Friday, March 11, 2016

New Website

My new webmaster is great.  He just update my website (first time in 15 years).  I haven't read it all yet, but it looks good.  Oh well.  I don't think that many people read our websites very much anyway.

At least if Trump wins Facebook should be a little calmer as everyone will be too afraid to criticize the  President, unlike our present situation.

The time that I taught law in college and taught photography to young people were happy times in my life.  It just was not financially rewarding.  These days I guess the students could get the same information off a youtube video.  Oh well.  It still was fun for me at the time.  I should have done it more.

In Trump's defense, at the beginning of each of his rallies a moderator makes several announcements to the crowd asking them to please not touch the protestors.  Evidence that Trump KNOWS his audience. 

Scientist have determined that Kim Kardashian cannot tarnish her reputation anymore than she already has.

Wow.  Trump was right.  Billionaires get what they want in the political arena.  Dr. Carson to endorse Trump in the morning.

Just registered as a drone operator. Regulations are complicated, filled with civil and criminal penalties.  I don't even own a drone yet, but am nervous that i just created a new way for the government to ruin my life. Soon you may have to have a law degree to be a United States citizen.

Lots of interest about the Republican debate tonight compared to the yawnfest of the Democrats.  Vegas bookies have it two to one that the top contenders are going to pull it out tonight.  

Bad news is that I probably won't have many friends left in November after all my political posts on Facebook.  The good news is that I've never had many friends to begin with. 



Fill Scalia vacancy, urge nearly 250 corporate lawyers in letter to Obama and Senate leaders

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Lawyer gets 17 years for helping fugitive client with stock scheme

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Mary Swank Posted on : Industry Trends Forum

10 predictions about how ibm’s watson will impact the legal profession

Photo Credit: Oleksiy Mark /
For the past decade technology has been the driving force behind our advancements in society. As technology has advanced we have gained new knowledge on countless subjects, which has led to changes in several professions. One profession that seems to be on the brink of change is the legal profession, thanks to IBM’s Watson. Watson is a computer system that interacts with humans. It understands natural language and can generate answers to questions and as people interact with it, Watson learns and becomes faster. Watson can also teach humans, instructing us as to how it got to the answer it reached.
In an article by the ABA Journal, they gave listed the following 10 predictions on how Watson will change the legal profession:
1. Watson will give lawyers permission to think innovatively and open up the conversation about what is possible in a field that may be somewhat “stuck”. There has already been a video made that discusses how Watson can help treat cancer patients better.
2. Watson will force a much more rigorous conversation about the actual structure of legal knowledge. Why? Because statutes, regulations, how-to-guides, policies, contracts and of course case law don’t work together especially well, making it challenging for systems like Watson to interpret them.
3. The way law is taught will change. Many or most of the Socratic Method questions posed in a first-year contracts class will likely be answerable by students referencing their “ContractsWatson” at their desk.
4. The new system will lead some law schools to integrate other disciplines into the practice of law.
5. Complexity concerning areas like Dodd-Frank, the Affordable Care Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or mergers and acquisitions integration, will become more manageable which will reduce the cost of law.
6. Younger lawyers will be empowered as they will be the first ones to accept Watson.
7. Watson will accelerate better organization of legal information and legal data.
8. Watson may be used as a dedicated or embedded service for specific legal workflows.
9. New authoring and publishing norms will be adopted. Watson or AI systems like it will likely become a standard authoring/query model. Just as most companies today write their Web information to optimize for Google’s search, professional knowledge will want to be better synthesized through a system like Watson.
10. Lawyers won’t be displaced. Watson will make the law more accessible as well as more transparent, both of which are things the law should be.
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Bellville Ranch Shoot Out


City Hall Blog

Appeals court finally hands Dallas $750,000 victory in case of illegally razed West End depot

Six long years ago, a Dallas jury determined that in 2006, TCI West End Inc. illegally razed one of downtown’s most historic buildings, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad depot built at Ross Avenue and Record Street around 1925. That jury awarded a $750,000 civil penalty to the city and $1.5 million in damages to the Texas Historical Commission. Said then-Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, “The jury’s verdict reaffirms the importance of the city’s historic structures and the established processes that must be respected.”
But all these years — and one under-construction apartment complex — later, the city has yet to see a dime. In the spring of 2013, the 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas reversed the verdict. The Texas Supreme Court disagreed with that decision and, just last year, kicked the case back to the appeals court.
But, finally, there is what appears to be a resolution.
On Wednesday, the 5th Court of Appeals acknowledged that, yes, it erred when vacating the verdict three years ago. Writes Justice David Evans at the end of the 16-page opinion below, “We affirm the trial court’s award of $750,000 in civil penalties to the city.”
Three years ago, the appeals court sided with TCI, which has always insisted that it razed the building because it didn’t know it was a historic landmark in a historic district. TCI also said it didn’t need the OK from the city’s Landmark Commission. The justices agreed and said the city should have explicitly told TCI that the depot was historic. Said the appeals court’s initial ruling, “A property owner cannot knowingly violate a city ordinance if he is not notified that the ordinance exists.”
But there was ample proof that TCI knowingly violated the ordinance. And as the appeals court ruled yesterday, “TCI’s construction of the ordinances is incorrect.”

Initially, it told the city it was going to demolish an adjacent “500-square-foot guard shack” and not the entirety of the 29,000-square-foot building. City staffers signed off on that demo permit, then realized, rather quickly, what TCI was actually trying to do. The permit was quickly yanked, but by then, TCI had found someone willing to demolish the building.
On April 29, 2006 — a Saturday — that contractor tore down the MKT and vanished its remains when no one was looking.
And now, says the appeals court, it will finally have to pay the city for doing so.
“We are pleased that the court of appeals’ decision in TCI West End Inc. v. City of Dallas confirms that cities may obtain civil penalties for zoning violations under chapter 54 of the local government code,” said first assistant city attorney Chris Bowers via email. “The court upheld that cities can seek compliance after a violation has occurred. This ruling should deter others from unlawfully demolishing historic landmarks.”




7 people went undercover as inmates for 2 months, and they revealed harrowing details about an Indiana jail


Conservative Student Leader at University of Southern California Faces Impeachment For Inviting Conservative Speakers To Campus

by jonathanturley
University_of_Southern_California_USC_174423This week we discussed the effort toimpeach two student leaders at Bowdoin. Their offense was wearing sombreros as a fiesta-themed party. Now, there is an effort to impeachment a conservative student leader at the University of Southern California for inviting a conservative speaker to campus. Jacob Ellenhorn appears to have done little more than facilitate conservative voices to be heard on campus.

Egyptian Journalist Criminally Charged After Criticizing Al-Sisi

by jonathanturley
sisi-mouseWe have another abusive crackdown in Egypt under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Egypt has seen a dramatic rollback on civil liberties under al-Sisi. In Egypt, a teenager was jailed for cartoons of Muhammadand a leading businessman was attacked for a cartoon of Micky Mouse with a beard. Then there was the three-year sentence given Amr Nohan, a 22-year-old law graduate for posting a Facebook image of el-Sisi with Mickey Mouse-style cartoon ears. A leading cartoonist Islam Gawish, 26, was arrested in Egypt by the hyper sensitive al-Sisi government. Now Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadeq ordered an investigation into a TV presenter, Azza Al-Henawy, who simply criticized al-Sisi for not delivering on promise.

Galveston Strand Area.  Worries me a little, my daughter works in that area


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