February 19, 2017

Read the memos signed by DHS Secretary Kelly on new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants--WaPo

In a pair of memos, John F. Kelly Sworn [sic] offered more detail on plans for the agency to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal, speed up deportation hearings and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests.


February 18, 2017

48 Questions the FBI Uses to Determine if Someone Is a Likely Terrorist







FOR THE PAST year and a half, the FBI has been using a secret scoring system to judge the likelihood that someone will carry out a violent attack. The survey, called "Indicators of Mobilization to Violence," assigns points based on factors like religious observance, travel history, financial transactions, and physical appearance.

copy of the survey in a classified FBI document was obtained by The Intercept.

The survey itself consists of 48 questions that agents are supposed to answer about terror suspects as part of an investigation. The document also includes a set of frequently asked questions about the scoring system aimed at agents working counterterrorism investigations.

According to the document, the program was rolled out in the fall of 2015.

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Bought a couch? Need a truck? Try Truxx



Matt Steecker , ithacajournal.com | @MSteecker

Buying large merchandise at a store is never a pleasant experience, especially for those who don't have a vehicle with plenty of cargo space.

Now a Syracuse man, partnered with two Broome County entrepreneurs, have fledgling company ready to solve the problem.

The story of Truxx, a truck-sharing delivery app  -- think U-Haul meets Uber  -- began when its now-CEO Carlos Suarez bought a 40-inch TV from a Target in Syracuse about two years ago.


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February 17, 2017

Trump considered Nat Guard for immigration roundups--Associated Press Interactive



The Trump administration weighed a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to this draft memo obtained by the Associated Press.

The full text of the document may be seen by clicking here...

Associated Press scored a big scoop Friday morning on a draft memo.

Security Summit Alert: New Scam Aims to "Unlock" Tax Pro Software Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals to be alert to a new phishing email scam impersonating software providers. 

The scam email comes with the subject line, "Access Locked." It tells recipients that access to their tax prep software accounts has been "suspended due to errors in your security details." The scam email asks the tax professional to address the issue by using an "unlock" link provided in the email. 

 

However, the link will take the tax professional to a fake web page, where they are asked to enter their user name and password. Instead of unlocking accounts, the tax professionals actually are inadvertently providing their information to cybercriminals who use the stolen credentials to access the preparers' accounts and to steal client information.

 

The Security Summit partners remind tax professionals to never open a link or an attachment from a suspicious email. These scams can increase during the tax season. 

 

For tax professionals who receive emails purportedly from their tax software providers suggesting their accounts have been suspended, they should send those scam emails to their tax software provider. For Windows users, please this process to help the investigation of these scam emails:

 

    1. Use "Save As" to save the scam. Under "save as type" in the drop down menu, select "plain text" and save to your desk top. Do not click on any links
    2. Open a new email and attach this saved email as a file
    3. Send your new email containing the attachment your tax software provider, as well as copy Phishing@IRS.gov

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February 16, 2017

Internet Archive offers to host PACER for free--fedscoop.com



Anybody looking to access federal court records electronically has to slog through a difficult-to-use site that charges 10 cents per pageview, but a prominent nonprofit digital library says it wants to make that information available for free.

The Internet Archive told a House subcommittee this week that it wants to give the public easier access to the documents in the Public Access to Court Electronic Records service, known as PACER.

In a letter sent to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet before a hearing held Tuesday, the Internet Archive said it "would be delighted to archive and host--for free, forever, and without restriction on access to the public--all records contained in PACER."

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The Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) has recently undergone a much anticipated update! The LRIS now features an online 24/7 referral request platform allowing potential clients the ability to request legal services at their convenience. This online platform adds a new level of control for panel attorneys to screen potential clients, while creating a higher level of efficiency in regard to reporting and tracking.

In order for our interested members to have an opportunity to try the new service, the LRIS is offering FREE panel registration for 2017! This is a no hassle, no risk opportunity to determine if being part of the LRIS is right for your practice.

When you're ready to sign up and would like more information, please reach out to our helpful LRIS staff at 1.800.342.3661 or visit: www.nysba.org/joinLR .

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February 13, 2017

Yale and Harvard Law Deans Pull No Punches in Op-Ed on Trump | Law.com


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The deans of Yale Law School and Harvard Law School have joined the growing chorus of lawyers publicly condemning President Donald Trump's attacks on the judiciary.

