Monday, July 18, 2016


I don't mind that most of my friends are multi-millionaires.  I just mind when they make me get them coffee.

Maybe if Trump cried tears.  As macho as I am, I've always been a sucker for big crocodile tears.
Facebook just gave me a warning that they are carefully watching my posts and it insist that in the future at least some of them have to make sense.

Stacy Tattler Welcome

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, himself a former presidential candidate, is scheduled to address convention attendees this week, despite the fact that Cruz has not yet endorsed Trump in the race; former Gov. Rick Perry will also speak. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and other state Republicans are expected to deliver remarks before the Texas delegation in Cleveland.


by jonathanturley
440px-Supreme_Court_US_2010Below is my column on Sunday in the Chicago Tribune on the controversy involving Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg’s expression of “regret” over “ill-advised” statements may strike many as a bit short of an actual apology for what was facially unethical conduct. However, it was more than was required because nothing is required from a Supreme Court justice. That is the problem. Not the tirade against Trump. Not the criticism of Republicans in Congress. The real problem is that Ginsburg and her colleagues claim that the Code of Judicial Ethics is only binding on lesser jurists. Indeed, a majority of justices have been accused of ethical violations, but the Supreme Court is the only part of our government that is not subject to any enforceable code of ethics. Ginsburg’s apology should not detract attention from pressing need for reforms of our Court, including the creation of an enforceable ethical code for the justices. Once again, we have addressed only the latest manifestation of the problem on the Court rather than the underlying cause: the absence of an enforceable code of ethics for the justices. I have long advocated two primary reforms for the Court: the establishment of an enforceable code of ethics and the expansion of the Court to 19 members. What was disturbing recently during an appearance on the Washington Journal on C-Span was how many people argued against an enforceable code of ethics and just accepted that justices speak and act politically. While some people simply supported what Ginsburg had to say about Trump, others view the notion of an enforceable code of ethics as "naive" despite that fact that all other federal jurists comply with such a code. Below is the column:


Cleveland Police Ask For Emergency Suspension Of Open Carry Laws During Republican Convention

Ohio is an “open carry” state which allows gun owners to carry them in plain sight. People have been exercising this right around the site of the Republican convention:



liz ashley




I want my rocking chair days to be happy.



Openly Gay Bishop Elected To United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction In Defiance Of Church Law

by Darren Smith
By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
united-methodist-church-logoA fortnight ago we featured an article reporting that theThe Pacific NW Annual Conference voted to not enforce church law proscribing homosexuality. Now, The Western Jurisdiction Conference elected the first openly-lesbian United Methodist Bishop.
The Rev. Karen Oliveto, senior pastor of Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco was elected on the 17th ballot which included The Rev. Frank Wulf, another openly gay candidate.
Such ordinations are in direct contravention to The Book of Discipline which reads as follows:
304.3 Qualifications for Ordination
"While persons set apart by the Church for ordained ministry are subject to all the frailties of the human condition and the pressures of society, they are required to maintain the highest standards of holy living in the world. The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.
1. "Self-avowed practicing homosexual" is understood to mean that a person openly acknowledges to a bishop, district superintendent, district committee of ordained ministry, board of ordained ministry, or clergy session that the person is a practicing homosexual.
With several Annual Conferences adopting non-conformity to enforcing bans against gay individuals, the election of gay bishops I believe certainly shows evidence of effective inertia toward acceptance of our gay community members

Pakistani Brother Reportedly Confesses To Strangling Feminist Icon Sister In Latest Islamic “Honor Killing”

by jonathanturley
_84eba3e8-ecd9-11e5-90f8-20a657ae7b03The latest Islamic "honor killing" has claimed a feminist and YouTube star in Pakistan. Qandeel Baloch who challenged many religious and cultural norms for women in Pakistan was strangled to death by her brother, who has now admitted to the murder. Waseem Azeem told police that he was tired of ridicule by other Muslims for his nonconforming sisters and "I was determined either to kill myself or kill her." Despite the universal view that the former option would have been far better than the latter, he decided to choke the life out of his own sister to uphold his view of Islamic morality.

