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Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization - SCOTUSblog

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Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization

Docket No.Op. BelowArgumentOpinionVoteAuthorTerm
19-13925th Cir. Dec 1, 2021Jun 24, 20226-3AlitoOT 2021

Holding: The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey are overruled; the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.

JudgmentReversed and remanded, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Alito on June 24, 2022. Justices Thomas and Kavanaugh filed concurring opinions. Chief Justice Roberts filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan filed a dissenting opinion.

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A Practical Guide for Healthcare Providers, Lawyers, Medical Examiners, Child Welfare Workers, and Policymakers

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Since 1973, National Advocates for Pregnant Women ("NAPW") has documented more than 1,700 instances across the country
in which women have been arrested, prosecuted, convicted, detained, or forced to undergo medical interventions because of their pregnancy status or outcomes.
The rate at which state actors are criminalizing pregnant women is accelerating rapidly. NAPW has documented roughly three times as many deprivations of liberty from 2006-2020 than it has from 1973-2005.3

The women subjected to pregnancy- based prosecutions and forced medical interventions are overwhelmingly low income, disproportionately Black and Brown, and the majority are drug-using.4

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Lawyers are usually able to provide the best legal services possible when they are objective and are governed by reason and not by emotion. Then family comes along ...

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Why It's Impossible to Rent a Car Right Now | WIRED

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What happened? The pandemic, the chip shortage, and the war in Ukraine, for starters. But this isn't just a short-term shock; the car rental market could be changed forever. That's likely to mean permanently higher prices, an influx of electric cars, and the appearance of Chinese brands--and perhaps even the rise of peer-to-peer car sharing as a mainstream alternative, if enough people are willing to share their cars with strangers.

Things started to break down in early 2020, when lockdowns around the world resulted in the car rental market falling off a cliff. Almost two-thirds of Avis-Budget's rental business at airports vanished, with revenues company-wide sliding 41 percentyear-on-year in 2020. At Europcar, 2020 revenue was down 42 percent, and Hertz's revenue fell 46 percent before it filed for bankruptcy--though it has since restructured and recovered.

In response to the mayhem, rental companies sold off their cars. In the UK, fleets were slashed by 30 percent, according to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), a car rental membership organization. In 2019, Hertz had 700,000 vehicles globally. In the first quarter of 2022, that collapsed to 481,000, according to a company spokesperson. Europcar's fleet size numbered 293,000 vehicles in the first quarter of 2020 but plunged to 187,200 in 2021.

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How Scammers Use Emotions to Persuade | Squared Away Blog

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Center for Retirement Research at Boston College:

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In the Social Security imposter scam, someone claiming to be from the agency tells the intended victim that he has been accused of a crime and that his bank account will be frozen. To prevent arrest and preserve the money, the individual is instructed to withdraw the funds and buy gift cards or exchange the cash for virtual currency such as Bitcoin. A government official, the caller claims, will return the funds tomorrow.

More than 300,000 people lost millions of dollars in this scam between 2018 and 2021. At a broader level, imposters purporting to be from various government agencies were the most common fraud reported in 2019 to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which tracks and investigates cases of consumer fraud.

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This free 75-minute webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Define an Offer in Compromise
  • Describe the offer process and lifecycle
  • Provide helpful hints
  • Plus, a live Q & A

Registration: To register for the event, visit the Internal Revenue Service Webinar Registration  website. Questions? Email us at: cl.sl.web.conference.team@irs.gov.
Sponsored By: IRS Stakeholder Liaison

All participants who qualify will receive a Certificate of Completion. Tax Professionals - earn up to 1 CE Credit. Category: Federal Tax.

Closed captioning will be offered.

Date: May 26, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. (ET); 1:00 p.m. (CT); 12:00 p.m. (MT); 11:00 a.m. (Arizona and Pacific), 8:00 a.m. (Hawaii)

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Plunge in crypto values boosts calls for regulations | The Hill

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BY SYLVAN LANE

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A plunge in cryptocurrency values and the collapse of popular tokens are stoking panic among some investors and boosting pressure on Washington to act. 

Rising interest rates and recession risks have caused sharp sell-offs across financial markets, including the stock market. Many crypto investors have seen their holdings evaporate -- along with major players in the burgeoning digital asset space.

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Cryptocurrencies and the platforms used to exchange and hold them often straddle the gaps between different rules and regulators at both the federal and state levels. Lawmakers in both parties generally agree on the need for adjusting current financial regulations to better fit the unique ways crypto blurs traditional lines between securities, commodities and currencies.

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Repro Legal Helpline

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The Repro Legal Helpline is a free, confidential helpline where you can get legal information or advice about self-managed abortion, young people's access to abortion or judicial bypass, and referrals to local resources.

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If you have been arrested, questioned by the police, or charged with a crime for your abortion, we may also be able to help you by finding you a lawyer in your state, or working with your lawyer to help with your defense.

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BY CHRIS MILLS RODRIGO 

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Concerns that data gathered from peoples' interactions with their digital devices could potentially be used to identify individuals seeking or performing abortions have come into the spotlight with the news that pregnancy termination services could soon be severely restricted or banned in much of the United States.

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This is not a theoretical threat -- prosecutors have already used phone data to establish intent to terminate a pregnancy.

In a 2017 case in Mississippi, Latice Fisher was charged with second degree murder after showing up to a hospital after having lost her pregnancy. An investigation was launched based on suspicions tied to her failing to return for an ultrasound after admitting to being pregnant during a check up. Prosecutors used searches for the medical abortion pill misoprostol on her phone, which she turned over voluntarily, as evidence in their argument that she had "intentionally" terminated her pregnancy.

