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Week in Review

By Leslie Berman
Edited By Elissa D. Hecker


U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Police Need Warrants for Driveway Searches

The Supreme Court ruled that police officers must generally have warrants to enter a home's driveway in search of stolen vehicles. The case arose from a search for a Virginia motorcyclist who twice committed traffic offenses while riding a distinctive orange and black motorcycle with an extended frame. The question for the Justices was whether the Fourth Amendment, which bars unreasonable searches, allowed this one.


Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Strict Arkansas Abortion Law

In a setback to abortion rights advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for Republican-backed restrictions on medication-induced abortions to take effect in Arkansas that could lead to the shuttering of two of the state's three abortion clinics. The nine Justices, with no noted dissents, declined to hear an appeal by Planned Parenthood of a lower court ruling that had revived the 2015 state law, which set regulations regarding the RU-486 "abortion pill," after it was earlier struck down by a federal judge. The law had remained blocked pending the outcome of the appeal to the Supreme Court.


White House to Impose Metal Tariffs on E.U., Canada and Mexico

The Trump administration said that it would impose steep tariffs on metals imported from its closest allies, provoking retaliation against American businesses and consumers and further straining diplomatic ties tested by the president's combative approach. The European Union, Canada and Mexico, which will face 25% tariffs on steel and 10% on aluminum, quickly denounced the action and drew up lists of tit-for-tat measures, many aimed at parts of the United States where President Trump enjoys his strongest political support.


Trump, Stung by Being Attacked as Soft on China, Pushes Ahead on Tariffs

President Trump, stung by criticism that he has gone soft on China and less worried about Beijing's ability to disrupt a potential summit meeting with North Korea, reversed course and declared that the United States would impose tariffs and other punitive measures on China barely a week after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the trade war was "on hold" and that tariffs would be suspended as negotiations continued.


Trump Announces Summit Meeting With Kim Jong-un Is Back On

President Trump will fly to Singapore this month after all for a landmark summit meeting with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. However, Trump now anticipates a more drawn-out negotiation than once envisioned, and indicated that he will stop increasing pressure on the regime while talks proceed.


Trump Had Power to Attack Syria Without Congress, Justice Dept. Memo Says

More than a year after President Trump first ordered the American military to bomb Syrian government forces as punishment for using chemical weapons, the Justice Department has claimed that he wields broad constitutional power to order such limited acts of warfare without Congressional approval. In a 22-page legal opinion, the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel declared that Trump could lawfully and unilaterally direct airstrikes targeting Syria installations because he determined that doing so would be in the national interest, and because the attack would carry little risk of escalation.


Trump Takes Steps to Ease Firing of Federal Workers

President Trump signed a trio of executive orders to overhaul the federal bureaucracy by making it easier to fire federal workers for poor performance and misconduct, requiring that departments and agencies negotiate better union contracts, and limiting the amount of time certain federal workers can spend on union business.


Trump Wields Pardon Pen to Confront Justice System

For more than a year, President Trump has struggled to control the United States' law enforcement apparatus, frustrated that it remains at least partly out of his grasp. He is increasingly turning to a tool that allows him to push back against a justice system that he calls unfair. In a burst of action and words, Trump demonstrated that, in some instances, he still has the last word. He pardoned Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative commentator convicted of campaign finance violations, and said he may extend clemency to former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois and Martha Stewart, the lifestyle mogul.


Trump Asked Sessions to Retain Control of Russia Inquiry After His Recusal

A confrontation between President Trump and Jeff Sessions over Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation is being investigated by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, as are the president's public and private attacks on Sessions, and the President's efforts to get Sessions to resign. Trump fixated on the recusal for months, according to confidants and current and former administration officials, who described his behavior toward the attorney general.


The Environmental Protection Agency Takes a Major Step to Roll Back Clean Car Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency submitted its proposal to roll back climate change rules that required automakers to nearly double the fuel economy of passenger vehicles to an average of more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025. The rules, which would have significantly lowered the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, were opposed by automakers who said they were overly burdensome.


With Legislation Stalled, DeVos Moves to Wield Deregulatory Power

The top Republican on the Senate Education Committee effectively killed all hope for a highly anticipated overhaul this year of the law governing the nation's 4,000 colleges and universities, paving the way for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to wield her deregulatory power.


