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New Capitol Surveillance Footage Shows A Breach By Jan. 6 Rioters From Start To Finish

BuzzfeedNews: “Two 40-minute videos from Jan. 6 show how hundreds of rioters breached one Capitol entry point and how police eventually regained control…The videos don’t have sound, but they show tense verbal exchanges as the officers make several attempts to stop the mob from getting inside. The confrontations are mostly nonviolent, unlike clashes at other locations around the Capitol where rioters attacked police with makeshift weapons — including flagpoles, pieces of wood and metal, fire extinguishers, chemical sprays, and their fists. In the middle of a final confrontation at the doorway, the officers suddenly retreat, and it’s not evident from the video why, but the timing coincides with an escalation of violence elsewhere around the Capitol…”

Free Law Project – Our Financial Disclosure Database is Now Available to All

“Two weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal published their blockbuster report detailing over 100 judges that had likely violated the Ethics in Government act. To do their work, the Wall Street Journal reporters had exclusive access to our database of financial disclosures. Today we are making the database available to all. Included in the database… Continue Reading

Biden Commission Releases Research into Possible Supreme Court Expansion

NBC News – Biden commission releases research into possible Supreme Court expansion “The panel will meet Friday to discuss factors that should determine whether and how to change the number of justices, among other reform proposals. The following are discussion materials on SETTING THE STAGE: THE GENESIS OF THE REFORM DEBATE AND THE COMMISSION’S MISSION… Continue Reading

Government Secretly Orders Google To Identify Anyone Who Searched A Sexual Assault Victim’s Name, Address And Telephone Number

Forbes: “The U.S. government is secretly ordering Google to provide data on anyone typing in certain search terms, an accidentally unsealed court document shows. There are fears such “keyword warrants” threaten to implicate innocent Web users in serious crimes and are more common than previously thought…It’s a rare example of a so-called keyword warrant and,… Continue Reading

One Law to Rule Them All? The Reach of EU Data Protection Law after the Google v CNIL Case

Bougiakiotis, Emmanouil, One Law to Rule Them All? The Reach of EU Data Protection Law after the Google v CNIL Case (August 17, 2020). (2021) 42 Computer Law and Security Review 105580, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3675660 “Ever since the Internet came about, it has set a vast number of challenges regarding how to tackle some… Continue Reading

PacerPro Expands Into State Courts

LawSites: PacerPro Expands Into State Courts, Hires Silicon Valley Veteran As CTO: “Multiple pieces of news today from PacerPro, a company that enables law firms to automate the workflow around distributing and capturing federal court filings. The company, which until now specialized in helping law firms manage federal court PACER filings, said it is expanding… Continue Reading

The Right to be Forgotten and its Unintended Consequences to Intelligence Gathering

Goldfield, Charlene, ‘The Right to be Forgotten’ and its Unintended Consequences to Intelligence Gathering (July 1, 2020). Volume 32, Issue 2, Winter 2020 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3898887 “Social media has dramatically changed how we interact and communicate with one another. The reliance on social media has also sparked many international debates revolving around privacy.… Continue Reading

Information Security in the Courts

Katz, Emile, Information Security in the Courts (September 28, 2021). Emile J. Katz, Information Security in the Courts, 126 Penn St. L. Rev. Penn Statim 26 (2021), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3932722 “Devices with recording capabilities have become pervasive in modern life. That pervasiveness becomes concerning in areas such as Judicial chambers, where confidentiality is particularly… Continue Reading

Discriminatory AI and the Law Legal Standards for Algorithmic Profiling

von Ungern-Sternberg, Antje, Discriminatory AI and the Law – Legal Standards for Algorithmic Profiling. (June 29, 2021). Draft Chapter, in: Silja Vöneky, Philipp Kellmeyer, Oliver Müller and Wolfram Burgard (ed.) Responsible AI, Cambridge University Press (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3876657 “Artificial Intelligence is increasingly used to assess people (profiling) and helps employers to find qualified… Continue Reading

Study – More Than Half of Police Killings Are Mislabeled

The New York Times: “Police killings in America have been undercounted by more than half over the past four decades, according to a new study that raises pointed questions about racial bias among medical examiners and highlights the lack of reliable national record keeping on what has become a major public health and civil rights… Continue Reading

Understanding Federal Legislation: A Section-by-Section Guide to Key Legal Considerations

CRS Report – Understanding Federal Legislation: A Section-by-Section Guide to Key Legal Considerations, September 27, 2021 [91 pages]: “Federal bills are increasingly complex, making them difficult to understand for the average reader and the seasoned practitioner alike. What a congressional drafter understands to be the import of a given provision could later be discussed and… Continue Reading

Free Law Project Creates the First Online Database of Federal Judicial Financial Disclosures

“At Free Law Project, our mission is to make legal information free and open to all, and especially to journalists, researchers, and academics. That is why we are excited to announce the creation of a new, first-of-its-kind database of federal judicial financial records. Over the past several months, we provided award-winning journalists James Grimaldi, Coulter… Continue Reading