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Millions of dollars worth of John Deere agricultural machinery stolen from a dealership in Ukraine by Russian Federation forces has been traced to the Chechen Republic and bricked, it is reported.

In this instance, the Moline, Illinois-based Deere & Co.'s penchant for proprietary digital access controls may have worked out well from a public-relations standpoint, if the account is true. The looted tractors and combine harvesters have been remotely disabled, according to an unidentified Ukrainian interviewed by CNN, leaving those responsible looking for ways to bypass the machinery's digital locks.


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The Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers sent a letter to ABA President Reginald Turner on Monday that proposes a change to Model Rule 5.5 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which can be adopted by states as their own. Model Rule 5.5 governs unauthorized practice of law and multijurisdictional practice.

"Our proposal advocates that a lawyer admitted in any United States jurisdiction should be able to practice law and represent willing clients without regard to the geographic location of the lawyer or the client, without regard to the forum where the services are to be provided, and without regard to which jurisdiction's rules apply at a given moment in time," said the letter, written by Brian Faughnan, president of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.


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A public-private partnership is throwing the book at climate change, but a treatise for reducing carbon emissions had to be written first.

New York State Energy Research and Development AuthorityEmpire State Realty Trust, the Durst OrganizationVornado Realty Trust and Hudson Square Properties produced a free online guidebook for making buildings compliant with Local Law 97, using the Empire State Building's efforts to go greener as an example.

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Brendan J. Lyons

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ALBANY -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany's effort to keep secret the psychological treatment records of suspected pedophile priests was rejected Thursday by a state appellate court in a ruling that could affect thousands of Child Victims Act cases in New York.

The appellate panel also upheld state Supreme Court Justice L. Michael Mackey's decision ordering the diocese to turn over the personnel records of at least 48 priests whom the church determined had been credibly accused of child sexual abuse over a period stretching from 1946 to 1999.

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POUGHKEEPSIE - Attorneys throughout the state have organized a three-day protest after Governor Hochul removed modest rate increases for attorneys that participate in the "assigned counsel" program for people who cannot afford an attorney.  The attorneys will not be accepting new clients from any courts on April 18th, 19th, and 20th.

Governor Hochul removed the raises for 18-b attorneys from the state budget. The Senate and the Assembly had approved raising the rates in criminal cases from $75 an hour to $150 an hour for people charged with felonies and $120.00 an hour for misdemeanor cases. The family court rate was slated to go from $75 an hour to $150 an hour.  The current rate structure has been in place for more than a decade without any increases.

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By Special to Syracuse.com | Kathleen M. Dougherty

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Kathleen M. Dougherty is the executive director of the Onondaga County Bar Association Assigned Counsel Program.

Open Letter to Sens John Mannion and Rachel May; and Assembly members Will Barclay, John Lemondes, Pam Hunter, Bill Magnarelli and Al Stirpe:

It was with great disappointment that I learned that Gov. Kathy Hochul's final state budget did not include any amendments to county law article 18-b or the Family Court Act regarding compensation for assigned counsel and attorneys for the child (AFCs). Nor did the budget include any funding for an increase in the hourly rates. Almost as upsetting, there seems to be no clear reason given for the failure to include the increase, especially in light of the fact that it was in both the Senate and Assembly one-house budgets.

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The Associated Press

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New York approved 52 licenses Thursday that will allow hemp farmers to get a head start on growing marijuana for the state's upcoming adult market.

Of them, the most -- six -- are in Dutchess County, with four each in Schoharie and Washington counties.

The state Cannabis Control Board approved the licenses under a recent law that allows hemp cultivators to grow marijuana for the legal recreational market for two years. Hemp is a type of cannabis plant with lower levels of THC, marijuana's active ingredient.

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Pages 12, Numbers 12, and Keynote 12 - TidBITS

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Apple has updated its iWork apps to version 12, providing Shortcuts support in all three apps to create and open documents when running in macOS 12 Monterey. You can also now use Shortcuts to add rows to a table in Numbers and rehearse a slideshow or start presenting in Keynote. Pages now enables you to publish files up to 2 GB directly to Apple Books and can read comments and tracked changes using VoiceOver. And Numbers now lets you create formulas and quickly fill cells with autofill using VoiceOver and enables copying a snapshot of table cells without formulas, categories, or hidden values. (Free; Pages, 284.5 MB, release notesNumbers, 252.8 MB, release notesKeynote, 341.8 MB, release notes; macOS 11.0+)

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Over the weekend, a GM Cruise converted Chevy Bolt without a driver was pulled over by San Francisco Police. In an unexpected turn, the car "bolted" to a safe spot. Cruise responded.

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Cannabis Workforce Development | Department of Labor

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The New York State Department of Labor is launching a new Cannabis Workforce Site: https://dol.ny.gov/cannabis-workforce-development. This is a one-stop shop for resources and tools for individuals interested in working and building relevant professional skills in the New York Cannabis Industry. The website will be updated as new opportunities become available.

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The New York State Department of Labor's Cannabis Workforce Development Unit is designed to assist both job seekers and businesses who work in the adult-use, medical cannabis, and cannabinoid hemp industries. We connect workers to a variety of employment opportunities in this emerging field. We also support businesses so they may thrive in the New York economy. Explore how we can help New Yorkers work in this exciting industry.

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Adult-use cannabis products excise tax

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If you're an adult-use cannabis products distributor, you must pay an excise tax on your sales of adult-use cannabis products (AUC) to adult-use cannabis products retailers. If you're an adult-use cannabis products retailer, you must pay a retail excise tax on the AUC you sell or transfer to retail customers.

Before you begin distributing or selling AUC, you must register with the Tax Department. If you're not a licensed distributor or retailer, you must first apply for an AUC license with the New York State Office of Cannabis Management (OCM).

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