November 2020 Archives

By Paul LeBlanc, CNN

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In one particularly notable show of force, more than 100 anti-trafficking and child welfare organizations published an open letter warning of the dangers that QAnon posed to their work. 
"On behalf of an underfunded and nonpartisan field dedicated to ending this horrific form of exploitation and abuse and helping those who have survived it, we urge you to engage real needs rather than politically motivated and profoundly dangerous narratives that harm the very people who they claim to be speaking for -- victims, survivors, children, families and vulnerable communities," the October letter said.
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GENDER SURVEY 2020 • NEW YORK STATE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE ON WOMEN IN THE COURTS

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The import of the answers and multiple individual comments received in response to this survey, indicate that the treatment of women in our court system has improved markedly over the years since the original report was issued in 1986 but that significant areas of bias and untoward treatment in our court system still remains.

Just as compliance with the ameliorative steps recommended in the original report helped to bring about the presently improved atmosphere, we are sanguine that the remaining vestiges of inappro- priate treatment of women in our court system can and will be eliminated by the fulfillment of the many recommendations directed to court administration, judges, attorneys, bar associations, and other relevant entities.

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By Kara Scannell, CNN

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"The Campaign never alleges that any ballot was fraudulent or cast by an illegal voter," wrote Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, for the panel. "It never alleges that any defendant treated the Trump campaign or its votes worse than it treated the Biden campaign or its votes. Calling something discrimination does not make it so. The Second Amended Complaint still suffers from these core defects, so granting leave to amend would have been futile."
"Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here," the judges added in their opinion. 
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By Jessica Jerreat

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The ruling, issued by Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, ordered that a request for preliminary injunction by the plaintiffs be partially granted. The order was a stopgap measure to prevent further actions laid out in a complaint until a trial can be held.

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USAGM Ruling

The ruling relates to a complaint filed by five USAGM officials placed on administrative leave in August and VOA Program Director Kelu Chao, who argued actions taken by the new head of the USAGM were unlawful and violated the First Amendment and the statutory firewall set up to prevent outside interference.


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(CNN)Judge Matthew Brann of the US District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania dealt a death blow on Saturday to the Trump campaign's effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Read Brann's order below.

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Alexander Vindman Joins the Lawfare Team - Lawfare

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By Benjamin Wittes

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The Pritzker Military Foundation today announced the appointment of Alexander Vindman as its first Pritzker Military Fellow, based at Lawfare. The retired Army lieutenant colonel and former member of the National Security Council staff joins the Lawfare team for a two-year fellowship, during which he will write a book, complete a dissertation and do a variety of other public speaking, teaching and writing.

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By Dennis Romero

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He concluded, "Wolf was not lawfully serving as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security under the HSA [Homeland Security Act] when he issued the Wolf Memorandum" that suspended DACA.

Karen Tumlin, a lawyer in the case and director of the Los Angeles-based Justice Action Center, said the ruling means, "the effort in the Wolf memo to gut the DACA program is overturned."

She said the ruling applies to more than a million people, including more recent applicants and those seeking two-year renewals for protection under DACA.

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Associate mouths off with a reply-all email.

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Between the New York Times article, the attack ads (plus the promise of more, and ones that go after the firm's client base), the picketing and planned boycotts, well, they have a lot to deal with. But so far -- publicly at least -- the firm has been resolute in defending their representation.

But it should be obvious, not everyone at the firm is pleased about it. Today, Kevyn Orr, partner-in-charge at Jones Day's D.C. office, hosted an associate call to discuss the recent controversy. But apparently after giving his spiel, the call was ended without letting associates register their opinions. Which ticked some folks off.

Parker Rider-Longmaid, an associate in the Issues & Appeals practice -- and a former clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- was apparently deeply disappointed at Orr's decision not to answer questions and let fly an email to the entire D.C. office registering that displeasure:

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NEWS STAFF--TIMES UNION

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"Regardless of the forum, judges are prohibited from commenting on pending cases, endorsing political candidates or otherwise making statements that undermine the integrity, independence, and impartiality of the judiciary.  In other words, judges cannot say on Facebook or other social media what they cannot say in or out of court," Commission Administrator Robert H. Tembeckjian said in a prepared statement released with the decision on Schmidt.

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Revised Pandemic Procedures in the Trial Courts--Effective 11-16-2020

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Chief Administrative Judge Marks released a memorandum today announcing that all new jury trials and grand juries will be suspended due to the increase in COVID cases statewide. The memo orders that, commencing Monday, November 16th:
  • "No new prospective trial jurors (criminal or civil) will be summoned for jury service until further notice. Pending criminal and civil jury trials will continue to conclusion.
  • "No new prospective grand jurors will be summoned for grand jury service until further notice. Pending grand juries will continue to conclusion.
  • "All future bench trials and hearings will be conduct virtually unless the respective Deputy Chief Administrative Judge permits otherwise. Pending bench trials will continue to conclusion."
To read the full memorandum, please CLICK HERE.

