Tag: Law

Prenda law copyright troll lawyer pleads guilty to fraud and money laundering

Paul Hansmeier pleaded guilty to of wire fraud and money laundering today for his role in the Prenda Law copyright scam. Prenda uploaded porn movies to download sites, got the IP addresses of users accessing the files, then shook them down for settlements with the threat of exposing them to their families and the public […]

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Is Roger Stone Next?

Paul Manafort’s trial in Alexandria, Virginia, captured most of the nation’s attention this week, but legal proceedings across the Potomac River in Washington may be the best indicator of where the Russia investigation is going next. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team questioned Kristin Davis, the so-called Manhattan Madam, before a grand jury at the D.C. […]

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The Media’s Frenzy to Find a Smoking Gun

Since the Russia investigation began, a single question has loomed over it: How will this end? Will special counsel Robert Mueller provide enough evidence to Congress to justify impeachment charges? Or President Donald Trump try to stop Mueller from doing so by triggering a repeat of the Saturday Night Massacre? The most persistent of these […]

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How to Ignore Rudy Giuliani

Earlier this week, Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman reported that Rudy Giuliani, who has served as one of President Donald Trump’s lawyers since April, is falling out of favor in the White House because of a “series of erratic television interviews” this week. “Trump thinks he’s saying too much,” an unnamed source told Sherman. This is […]

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Opinion: France’s total ban on smartphones in schools is too extreme

A few days ago, French lawmakers passed legislation that was written to protect children from growing up like zombies enslaved to their smartphones and tablets. Such mobile devices will be banned in schools for children up to 15 years of age, both inside and outside classes. While it’s definitely easy to see this as a […]

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The Case for Migrant Reparations

Last month, Los Angeles Times reporter Esmerelda Bermudez accompanied Hermelindo Che Coc, an asylum-seeker from Guatemala, as he was reunited with his six-year-old son. She recorded the exact moment that Jefferson met his father again after two months apart, a video that perfectly captures the human toll of the Trump administration’s migrant family separation policy. […]

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What Are Republicans Hiding About Brett Kavanaugh?

In Brett Kavanaugh’s long and distinguished career in law, one period stands out as especially important to him. “People sometimes ask what prior legal experience has been most useful for me as a judge,” Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, wrote in Marquette Law Magazine in 2016. […]

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Is Lying About an Election Free Speech or Fraud?

In the weeks before the 2016 election, memes proliferated on Twitter bearing instructions on how to vote by phone or text message. The images were stylized to resemble Hillary Clinton’s campaign materials, and targeted her supporters in both English and Spanish. “Save time. Avoid the line. Vote from home,” they read. But no state allows […]

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How a Democratic House Could Really Give Trump Hell

New Mexico Senator Tom Udall has been on a months-long mission to solve one of the enduring mysteries of the era: What’s in President Donald Trump’s tax returns? Udall, a Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sparred with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over that question—and not for the first time—during a hearing […]

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TRIWA x Humanium Metal Hu39 watch Review

The Hu39 is a watch made by TRIWA with the melted metals of illegal firearms: Humanium Metal. It’s a rare opportunity to behold a piece of hardware in which the materials are more meaningful in their delivery than the product which they create. Here the medium is the message, and the message is that firearms […]

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This Mom Is Suing Juul Because Her Teen Is ‘Unable to Stop’ Vaping

Photo of a Juul via Flickr user Vaping360; photo of a man vaping by Matt Cardy/Getty Images Juul has become insanely popular among teens since the thumb drive e-cigs entered the market in 2015, and the company’s caught some serious flak over how much underage kids love ripping the things. Now, the mother of one 15-year-old […]

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A Courtier for the Imperial Presidency

The Supreme Court does not ordinarily hear cases during its annual summer recess, but the summer of 1974 was not ordinary. The Watergate crisis had entered its final stages. Congress and the special prosecutor’s office both jockeyed to obtain President Richard Nixon’s collection of White House tapes, which contained evidence of his role in the […]

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Judge reveals the five witnesses given immunity in exchange for testifying against Manafort

Paul Manafort, courtesy of Alexandria Virginia Detention Center. The federal district court judge presiding over former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s Virginia trial for tax and bank fraud committed while working on behalf of Russia—not to be confused with the federal judge overseeing his trial on similar charges in D.C.—has granted special counsel Bob Mueller’s […]

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Why Do Climate Lawsuits Keep Losing in Court?

By extracting and selling vast amounts of fossil fuels, ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Shell, and ConocoPhillips contributed significantly to climate change—and profited immensely by doing so. Should they now be forced to pay for the damage? A federal judge said no on Thursday, dismissing a January lawsuit brought by the city of New York, which is […]

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Whether you have a miscarriage or an abortion, they’d force you to have a burial

Pro-life activists participate in the 2018 March for Life as they pass in front of the U.S. Capitol January 19, 2018, in Washington, DC. Less than a month after Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement and Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade’s already a hot topic in courtrooms dealing with abortion-adjacent […]

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Ding dong! A racist judicial nominee is gone

Then there’s this claim, which is too many levels of ignorant to engage. If a black person is an individualist and a thoroughgoing capitalist who eschews victimhood status and its concomitant entitlements, race-thinkers are quick to brand him “oreo,” “Uncle Tom,” or “sell-out.” This is a beloved tool for consensus-building at Stanford, land of multicultural […]

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America Is Stuck With the Death Penalty for (At Least) a Generation

When the Supreme Court revived capital punishment in 1976, just four years after de facto abolishing it, the justices effectively took ownership of the American death penalty and all its outcomes. They have spent the decades since then setting its legal and constitutional parameters, supervising its general implementation, sanctioning its use in specific cases, and […]

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EU slaps Google with $5 billion fine, says Android violated antitrust laws

Google has drawn the ire of the European Union once more, earning itself a massive €4,342,865,000 fine ($5.05 billion) for what the EU views as antitrust violations. Today’s fines center around Google Search and Android – more specifically, how Google has used Android as a “vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine” as […]

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