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Senator Leahy Slams DEA For Impersonating A Woman On Facebook

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Apparently, it's not just Facebook that is furious with the DEA for impersonating a woman, posting pictures from her phone, in an attempt to get evidence concerning a drug dealer. Senator Patrick Leahy has now sent an angry letter to the DOJ about this situation as well. Show More Summary

Mauna Kea, NAGPRA, and science’s “turn back toward the dark ages”

Now this is welcome: the New York Times (via Ronald Bailey) has a column by George Johnson jumping off from the question of whether locating a giant telescope on Mauna Kea would unfairly desecrate the religious and ancestral heritage of (some) native Hawaiians. Show More Summary

NY Police Commissioner Bill Bratton Latest To Complain About Phone Encryption

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The latest law enforcement official to enter into the "debate" over phone encryption is none other than NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, most famous around Techdirt for being "not Ray Kelly." Bratton sees eye-to-eye with pretty much every...Show More Summary

Two Wayans Brothers Sue New York Law Firm Over Alleged Unfair Charges

Keenen Ivory Wayans and Shawn Wayans say they're being improperly billed by lawyers unlicensed in California read more

“Should the SEC be prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner?”

Prof. Bainbridge flags this disturbing Wall Street Journal piece: The Securities and Exchange Commission is increasingly steering cases to hearings in front of the agency’s appointed administrative judges, who found in its favor in every verdict for the 12 months through September, rather than taking them to federal court. Show More Summary

CIA Apparently 'Impersonated' Senate Staffers To Gain Access To Documents On Shared Drives

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The CIA is still fighting for creative control of its most anticipated 21st century work: the Torture Report. Long before it got involved in the ongoing redaction battle, it was spying on those putting the report together, namely Senators and Senate staffers. Show More Summary

Judge Issues Aereo Injunction, Stops Short of Enjoining Time-Shifting

The ruling mostly grants what the TV broadcasters were seeking after the Supreme Court issued its own opinion read more

October 23 roundup

I’m quoted by Nicky Woolf of Great Britain’s Guardian on the police militarization angle in Keene, N.H. civil disturbances (also: Van Smith, Baltimore City Paper). Also quoted regarding the ominous move to heavy armaments of Wisconsin...Show More Summary

Bit-Actor Sues Fox For $250 Million Over Stereotypical Mob Character In The Simpsons, Says It's Based On A Role He Hadn't Performed Yet

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

You know Frank Sivero from movies like The Godfather Part 2 and Goodfellas. He's the diminutive side-kick guy. One of several in those movies, actually, and one of many mobster sidekicks throughout the movie industry. What you may not...Show More Summary

NBCUniversal Agrees to Pay Out $6.4 Million To Settle Unpaid Internship Claims (Exclusive)

A class action lawsuit was brought by former "Saturday Night Live" intern Monet Eliastam and others read more

Threats Made Against Silk Road Judge Elicit Attention from U.S. Marshals

Anonymous threats posted on a hidden internet website have been made against the New York federal judge presiding over the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged founder of the online drug bazaar Silk Road.

Idaho Hitching Post case

I was preparing a post on the case from Idaho in which husband and wife Donald and Evelyn Knapp have pre-emptively sued (complaint, motion for TRO) to prevent the application of the city of Coeur d’Alene’s public accommodation law from being used to require their wedding chapel business, the Hitching Post, to handle same-sex weddings. Show More Summary

Bit-Actor Sues Fox For $250 Milion Over Stereotypical Mob Character In The Simpsons, Says It's Based On A Role He Hadn't Performed Yet

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

You know Frank Sivero from movies like The Godfather Part 2 and Goodfellas. He's the diminutive side-kick guy. One of several in those movies, actually, and one of many mobster sidekicks throughout the movie industry. What you may not...Show More Summary

Warner Bros. Unit Hit With Racketeering Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring,' 'The Hobbit' (Exclusive)

According to today's filing, New Line Cinema participated in "money laundering to acquire and conceal their victims' assets and to cheat their victims of their income." read more

On “Right To Try” Legislation

Since the beginning of 2014, five states that we know of have enacted what is called “Right to Try” statutes. See Ariz. R.S.A. §36-1311 to -1314; Colo. R.S.A. §§25-45-101 to -108; La. R.S. §1300.381-386; Mich. C.L.A. §§16221, 26451; V.A. Show More Summary

Court: Remains of Jim Thorpe Can Remain in Jim Thorpe

The remains of Jim Thorpe can remain in Jim Thorpe, Pa. That was the ruling handed down on Thursday by a federal appeals court in Philadelphia in an unusual case involving a dispute between the family of the legendary Native American athlete and a small Pennsylvania town named after him.

Dr. White Coat on the pink-panties case

The Emergency Physicians Monthly columnist, often linked in this space, on a case noted in our open thread last week: From comments at Overlawyered.com … Employee of a surgicenter goes to facility for a colonoscopy. When he wakes up, he was wearing pink underwear. Show More Summary

James Clapper's Report On Progress Towards President's Surveillance Reforms Mainly Explores Executive Branch Loopholes

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, has issued an interim report on the intelligence community's minimal progress towards minimal compliance with the minimal reforms ordered by the administration last year in response to the Snowden leaks. Show More Summary

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