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By Jason Grant 

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In the days since the New York State Bar Association passed a resolution Nov. 7 urging the state to consider making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for New Yorkers, the reaction in the state's capitol appears to be muted.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office did not respond to multiple attempts by the New York Law Journal to obtain comment regarding the resolution and whether he intends to order a COVID-19 vaccine mandate in line with the group's now-public recommendation, once a vaccine is finalized and approved by the federal government for use.

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Jeff Richardson,

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Although Apple started to sell the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro on October 23, 2020, that was only half of the iPhone 12 family.  Apple is now taking pre-orders for the other two phones:  the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.  The new phones go on sale this Friday.  Apple provided review units to select journalists, and their initial reviews were posted yesterday.  If you are trying to decide if these new phones are right for you, these reviews may help you to make your decision.  The reviews convinced me that the medium size was best for me, but I'm sure the small and large sizes will be attractive to lots of folks.  It is great that you now have so much to choose from in an iPhone family.

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The pact [PDF], announced Monday, obliges the video-conferencing giant to carry out an annual security assessment of its software and have its internal security program assessed by a third-party every two years. It also has to create a vulnerability management program, and add security safeguards, such as multi-factor authentication and proper data deletion.

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By Evan Perez, CNN Justice Correspondent

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Richard Pilger, director of the elections crimes branch in the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section, told colleagues in an email that the attorney general was issuing "an important new policy abrogating the forty-year-old Non-Interference Policy for ballot fraud investigations in the period prior to elections becoming certified and uncontested." Pilger also forwarded the memo to colleagues in his resignation letter.

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New York Court Upholds Indoor Dining Restrictions--State of Politics

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BY NICK REISMAN

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A New York State Supreme Court on Staten Island Monday upheld the state's restrictions on indoor dining capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The decision by Judge Thomas Aliotta backs the state's capacity limits afte several restaurants had filed suit to challenge the regulations. At the same time, New York is limiting indoor dining in parts of Erie, Monroe and Onondaga counties as part of an effort to lower the COVID postive rate in those areas. 

Restaurants had argued the capacity limits treated them unfairly. But the 15-page ruling upheld the state's ability to do so, pointing to the ease of spreading the virus. 

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New York Town Hall--Free Webinar - Animal Legal Defense Fund

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... In this interactive webinar Kathleen Schatzmann, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager, will provide an update on animal protection legislation ...

REGISTER NOW

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Three states pass amendments that 'only citizens' can vote--AP

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 Voters in Colorado, Florida and Alabama passed ballot measures Tuesday that codify what is already law: That only U.S. citizens 18 and older can vote. The passage of the largely-symbolic measures has triggered questions about why the pro-Trump group behind them spent time and money on the effort.

The amendments passed overwhelmingly in all three states, including by a nearly 8-to-1 ratio in Alabama and Florida. Before the 2020 election, North Dakota and Arizona were the only state constitutions that specified non-citizens could not vote in state or local elections.

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India has done away with regulations that govern outsourcers, making it easier for existing players to let their staff keep working from home and for overseas companies to use Indian labour.

Announced late last week, the revised "Guidelines for other service providers (OSPs)" [PDF]...

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By Angela Morris 

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"It neglects to mention the coffee shop we met at had a conference room, with a glass door. It is enclosed," said Tidmore. "It was not out in the open, where anyone can hear what is going on."

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Toolkit for the Movement | Center for Constitutional Rights

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Toolkit for the Movement is a collection of resources from the Center for Constitutional Rights to support and protect our communities. We've long known the authoritarian playbook; these resources are chapters in the People's Playbook. The resource contains: the newly-updated If An Agent Knocks, offering information and advice for individuals targeted by the FBI or other federal agents; FOIA Basics for Activists, updated with a case study and annotated FOIA requests, which breaks down how to use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a tool that anyone can use to expose government and corporate actions and equip themselves with the information they need to organize; and, together with Immigrant Defense Project, an updated version of our Defend Against ICE Raids and Community Arrests Toolkit to resist the criminalization, deportation, family separation and much more.

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"We have created an AI pre-screening test that discriminates 98.5 per cent COVID-19 positives from a forced-cough recording, including 100 per cent of asymptomatics, at essentially no cost and with an accompanying saliency map for longitudinal explainability," the researchers wrote in a paper, published in the IEEE Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology, detailing the software project.

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Voting Information Center | Facebook

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The Voting Information Center contains non-partisan information from multiple sources. Visit your state's election website for official government information. To learn more about what you see in the Voting Information Center, visit the Help Center.

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