Monday, February 8, 2016

Bowl


Mixed bowl reviews.


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Thirty-four of the 91 remaining detainees at the Guantánamo prison have been recommended for transfer.
Guantánamo Prisoner Sent Home to Morocco Remains in Legal Limbo

By CHARLIE SAVAGE and AIDA ALAMI

Younis Shokuri feared being repatriated to Morocco, and his lawyers said they were assured there was a deal between the U.S. and Moroccan governments. Yet he remains in custody in his native country.


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Megan






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Marc Edwards, seated, a Virginia Tech professor, led a research team of students and professors whose members included, from left, Siddhartha Roy, Pan Ji, Otto Schwake and Jeffrey Parks.
As Flint Fought to Be Heard, Virginia Tech Team Sounded Alarm

By MITCH SMITH

Young scientists and their professor helped force Michigan officials to acknowledge the elevated levels of lead in drinking water, and now the government has requested the team's assistance.


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Chief Justice Roberts complains that the public perceives his court to be politicized

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said late Wednesday that partisan extremism is damaging the public’s perception of the role of the Supreme Court, recasting the justices as players in the political process rather than its referees. [...]
“It’s usually discussed as, ‘Oh, you’re in favor of this or you’re in favor of that,’ ” Roberts said in response to questions from law dean John F. O’Brien.
“In fact, our ruling is that whoever does get to decide this or that is allowed to do it, and that it’s not unconstitutional, that it’s consistent with the law. But we often have no policy views on the matter at all. And that’s an important distinction.”
The counterexample, of course, would be Justice Antonin Scalia, a man who at this point will choose whatever legal theory he momentarily feels like to decide a case in favor of the side every political observer assumes he will and will happily discard that theory for the next case. But if the court in general is rigorously corporate-favoring, or conspicuously willing to discard longstanding precedents in order to ratchet our laws one direction or another, that seems a topic worthy of discussion.
Or maybe it's because confirmation hearings are too politicized these days and everyone else should just shut up. Sure, that works too.
“When you have a sharply political, divisive hearing process, it increases the danger that whoever comes out of it will be viewed in those terms — if the Democrats and Republicans have been fighting so furiously about whether you’re going to be confirmed, it’s natural for some member of the public to think, well you must be identified in a particular way as a result of that process.
Other times someone gets appointed to the court after declaring themselves a humble umpire calling balls and strikes, and it's only after sitting themselves down in the big chair that it turns out they have some pretty strong opinions on which of our current laws need a rigorous pruning. But sure, it's probably just all in our heads.

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Amanda



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NARAL Denounces Superbowl Ads as “Transphobic” and “Sexist”

by jonathanturley
Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 9.09.11 AMLike many people, my family held a Superbowl party with friends (and my signature Chili dish)to watch both the game and the commercials. The group is about evenly divided between which is the greater draw, though with a relatively dull game the commercials took on a heightened level of scrutiny. The commercials were not a bumper crop this year but there were a few particularly funny spots. I liked the Doritos baby commercial, the Christopher Walkin commercial, and the Prius commercial the most. There are posted below. However, NARAL Pro-Choice America, a leading advocacy group on the issue of abortion, quickly sent out tweets denouncing various commercials in an apparent effort to show critics that the organization is truly incapable of humor or restraint at such moments.




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Janet Cooksey, left, is embraced at the funeral for her son, Quintonio LeGrier, in Chicago in January. The police officer who fatally shot Mr. LeGrier in December has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $10 million in damages from the teenager's estate for
Chicago Officer, Citing Emotional Trauma, Sues Estate of Teenager He Fatally Shot

By MITCH SMITH

The police officer who fatally shot Quintonio LeGrier, a black 19-year-old and an unarmed bystander, is seeking more than $10 million for "extreme emotional trauma."


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Spanish Court Sentences Puppeteers Arrested For Glorifying Terrorism

by jonathanturley
220px-Swanage_Punch_&_JudySpanish Puppeteers Alfónso Lázaro de la Torre and Raul García Pérez could be headed to prison after a decision by Judge Ismael Moreno Chamarro. The Court noted that the two men performed for children in a play that included "the hanging of a doll dressed as a judge, the stabbing of policeman, the rape of a nun and her later stabbing with a crucifix". That is certainly a large measure beyond the Punch and Judy shows that we grew up with. However, the question remains whether such shows, as disgusting as they are, should be turned into criminalized speech or left to civil liability and public pressures.
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Tarantino Borrows Antique Guitar For Filming Of The Hateful Eight . . . Then Kurt Russell Smashes Guitar

by jonathanturley
imagesQuentin Tarantino did not have to do much to get me into "The Hateful Eight." I am a Cowboy movie addict and like the Tarantino films generally. However, I really appreciate movies that combine entertainment with real litigation to bring my world together. That function was performed brilliantly by Kurt Russell who, in a scene, destroys a guitar that he is playing in the movie. The guitar was borrowed by Tarantino from the Martin Guitar Museum in Pennsylvania and was viewed as a highly valuable 145--year-old period piece. It was supposed to be replaced by a prop instead to the horror of the museum, it was smashed beyond repair.


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Criminal Robs Photo Booth . . . Booth Snaps Photo Of Criminal

by jonathanturley
12669672_1075529909134706_3901838939632469771_n12654661_1075529912468039_1041004407157536913_nHere's the problem with robbing a photo booth . . . it is a photobooth. That lesson was learned by a thief in Batavia, Illinois who effectively took his own Wanted Poster, which has now been released by police searching for the man.







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