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US judge sentences former FBI counterintelligence official to over 2 years in prison for concealing payment from Albanian intelligence worker

JURIST

A US District Court judge sentenced former FBI special agent Charles F. McGonigal to 28 months in prison followed by a period of supervised release on Friday for an undisclosed receipt of $225,000 from an individual with ties to the Albanian government. A federal grand jury indicted McGonigal in January 2023. The original nine-count indictment alleged that McGonigal had a legal duty to file an annual public financial disclosure report while in charge of the FBI New York Field Office.

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“The Four Constitutional Narratives of the Taft Court”

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“The Four Constitutional Narratives of the Taft Court”: Jeffrey Rosen has this guest post at the “Balkinization” blog. Also at that blog, David Bernstein has a guest post titled “ Social and Economic Legislation during the Taft Court.” The post “The Four Constitutional Narratives of the Taft Court” appeared first on How Appealing.

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Cybersecurity group reports new national-scale social media disruption in Pakistan amid ongoing protests over allegations of election fraud

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Cybersecurity and digital governance organization NetBlocks reported a new national-scale disruption to X (formerly Twitter) on Saturday in Pakistan, as protests erupted following allegations of election fraud. Netblocks first published evidence of a disruption to the platform on February 10, two days after the parliamentary vote, which was marked by violent protests and controversies.

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“A Conversation with Justice Sonia Sotomayor; Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture with Justice Sonia Sotomayor in Conversation with Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky”

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“A Conversation with Justice Sonia Sotomayor; Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture with Justice Sonia Sotomayor in Conversation with Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky”: Berkeley Law has posted online this new episode of its “More Just” podcast. The post “A Conversation with Justice Sonia Sotomayor; Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture with Justice Sonia Sotomayor in Conversation with Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky” appeared first on How Appealing.

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Transforming eDiscovery: Document Summarization, Sentiment Analysis, And Chatbots Take Center Stage

A Synergistic Approach to eDiscovery In the space of eDiscovery, the convergence of document summarization, sentiment analysis, and chatbots represents a significant change in how legal professionals navigate and manage electronic information. These technologies not only expedite the review process but also empower legal teams with deeper insights into the emotional context and key information within electronic documents.

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Alabama death row inmate challenges nitrogen gas executions in federal lawsuit

JURIST

A death row inmate in Alabama filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of nitrogen gas executions. He argued that the first person in the nation put to death by this method experienced violent convulsions for several minutes in “a human experiment that officials botched miserably.” Bernard E. Harcourt, counsel for death row inmate David Phillip Wilson, asserted in the Thursday lawsuit that the results of Kenneth Eugene Smith’s January execution demonst

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Indonesia activists protest ex-general’s presidential victory following electoral fraud allegations

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Protesters in Indonesia took to the streets on Friday to demand the electoral authority stop former army general Prabowo Subianto, who is alleged of human rights abuse, from taking the office as the next president amid allegations of electoral fraud. Indonesia held elections on February 14, 2024. Prabowo Subianto, the current Minister of Defense under outgoing President Widodo claimed victory with a significant margin of 58 percent of the votes in an unofficial count on Wednesday.

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“White House pushes back on GOP attacks on Muslim judicial nominee; The White House said conservatives’ criticisms of Adeel Mangi were driven by Islamophobia”

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“White House pushes back on GOP attacks on Muslim judicial nominee; The White House said conservatives’ criticisms of Adeel Mangi were driven by Islamophobia”: Monica Alba of NBC News has this report. The post “White House pushes back on GOP attacks on Muslim judicial nominee; The White House said conservatives’ criticisms of Adeel Mangi were driven by Islamophobia” appeared first on How Appealing.

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Sudan Armed Forces to investigate alleged beheadings of paramilitary group members

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The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) announced Friday that it would investigate the alleged beheading of two members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group by SAF soldiers. The announcement came in response to the circulation of a video purporting to show SAF soldiers carrying the severed heads of RSF members. In response to the video, the RSF said on its X account (formerly Twitter) that it strongly condemns the alleged beheading of three of its members and calls on the international c

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“Frozen embryos are ‘children,’ Alabama Supreme Court rules in couples’ wrongful death suits”

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“Frozen embryos are ‘children,’ Alabama Supreme Court rules in couples’ wrongful death suits”: Howard Koplowitz of Alabama Media Group has this report on a ruling that the Supreme Court of Alabama issued Friday. And in earlier coverage, Gabriel Tynes of Courthouse News Service previously had an article headlined “ Alabama Supreme Court considers fundamental question: What is life?

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Recipe for a Failed CLM Implementation

Selecting and implementing CLM technology can be daunting, leading to underutilization or abandonment. Factors like provider differentiation, inadequate planning, and lack of user training contribute to these failures. Recognizing these pitfalls is crucial for successful adoption, ensuring organizations harness the full potential of CLM for streamlined contract management.

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Navalny spokesperson says Russia opposition leader ‘murdered’ and demands body be returned to family

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Alexei Navalny’s spokesperson Kira Yarmysh said on Saturday that the Russian opposition leader was “murdered” and demanded that Navalny’s body be “handed over to his family immediately.” His death was formally announced by Russia’s state prison service on Friday, which said that he had lost consciousness and could not be resuscitated.

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“Some states are trying to protect health care data so it isn’t used against people seeking abortions”

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“Some states are trying to protect health care data so it isn’t used against people seeking abortions”: Geoff Mulvihill of The Associated Press has this report. And online at The Oklahoman, Carmen Forman has an article headlined “ New Oklahoma bill could allow state to create database of women who had abortions.” The post “Some states are trying to protect health care data so it isn’t used against people seeking abortions” appeared first on How Appealing.

