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Category Archives: Lawyer stuff

Justice Department throws NC Governor a lifeline

Not that I disagree with the Justice Department on this, but I do believe, if they stick to it, that it will enhance Republican Governor McCrory’s chances to get re-elected: The U.S. Department of Justice has unequivocally upended one of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s first promises to his constituents: That the discriminatory HB2 law […]

Someone ought to sue

Meteor Blades and Joan McCarter at Daily Kos, are writing a series entitled The War on Voting. The latest article discusses a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina:   U.S. District Court Judge Thomas D. Schroeder, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled in favor of North Carolina’s new voting law Monday, prompting plaintiffs in […]

Who says skunks stink?

We live in funny times. I would have thought that if you see a dead skunk in the middle of the road, and something is stinkin’ to high heaven, you can conclude beyond reasonable doubt that the smell is coming from the skunk, especially if the smell gets worse the closer you examine the skunk. […]

Another petard hoisted

I just heard about this, and, as a lawyer, I am mightily impressed: Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber, failed on Thursday to win the dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit accusing him of scheming to drive up prices for passengers who use the popular ride-sharing service. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said […]

New London scores a court victory 

This will come as no surprise to many, but either I don’t read the New London Day closely enough, or the Day is falling down on the job. (Well, the Day is always falling down on the job) Anyway, today I read this: A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after […]

A horrible, very bad idea

Smoking would be prohibited in public housing homes nationwide under a proposed federal rule announced on Thursday, a move that would affect nearly one million households and open the latest front in the long-running campaign to curb unwanted exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. via The New York Times I am second to no one in […]

Sausage making in Hartford

There’s an old saying to the effect that you really don’t want to know how legislation or sausage is made. I’m not sure about the meat variety, but I’d actually love to know how this sausage was made. It is Section 57 of the budget bill just passed by our legislature. It reads as follows: […]

Legal Acumen

Who knows, maybe this is Steve Beshear’s way of taking a fall: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration is arguing the state’s ban on same-sex marriage isn’t discriminatory because it applies to straight people, too. “Kentucky’s marriage laws treat homosexuals and heterosexuals the same and are facially neutral. Men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, are […]

Fair and balanced reporting on Social Security Disabilty

Dean Baker makes an obvious point, therefore one that those claiming that the Social Security Disability program is abused totally ignore: Wall Street Journal Soon to Run Piece on Improper Denials of Disability Claims That’s inevitable, since any fair-minded newspaper that ran a column on improper approvals would surely want to balance it out. For […]

Charter School Madness

The right, be it the religious or corporate variant, is ever so good at making their positions sound like the opposite of what they are. They don’t oppose abortion and birth control; they are “pro-life”; they don’t pass anti-union laws; they pass “right to work” laws. The media, often enabled by people on the left […]