Amy Alkon (who I fucking adore) thinks that its a bit too petty to try and gank the cross from the WTC memorial. (here) I disagree, but whatever.
Gideon, at the Connecticut Law Tribune gives us a peek into the souls of the prosecutor corps. (here)
Dear Members of the Media,
I sincerely appreciate all of your hard work in bringing us the news of the day. In this day and age, there is a lot of burgeoning information and it is cumbersome to sift through all of it to provide summaries to the masses. However, there is one thing you do not do that is incredibly frustrating–provide citations.
In reporting on a new science publication, you do not always provide a citation so that the interested reader can learn more. Worse, you rarely identify bill numbers, session laws, or case name/citations when reporting legal news. As a privacy attorney, I found the recent Massachusetts “upskirting” issue might warrant attention. It would have been helpful if you cited the case as Comm. v. Robertson, SJC-11353 (Mar. 5, 2014), even better if you provided a link: http://www.socialaw.com/slip.htm?cid=22645&sid=120 . Or, when the legislature promptly acted to outlaw the actions taken by Mr. Robertson, it would have been nice if you cited Acts of 2014, Chapter 23 (or H. 3934): https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2014/Chapter43
As a journalist, I am assuming you read the primary source, so that way I can trust your reporting, correct? So, since you have the primary source, please make it easier for us and let us know how we can find it, too. Because, if you don’t share, it might turn out that you missed the real story. Let me spell it out for you–Massachusetts just made many previously lawful and proper hidden security cameras potentially unlawful.
According to the new law, it is now unlawful to secretly record images of fully clothed breasts, buttocks and genitals. Full stop. Your nanny thinks she’s alone, but you have a nanny-cam. Sorry, you probably just broke the law. You want to know which of the neighborhood kids have been going into your backyard when you aren’t home and stomping your daisies? That’s double the punishment.
Bad reporting of bad reactionary legislative lawyering. At least the reporting can be easily fixed.
Jay M. Wolman
RLG is looking for someone to act as a paralegal/office manager for the Vegas office.
The successful candidate must be enthusiastic about working for a firm that does First Amendment Law and international intellectual property law. Candidates must be in Las Vegas or willing to relocate to Vegas.
You must be organized. In fact, really organized, because the boss lacks that quality. You must have a healthy relationship with porn. That means you must not be bothered by it, but if you’re all “oh, goody, porn!” then you’re an idiot who will be a liability to us all.
Experience as a paralegal is helpful, but not required. College helps, but is not necessary. Although, if you did go to college and you majored in English or Journalism, please step this way, past the velvet rope, and sit down. You’re going to the VIP lounge of candidates. You know why I like English/Journalism majors? Because usually they can compose a coherent sentence, or guess what word I wrote in some edits that are in my terrible, terrible penmanship.
If you can’t spell or notice typos, you’re not going to last more than a week. Attention to detail really matters. I stop reading when I see the first typo in a letter, and then I tell you to do it again. If you get the letter handed back to you three times, you get a prize! A new job. Somewhere else. I don’t care where. Your job will be to make mine easier, not harder.
Send your resume to me with a short cover email. If you are wondering if it is too long, then it is. One page resume only.
If you do not know where to send a resume, that’s too bad. Figuring shit like that out is going to be part of your job. Figure it out.
NOTE: Every time I post a job like this, I get attorneys and recent law grads applying too. I’ll consider JDs for the position, but only if you’re prepared to make a 1-2 year commitment to staying in the support staff ranks. Also, if you’re a JD who thinks “I’m a JD, lah dee freakin dah, I can do a paralegal’s job drunk ” then you’re an idiot. A paralegal’s job is way harder than a first year associate’s job.
Rachel Canning and her parents’ problems seem like pretty typical (albeit on the upper end of things) 18 year old acting-out-behavior. Suspensions. Drinking. A lousy boyfriend. Parental ultimatum of “break up with your boyfriend, or you’re financially cut off.”
So, she moves out, moves in with a friend, and the friend’s parents pay for an attorney to sue her parents for access to her college fund. (source) There is a lot of commentary on the case, and none of it positive. I’ll reserve judgment on the lawyer who would bring such a case, and even on the frivolity of the legal theories. After all, this is how the common law develops, right?
But, the best analysis is here:
Memo to Rachel Canning: Even if you win your lawsuit, you just screwed yourself. 20 years from now, when a potential employer — or anyone else, for that matter — Googles the name Rachel Canning, they will read all about how you threw a temper tantrum and sued your own parents. When those people read the article above, they will most likely put on you on their “she was crazy then, she is probably still crazy” list of people that they don’t hire, date, befriend or otherwise associate with. (source – comment by Emily Ruman)
I had some serious misgivings about Kagan due to her view that New York Times v. Sullivan should be reined in. (source) Of course, her views on that are at least debatable. She just prefers some of the logic in Canada’s Hill v. Church of Scientology,  2 S.C.R. 1130.
