 21:46:07

Jim Sokolove, Stanford, and the “Roadmap to Justice”

TV’s biggest lawyer-advertiser is Boston’s James Sokolove, whose ad budget of $20 million/year makes him a widely recognized figure ( ... august an institution than Stanford Law School (thank you, Prof. Deborah Rhode), It’s bankrolling ... Civil Gideon” idea (a newly invented Constitutional entitlement to taxpayer coverage of lawyers’ fees [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 15:35:07

A Test Case for Obama

This week the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Gary, Indiana, ... test of how Obama intends to enforce the civil rights laws. [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 20:14:01

Offer in Compromise Regulations §301.7122-1In general (1) If the Secretary determines that there are grounds for compromise under this section, the Secretary may, at the Secretary's discretion, compromise any civil or criminal liability arising under the internal revenue laws prior to reference of a case involving such a liability to the [more...]

Date: 2008-09-08 08:31:33

Sex pest Scientologist forced to pay thousands for harassing his staff

A CHICAGO dentist has agreed to pay $462,500 to settle federal allegations that he violated US discrimination laws by sexually harassing workers and ... had filed a civil lawsuit against James L Orrington in September 2007, alleging he had discriminated ... . The suit also alleged that Orrington violated federal law by requiring workers: To engage [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 18:56:09


The poster boy for Texas anti Mormonism now plans to fix CPS in view of the fiasco for the State that has cost in excess of 30 million dollars to ... Investigating” without having to terrorize the children? Were they prevented by Law from accepting ... s overtime, reimbursing local entities and conducting civil and criminal investigations. Given the fact [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 17:30:44

The Morning Wrap

Late Night at The BLT: We had a few blog posts late Wednesday, all of which involved big news ... is scheduled to begin today at 9:30 a.m., The Washington Post reports on his late sister-in-law's role ... to pay $1.4 billion to settle criminal and civil charges that it illegally marketed its antipsychotic [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 13:00:05

Greek E-conomic Diplomacy

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)     In an effort to meet the challenges of the digital era, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  presented yesterday January 13, its two internet portals for both the business community and civil society. Addressing the event ... guide to foreign bureaucracy and investment incentives law. Together with the enhancement of economic [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 01:06:16

Conservatives’ Dinner with Obama

When I heard that the president-elect had dined earlier this week with a number of leading conservatives, ... visiting conservative speakers, ask questions in a civil tone and even amicably greet their Republican ... at the University of Virginia School of Law).  There was much disagreement, but respect for each other’ [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 21:18:25

Holder Promises a Strong, Independent, and Constitutional, Department of Justice

In his opening statement for his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, ... to the protection of civil rights and the American consumer. Holder said his most important goal ... to the rule of law strengthens security by depriving terrorist organizations of their prime recruiting [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 18:46:15

Get FISA Right

A quick personal endorsement: Barack Obama needs to get FISA right: ... and institutionalize a surveillance society — and  FISA’s telecom immunity clause mocks the rule of law ... government is committed to ending the abuses of the last eight years and restoring our civil liberties [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 15:26:00

Yea, and God said unto Abraham ‘forgive us our trespasses; except trespassing is illegal’

Or gun controllers once again disregard the law. Members of Heeding God’s Call, a shill group set up by Bryan Miller, decided to protest a gun shop ... locked up,” said Lt. Joseph O’Brien, of the Civil Affairs Unit. “Usually you could talk them ... charges of defiant trespassing. Once again, anti-gunners don’t respect the law. They think you’re [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 14:07:39

Defense of Marriage Act author urges repeal

by Jay McDonough Bob Barr, ex congressman from Georgia and author of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act recommended the laws repeal today in a Los ... grounds legally, conflicting with the Constitutions Full Faith and Credit clause, but the U.S. Supreme ... (Civil unions and gay marriage) last week: According to a 1997 Government Accounting Office [more...]

