September 2020 Archives

How to use the compact iPhone call interface in iOS 14 - 9to5Mac

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A long-requested feature that arrives with iOS 14 is a new compact iPhone call interface that doesn't take over the whole screen. Here is how it works and the different ways you can use it.

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The new compact iPhone call interface is a banner-style alert at the top of your screen that lets you easily silence calls with a swipe, answer a call and keep doing what you were doing, or expand to the full-screen UI for the dial pad/audio options/mute/etc. in the Phone app or third-party apps.

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Cuomo extends eviction, foreclosure protections to 2021--Times Union

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced he will extend the eviction moratorium - set to expire Oct. 1 - to next year, continuing protections for tenants as well as homeowners who have been unable to pay rent and mortgage during the public health crisis.

Cuomo said he will sign an executive order extending the eviction moratorium, known as the Tenant Safe Harbor Act, to Jan. 1. It also protects homeowners from foreclosure for nonpayment of mortgages during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Memo on Supreme Court Delay Tactics Circulates Among Senate Democrats

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A memo circulating on Capitol Hill, put together by several people with knowledge of congressional procedure and obtained by The Intercept, lays out some of the options that could be available to Schumer even in the face of a determined Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Senators looking to obstruct in the Senate have a dizzying array of opportunities, but a majority leader with 50 votes, plus a tie-breaking vice president, also has an extraordinary amount of power in the upper chamber. Elements of the memo were first published earlier Thursday by the Daily Poster.

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Fix the Court is applauding Reps. Ro Khanna, Don Beyer and Joe Kennedy III for announcing their plan to introduce the first-ever measure to end life tenure on the Supreme Court via statute, not amendment. Their bill, Supreme Court Term Limits and Regular Appointments Act, would limit future justices to a nonrenewable 18-year term, staggered so that two would be appointed each presidential term. 

The bill would also create the status of "senior justice" for current retired justices and for future justices who complete their 18-year terms at the high court. This would be similar to the senior status that exists for federal judges on lower courts and would permit them to rejoin the high court should it find itself at less than full strength due to an unexpected vacancy.

The current eight justices would be exempt from term limits section and could continue to serve as long as they want...

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It will become part of a new company, ProfitSolv, that will focus on billing, payments and software for professional services firms.

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Two other companies have also been acquired and made part of the new company, TimeSolv, a provider of cloud-based software for legal billing and timekeeping, and ImagineTime, a practice management and payments company serving accounting and other professional services firms.

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The need for trust, in place of force, has been a recurrent theme of police reforms discussed across the country over the long summer that followed George Floyd's murder in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. The idea is that armed police officers are simply called to address too many situations, often ones in which trained mental health or social workers would be more effective and more humane. CAHOOTS has been in operation since 1989, administered by a local nonprofit, the White Bird Clinic, and publicly funded by municipal government, making it one of the oldest such organizations in the country. And the service it provides--responding to crises that would elsewhere, by default, become police matters--has lately drawn national attention.

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, President of the Canadian Institute for International Law Expertise (CIFILE) discusses the US sanctions against the International Criminal Court and its implications on international law....

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On September 2, 2020, US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo announced United States sanctions of ICC officials and its prosecutor Ms. Fatou Bensouda. Based on this sanction, their possible assets in the US will be frozen, and access to the American financial system is barred. The reason for this sanction is because the ICC continues to target Americans. According to his press conference statement, any individual or entity that continues to assist these individuals materially is also subject to sanctions. 

President Trump is already engaged in an unprecedented offensive against the ICC. In June 2020, he authorized economic sanctions against officials of the ICC to dissuade the jurisdiction from prosecuting the American military for their involvement in the conflict in Afghanistan. 

Under US Executive Order 13928 on June 11, 2020, the US President has authorized economic sanctions against officials of the International Criminal Court. They would take part directly in investigating or indicting US military personnel without the consent of the United States. 

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CDC pulls revised guidance on coronavirus from website | TheHill

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BY JUSTINE COLEMAN

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday pulled revised guidance from its website that had said airborne transmission was thought to be the main way the coronavirus spreads, saying it was "posted in error."