But in Kaley v. United States, she just wrote an opinion that really makes me want to find the architects of the “war on drugs” and fill their mouths with angry bees. In our zeal to be “tough on crime,” we sold out the Constitution. Now the bill is due. The government’s asset forfeiture laws and overzealous prosecutors mean that if you’re even accused of a crime, you’re screwed. (Analysis here)
Need I say more?
I mean, seriously… if you didn’t think of it this way before, you must be blind, or something… or maybe blinded by aliens, or frogs, or Ted Nugent or something.
A while back, there was some spirited discussion about “Intentional Sex Torts” and whether misleading someone in order to hook up with them should be actionable. (Post here)
Analyze the facts below. Should the Bass Player be liable?
What, if anything, should Ms. Jorgensen recover?
The Kansas legislature is on track to pass a law that will legalize discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, under the guise of “religious freedom.” (source) Apparently, the local variety of worship for the Magic Space Zombie Jew (MSZJ) includes being a douchebag to your neighbors.
One part of me wants to say “so what?” Kansas sucks. Let them pass this horrible law, and then let all the gay Kansans move to places that don’t suck. We have some nice homes for sale in our neighborhood. I think it would be nice if some gay Kansans moved in. Have you seen what happens to neighborhoods when the scary gay people move in? (hint, your property values do not go down). Not that I want to go all positive-stereotyping either, apparently Asians don’t like that. But, lets face it, “a gay family moved in next door” is not something realtors tell you in order to get you to put your house on the market.
Of course, that kind of “free market cure” to discrimination isn’t realistic, and is no shelter to the few hundred gay people in Kansas who actually like that god-forsaken theocratic shit hole.
What really bugs me about this is that if MSZJ worshippers can discriminate against gays because of their “sincerely held religious beliefs” then why can’t gays discriminate against christians because of their “sincerely held gay beliefs?” I’d like to see San Francisco pass a measure to that extent — and then everyone cover your windows, because the shrill cries from flyover land will break every piece of glass in the civilized parts of the country.
On the positive front, a federal court in Norfolk, VA decided that maybe Virginia shouldn’t be remembered, yet again, as the place where ridiculous discrimination finally gave up. (source) As most people know, Loving v. Virginia was the case that finally ended race-mixing laws.
The Court finds Va. Const. Art. I, § 15-A, Va. Code §§ 20-45.2, 20-45.3, and any other Virginia law that bars same-sex marriage or prohibits Virginia’s recognition of lawful same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions unconstitutional. These laws deny Plaintiffs their rights to due process and equal protection guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Was that really so fucking hard?
Of course, the pessimist in me reads this and just wonders what idiotic theory Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts are cooking up to try and get Kennedy on their side, to reverse the tide sweeping over the nation.
I grew up watching Shirley Temple as a child. I bet you did too. While we age and time runs from us, death of great icons really bring us something to be grateful for, to see our lives differently or to realize just how someone affected you, more powerfully than you knew. Shirley Temple did that for me. I’m so grateful to be of age where I will remember the sweetness of her childhood song and dance etched into my inner child. She simply brought pleasure to millions through an innocence that is lost so quickly among our girls.
I was born in Czechoslovakia and Shirley Temple’s position as US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia made her especially dear to my heart. I grew up in Miami in a predominately Latino community and in my neighborhood nobody heard of Czechoslovakia. “Checka-who?” In fact, I specifically recall my 4th grade teacher spelling it “Checkoslovakia”.
So, when the Czechoslovakian government fell in 1989, my birth country was finally in the news and in my mind, on the map. When Shirley Temple took ambassadorship, however, I felt especially proud. She added a magical quality of representation to this country no one seemed to know during my youth – and everyone knew Shirley Temple. And, it wasn’t so much that Temple was famous as was the fact that her presence, her history, her movies made people feel a sense of joy. Joy is good!
However, what Temple has achieved in her adult life is far more impressive than her child star success and her legacy extends far beyond her child star image.
Shirley Temple’s life achievements include:
- Ambassador to both Ghana and Czechoslovakia
- First female Chief of Protocol of the United States
- Acting as Representative to the 24th United Nations General Assembly
As a native Czechoslovakian turned American citizen, what an honor it was to have Shirley Temple act as a liaison between two lands that I love. More importantly, Temple was a graceful, feminine and intelligent role model to many women and little girls. Sadly, culture has moved us to Honey-Boo-boo, a poor quality child star. We can do better, can’t we? I think a little sweetness in little girls is just fine to nurture. Shirley Temple is a fantastic symbol to what little girl sweetness can become!