New York Public Housing Set to Get Federal Monitor and $1 Billion in Repairs

New York City would be forced to spend at least $1 billion and accept a federal monitor to oversee its dilapidated public housing system, as part of a settlement being finalized with the United States attorney's office in Manhattan. Federal intervention would mark a turning point in the efforts to salvage NYCHA, as the housing authority is known, which slid into a state of disrepair after the federal government began to disinvest in the authority's 325 housing developments two decades ago.


Lawyers in Cohen Case to Appear in Court to Negotiate Disputes

Five sets of lawyers in the case against President Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen are expected to appear in Federal District Court in Manhattan to work toward resolving arguments about whether any of the paperwork or data swept up in the raids on Cohen's office and hotel room may be protected by the lawyer-client privilege that Cohen shared with Trump.


Kirkland & Ellis Partner Sandra Goldstein May Be Highest Paid Female Attorney in Big Law

Sandra Goldstein may be the most well-paid female attorney in Big Law. According to Law.com, she is expected to bring in $11 million dollars a year for the next five years at Kirkland & Ellis. This does not include her sign-on bonus.


Starbucks's Tall Order: Tackle Systemic Racism in 4 Hours

For Starbucks, the scope of companywide anti-bias training was easy to measure. Roughly 175,000 employees at 8,000 locations pored over nearly 23,000 iPads, learning about the processing power of unconscious brains and the roots of unconscious bias. The training -- part social justice crash course and part self-reflection exercise -- is at the core of a well-choreographed effort by Starbucks to improve its corporate image after a backlash over the arrests of two African-Americans at a Starbucks in Philadelphia last month. Since then, the company has apologized, most recently in full-page newspaper ads. It has changed its guest policy, allowing people to sit without buying anything. It also enlisted a full complement of social justice activists and policy advocates for guidance.


Ireland Votes to End Abortion Ban, in Rebuke to Catholic Conservatism

Ireland voted decisively to repeal one of the world's more restrictive abortion bans, sweeping aside generations of conservative patriarchy and dealing the latest in a series of stinging rebukes to the Roman Catholic Church. The surprising landslide reflected in the results cemented the nation's liberal shift at a time when right-wing populism is on the rise in Europe and the Trump administration is imposing curbs on abortion rights in the United States. In the past three years alone, Ireland has installed a gay man as prime minister and voted in another referendum to allow same-sex marriage.


Spain's Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, Is Ousted in No-Confidence Vote

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy withstood electoral defeats, a banking bailout and mass street protests over his austerity cuts. He led Spain out of financial crisis and back to growth. However, Rajoy became the first Spanish leader in modern history to be unseated by a parliamentary revolt. He was ousted over a corruption scandal that will leave the country with a fragile and possibly short-lived government. His removal was part of a broader upheaval at Europe's core. It came on the same day that a new government led by anti-establishment, populist parties took control in Italy. In addition, Britain is abandoning the EU, Poland and Hungary are rolling back democracy, and the United States is waging a trade war on its European allies. The chaos ushered in by these changes has already unsettled financial markets and European Union leaders in Brussels.


Italy's Populist Parties Win Approval to Form Government

After 88 days of impasses and negotiations, two Italian populist parties with a history of antagonism toward the EU received approval to create a government that has already unsettled the Continent's political order.


Lithuania and Romania Complicit in C.I.A. Prisons, European Court Says

The European Court of Human Rights censured Lithuania and Romania on Thursday for their complicity in the C.I.A.'s torture program, saying the two European nations had hosted secret prisons where the C.I.A. held and interrogated terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11th attacks.


Myanmar and U.N. Agree to Aim for Repatriation of Rohingya

Myanmar's government announced that it had reached an agreement with the United Nations that would be a first step toward the possible return of Rohingya Muslims to the country. Beginning in August last year, about 700,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine State in far western Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh in the most urgent exodus of humanity in a generation. The Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, were escaping a coordinated military campaign of slaughter, rape and the burning of their villages that some United Nations officials have said may amount to genocide.



Harvey Weinstein Indicted on Rape and Criminal Sexual Act Charges

A grand jury voted to indict Harvey Weinstein on charges that he forced one woman to perform oral sex in his office and that he raped a second woman at a hotel. The indictment, which was expected, was handed up less than a week after his arrest. It followed several months of investigation by prosecutors and the police into numerous sex-crime allegations against the movie producer.