The sudden change came after the new guidance had been quietly posted on the CDC website Friday.

"CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19)," the CDC wrote. "Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted."

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This case was filed on behalf American Muslim men who were placed or kept on the No-Fly List by the FBI in retaliation for their refusal to spy on their Muslim communities. The case asks the simple question, can government officials be held accountable when they coerce people to become informants and retaliate against them when they refuse? The precise legal question before the Court is whether Congress intended in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) for individuals to be able to receive damages when government officials have interfered with their freedom to practice their religion. 

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Join the Center for Constitutional Rights, CLEAR, and the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton for Supreme Court argument in this case, Tanzin v. Tanvir. CUNY School of Law Professor Ramzi Kassem will argue.

The first argument begins at 10:00 a.m., and Tanzin v. Tanvir will follow. This will be a telephonic argument with a live audio link. October 6, 2020.

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By Jason Grant 

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A state appeals court has tossed out a deceased solo practitioner's widow's suit for attorney fees based on a client referral her late husband made in a medical malpractice case, writing that he "was merely ... a finder" of the case's plaintiff who did not contribute "work, labor or service" in the case.

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Nurse questions medical care at immigration jail in Georgia--AP News

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An Associated Press review of medical records for four women and interviews with lawyers revealed growing allegations that Amin performed surgeries and other procedures on detained immigrants that they never sought or didn't fully understand. Although some procedures could be justified based on problems documented in the records, the women's lack of consent or knowledge raises severe legal and ethical issues, lawyers and medical experts said...

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Apple Watch Series 6 unveiled: 'The future of health is on your wrist' - CNET

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Ian Sherr

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The new sensor for the Apple Watch can measure your blood oxygen level in 15 seconds, Apple said, and will also track your blood oxygen in the background. The feature adds to 2019's Apple Watch Series 5, which Apple used to introduce technology that enabled an always-on display, turning its Watch into more of a watch, as opposed to the wrist computer some people consider it to be.

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Court-appointed adviser blasts 'corrupt' DOJ move to drop Flynn case - POLITICO

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By KYLE CHENEY and JOSH GERSTEIN

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In an unsparing, 30-page brief, John Gleeson, tapped by Sullivan to argue against the dismissal of the case, suggests that the Justice Department's arguments for letting Flynn off the hook conflict with its positions in other cases -- and even in earlier rounds of the Flynn case itself -- and therefore can only be chalked up to Trump's pressure campaign.

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By Leah Litman
Leah Litman is an assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School and host of the podcast "Strict Scrutiny," about the Supreme Court.

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Theodore Roosevelt called the presidency a "bully pulpit" -- but President Trump takes the concept to a new level, using his office to ridicule and insult his critics and opponents. On Tuesday, the Justice Department effectively said it would become his partner in this project, arguing that the president was acting within the scope of his official duties when he denied a sexual assault accusation in 2019 about an alleged incident in the mid-1990s. Trump implied the woman who accused him, E. Jean Carroll, was too unattractive for that to be plausible. "Number one, she's not my type," he told a reporter in June 2019. "Number two, it never happened."

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Roger Stone, whose 40-month prison sentence for lying to Congress and witness tampering in the Russia investigation was commuted by Donald Trump, has said Trump should seize total power and jail prominent figures including Bill and Hillary Clinton and Mark Zuckerberg if he loses to Joe Biden in November.

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Citing widely debunked claims of fraud around early voting, absentee balloting and voting by mail, Stone told Jones Trump should consider invoking the Insurrection Act and arresting the Clintons, former Senate majority leader Harry Reid, Zuckerberg, Tim Cook of Apple and "anybody else who can be proven to be involved in illegal activity".

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Emily Goddard

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Donald Trump has said he is "probably entitled" to serve more than two terms as president of the United States and claimed the only way he will lose this year's election is because his opponents are trying to rig it.

Opening a campaign rally in Nevada on Saturday night, the president told the gathered crowd of several thousand, mostly maskless people that he is going to win the state and win four more years in the White House in November.

He then appeared to suggest he would be interested in serving a third term, saying: "And then after that we'll negotiate because we're probably, based on the way we were treated, we're probably entitled to another four after that."