In a blistering op-ed in The Boston Globe on Friday, Harvard's Martha Minow and Yale's Robert Post wrote that Trump's Twitter-delivered insults against the federal judges who stayed his controversial travel ban risk making the president "an enemy of the law and the Constitution."

"By questioning the legitimacy and authority of judges, Trump seems perilously close to characterizing the law as simply one more enemy to be smashed into submission," the deans wrote. "At risk are the legal practices and protections that guard our freedom and our safety from the mob violence that destroyed democracies in the 1930s."

Trump called U.S. District Court Judge James Robart, who initially stayed the travel ban, a "so-called judge" on Twitter. He then went after the appellate panel for leaving Robart's order in place, calling their ruling "disgraceful," among other comments. Last year, Trump accused the judge hearing a lawsuit over his Trump University of bias due to the jurist's Mexican heritage.

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Last week, American Bar Association president Linda Klein lambasted Trump's attack on Robart in a fiery speech delivered during the organization's midyear meeting in Miami. "There are no 'so-called' judges in America," Klein said.

"There are simply judges, fair and impartial. And we must keep it that way."

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February 10, 2017

Foreclosure Litigation Strategy Takes Aim at Seniors, Attorneys Say | Law.com

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This, defense attorneys say, is a new strategy by lenders and plaintiffs lawyers: sue to foreclose on government-guaranteed home loans under various defaults, then fast-track these suits by filing motions for orders to show cause. These motions shift the burden of proof to the borrower, requiring them to appear in court and explain why a judge shouldn't grant final judgment against them.

"All of a sudden, we saw a spate of foreclosures [on reverse mortgages] where the mortgage companies alleged the seniors no longer lived in the home," said Gladys Gerson, supervising attorney for Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida's senior unit. "This has been happening around the state."

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Corona admits he didn't expect a hard fight when he first reviewed El Hassan's case, but court records show he was wrong. Over the last 10 months, the ongoing litigation yielded two hearings, 40 docket entries and attempts by both sides to collect attorney fees.

When he first met El Hassan, Corona expected the plaintiff would realize the error and dismiss the suit. Without charging her or entering a notice of appearance, he placed a phone call to plaintiffs lawyers at Robertson Anschutz & Schneid in Boca Raton to say El Hassan had never moved out of her home.

Robertson Anschutz & Schneid did not respond to requests for comment, but court records show they ratcheted up the litigation with a motion for an order to show cause weeks after Corona's phone call.

"I looked at the document. I couldn't believe it," Corona said. "I was in shock (at) what the bank was trying to do."

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How Strong is San Francisco's "Sanctuary City" Lawsuit Against the Trump Administration? | Vikram David Amar | Verdict | Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia




With many eyes this week on the Ninth Circuit litigation challenging President Trump's Executive Order regulating entry into the U.S. by nationals of seven Middle Eastern and African countries, less noticed but potentially as important is a separate lawsuit (San Francisco v. Trump) the City and County of San Francisco has filed against the feds focusing on a different Executive Order the President has issued--this one seeking to rein in so-called sanctuary jurisdictions. Although the term "sanctuary" lacks universal legal meaning, San Francisco has long considered itself a sanctuary city insofar as it limits its cooperation with federal immigration authorities. San Francisco's stated view is that its residents are safer and healthier if undocumented residents feel free to report crimes to police and to avail themselves of other public resources (e.g., health clinics and schools) without fear that local authorities are actively working with the feds in deportation efforts.

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Pogue's Basics: Have your iPhone announce your calls




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Open Settings > Phone >Announce Calls. Here, you get to choose whenthe phone announces the caller's name when it rings: Always, Never, Headphones Only, or Headphones & Car.

The point of Headphones is privacy -- it means, "Don't announce the caller's name at times when anyone nearby can hear; announce it only when I'm listening in private."

And the point of "Headphones & Car" is a safety thing. When you're driving, you don't want to take your eyes off the road to see who's calling.

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Data on man's pacemaker led to his arrest on arson charges--ABA Journal




Police charged a Middletown, Ohio, man with aggravated arson and insurance fraud after data on his pacemaker was inconsistent with his claims about his physical activity when his house burned down.

Police said they charged Ross Compton, 59, after obtaining a warrant to search the pacemaker, report WLWT and the Journal-News. Police Lt. Jimmy Cunningham told WLWT that one of the key pieces of information was the pacemaker evidence.

