October 2019 Archives

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Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell's ruling delivered a victory to the House Judiciary Committee in its drawn-out legal battle for the full findings of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, who in March concluded his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In his summary of his office's findings, Mueller reported that he uncovered no evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with the Kremlin, but he documented several episodes of possible efforts by the president to obstruct the investigation.

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A Florida appeals court has reversed a $90,000 jury award to a woman who slipped and fell on a sidewalk because a Google Maps photo used to bolster her case was not properly authenticated.

The Third District Court of Appeal ruled against plaintiff Juanita Kho, who tripped and fell while walking on a Miami sidewalk in 2010, the Daily Business Review reports.


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Open Access Resources for Legal Research - Library Guides at UChicago

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Sources of law that are freely available on the Internet in sites maintained by governments and other institutions.

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The Trump administration rebuked the state's claims about common-law privilege in their motion to throw out the lawsuit, saying that federal law promulgated by Congress superseded the centuries-old understanding. 

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The Trump administration, in a new court filing, defended its policy of arresting undocumented immigrants in and around state courthouses in New York, saying that federal immigration law gives them exclusive authority to make those arrests, regardless of location. 

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London Medieval Murder Map | Violence Research Centre

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Each pin represents the approximate location of one of 142 homicides cases in late medieval London. Click on a pin to open a window that displays the story behind the event, based on the original record produced by the Coroner. For more information on how to use the map, visit this page. If you are referencing our map, please read the note at the bottom of the page. You can listen to the launch lecture here


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 The Violence Research Centre is part of the Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA Cambridge, United Kingdom, https://www.vrc.crim.cam.ac.uk/ ; tel: 01223 335360. Our email is We welcome all enquiries including feedback on how to improve the LMM Map. Copyright © and Database Right 2018-2019 Violence Research Centre, University of Cambridge.


Eisner, Manuel (2018) Interactive London Medieval Murder Map. University of Cambridge: Institute of Criminology, retrieved from (https://www.vrc.crim.cam.ac.uk/vrcresearch/london-medieval-murder-map/lm...).

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Review: Courtroom Objections -- trial assistance on your iPhone - iPhone J.D.

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Over nine years ago, I reviewed an app created by Houston attorney Anthony Shorter called Courtroom Objections.  Shorter reached out to me to tell me that he had recently updated his app, and it has been so long since I mentioned the app on iPhone J.D. that I thought it was time for another look. 

The purpose of the app is to provide you with a quick guide to making and responding to objections in court.  The app includes a list of common objections and responses.  I think that the app would be most useful for those who are relatively new litigators, but any attorney who tries cases could use this app.

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New York City Council votes to close notorious Rikers Island jail.

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The New York City Council voted Thursday to shut down one of the country's most notorious jails on Rikers Island as part of an $8 billion plan to replace the second largest correctional facility in the U.S. with four facilities spread across four of the city's five boroughs. The plan would see the jail that became synonymous with the worst parts of the American legal system--mass incarceration, pretrial detention, a flawed bail system--close by the year 2026. "For decades, this city and this country's answer to every societal problem was to throw people in jail," City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said Wednesday. "Nothing symbolizes those failed policies in this city more than Rikers Island." Johnson called the the jail "a stain on New York City."

iTunes is dead. Here's how to back up and sync your iPhone in MacOS Catalina

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With the release of MacOS Catalina, Apple made some key changes to how you'll use your Mac going forward. For starters, iTunes is nowhere to be found, developers can tweak iPad apps to run on the Mac and you can use your iPad as a second monitor with Sidecar. 

After installing MacOS Catalina, you'll notice that you have new Apple Music, Podcasts and Apple TV apps -- but no iTunes. 

That's right, Catalina marks the official end of iTunes, a program I think we all grew to love and hate at the same time. Yes, it was slow and bogged down by Apple trying to do too many things in one program. But without iTunes, how do you sync or back up your iPhone or iPad? Let us show you. And don't worry, it's just as easy as before.

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Suit says feds using immigration marriage interviews as trap

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REGINA GARCIA CANO


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But the American Civil Liberties Union says a growing number of officers have "cruelly twisted" the rules by detaining immigrant spouses following marriage interviews. The ACLU is pursuing a similar complaint in Massachusetts and says dozens of detentions also have happened at field offices in New York, Virginia, Florida, Illinois and California.


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Request for Public Comment on proposals for new mandatory E-Filing programsThe Office of Court Administration is seeking comment from interested members of the legal profession and the public concerning proposals for new mandatory e-filing programs in Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Ulster County Supreme Civil Court, and in Herkimer County Surrogate's Court

For a description of the proposals CLICK HERE 

Please email comments to: efilingcomments@nycourts.gov

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Chapter 237 of the Laws of 2015 authorizes the Chief Administrative Judge to implement new mandatory e-filing programs in most classes of cases in counties throughout New York State. Under the legislation, the Chief Administrative Judge may not implement new mandatory e-filing programs in any county without first consulting with and considering public comment solicited from the following organizations and persons: the County Clerk of such county, the organized bar, institutional and not-for-profit legal service providers, attorneys assigned pursuant to County Law Article 18-b, attorneys who regularly appear in proceedings that have been or may be affected by e-filing programs, and any other persons deemed appropriate.

This page has been established for the purpose of posting for public review all comments submitted in connection with the proposed implementation of new mandatory e-filing programs, and for posting of public comments submitted by persons affected by any existing e-filing programs or by recommendations for further legislation relating to e-filing.

Please email comments to: efilingcomments@nycourts.gov

Collaborative Law Firm: The Fax is Dead, Long Live the Fax - LLRX

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While dismissed by many people as a "dead" technology, the fax machine still has a place in many businesses, especially law firms. In this edition of The Collaborative Law Firm, we cover different ways to implement this vital technology in your office, with or without a dedicated machine.


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Dana Alamia

The Senior Lawyers Section will be presenting a series of Free Lawyer Well-Being Webinars on the Second Tuesday of every month from 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. REGISTER NOW

The first in this series is: Palliative Care, Hospice and Relevant Laws, presented by David C. Leven, JD, Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Consultant, End of Life Choices

OCTOBER 8, 2019
12:00 P.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Surveys show that about 70% of the public does not know what palliative care is but, when informed about it, 92% said they would be likely to consider it for a loved one who has a serious illness. Mr. Leven will not only define palliative care but also provide important information on issues such as when it should be provided, barriers to its provision, how it differs from hospice, and elements of the Palliative Care Access Act and the Palliative Care Information Act.


REGISTER NOW

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Dana Alamia
NYSBA
Albany NY
dalamia@nysba.org
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