Tuesday, September 6, 2016

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Putin is nicer than you think.  He's offered to give a bunch of us a ride to the polls.   

Hold onto your hat, Congress back at work after 7 weeks vacation.  It will only be for a short time, then, of course, they will take another vacation.  That hard work is why they need raises and we don't.

Republican Dr. Ben Carson just said he larned that the level of corruption on both sides of the aisle is nearly  unimaginable and Donald Trump as a businessman tapped into it regularly. I believe that.  We all should be disgusted by both political parties.  

Just finished my support group meeting.  I was an altar boy when I was young before I entered the seminary and it was completely uneventful and just a good all around experience.   Many of us in later years are wondering why. 



J.J. Prescott: Go to court without leaving home

Posted Sep 7, 2016 8:30 AM CDT
By Lorelei Laird
A few years ago, J.J. Prescott went to court to deal with a traffic ticket. The University of Michigan Law School professor waited four hours to have a very short informal hearing.
“Imagine if I lived in a rural area where the courthouse was two hours away,” he says. “And as a result, I had to miss an entire day of work to go to court, which, if I were paid by the hour, would equate to $100 or more in lost wages. All of that aggravation, all to come over to have that conversation.
“I can’t believe that in 50 years, that’s how our courts will operate.”
They might not, and Prescott’s work could be a reason why. The U-M Online Court Project, which began with his collaboration with former student Ben Gubernick, created an online platform allowing citizens to resolve smaller legal matters—civil infractions, plus minor warrants and misdemeanors—without having to go to court. Users submit their side of the story and other information, answer questions and eventually hear from a decision-maker.
Prescott says at least half of court cases are minor matters that could be resolved simply: “It can happen the way you request an increase in the credit limit on your credit card—at 11 p.m. from your couch.”
J.J. Prescott
Photograph by Wayne Slezak
Online interactions have a lot of advantages over the traditional model, Prescott says. They remove barriers caused by poverty, disability and personal obligations; reduce time spent on cases; avoid the intimidation and fear some people feel in courthouses; and sidestep the possibility that the defendant’s appearance could create perceived or actual bias.
The project was in the beginning stages when Prescott got the ticket. With a grant from the University of Michigan, he had a prototype made and convinced the Michigan state court administrative office to give the project access to court data.
Through the university’s Office of Technology Transfer, which helps academics build businesses out of their ideas, Prescott launched a startup, Court Innovations Inc., to market the technology and give it a permanent home. He now has the software, Matterhorn, in 15 Michigan district courts and is in talks with other states.
Having the state’s blessing was critical, Prescott says—not only for the data but also for credibility when trying to start a pilot project in local courts. The 14A district court, serving much of Washtenaw County, was the first to adopt the technology.
The county’s court administrator, Bob Ciolek, says it’s a massive advantage to everyone—citizens, law enforcement officers and the magistrate who handles traffic cases. Court Innovations says district 14A has cut its average case closure rate from 30 to 60 days to 7.67 days using the software. This has dramatically reduced staff time spent on cases, sped up revenue collection and reduced the number of appeals.
“That is [fewer] dockets that the magistrate has to hear,” Ciolek says, “which is good, because it frees her up to do other things.”
Court Innovations is collecting data on public response, but early feedback is good. The company heard from one user who appreciated the platform because she works 12-hour days whenever the court is open.
Court Innovations CEO M.J. Cartwright was brought on early to lend some business expertise. She appreciates Prescott’s willingness to let her take the lead in those areas.
“He really appreciates that you bring something to the table and he brings something to the table,” she says.
Prescott, 42, brings backgrounds in both law and economics to the table; he has a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received that after clerking for possibly the most famous appellate jurist of 2016—Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
“I know so many of his supporters say similar things, but I have never met somebody who is more hardworking, disciplined, careful and fair,” says Prescott. “I spent a year in his chambers and I’m much better for it.”


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The Curious Role Of Cheryl Mills As Both Witness and Lawyer In The FBI Investigation

by jonathanturley
cheryl_d-_mills136px-US-FBI-ShadedSeal_svgWe previously discussed the problematic role of all of the Clinton staffers speaking with FBI being represented by the same lawyer despite potential conflicts of interest. The release of material from the FBI has revealed an even more troubling role of a Clinton lawyer. In an accommodation that would have been refused in most criminal investigations, the FBI allowed Cheryl Mills to sit in on the interview of Hillary Clinton on the email scandal even though Mills is a witness and a key figure in the scandal. The FBI still allowed her to advise a witness who could have opposing or conflicting accounts to her own prior statements. It is a dual role that is frowned upon by bar rules and would likely draw intense objections in most cases. The accommodation reinforces the view that Clinton received extraordinary accommodations by the FBI in its consideration of criminal charges.






Eight People In Oregon Shown Pushing Over Famed “Duckbill” Rock Formation

by jonathanturley
rock1We have previously discussed the shameful case of the men pushing over ancient hoodoos in Utah with their children and other acts of vandalism of national and state parks. Now we have another groups of destructive narcissists who are shown on YouTube celebrating their destruction of a natural feature. Various adults filmed themselves pushing over a popular sandstone rock formation known as the "Duckbill" on an Oregon beach. For the joy of destroying the beautiful formation, these people ensured that no one will be able to see it.





Facebook Felon: Ohio Man Posted Wanted Poster As Facebook Picture . . . Police Immediately Friend Him

by jonathanturley
14202548_1015769851877489_4089395885883819036_nWe have previously discussed felons who use social media to highlight their crimes or evenobject to the use of mugshots as unflattering. Mack Yearwood did one better. He actually used his wanted poser as this Facebook profile picture. That led to a quick arrest from police who wanted to friend him.




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