Tuesday Talk*: Dignity Lost?
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by SHG
1d ago
What is it about a grifter from Queens who neither knows nor cares about you, who has neither principles nor plans, that makes people love him. Not merely support him or want to vote for him, but adore him. Putting a flag with his name on a truck, comparing him with a deity, being willing to fight a cop and storm a building for him? Krugman thinks he knows. Technology, then, has made America as a whole richer, but it has reduced economic opportunities in rural areas. So why don’t rural workers go where the jobs are? Some have. But some cities have become unaffordable, in part because of restr ..read more
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Seaton: Sheriff Roy And The Conspiracy Theorist
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by Chris Seaton
5d ago
When we last left our intrepid heroes, Mud Lick’s top cops were attempting to solve the mystery of a prized cow allegedly anally probed by aliens—CLS Sheriff Roy Templeton and Deputy Ernesto Miranda stood in front of what looked to be a cross between a nuclear bunker and an abandoned radio station. “What in blazes are we doing here, boss, and why isn’t this building on any maps?” Miranda asked. “Easy. You don’t put something on a map if you don’t want it to be found, Deputy, and the guy who lives here doesn’t want to be found by anyone.” “And that would be?” “The biggest paranoid conspiracy th ..read more
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For Biden, It’s Michigan Or Israel
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by SHG
5d ago
Michelle Goldberg, the millennial pixie, conveys a threat from a Michigan activist named Layla Elabed. It’s Israel or us, Genocide Joe. Pick one. As infuriated as she is by Joe Biden’s stalwart support for Israel, Layla Elabed has not ruled out voting for him in November. A progressive Palestinian American community organizer in Dearborn, Mich., a majority Arab American city near Detroit, she doesn’t want to see Donald Trump back in office. “Donald Trump has never been a friend to our community,” she told me as we sat in an airy, modern Yemeni coffee shop. But to win her back, she said, “the ..read more
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School Policy Trumps Parent
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by SHG
6d ago
According to the father, daughter “Jane Doe” had issues that were being addressed by dad and her therapist after mom passed. But the school had rules, and District of New Jersey Judge Georgette Castner denied a temporary restraining order after finding the father unlikely to prevail. Jane Doe is a freshman at Delaware Valley Regional High School in Frenchtown, New Jersey. Jane is a minor diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Unspecified Mental Disorder (UMD), and has been under the care of a therapist for anxiety, depression, and gender confusion since April 2022 ..read more
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Tuesday Talk*: Was $355 Million Proper?
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by SHG
1w ago
Put aside Trump’s braggadocio, that he’s so very rich. He is, and he’s not. He’s a whole lot wealthier than me and, likely, you, but there are many who are far more wealthy. And as the case overwhelmingly proved, Trump can’t be trusted when it comes to his own wealth. He lies. A lot. Put aside that Trump violated New York law by fraudulently inflating the value of his assets on loan applications. He did. A lot. Put aside that Trump repaid the loans, albeit at reduced interest rates, and no bank suffered a loss of principal and interest, albeit at a lower rate, as a result of Trump’s fraud. The ..read more
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Does Coprolalia Preclude Excellent Customer Service?
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by SHG
1w ago
For some of us, mere competent customer service is such a stunning improvement from the norm that we applaud it. After all, how often are we able to get anything accomplished, no less done right the first time without insufferable fuss? But for an employee with a form of Tourtette Sydrome, coprolalia, performing the job isn’t enough but for his disability. And in Cooper v. Dolgencorp, LLC, the Sixth Circuit held that’s not discrimination. Cameron Cooper has a disability that causes him to involuntarily utter racist and profane words. Even with the disability, Cooper (like many adults in Ameri ..read more
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Will ABA Standard 208 Change Anything?
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by SHG
1w ago
It’s a truism in law that a right without a remedy is worthless. It’s cool to say “you have a right to speak,” but if you’re precluded from speaking, whether because of cancellation, disruption or pressure of being shunned, it’s an empty right. The American Bar Association, flexing the one power that it oddly still possesses, accreditation of law schools, decided to take a stand for free speech in law schools, in ironic conflict with its prior stands against free speech in Model Rule 8(4)(g) for lawyers, by approving Standard 208. A law school shall adopt, publish, and adhere to written polic ..read more
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Seaton: Return of the Friday Fail, Acorn Cop
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by Chris Seaton
1w ago
Back during the days of Fault Lines, my mean-ass editor tasked me weekly with compiling a post called the “Friday Fail.” It was a short post detailing what I thought were the biggest criminal justice failures of the week. We let readers vote on what they considered the worst in an informal poll for audience interaction. It was a fun little bit. And we’re kind of bringing it back today because hoo boy do I have a doozy for you. This is probably the biggest fail I’ve seen since I started writing about America’s criminal justice system. Before we continue, allow me to provide a “Trigger warning ..read more
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Circuit Denies Qualified Immunity to “Asshole” Buffalo Cop
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by SHG
1w ago
Anthony Rupp isn’t going to get rich off the case. Buffalo police officer Todd McAlister isn’t going to go broke. How Rupp’s lawyers will get paid would be anybody’s guess, but for the fact that Tony Rupp happens to be the founder of the law firm, Rupp Pfalzgraf, and, well, doesn’t have to take it. McAlister picked the wrong guy to violate his constitutional rights when he informed Rupp that he could be arrested for yelling at the cop to “put your lights on, asshole,” after almost hitting two women crossing the street as the cruiser without lights almost ran them down. Instead of saying “sorry ..read more
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Impeachment Ad Absurdum
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by SHG
2w ago
For Trump supporters, it happened when Trump was first impeached for his “perfect” telephone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, 2019, where he  suggested that $400 million in military aid to Ukraine would be conditioned on Zelensky alleging that Joe Biden and his son Hunter were under investigation for corruption. Not only did they believe the conspiracy theory against Biden, but they believed that Trump did nothing wrong by using foreign aid to get to what they believed to be the truth. The difference was that Trump was both exceeding his authority, as the aid had ..read more
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