Three Women Accuse Weinstein of Sexual Assault in Federal Suit

More than 80 women, some of them famous actresses, accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing or assaulting them. Now three named women are seeking class action status to sue on behalf of all women to whom Weinstein made unwanted sexual advances over the years.


Three Women Who Had Encounters With Harvey Weinstein Question Lawyer's Motives

A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein approached women who believed he was offering to represent them in a lawsuit against Weinstein. Then they learned for whom he was working.


Shari Redstone Fires Fresh Volley in Legal Battle for Control of CBS

Shari Redstone, the CBS Corporation's main shareholder, moved to quell a rebellion at the media company, filing a lawsuit that accused the CBS board of directors of improperly trying to strip her of control. The suit, filed in Delaware's Court of Chancery by CBS's parent company, National Amusements, came in response to a surprise legal offensive by Leslie Moonves, CBS's chief executive.


ABC cancels 'Roseanne' after its star, Roseanne Barr, went on a vitriolic and racist Twitter rant

ABC canceled "Roseanne" after the show's star, Roseanne Barr, went on a vitriolic Twitter rant. Barr was also dropped by her talent agency, ICM Partners, who announced that her "disgraceful and unacceptable tweet" was "antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency. Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her." The cancellation capped a day of online furor over a Twitter rant by Barr in which the actress/comedian spewed false conspiracy theories, went after former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and attacked Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Obama, with a racist insult. After intense backlash and calls for ABC to fire the comedian and cancel her show, Barr issued a blanket apology and said she was giving up the social media platform.



Melissa McCarthy Movie Wins a Round in 'Sesame Street' Lawsuit

The creators of a raunchy, R-rated comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and a cast of puppets can continue marketing the movie by playing off the "Sesame Street" name in a tagline for now, a judge has ruled. The makers of "Sesame Street" sued STX Entertainment last month over the movie, "The Happytime Murders," which is being advertised with the phrase "No Sesame. All Street" ahead of its August 17th release.


Kesha Again Blocked From Breaking Contracts With Dr. Luke

The pop singer and songwriter Kesha, who has for years battled in court to be freed from her recording contracts, cannot pursue a countersuit against her longtime producer Dr. Luke that would void their business relationship, ruled a New York appeals court.


A Crackdown on Film Props Angers Hong Kong's Cinephiles

Counterfeit money is hidden. Police uncover the stash. Justice is served. It may sound like a film noir plot, but the fake bills had been used as props in an award-winning crime thriller filmed in Hong Kong. The two suspects -- who received suspended four-month sentences last Thursday -- were not hardened criminal counterfeiters, but members of a film production crew. The question, local cinephiles say, is why the police even bothered to seek charges.


Visa Stops Morgan Freeman Commercials After Sexual Harassment Report

Visa, the credit card company that has used Morgan Freeman's voice in commercials for several years, announced that it would stop broadcasting those advertisements after a report that Freeman had sexually harassed several women.


Spotify Cancels 'Hateful Conduct' Policy After an Industry Uproar

Spotify will rescind a new policy on "hateful conduct" by artists after an uproar among people in the music industry who say that the ill-defined guidelines represented a form of censorship, the company announced in a blog post. While Spotify says that it remains committed to removing what it called hate content -- music meant to incite hatred or violence, like neo-Nazi songs -- the company said it was "moving away" from the second part of its policy, which addressed the behavior of artists beyond their music.


Amid London's Crime Surge, Authorities Take Aim at 'Drill,' a Bleak Style of Rap Music

Dean Pascal-Modeste, a 22-year-old music producer, was on his way to a recording session one day last year when a group of men approached him on mopeds, brandishing a handgun. He tried to escape through a side street, but the group caught up, ambushing him "like a pack of wolves," a witness said, before they stabbed Pascal-Modeste 14 times in broad daylight and left him for dead. When two young men were convicted of his murder last month, the judge, Nicholas Cooke, called it "yet another dreadful example of London's knife crime." Then he named another culprit: a series of taunting videos by rival "drill" music groups that included threats about stabbing.