Missouri Car Accident Lawyer Accused In Alleged Lethal Drag Race Accident

by jonathanturley
5786df67ed2c1.imageA lawyer who specializes in wrongful death cases and car accidents has found himself at the center of such a case . . . as a criminal defendant. Scott A. Bailey, 44, allegedly crashed his Mustang into a woman’s SUV during a drag race. Kathleen “Kay” Koutroubis, 73, was fatally injured. The other man is Haven A. Sooter, 39, was driving a BMW who suffered a broken arm and a concussion in the crash.

President Obama said on Sunday that
Obama Condemns Baton Rouge Shooting and Calls, Again, for Unity


"Attacks on police are an attack on all of us," the president said, the fifth time in nine days that he had spoken publicly about shootings involving the police.

CoiffeurGate: Hollande’s Hair Costs Leaves Many French In Shock

by jonathanturley
220px-François_Hollande_(Journées_de_Nantes_2012)It is the prototypical French scandal: CoiffeurGate.  While U.S. leaders are hounded by national security lapses or fraud allegations, President François Hollande is under fire for paying roughly 10,000 euros per month to his personal hairdresser.  The unpopular socialist has failed to deliver on key campaign promises and has reversed early disastrous policies that resulted in an exodus of wealthy people from the country.  However, his pricey hair maintenance appears the final blow for many who are outraged as the excess of the President.  To put it in perspective,Holland's hair costs roughly the same as what one of his government ministers make in a year.  What is particularly curious is that there does not appear a whole lot of hair up there to cultivate, but it is enough for a wonderfully French scandal.


Convicted rapists in Massachusetts received no prison time about 14 percent of the time

Jul 18, 2016, 8:00 am CDT


Why Gibson Dunn represented a New York financier for only 16 days

A federal appeals court appears to be making a point about bringing lawyers into a case with the possible goal of forcing the recusal of a judge.
In July 14 order (PDF), the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck the appearances of five Gibson Dunn partners, including former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson and Randy Mastro, who was in the news when he was lead author of a report on the New Jersey bridge scandal. (sub. req.) reports on the two-sentence order and the court’s reference to a 2000 case raising concerns about how late-hired lawyers could cause the recusal of a judge.
Gibson Dunn represented New York financier Lynn Tilton for 16 days before the court issued its July 14 order, according to Tilton was challenging the constitutionality of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s in-house judges, but the 2nd Circuit ruled in a 2-1 decision June 1 that it had no jurisdiction in the case. The decision allowed the Securities and Exchange Commission’s case against Tilton to proceed, CNBC reported at the time.
One of the judges in the majority was Robert Sack, a former Gibson Dunn partner. He did not participate in the order striking the appearances of the Gibson Dunn lawyers. A lawyer not affiliated with the firm filed a petition for rehearing on Tilton’s behalf on July 15.
Sack was also a judge in the 2000 case, which also rejected Gibson Dunn’s appearance.
“Once the members of a panel assigned to hear an appeal become known or knowable,” the 2000 order said, “counsel thereafter retained to appear in that matter should consider whether appearing might cause the recusal of a member of the panel. We make no finding as to good faith or intent by the estimable lawyers of Gibson, Dunn. It is clear, however, that tactical abuse becomes possible if a lawyer’s appearance can influence the recusal of a judge known to be on a panel. Litigants might retain new counsel for rehearing for the very purpose of disqualifying a judge who ruled against them.”
The code of conduct for federal judges requires recusal when a judge’s impartiality “might reasonably be questioned.” A judicial ethics advisory opinion says many judges impose their own recusal rules for a certain time period after leaving a law firm, and recommends recusal for at least two years, the story points out. Sack left Gibson Dunn in 1998.
Gibson Dunn didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment emailed late Friday afternoon.

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