Date: 2009-01-06 00:23:38

TPMtv: "Black and Bitter"

A recent Justice Department report found that John Tanner, the former head of DOJ's voting-rights section, told a colleague he liked his coffee " ... the chair of the US Commission on Civil Rights, which works to protect voting rights. This is hardly ... in the video to Tanner's support for a Georgia voter ID law that an appeals court later likened to [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 19:04:51

Apt phrase for a justified war

In today's Guardian David Miliband takes his distance from the phrase 'war on terror' ... to terrorism by championing the rule of law, not subordinating it, for it is the cornerstone of the democratic society. We must uphold our commitments to human rights and civil liberties at home and abroad [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 14:41:01

My Selection Of Basic Major Motion Picture Plot Lines

by Shelia Zimmerman If you arrived to see film reviews skip down to read them. In this paragraph I will give you some search terms to reach movie down load sites. A good movie download search would use phrases such as “DVD Online Rental”, “Music Videos Downloads”, and “Movie Download Web Sites”. AI Artificial Intelligence: In the near future, scientist Hurt and his team create a highly advanced android kid who might experience feelings, containing love. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 17:36:25

Because Justice Matters.

Almost ten months ago, I announced my intention to seek an open seat on Texas’ Third Court of Appeals in 2010. Since then, my campaign has taken me from enjoying Texas Independence Day with the Democratic Party of Bastrop County to celebrating the first hundred days of the Obama administration in Bell County. I have given speeches in Llano and Lampasas, and eaten barbecue in Kyle and steak in San Angelo . Putting my judicial impartiality to the test, I judged a chili cook-off in Rockne. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 17:48:44

A Matter of Justice

Typically excellent stuff from Tim Lee : I think a far more effective approach is to use what is probably the most powerful weapon in American politics: our now deeply-rooted and emotional commitment to the principle of equality before the law. Over the last 50 years, American society has undergone wrenching transformations that moved us toward equality for Catholics, blacks, Jews, women, gays and lesbian, and other traditionally disfavored groups. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 15:24:33

Honduras restricts liberties to prevent rebellion.

Source: AP TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – Interim government leaders have suspended constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties in a pre-emptive strike against widespread rebellion Monday, three months to the day since they ousted President Manuel Zelaya in a military-backed coup. Zelaya supporters said they would ignore the decree issued late Sunday and march in the streets as planned. Some already had arrived in the capital, Tegucigalpa, from outlying provinces. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 16:45:56

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Domestic & Fraud Surveillance Criminal and Civil Investigations “Check Your Mate” (Cheating Spouse) Team Surveillance Criminal and Civil Background Commercial Real Estate Security Asset Searches Undercover Investigations Missing Persons Unresolved Murder Cases VIP Security - Financial Institutions Polygraph Testing 1.) First Look at the Crown at the top of the picture. There are two other crowns on top the dragons heads and one in the middle. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 22:13:06

What Is Money?

Gary North Lew Rockwell.com Tuesday, Sept 29th, 2009 This question divides economists even more than it divides voters. Voters do not think much about this question. Economists think about it throughout their careers. They do not agree with each other regarding the answer. The problem is, about half of American economists who specialize in monetary theory and banking policy are either on the payroll of the Federal Reserve System or sell their services to the FED on a piece-rate basis . [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 16:48:57

Go, Maine, Go!

By the time this diary goes live, I will be at  a BIG meeting all evening and unavailable for the evening, listening to what progress has been made and finding out what more still needs to be done. NO REST FOR THE WEARY; SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK-WILLED! ;) Today's poll numbers are the first damned positive sign I've seen in awhile now, but the last thing we need is to think that this is a guarantee. It is NOT. This is going to come down to the last vote. WE'VE GOT TO WORK HARDER. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 22:00:00

Torture And Futility: Is This The End Of Military Commissions At Guantanamo?