Neil Portnow, Embattled Head of Grammys, to Step Down in 2019

Neil Portnow, the embattled head of the Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammy Awards, will step down in July 2019 at the end of his current contract. After the 60th annual Grammy ceremony in January, at which only one woman won a major award in one of the televised categories, Portnow told reporters backstage that women in the industry should "step up" to advance their careers. A swift backlash followed, with some prominent women in the business calling for his resignation.



Once Delayed, Nobel Prize for Literature No Sure Thing in 2019

Following on the heels of the sexual abuse and harassment scandal and the ousting of the first woman to lead the academy, Sara Danius, a literary scholar, then faced with accusations of financial wrongdoing and hints of a cover-up, the Swedish academy announced that it would postpone awarding the literature prize for the first time in 69 years, and instead name two winners in 2019. Now, Lars Heikensten, director of the Nobel Foundation, said that there might not be a Nobel Prize in Literature awarded in 2019 either, deepening the crisis at the 232-year-old cultural organization.


'Monkey selfie' case may hang around in 9th Circuit

The Ninth Circuit may reconsider an April decision that held that animals cannot sue for copyright infringement, a ruling that was supposed to settle the "monkey selfie" debacle. At least one member of the three-judge panel that decided the copyright case is asking the court to reconsider the ruling en banc. Lawyers for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, photographer David Slater, and publisher Blurb Inc. were asked on May 25th to file briefs within 21 days.


MoMA Sees a Problem in a Cafe's Name. The Cafe Sees None.

MoMaCha, a cafe and exhibition space in New York that opened this year, displays modern and contemporary works of art, and appears to have become known mainly for being sued by MoMA. A dispute between the two began late last year when a company related to the cafe submitted a "MOMACHA" trademark application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, then followed up with an application for "MOMA." Then, in April, the MoMaCha cafe opened on the Bowery, serving matcha tea and exhibiting artworks. The cafe's logo, in its font and graphic presentation, was similar to the one used by the museum, at least as far as MoMA officials were concerned. The museum sent a letter to the cafe demanding changes, to no avail.


Sanctions Are Imposed on Berkshire Museum for Sale of Artworks

The Association of Art Museum Directors (A.A.M.D.), a professional museum organization, announced that its board of trustees had voted to impose sanctions on the Berkshire Museum, which recently sold artworks to support an expansion initiative. The A.A.M.D. said that the sanctions would be effective immediately, and they would include a request that each of A.A.M.D.'s 243 members refrain from lending works to the Berkshire Museum or collaborating with it on exhibitions.


'Ivan the Terrible' Painting Damaged in Russia in Vodka-Fueled Attack

One of Russia's most famous paintings, which depicts the czar Ivan the Terrible cradling his dying son, has been badly damaged in a Moscow gallery after a man drank vodka and attacked it with a metal pole. The 1885 canvas, "Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581," by the Russian realist Ilya Repin, portrays a grief-stricken Ivan holding his son after dealing him a mortal blow, an event whose veracity some Russian nationalists dispute.



Ex-Officials in Gymnastics Sex Abuse Scandal Subpoenaed by U.S. Senate

U.S. marshals served a subpoena on former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to compel her to appear before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on June 5th on efforts to protect athletes from abuse. Simon, who resigned from Michigan State in January, and Steve Penny from USA Gymnastics, were criticized for not doing enough to halt abuse by former doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted last year of molesting gymnasts and was sentenced to an effective life term in prison.


Triple Jeopardy in College Sexual Assault Case Ends an National Football League Career

Keith Mumphery was twice cleared of an alleged sexual assault. Then he was tried a third time, without even knowing it, after which his life collapsed.


Five More Former National Football League Cheerleaders File Suit, Claiming Mistreatment

Five former National Football League (N.F.L.) cheerleaders sued the Houston Texans, claiming that the team failed to fully compensate them as required by law and subjected them to a hostile work environment in which they were harassed and intimidated. The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Houston, accuses the franchise of paying the women less than the $7.25 per hour they were promised, not compensating them for making public appearances or performing other tasks related to their jobs, and creating a workplace where the women were threatened with being fired for voicing any complaints.


N.F.L.'s Alternate 'Cheerleaders' Do Not Cheer or Dance

Several N.F.L. teams determined that cheerleading programs had a scarcity problem on game days. If cheerleaders were on the sideline dancing, none were available to serve as scantily clad hostesses who could mingle with fans high up in the cheap seats or in the luxury suites, where teams catered to big-money customers. In interviews with a dozen women who have worked for N.F.L. teams as noncheering cheerleaders, and six others who had direct knowledge of the noncheering squads, they described minimum-wage jobs in which harassment and groping were common, particularly because the women were required to be on the front lines of partying fans.


