Thursday, May 11, 2017

Office Depot impossible to pay online

Let's face the truth.  Due to the plethora of criminal laws, most of us are a success today because we were not caught violating laws when we were young. Due to increasing enactments by the politicians our young today are over-challenged.  When clicking "like" can wreck your future...we are in deep trouble. 

Timing important. Can we at least impeach The Great Negotiator  (for anything) before he starts his war?

Internet: All knowledge obtainable, yet we use it to post pictures of cats peering through a hole in slice bread.



President Richard M. Nixon during a rally on Long Island in October 1972.


In Trump's Firing of James Comey, Echoes of Watergate

Not since Watergate has a president dismissed the person leading an investigation bearing on him, and the dismissal drew instant comparisons to the Saturday Night Massacre.



A Kurdish Y.P.G. fighter watched as a convoy of United States military vehicles passed in Darbasiya, Syria, last month.
Trump to Arm Syrian Kurds, Even as Turkey Strongly Objects


American commanders have long argued for arming the Y.P.G., a Kurdish militia with some of the most experienced fighters in the battle against the Islamic State.



United States v. Broca-Martinez No. 16-40817

Before KING, JOLLY, and PRADO, Circuit Judges.

AFFIRMED. (April 28, 2017).

Posted in Criminal Procedure, Fourth Amendment

Cecilio Broca-Martinez appealed the District Court's denial of his motion to suppress. While on patrol in December 2015, Officer Juan Leal began following Broca-Martinez's vehicle because it matched a description Homeland Security agents had provided the Laredo Police Department. Officer Leal stopped Broca-Martinez after a computer search indicated the vehicle's insurance status was "unconfirmed." The traffic stop led to the discovery that Broca-Martinez was in the country illegally and that he was harboring undocumented immigrants at his residence. Broca-Martinez entered a conditional guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to transport undocumented aliens in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1324. On appeal, he contended that there was no reasonable suspicion justifying the initial stop. In a case of first impression, the Fifth Circuit confronts the question of whether a state computer database indication of insurance status may establish reasonable suspicion. Joining several other Circuits, the Court finds that such information may give rise to reasonable suspicion as long as there is either some evidence suggesting the database is reliable or at least an absence of evidence that it is unreliable. The Court concludes that a state computer database indication of insurance status may establish reasonable suspicion when the officer is familiar with the database and the system itself is reliable. Viewed in the light most favorable to the Government, Officer Leal's testimony provided sufficient support for the reliability of the database. In testifying at the suppression hearing, Officer Leal explained the process for inputting license plate information, described how these records were kept, and noted that he was familiar with these records. Finding there was reasonable suspicion, the Court affirms the judgment of the District Court.

On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Diana Saldana).
Attorney for Appellant - Claudia Valdez Balli, Laredo, TX
Attorney for Appellee - Carmen Castillo Mitchell, Houston, TX

FBI contradicts Trump team on Comey firing

Piece by piece, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe undermined recent White House explanations about the firing of FBI Director James Comey during testimony before a Senate committee Thursday.
Read more 



A visualization of the orbits of the seven planets circling the star Trappist-1.


The Harmony That Keeps Trappist-1's 7 Earth-size Worlds From Colliding


Astronomers can now explain why the recently discovered Earth-size planets, tightly packed, don't simply fly apart. And now, you can give it a listen.
Rod Rosenstein


An Open Letter to the Deputy Attorney General


Rod Rosenstein has more authority than anyone else to restore Americans' confidence in their government.


"I think the Comey operation was breathing down the neck of the Trump campaign and their operatives, and this was an effort to slow down the investigation."
SENATOR DICK DURBIN, Democrat of Illinois, on the firing of James B. Comey as F.B.I. director.




Camila Rivera during a math class at Dr. Hiram González School in Bayamón, P.R. The school will absorb about 190 students as part of a cost-saving consolidation.
Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis Claims Another Casualty: Its Schools


The secretary of education in Puerto Rico has pushed for closings and consolidations to save money. Teachers fear the cuts will cost them their jobs.




Report: Rosenstein Threatened To Resign Over False Account Regarding His Comey Memorandum

by jonathanturley
Rod_Rosenstein_US_AttorneyDeputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who wrote the memorandum firing James Comey  is back in the news today.  Various news organizations are reporting that he reportedly threatened to quit after the White House represented that Comey was fired based on his recommendation.  Both the Washington Post and ABC News are reporting that Rosenstein was sufficiently outraged by the White House statements that he was prepared to walk.  The reporting is highly disturbing on a number of levels.  The White House made a notable change in its account of the decision yesterday -- admitting that Trump decided that he wanted Comey gone over a week earlier.  Of course, this does not change the fact that Rosenstein recommended the firing of Comey in the memo but it raises serious questions of the veracity of the White House.





Do you communicate with clients on social media?

This week, we noted that a Nebraska lawyer was suspended over the nonspecific nature of his replies to his client’s messages sent via Facebook.
Some readers’ comments to this story on Facebook were surprised the lawyer was communicating with a client on Facebook at all, while others point out that for better or worse, it’s often clients starting these social media exchanges with their counsels—this is how they want to communicate.
So this week, we’d like to ask you: Do you communicate with clients on social media? If you object to it, how do you handle clients who send you social media messages? Do you communicate with potential clients via a law firm account on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter and then take client communications to another platform?
Answer in the comments.
Read the answers to last week’s question: How do you guard your personal data?
Featured answer:
Posted by aliaslawyer “I do my work via VPN, use duckduckgo as my search engine … but have “embraced” tracking the same way I ‘embraced’ tracking back when they did it with magazine subscriptions—for every search I do, I try to search for something unrelated that I am absolutely not interested in. (We all have downtime on hold, etc. for that!)”
Do you have an idea for a question of the week? If so, contact us.



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