Thu.Jul 22, 2021

Truth, Lies and Plea Bargaining

The Crime Report

Why would defendants plead guilty to a crime they haven’t committed? Often it’s to ensure fairer and more responsive treatment at the hands of a justice system that otherwise offers them few other options, says a Rutgers University law professor.

Cannabis Litigation: Attempt to Plead Around the “Illegality” Defense Fails

HarrisBricken

As the country moves toward decriminalizing and even legalizing marijuana, federal courts largely remain closed to commercial disputes involving marijuana by operation of the illegality defense. We’ve written about the defense on several occasions, see here and here.

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Canada begins easing travel restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals

JURIST

The Public Health Agency of Canada announced Monday the easing of travel restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals starting August 9 for US citizens and permanent residents, and September 7 for other foreign nationals.

West Virginia Issues RFP for CMS/EDMS/E-Filing

CourtTechBulletin

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to acquire an electronic court case management solution comprised of case management, document management, and e-file management systems for the new Intermediate Court of Appeals created in 2021 by the West Virginia Legislature.

A CHRO’s Perspective on Substance Use in the Workplace: Supportive Strategies to Help Your Workforce Thrive

Speaker: Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Psychiatry and Naj Wright, MBA, C-Suite HR Executive

Through advances in technology and access to care, managers can be empowered to serve as the front line of defense to help identify employee AUD and SUD concerns before they escalate. Understanding AUD and SUD, and providing tools for your workforce to overcome the challenges that they pose, is key to fostering strong mental health at work. Join us for this important how-to discussion.

US federal judge blocks Arkansas state-wide ban on abortions

JURIST

US District Judge Kristine Baker on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction against SB6, or Act 309, an Arkansas law that would ban all abortions. . Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson signed SB6 after it was passed March of this year by the majority-Republican Legislature.

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US blocks entry of former Honduras president and his family

JURIST

The US Department of State on Tuesday blocked entry of former Honduras President Porfirio Lobo Sosa and First Lady Rosa Elena Bonilla Avila into the country due to their corruption allegations.

Former Head Of LexisNexis and Bloomberg Law Named to Integreon’s Board

LawSites

Lou Andreozzi , the former chairman of Bloomberg Law and CEO of LexisNexis North American Legal Markets, has been appointed to the board of directors of global managed services provider Integreon , the company said today.

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India court orders Delhi government to enforce promise made at press conference

JURIST

The High Court of Delhi ruled Thursday that a promise made by the Chief Minister of State during a press conference is an enforceable promise that has to be implemented by the government. On March 25, 2020, India announced a nationwide lockdown because of COVID-19.

“No Safe Haven”: University of Iowa Again Found To Be Discriminating Against Religious Groups

JonathanTurley

A few months ago, we discussed the ruling against the University of Iowa in Bus. Leaders in Christ v. of Iowa , 991 F.3d 969 (8th Cir.

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Building a 5-Star Online Reputation for Your Business

Speaker: Brent Werbeck, GetMoreReviews Co-Founder

Trying to figure out how to turn your happy customer’s comments into 5 star reviews may seem like a daunting task. From internal feedback to Google reviews, what is "really" the way to go? Join Brent Werbeck, Co-Founder of Get More Reviews, in this discussion of how to foster and grow your business's 5-star online reputation.

US extends land travel restrictions with Canada and Mexico by 30 days

JURIST

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), together with the Secretary of State and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), on Monday extended nonessential land border travel restrictions with Canada and Mexico by an additional 30 days.

Raising Hopes of Abolition, U.S. Rejects Death Penalty Requests in Seven Cases

The Crime Report

Amid the Joe Biden administration’s broad rethinking of capital punishment, the Justice Department has moved to withdraw the capital punishment requests in seven federally prosecuted murder cases around the country, possibly signaling a move toward ending the practice at the federal level, reports the New York Times.

US Senate rejects procedural vote to begin debate on infrastructure bill

JURIST

The Senate on Wednesday rejected a proposal to begin debate on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.

Arguing Obviousness: Teaching Away versus an Alternative Approach

Patently-O

by Dennis Crouch. Obviousness is the central doctrine of patent law. It is both the most common reason for rejection and often the most complicated issue because of both factual and legal complexities. The new Chemours Co.

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Process Serving Made Easy: Serve in All 50 States Using One Platform

Speaker: PROOF

PROOF has revolutionized service of process. Using our online platform, create serve requests nationwide and receive live updates with mapped verification of each attempt. PROOF’s technology provides users with complete transparency from start to finish.

Only 43% of NYPD Officers are Vaccinated

The Crime Report

Only 43 percent of the New York Police Department (NYPD) has been vaccinated against COVID-19, trailing the city’s vaccination rate of 53 percent.

