Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Abandon Hope = Trump Care

Golf yesterday.  Good thing I enjoy just getting outside.

It's official. America's attention, retention span is forty four seconds. Trump LOVES us for who we are. #$$$$ #THISIbelieve

One would think that there would be ONE person in Congress that thinks the people should have as good of health insurance as they have. Allegedly we are their master and they are our servants.

Have you noticed few hikers are climate deniers?



7th Circuit again rejects short sentence for former officer, tosses judge from case

Jun 21, 2017, 7:45 am CDT


Video of Police Killing of Philando Castile Is Publicly Released


State investigators released the dashboard video of Officer Jeronimo Yanez shooting Mr. Castile in Minnesota last year that had been shown to jurors.



Yale Sacks Dean Over “Classist” and “Insensitive” Yelp Reviews

by jonathanturley
yelp200px-Yale_University_Shield_1.svgWe recently discussed the controversy surrounding postings by June Chu, dean of the school's Pierson College, on Yelp.  She was called classist for such comments as "This establishment is definitely not authentic by any stretch of any imagination and perfect for those low class folks who believe this is a real night out." Chu has now been fired by the university in a move that makes many academics feel uncomfortable over the monitoring of their statements outside of school in social media.


John Steinbrink, a Democrat, was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1996. After the redrawing of district boundaries, he lost to a Republican opponent in 2012.
Some States Beat Supreme Court to Punch on Eliminating Gerrymanders


A handful of states, including California, have tried to minimize the partisanship in redistricting - but mostly because voters, not politicians, insisted on it.

High School Cut Student President’s Mike When He Calls For Greater Student Rights At Graduation

by jonathanturley
Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 9.49.06 PMWe have previously discussed the erosion of free speech rights in high schools as well as the expansion of discipline for students for discussions and postings outside of school.  That conflict was vividly shown in Pennsylvania where Peter Butera was speaking to the graduating class of his high school when he criticized the lack of power in student government.  The response from Principal Jon Pollard was swift.  Butera's mike was cut off and he was escorted stage.

Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns as C.E.O.


The company's co-founder had been under increasing pressure, and several major investors demanded that he resign from the company immediately.
Karen Handel and her husband, Steve, after her victory in Georgia's Sixth Congressional District runoff election on Tuesday.
Karen Handel Wins Georgia Special Election, Fending Off Upstart Democrat


In a demoralizing result for Democrats, Ms. Handel defeated Jon Ossoff, a political newcomer who had drawn an outpouring of support from liberals around the country.

Is President Trump Immune From An Obstruction of Justice Charge?

by jonathanturley
donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedIn the coming weeks, I will be addressing a number of novel constitutional issues that are being raised in relation to the Russian investigation. The first such issue has been widely discussed: is there a constitutional barrier to any federal charge against President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice.
Here is my recent column in USA Today:


Rachel Rose



7th Circuit again rejects short sentence for former officer, tosses judge from case

Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse
Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S.Courthouse, home of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.Carol M. Highsmith, via Wikimedia Commons.
A federal judge who didn’t change his mind about a 14-month sentence for an Indiana police officer in an excessive force case won’t get a chance to reconsider.

The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals removed U.S. District Judge William Lawrence of Indianapolis from the case of former Putnam County sheriff’s deputy Terry Joe Smith, report Courthouse News Service and the Terre Haute Tribune Star. Smith will be resentenced by a new judge.
In a June 19 opinion (PDF), the appeals court said Lawrence didn’t adequately explain why the sentence was below the guidelines range of 33 to 41 months in prison, either the first or second time he imposed the sentence. The appeals court had ordered a full resentencing in the first appeal of the case, but Lawrence didn’t budge from the 14-month sentence on remand.
Smith was convicted in September 2014 of depriving two people of their civil right to be free of the intentional use of unreasonable and excessive force. In both instances, the arrestees were under control of officers when Smith attacked them, according to the opinion by Judge Judge Illana Rovner.
In the first instance, Smith punched an arrestee in the face, making a sound described as a tomato hitting a concrete wall, Rovner said. In the other instance, Smith raised an intoxicated domestic-violence arrestee into the air, threw him face-first into the ground, and drove his knee into the arrestee’s back with such force that the man defecated on himself.
Smith had already been released from prison when Lawrence resentenced him. In a statement at the new sentencing, Smith said he had learned in prison that most of the inmates “were just like me, people who made mistakes and were trying to better themselves.”
“I once would say lock them up and throw away the key; I now say I was uneducated and so wrong,” Smith had said.
Lawrence had found that Smith had accepted responsibility for his actions and noted he had enrolled in an anger management class. “I do not see any benefit in reincarcerating Mr. Smith,” he said. “His anger control counseling would be interrupted. He will lose his job again. He will also disrupt the stability of his children.”
The 7th Circuit was unpersuaded. “Losing one’s job and reputation are the normal consequences of committing a felony at work,” the court said in a footnote. “It is unclear how these naturally occurring repercussions that are not part of any sentence would promote respect for the law and deter others from committing similar crimes.”
In addition, Smith’s statement didn’t mention his victims or his crime, and he didn’t express regret for anything except the length of his sentence, the appeals court said.



Rachel Rose


Do You Want The Bad News First … Or The

 Bad News?

The bad news is America’s voting machines are eminently hackable and its elections systems are vulnerable to cyberattack, a computer science expert told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.

But the *bad* news is that there’s every reason to expect that foreign — especially Russian — cyber-mischief could return in this year’s election, next year’s election and the 2020 presidential race, the assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division warned.

But the baaaad news is that state elections officials are frustrated with what they call a lack of information and a lack of meaningful support from the Department of Homeland Security, they told the Senate committee. They complain that the designation by DHS of the national elections system as “critical infrastructure” has meant, in practical terms,nothing.

But the really bad news is there is nothing like consensus about how to address any of this. Wednesday’s hearings made clear that partisan tension between Republicans and Democrats, friction between state and federal officials and America’s structural cyber-weakness all mean that foreign meddling and election integrity will remain major problem for years to come.

Looking Back

Members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees tried to emphasize in their parallel hearings that despite Russian cyberattacks last year against 21 state elections systems — and possibly more — no votes were changed. So, there’s that.

And former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson detailed to the House committee how badly the 2016 mischief caught the Obama administration off guard — and how difficult it was to publicly attribute the mischief to Russia.

More from NPR’s Brian Naylor: “One of the candidates, Johnson said, not naming but clearly referring to Donald Trump, ‘was predicting that the election was going to be rigged,’ Johnson said, ‘and so we were concerned that by making the statement, we might in and of itself be challenging the integrity of the election process.’ ”


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