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9th Circuit Upholds District Court's Block of Trump's Immigration Order - CourtSide

By George Khoury, Esq

Making headlines across the country tonight, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower federal district court's order, issued last week, blocking President Trump's controversial immigration executive order, commonly referred to as the "Muslim ban," from taking effect nationwide. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a rare unanimous per curium decision, repeatedly explained that the federal government's arguments were untenable. The lower court put a stop to the executive order, which allowed immigrants, and lawful permanent residents, who were being denied entry under the order, to enter the country. - See more at: http://blogs.findlaw.com/courtside/2017/02/9th-circuit-upholds-district-courts-block-of-trumps-immigration-order.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FLCourtSide+%28CourtSide%29&DCMP=NWL-cons_breakingdocs#sthash.o3rLratf.dpuf

State of Washington v. Donald J. Trump by FindLaw on Scribd

February 5, 2017

North Carolina Law Students Must Disable MacBook Pro Touch Bar for 2017 Bar Exam [Updated] - Mac Rumors



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This is a notice for all applicants who will be using their laptop at the February 2017 North Carolina Bar Examination. If you are planning to use the newest version of the Mac Book Pro with Touch Bar, you will be required to disable the Touch Bar feature prior to entry into the Bar Examination Site. 

To disable the Touch Bar: 
From the Dock, open System Preferences, then double-click Keyboard, then open the drop-down menu for "Touch Bar Shows," and select Expanded Control Strip. 

Please be advised that the Announcing Proctor will make an announcement at the start of the exam session asking anyone who is using a Mac Book Pro with Touch Bar to raise their hand so that a proctor or ExamSoft technician can come to their seat and ensure that the Touch Bar has been disabled.

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No reason is given...but read more, including an update that California has issued an even more restrictive rule...

Group Turns To Big Law for Major Immigrant Rights Effort | New York Law Journal



, New York Law Journal

Spurred on by President Trump's deportation priorities, a group of big-firm lawyers and nonprofit attorneys has launched a project to represent immigrants nationwide who are at risk for deportation and already has distributed a mass letter to hundreds of large firms seeking donations and pro bono work.

The American Immigrant Representation Project, formed shortly after Trump's election, on Friday wrote to more than 300 lawyers, mostly at Am Law 200 firms and plaintiff firms, spelling out the need for resources and volunteers. The letter asks firms to commit $10,000 and/or designate a partner and three associates who will develop an expertise in the field through the initiative's training and represent those targeted for removal.

"The immigration defense community desperately needs the help of the private bar," the letter said. "We expect thousands of people will need representation, most of whom will be unable to locate or afford counsel.

The letter noted immigrants with counsel are 14 times more likely to successfully challenge removal than those without. "Our vision is to stand ready to provide representation to all those in need."


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February 3, 2017

Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Immigration Order Nationwide - CourtSide

By Christopher Coble, Esq.

U.S. District Judge James Robart issued a nationwide injunction blocking enforcement of President Donald Trump's recent executive order that banned citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations from traveling to the United States. Robart, appointed to the Western District of Washington by Geroge W. Bush, ruled in favor of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who sued over the order last week.

Robart ruled that Washington State had standing to bring the case forward. In his oral ruling, he declared that Washington provided evidence that Trump's order has immediate harm and that the lawsuit against the order has substantial likelihood of succeeding in challenging the constitutionality of the order.

Robart will be issuing a final written ruling. In the meantime, you can see Ferguson's proposed temporary restraining order below.



Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving; Targeting Schools, Restaurants, Hospitals, Tribal Groups and Others


The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert to all employers that the Form W-2 email phishing scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other sectors, including school districts, tribal organizations and nonprofits.


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Federal workers turn to encryption to thwart Trump - POLITICO

 

Agency employees are turning to Signal and other incognito forms of communication to express their dissent.


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The goal is to get their message across while not violating any rules covering workplace communications, which can be monitored by the government and could potentially get them fired.

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2nd Circuit Mounts Effort to Build Civics Awareness | United States Courts



2nd Circuit Mounts Effort to Build Civics Awareness

For years, polls have shown widespread ignorance of how government works, with courts and the Constitution faring especially poorly in the public consciousness. But federal courts throughout the Second Circuit, which includes New York, Connecticut and Vermont, have launched an ambitious program to change that.

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