Tuesday, March 8, 2016

FBI wants teachers to keep an eye out for students who may question government?

Political parties now just divide us.  Wouldn't it be super if an American ran for President that wasn't against so many Americans, but was truly a guy interested in uniting us?  Other Americans shouldn't be our own enemy as candidates sometimes seem to want.

Long prison sentences. It might be nice for America if before a legislator enacts a law putting people in prison OR a Judge sentences someone to prison, if, part of the job requirement to decide these things for us that they themselves would endure a week of regular prison life.  Just saying.  These jobs are pretty cushy with nice perks and it does not seem too steep a price to pay for these public service jobs.


Pennsylvania judge who won $291M Powerball jackpot plans to stay on the bench

Mar 7, 2016, 2:00 pm CST


How much is a year of wrongful incarceration worth? $1.5M is too high, federal judge rules

Mar 8, 2016, 6:15 am CST


The Brief: Cruz Keeps at Task of Grabbing Anti-Trump Mantle

by Jacob Sanchez and John Reynolds | March 8, 2016
Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz rally in Texas prior to the 2016 Texas primary.

The Big Conversation

With another four states set to hold nominating contests today, Ted Cruz worked hard Monday to position himself as the one best able to take on billionaire front-runner Donald Trump.
The Tribune’s Patrick Svitek reported that 150 delegates are up for grabs in Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi.
In Idaho, the Cruz campaign has aired a TV ad aimed at libertarian-leaning voters, and in Mississippi, Cruz is benefiting from the last-minute decision of Gov. Phil Bryant to endorse him in the race.
“Cruz still faces an uphill battle in Mississippi, part of a Deep South where Trump has previously stolen Cruz's thunder,”Svitek wrote. “On the eve of the primary, Cruz's campaign described the state of play in Mississippi as fluid.”
Today’s nominating contests might be more significant as a table setter for next Tuesday’s primaries in the home states ofMarco Rubio (Florida) and John Kasich (Ohio).
“Cruz is hoping at least one of his non-Trump foes — Rubio, the U.S. senator from Florida — loses his home state in a likely fatal blow to his campaign,” Svitek wrote. “Such a defeat would move Cruz significantly closer to the two-man race with Trump Cruz has desperately sought.”
To that end, one of the main super PACs supporting Cruz launched ads critical of Rubio’s attendance record in the Senate and his support for sugar subsidies.


Suit over allegedly misleading law-job stats goes to trial

Mar 8, 2016, 7:52 am CST



by jonathanturley
578018_621127964570414_630724178_nThere is a troubling case out of New York where U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino of Albany threw out a lawsuit alleging the denial of free speech after the government banned a food truck from a vendor program because its name was an Italian slur. The slur is "dago." It appeared on the food truck "Wandering Dago" owned by Andrew Loguidice and Brandon Snooks. I am half Sicilian and I may share that heritage with Judge D'Agostino. However, while we may both view the slur in the same way, we may see free speech protections differently. Judge D'Agostino wrote a comprehensive and interesting opinion that carefully looked at the governing precedent over forums and free speech. She ultimately found no protection for barring a truck based on the sensibilities of others. The case is Wandering Dago, Inc. v. Destito1:13-cv-1053 (MAD/DJS), UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26046.
Bellville Ranch Shoot Out


First-time offender blames lawyers for 33-year DUI term, but judge points to beer pong video

Lawyers for Kenneth Richard Jenkins had hoped for a four- to eight-year prison term in his driving-under-the-influence case because he was a first-time offender and expressed remorse for the accident he caused that killed three people.
But a judge gave Jenkins nearly 33 years at his 2011 sentencing, unfavorably influenced by a private investigator’s videotape that showed the defendant playing beer pong within weeks of the sentencing, the Palm Beach Post reported at the time. A cousin of one of the victims who died in the 2008 wrong-way crash hired the PI after hearing that Jenkins was still partying after the accident.
New lawyers for Jenkins argued last month that his original attorneys are to blame for the sentence in the Palm Beach County case, which may be the longest ever for a Florida DUI manslaughter. That’s because Jenkins would have been incarcerated, likely for a much shorter term, his new counsel contended, if he had taken a plea soon after the accident, another Palm Beach Post article reports.
But Circuit Judge Charles Burton has now upheld the hefty prison term, calling the beer pong video “the nail in the coffin” for Jenkins, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Burton said former defense counsel for Jenkins were right to pursue possible exculpatory evidence, even though it didn’t pan out. “The trial lawyers conducted themselves professionally and competently by investigating the case,” the judge said, “especially in light of the fact that there were two witnesses who suggested that the victims were going in the wrong direction.”



FBI Orders Teachers To Report Students Who Question Government

I thought we wanted our students to question most things and improve whatever needs improving.


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