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Former Thailand PM Thaksin Shinawatra released on parole

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Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was released on parole on Sunday, according to local media, six months into his year-long sentence for corruption and abuse of power. Incumbent Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin previously announced the former PM’s release on Tuesday. Thaksin, 74, was seen leaving Police General Hospital in the Pathum Wan District of Bangkok, the country’s capital, early Sunday morning.

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“Was Griffin’s Case the Backdrop Against Which Congress Legislated the Enforcement Act of 1870?”

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“Was Griffin’s Case the Backdrop Against Which Congress Legislated the Enforcement Act of 1870?” Samarth Desai has this guest post at the “Balkinization” blog. The post “Was Griffin’s Case the Backdrop Against Which Congress Legislated the Enforcement Act of 1870?” appeared first on How Appealing.

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Contract Lifecycle Management: A Business Enabler Exploring On-Ground Challenges

CLM tools have always strived to push contract management into the digital age for almost 30 years. But the complexities of digitising a legal document are numerous. The current scenarios in business development have shown that having a fully automated CLM has become a mandate for every law firm and in-house legal department. To determine if you need a CLM system, it's essential to clearly identify the on-ground business challenges you aim to solve.

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Belarus authorities report foiled sabotage attempts near Ukrainian border

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Friday that the country’s security forces had thwarted an alleged sabotage attempt near the border with Ukraine. During the general assembly of Belkoopsoyuz, the national union of consumer societies, held in the capital city of Minsk, Lukashenko provided detailed information about the arrested individuals.

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Implied Jurisdiction Agreements in International Commercial Contracts

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Authors: Abubakri Yekini (Lecturer in Conflict of Laws at the University of Manchester) and Chukwuma Okoli (Assistant Professor in Commercial Conflict of Laws at the University of Birmingham, Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg). A Introduction In an increasingly globalised economy, commercial transactions often involve business entities from different countries.

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Modus Operandi? Pennsylvania Judge Suspected of Shooting Boyfriend…Five Years After Shooting Her Former Husband

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Dauphin County Magisterial District Judge Sonya M. McKnight, 57, is facing a case of modus operandi this week. However, the suspect showing the alleged pattern of criminal conduct is herself. McKnight is accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend in the head while he slept. The shooting took place five years after McCoy was cleared in the shooting of her former husband in the groin.

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Russia police detain hundreds at rallies honoring late opposition leader Alexei Navalny

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Police in Russia detained more than 400 people across the country at rallies honoring late opposition leader Alexei Navalny over the weekend, according to a list of detainees published by Russian human rights group OVD-Info on Saturday and reporting from Radio Free Europe on Sunday. Federal authorities announced earlier this week that Navalny died in an Arctic prison colony, where he was serving out a 30-year prison sentence.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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“Circuit Breakers: Judges on the Fifth Circuit, many of them Trump appointees, are attempting to transform the law and challenge the very structure of American government.”

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“Circuit Breakers: Judges on the Fifth Circuit, many of them Trump appointees, are attempting to transform the law and challenge the very structure of American government.” Jeffrey Toobin has this article in the March 7, 2024 of The New York Review of Books. The post “Circuit Breakers: Judges on the Fifth Circuit, many of them Trump appointees, are attempting to transform the law and challenge the very structure of American government.” appeared first on How Appealing.

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Committee to Protect Journalists calls for investigation into killing of Myanmar journalist Myat Thu Tan

JURIST

The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Friday for the Myanmar government to investigate the killing of journalist Myat Thu Tan and prosecute the perpetrators. The journalist’s body was reportedly found buried in a bomb shelter in a Rakhine State military camp. His body, bearing signs of torture, was found along six other political detainees.

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Report: Hunter’s Lawyers Balked at Kevin Morris Pushing Laptop Conspiracy Theories

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We have previously discussed the controversial representation of Kevin Morris of Hunter Biden, including the threat from Morris to sue me for defamation if I continued to raise ethical concerns over his conduct. Now a report by the New York Times suggests that even Hunter’s other lawyers had concerns over Morris’s claims, particularly the fostering of a conspiracy theory to deny the authenticity of the infamous laptop of Hunter Biden.

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Croatia opposition parties call for elections in mass protest

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Protestors organized by centrist and left-wing opposition parties gathered in Zagreb, Croatia on Saturday to oppose the current government and call for the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections to be held immediately. The protest was held to demonstrate opposition against a number of actions taken by Prime Minister Andrej Plenković’s government, including a bill known as “Lex AP,” which criminalizes leaking information from police investigations.

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Dangers of Digital "Reporting": Legal Risks and Unreliable Transcripts

In the world of legal proceedings, the choice between a certified stenographer and digital "reporting" holds significant implications. Certified stenographers go through rigorous training and testing and stand as the gold standard for accuracy in capturing every word. Their expertise ensures a reliable record, a crucial foundation for legal cases.

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Pakistan dispatch: unraveling the fallout of political turmoil after the general election

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Law students and law graduates in Pakistan are reporting for JURIST on events in that country impacting its legal system. Mashal Asim Khan is an LLB student in the University of London External Programme at The Institute of Legal Studies (TILS). She files this from Islam abad. Pakistan conducted its 12th general election on 8th February in order to choose a new parliament, but the election failed to produce a clear winner.