Court of Arbitration of Sport Ruling in Olympic Doping Case Takes Bolt's Ninth Medal

Usain Bolt will not be getting back his ninth Olympic gold medal. A Court of Arbitration for Sport judging panel on Thursday dismissed Jamaican sprinter teammate Nesta Carter's appeal against disqualification from the 2008 Beijing Olympics for a positive doping test discovered eight years later.


The Equestrian Coach Who Minted Olympians, and Left a Trail of Child Molestation

There is no trace of Jimmy A. Williams, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame trainer, at the equestrian club where he was an instructor for nearly four decades, cultivating young riders, some of whom went on to Olympic fame. Images of Williams, who died in 1993, have vanished without a word, along with the sterling trophies he won. Last month, the club removed his name from the grand show jumping stadium at the heart of the sprawling property at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, once the Jimmy A. Williams Oval. Today it is just Ring 1. All of this following allegations by former pupils that Williams molested them when they were children.


Peru's Paolo Guerrero Vows to Fight Doping Ban: 'This Is About My Honor'

Peru, after a 36-year absence, will be at soccer's World Cup in Russia next month, and Paolo Guerrero, in the twilight of a peripatetic career, was to be there to lead the team out as its captain and star striker. Instead, the 34-year-old Guerrero is consumed with angst. A six-month drug suspension he thought he had completed was instead extended to 14 months this week, dashing his dreams but also those of a nation whose adoration for him had only grown during his exile.
Guerrero vowed to appeal the new, longer ban.



U.S. News Outlets Block European Readers Over New Privacy Rules

American news outlets including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and The Arizona Daily Star abruptly blocked access to their websites from Europe, choosing to black out readers rather than comply with a strict new data privacy law in the EU that limits what information can be collected about people online. The new rules, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), strike at a core element of businesses that offer free content online but that make money by collecting and sharing user data to sell targeted advertising. The shutdowns came as a surprise to readers of the publications, because companies had two years to prepare for the new regulations.


The Privacy Lawyer Giving Big Tech an $8.8 Billion Headache

Forty-eight minutes after the GDPR went into effect, Facebook and Google got their first taste of how troublesome the new European privacy regime could be. At 12:48 a.m. Brussels time, an Austrian privacy advocacy group filed the first of its four complaints against the tech companies. The nonprofit organization NOYB -- short for "none of your business" -- claimed that Google and Facebook, along with two of Facebook's subsidiaries, WhatsApp and Instagram, failed to give European users specific control over the use of their data, in violation of the new rules.


Trump Falsely Says New York Times Made Up Source in Report on Korea Summit Meeting

President Trump falsely accused The New York Times of making up a source in an article about North Korea, even though the source was in fact a senior White House official speaking to a large group of reporters in the White House briefing room.


Morgan Freeman's Team Demands Retraction From CNN Over Sexual Harassment Report

A law firm representing Morgan Freeman sent a 10-page letter to CNN protesting a report in which several women, mostly anonymous, said they had experienced some form of sexual harassment from the actor. The letter said the network's reporting was a "product of malicious intent, falsehoods" and reflected "an absence of editorial control, and journalistic malpractice." The letter also said "it is clear that CNN has defamed Mr. Freeman." Freeman's team demanded a retraction and a public apology.


Google Will Not Renew Pentagon Contract That Upset Employees

Google, hoping to head off a rebellion by employees upset that the technology they were working on could be used for lethal purposes, will not renew a contract with the Pentagon for artificial intelligence work when a current deal expires next year.


Armed with Propaganda, and Pushing All Buttons, Russia and Ukraine print fake news about a Russian journalist

The headlines read "Arkady Babchenko, Russian Journalist, Shot and Killed in Kiev." First they said he was killed, then they learned he was alive. Now both sides claim the other is using this story to discredit the other.


Kremlin Says Allegation It Killed Russian Journalist in Ukraine an Anti-Russian Smear


Russian Says Ukraine Used Journalist for Propaganda


Ukraine President Says Will Protect Russian Journalist After Plot


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