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Federal prosecutor Nora Dannehy, a top aide to U.S. Attorney John H. Durham in his Russia investigation, has quietly resigned -- at least partly out of concern that the investigative team is being pressed for political reasons to produce a report before its work is done, colleagues said.

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In June 2020 the Transition Integrity Project (TIP) convened a bipartisan group of over 100 current and former senior government and campaign leaders and other experts in a series of 2020 election crisis sce- nario planning exercises. The results of all four table-top exercises were alarming. We assess with a high degree of likelihood that November's elections will be marked by a chaotic legal and political landscape. We also assess that the President Trump is likely to contest the result by both legal and extra-legal means, in an attempt to hold onto power. Recent events, including the President's own unwillingness to commit to abiding by the results of the election, the Attorney General's embrace of the President's groundless electoral fraud claims, and the unprecedented deployment of federal agents to put down leftwing protests, underscore the extreme lengths to which President Trump may be willing to go in order to stay in office.

In this report, TIP explains the basis for our assessment. Our findings are bolstered by the historical expe- rience of Bush v. Gore (2000) and other U.S. electoral dysfunctions. The closest analogy may be the elec- tion of 1876, a time of extreme partisanship and rampant disenfranchisement, where multiple states prof- fered competing slates of electors, and the election was only resolved through a grand political bargain days before Inauguration--one that traded an end to Reconstruction for electoral peace and resulted in a century of Jim Crow, leaving deep wounds that are far from healed today.

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List of countries using Google and Apple's COVID-19 Contact Tracing API

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UPDATE on iOS 13.7

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New York State is listed as being "in development".  Turn on notifications on your iPhone and watch this newsletter for further announcements.


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the issuance of an Order under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

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Apple adds built-in COVID-19 Exposure Notifications to iOS 13.7 - 9to5Mac

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Hat Tip to Lorraine Coyle

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For users, you can now enable COVID-19 Exposure Notifications directly in the Settings app on their iPhone. The process is as simple as just a few taps, including agreeing to the public health agency terms. Users will also be able to opt-in to receive a push notification when their local public health authority adopts Exposure Notifications Express.

Once you enable exposure notifications in the Settings app, your iPhone will begin monitoring with Bluetooth to log possible exposures so you can be notified of a potential COVID-19 exposure based on the guidelines set by your local public health authority.

Apple and Google hope that this expansion of the Exposure Notifications Express system will dramatically increase adoption, both from users and public health authorities. The first public health authorities in the United States to adopt the Exposure Notification Express system will be Maryland, Nevada, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

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Download iOS 13.7 for your iPhone

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone
  2. Swipe down and tap Exposure Notifications just above Battery
  3. Contact tracing (Exposure Notifications are off by default)
  4. Tap Turn on Exposure Notifications to see if the feature is available in your area
  5. You can only use the feature if a local health authority has made it available
  6. You can toggle off "Availability Alerts" if you don't want to know when contact tracing is available in your area.

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Paramedic Speaks Out on Police Use of Ketamine Injections--The Intercept

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A FORMER PARAMEDIC with the Emergency Medical Services in Woodbury, a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, has filed a whistleblower lawsuit claiming that police pressured him to administer ketamine, a fast-acting sedative, during an arrest. He claims that the incident is part of a larger trend among the region's law enforcement. The paramedic, 32-year-old Joseph Baker, said that he hopes to take a stand against police using ketamine "to gain compliance."

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Why Is a Bank Rolling Out a Legal Tech Product? | Law.com

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By Frank Ready

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Last week, M&T Bank rolled out Nota, a cloud-based solution geared towards helping law firms and lawyers address challenges related to trust account management. Stepping into the legal tech space puts M&T up against some experienced providers who know the legal industry--but like other banks, it may have some advantages in the space.

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The original version of this story was published on Legaltech News


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Fujitsu Supports Older Hardware with Recent Software Update -- MacSparky

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David Sparks

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As a frequent ScanSnap customer, I was pretty unhappy about their decision not to support older hardware when they switched the software to 64-bit. There is good news, though. The newest version of ScanSnap Manager, version 7, adds support for older hardware. Amen.

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