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Daily Archives: August 22, 2022

How Sonia Sotomayor Became the Conscience of the Supreme Court

The Nation: “While the rest of the country was reeling from the Supreme Court’s decision in June to take away the right to abortion, Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor was working. As her conservative colleagues planned victory tours and dinners at Morton’s, Sotomayor crafted dissents. She and her team of clerks worked to the last moment of the court’s term, laying out a case against the conservatives’ manipulation of laws and perversion of justice. And she did this despite the fact that the cases on which she was laboring may never even make it to the Supreme Court of the United States. The cases in question were among a series that her colleagues had decided not to hear. The Supreme Court gets to choose its own cases, sifting through between 7,000 and 8,000 appeals every year to accept a tiny fraction of them. It takes just four affirmative votes for the court to decide to hear a case, or, in the official parlance, grant certiorari. This means that any four justices can effectively control the docket of the Supreme Court, determining which issues it considers…”

Inside a ‘mega-study’ on election denial, polarization, and violence—and how to stop it

Fast Company: “Stanford’s Strengthening Democracy Study, the largest of its kind, tested 25 strategies among 32,000 Americans to learn which could reduce partisan animosity and curb antidemocratic attitudes…According to a FiveThirtyEight study, at least 120 Republican midterm candidates don’t accept the results of the 2020 election, representing 49% of Republicans on the ballot for Senate,… Continue Reading

You don’t have to be a spy to violate the Espionage Act – and other crucial facts about the law Trump may have broken

Via LLRX – You don’t have to be a spy to violate the Espionage Act – and other crucial facts about the law Trump may have broken – Joseph Ferguson, Co-Director, National Security and Civil Rights Program, Loyola University Chicago and Thomas A. Durkin, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Loyola University Chicago are both attorneys who… Continue Reading

Trump Had More Than 300 Classified Documents at Mar-a-Lago

Washington Post – FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search followed months of resistance, delay by Trump WSJ – FBI Recovered 11 Sets of Classified Documents in Trump Search, Inventory Shows – a search warrant released by a Florida court Friday [August 19, 2022] Politico: “The National Archives found more than 700 pages of classified material — including “special… Continue Reading

How Often Do the FBI and the Department of Justice Seek Search Warrants and Subpoenas?

TRAC: “From January through June of this year, federal prosecutors made 883 applications to federal judges to authorize search warrants and issue subpoenas or a summons, according to the most current government records. A long list of federal agencies were the requesters, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation topped the rolls with 309 requests, 35… Continue Reading

The Law Firm of the Future: Improving Communication in the Legal Setting

American Bar Association – “Senior lawyers may recall a time when we generally connected with each other via telephone calls, the U.S. Postal Service, or face-to-face meetings. In light of the numerous communication options now available, life is no longer so simple. Most importantly, choosing the wrong platform can lead to ineffective or failed communication.… Continue Reading

YouTube․com/podcasts goes live as simple ‘Explore’ page

9to5Google: “ is now live and is linked to on the existing Explore page alongside: Trending, Music, Movies & Shows, Live, Gaming, News, Sports, Learning, and Fashion & Beauty. It appears to have first gone live in late July, and is slowly becoming more widely available as it’s not showing up for all users we… Continue Reading