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Hong Kong legislature commences discussions on anti-doxxing privacy bill

JURIST

The Legislative Council of Hong Kong Special Administration Region began discussions Wednesday on the Personal Data (Privacy) (Amendment) Bill , which focuses on tackling doxxing behaviour.

The morning read for Thursday, July 22

SCOTUSBlog

Share Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. To suggest a piece for us to consider, email us at roundup@scotusblog.com.

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“Shadow Docket 2020-2021”

HowAppealing

“Shadow Docket 2020-2021”: Adam Feldman has this post at The Juris Lab

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Wills, Trusts, and Estates: The Essentials of Wealth Management

Speaker: Vi Pham, Attorney at Law

Wealth management is a guaranteed practice: as paralegals, it's essential that you know the complexities of wealth management in order to ensure that your client's rights are protected to their fullest extent. Join Vi Pham, Attorney and educator, in this exclusive webinar that will leave you feeling brushed up and ready. This seminar meets the requirements of the NALA Certifying Board for continuing legal education credit required to maintain the CP (Certified Paralegal) credential.

Nationwide Recall Issued for Popular Muffins Due to Listeria Fears

LegalReader

Give and Go Prepared Foods is recalling more than two dozen muffins over listeria concerns. Business Recalls & Safety Alerts CDC FDA Give and Go Prepared Foods muffins Recall Notice safety alert

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When Excellence Is a Team Effort, That’s Work Inspired

Attorney at Work

Today’s law firms need tools that eliminate busy work and keep teams focused on streamlined workflows and client outcomes and results. That’s Work Inspired.

Obesity Drug Review Shows Little Evidence of Effectiveness

LegalReader

New review shows most supplements marketed for weight loss are ineffective. Health & Medicine deceptive evidence findings manage management market marketing medical practitioners patients product products Report review study therapies therapy weight weight control weight gain weight loss

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New Civilian Commission to Oversee Chicago Police

The Crime Report

The Chicago Police Department will be overseen soon by a commission of publicly elected community members, according to a recent ordinance overwhelmingly approved by the City Council, a development that strips city hall of the power it has wielded for decades over the scandal-prone department, reports the Washington Post.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Says Amazon Must Pay Warehouse Workers for Security Checks

LegalReader

In their 5-2 split decision, the justices found that Amazon must abide by Pennsylvania's minimum wage laws, which are stricter than their federal counterparts. Lawsuits & Litigation 6th u.s.

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Critics Say Biden Falls Short on Promise to Reform Prisons

The Crime Report

President Joe Biden promised during the campaign trail to pass sweeping criminal justice reforms, telling a voter in 2019 he would cut the number of incarcerated people in the country by more than half.

Minority Child have High Rates of Contact with CPS, Research Shows

LegalReader

Report highlights U.S. counties with highest rates of CPS involvement. News & Politics agency child Child Protective Services children CPS findings issue minority families parent parents problem proceedings racial diparities Report research reunification rights study terminate termination

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Delhi HC holds CM’s assurance in press conference as enforceable promise

LexForti

The Delhi High Court, while hearing daily wage labourers plea, notably held that a promise or assurance given by the Chief Minister in a press conference would be considered as an enforceable promise, and Chief Minister ought to give effect to such a promise.

Activision Blizzard Faces California Lawsuit Alleging Gender Discrimination, Sexual Harassment

LegalReader

The lawsuit, led by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, claims that Activision Blizzard Inc. is a "breeding ground" for sexual harassment.

Clearbrief CEO Jacqueline Schafer: Transforming Written Legal Arguments With AI

Attorney at Work

For a recent Reinventing Professionals podcast, I talked with Jacqueline Schafer, the founder and CEO of Clearbrief , a platform that uses AI to improve the accuracy of legal writing by identifying how well a writer’s sentence is supported by the source document.

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TX Attorney General Ken Paxton Files Fake Election Suit, Gets Real Bar Complaint

AboveTheLaw

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Smith Currie Named Construction Law Firm of the Year

LegalReader

Smith Currie was nominated for this award and chosen as the winner largely based upon client input received through the Chambers and Partners USA thorough ranking methodology. . Business Chambers and Partners USA construction law construction law firm COVID law firm of the year

Tech partner spotlight: How NetDocuments is helping litigation teams “work inspired”

OneLegal

Learn how NetDocuments, through its integration with InfoTrack, provides law firms with a powerful engine for collaboration, productivity, growth, and inspiration. The post Tech partner spotlight: How NetDocuments is helping litigation teams “work inspired” appeared first on One Legal.