This image of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was taken in July 2009 under an agreement with Guantanamo prison camp staff that lets delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross photograph detainees and send photos to family members. Source: Wikipedia Last Monday, when Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants in the long-delayed 9/11 trial at Guantánamo were scheduled to make an appearance before a military commissions judge to discuss some procedural arrangements and the ongoing [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 19:31:46

Amnon Rubinstein: Goldstone's Unconscious Humor

The original Hebrew article is available online on Globes.Goldstone's Unconscious HumorBy Amnon RubinsteinIt is not true that the Goldstone report is exclusively anti-Israeli. After having established that Israel is guilty of crimes against international law and (possibly) humanity, after advocating punishing it with and arsenal of all conceivable sanctions, it also chides the Palestinians for some inappropriate measures taken by them.First, there is Hamas. Goldstone does not let them go Scot free. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 19:56:29

On Guerilla Warfare. [Reprint]

Reprint From: http://chairmanmaozedong.org/article/274.html   (1937) 1. What Is Guerrilla Warfare? In a war of revolutionary character, guerrilla operations are a necessary part. This is particularly true in war waged for the emancipation of a people who inhabit a vast nation. China is such a nation, a nation whose techniques are undeveloped and whose communications are poor. She finds herself confronted with a strong and victorious Japanese imperialism. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 17:39:19

How To Apply For Presidential Pardons: A Step By Step Guide

By Nathan Moore The Department of Justice has established certain minimum standards for those wishing to apply for a presidential pardon. Recommendations, a five year waiting period, and the reason for one seeking the pardon are all vital aspects of the successful pardon application. Each new president sees a deluge of pardon applications. The desire of people to obtain forgiveness for past criminal transgressions springs anew when a new administration takes the oath of office. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 16:03:32

Does Your Employer Carry a “Dead Peasant” Life Insurance Policy on You?

I remember the story about Wal-Mart collecting $72,820.30 in life insurance on an employee, Karen Armatrout, who died of cancer while working at Wal-Mart.  At the time, I didn’t think to look deeper to see if this was a common practice among big corporations. A Texas attorney, Michael D. Myers, sued Wal-Mart over the Karen Armatrout case and it was dismissed because it failed to reach the limit for a civil complaint to go before a federal judge.  However, Michael D. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 19:40:39

Troopergate Didn’t Go Far Enough

Posted on Tuesday, 29 of September , 2009 at 1:44 pm COMMENTARYBy June Maxam Last week, hundreds of North Country residents paid their respects to a fallen hero. Pfc. Jeremiah Monroe and thousands of other U.S. soldiers have given their lives to support and defend the Constitution, to insure the right of the American people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, to insure the right of a free press, free speech, freedom of religion and the rest as guaranteed by the Bill of [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 18:44:03

Piggy Banks

September29 AdvertisementOne Response to “Piggy Banks” Erik PetriSeptember 29th, 2009 at 11:23 amThis is hillarious..and so so true. First the governments bail out the banks with our taxmoney…and then the bank raise the interest rates…so we get to support them twice! I love your work..and a lot of your cartoons is not only addressing US issues, but fit european (danish) problems as well.Best regards ErikLeave a Reply It is a condition of your use of the comment features associated with the blogs [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 16:02:47

Bonita Bay Brawl: Are Club Members “Victims” Of Developer Lucas and KeyBank?

By Teri Buhl for BankImplode.com The developer of Bonita Bay Club, an exclusive golf community on Florida’s west coast, is using aggressive tactics to get the club’s members to pay off his debts and save him from bankruptcy, according to some disgruntled investors. Questions continue to swirl regarding whether the club’s group of lenders, led by KeyBank , who had lent the developer $120 million by securing club property, is aiding in the scheme. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 16:03:28

Hello, Secret Service? I Want to Report the Internet!

