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Tracking the Capital Insurrection

Washington Post – “Four months and hundreds of arrests after the chaos at the Capitol, the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack by a pro-Trump mob has come into focus. More than 2,000 criminal charges have been filed against 411 suspects, including hundreds of felonies such as assaulting officers and trespassing with a weapon. Authorities have tied more than 50 suspects to political or far-right groups like the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers. Nearly 70 of those charged in the riot are current or former members of the military, law enforcement or government — most of whom swore an oath to uphold the law and serve the public. About 50 defendants are still detained, many charged with violent offenses, weapons violations or larger conspiracies that point to possible planned unlawful actions…”

Via TwitterWaPo graphic of potential felony charges filed so far.

Google v. Oracle: Supreme Court Rules for Google in Landmark Software Copyright Case

CRS Legal Sidebar – Google v. Oracle: Supreme Court Rules for Google in Landmark Software Copyright Case, May 10, 2021: “On April 5, 2021,the Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc., the culmination of a decade-long software copyright dispute between the two tech giants. Resolving what observers have… Continue Reading

Judging Autonomous Vehicles

Rachlinski, Jeffrey John and Wistrich, Andrew J., Judging Autonomous Vehicles (March 17, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3806580 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3806580 “The introduction of any new technology challenges judges to determine how it into existing liability schemes. If judges choose poorly, they can unleash novel injuries on society without redress or stifle progress by overburdening a technological… Continue Reading

Zoom Court Is Changing How Justice Is Served

The Atlantic – “Last spring, as COVID‑19 infections surged for the first time, many American courts curtailed their operations. As case backlogs swelled, courts moved online, at a speed that has amazed—and sometimes alarmed—judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. In the past year, U.S. courts have conducted millions of hearings, depositions, arraignments, settlement conferences, and even… Continue Reading

Tax Evasion at the Top of the Income Distribution – Theory and Evidence

NBER Paper – “This paper studies tax evasion at the top of the U.S. income distribution using IRS micro-data from (i) random audits, (ii) targeted enforcement activities, and (iii) operational audits. Drawing on this unique combination of data, we demonstrate empirically that random audits underestimate tax evasion at the top of the income distribution. Specifically,… Continue Reading

Academic Feeder Judges: Are Clerkships the Key to Academia?

Wasserman, Howard, Academic Feeder Judges: Are Clerkships the Key to Academia? (April 19, 2021). Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-02, Howard M. Wasserman, Academic Feeder Judges: Are clerkships the key to academia?, 105 Judicature 1 (2021)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3526903 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3526903 “This paper identifies “academic feeder judges”—the federal judges (especially from… Continue Reading

Supreme Court will hear a major Second Amendment case that could gut US gun laws

Vox: “The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it will hear New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett, a case that could transform the judiciary’s understanding of the Second Amendment and lay waste to many of the nation’s gun laws. The case involves New York state’s handgun licensing law — a law… Continue Reading

A Courts-Focused Research Agenda for the DOJ

Brennan Center – Recommendations for the Justice Depart. research agenda “to shed more light on how to improve our nation’s vast system of local, state, and federal courts. Millions of individuals interact with the U.S. criminal and civil legal system every year. Many of them look to the courts to defend their rights and ensure… Continue Reading

Investigation and prosecution of Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history

Case 1:21-cr-00303-ABJ Filed 04/22/21 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs MICHAEL JOSEPH RUSYN, Defendant “…The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of… Continue Reading

Axios – Chauvin trial prosecution worked with strategic communications firm

Axios: “For most of the past year, a strategic communications firm with deep Washington ties has played an integral role for the prosecution in the State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin — operating without pay and so under-the-radar that most of its own staff had no idea. The big picture: Finsbury Glover Hering — formerly… Continue Reading

Tips for Researching International Human Rights Case Law

Via Lyonette Louis-Jacques From the Reference Desk: Tips for Researching International Human Rights Case Law By Jonathan Pratter -“In the universe of international human rights documentation, case law has a special place. Human rights case law is human rights in action. It confronts general norms with concrete facts and requires a decision about whether or not… Continue Reading

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Characterizations of the Press: An Empirical Study

Andersen Jones, RonNell and West, Sonja, The U.S. Supreme Court’s Characterizations of the Press: An Empirical Study (February 17, 2021). University of Georgia School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming, University of Utah College of Law Research Paper No. 419, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3787709 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3787709 “The erosion of constitutional norms in the United… Continue Reading