The Secret Service tends to investigate people for making comments about presidents even when the comment cannot rationally be described as a true threat. They look into conditional or hypothetical or fantastical threats, they look into threats by people incarcerated in jails and mental institutions, they look into satire and hyperbole and moronic bluster. As an AUSA, I once worked with a Secret Service agent who had been on that detail. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 16:54:00

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week Happy Banned Books Week! This week is the time when we celebrate the freedom to read what we like, a right that we have embedded in our Bill of Rights. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Course, that’s Congress. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 16:58:02

9th Circuit Sets Hearing in Case on Whether Signatures on Petitions are Private

The 9th circuit will hear Doe v Reed, no. 09-35818, in Pasadena, California, on Wednesday, October 14. This is the case from Washington state on whether the Secretary of State should release the names and addresses of people who signed a referendum petition, to a group that wants to put that information on a web page. The particular referendum petition at issue was filed to require a vote on the civil union law passed earlier this year by the legislature. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 21:08:52

Bronx Criminal Lawyer (718) 585-4444

PETER J. SCHAFFER, Attorney at Law devotes his practice to New York State criminal defense, the defense of all federal criminal cases, and representing victims of false arrest and the use of excessive force by law enforcement (“police brutality”) . Mr. Schaffer uses the knowledge and skills he has developed over the past twenty-two years of trial work to help his clients achieve the best result in every case he defends. Mr. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 16:53:25

CUNY Board Appoints Dr. Robert E. Paaswell Interim President of CCNY

Dr. Robert E. Paaswell, a Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering who came to City College in 1990 as Director of the federally supported University Transportation Research Center (UTRC), has been appointed Interim President of the City College of New York, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein announced tonight. UTRC is a consortium of 12 major academic institutions that is based at City College and conducts research and projects on surface transportation. Under Dr. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 21:15:56

Presidents should act ‘within the dictates’ of surveillance legislation, says Holder

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Asked during his confirmation hearing Thursday whether the president has an “inherent authority” to engage in warrantless ... noted that law enforcement tools like the Patriot Act had to be enforced in a manner consistent ... he would support a criminal investigation of Bush administration officials for possible violations [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 17:14:39

Law Professors From Across The Land Serving In Obama Administration

President Obama was accused of elitism during the campaign, and his Columbia undergrad, Harvard Law-ness is unmistakably Ivy.  And, inevitably, a change of administrations means a lot of new hires, with law school faculties serving as an enviable hiring pool.  Georgetown Law professor Nan Hunter compiled a list of the 37 law professors that "are working or will soon be working" in the Obama administration.  The professors come from a perhaps surpisingly long and diverse list of schools: [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 20:05:00

Muslim group sues FBI over mosque surveillance

Don’t worry, just another Muslim group suing those who are trying to keep us safe – as the litigation  jihad cruises along… via POLITICO.com : A Muslim civil rights group is filing suit this morning over the FBI’s refusal to make public its guidelines for carrying out surveillance of civic and religious organizations in connection with criminal investigations. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 18:30:52

Some Legal Specifics On Detainees, Interrogations From DOD’s Johnson

Sorry, just have to do one more post on Jeh Johnson’s prepared answers from the Senate Armed Services Committee ahead of his confirmation hearing to ... to traditional understandings of fealty to the rule of law. On a question about detainees not being ... looking carefully at whether use of coerced testimony is ever appropriate in the criminal trial [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 15:20:28

U.S. troops prepared to fight drug lords

More on this troubling post regarding the spiraling chaos occurring in neighboring Mexico. The problem has become so acute that U.S ... of exceeding the ability of state, local and federal law enforcement agencies in both countries ... cartels are fighting back to protect their very lucrative criminal livelihood." USNORTHCOM also [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 21:41:24

Ohio Senate Affirms State Sovereignty

Michael Boldin The Tenth Amendment Center September 29, 2009 By a vote of 19-12 today, the Ohio State Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 13 (SCR13).  (h/t OhioFreeState.com ) The resolution claims “sovereignty over certain powers pursuant to the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, to notify Congress to limit and end certain mandates, and to insist that federal legislation contravening the Tenth Amendment be prohibited or repealed.” If passed [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 21:04:52

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