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Supreme Court denies Congress access to Trump finance records but rules Manhattan DA can pursue them
In two decisions issued on Thursday, the US Supreme Court ruled that Congress cannot access US President Donald Trump's financial records, but the Manhattan District Attorney (DA) can pursue the records.In Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP, the Supreme Co (More)
Criminalization and COVID-19: Acute Social Insecurity and the Critical Condition of Sex Workers in India
"Are we not human that we have been left to die like this?" This was implored by one of the estimated 3 million sex workers in India whose existence is consistently disdained by the government. Historically, social inequality has been an indisputabl (More)
Christopher Columbus Langdell, Black Lives Matter and Legal Education
No less than Columbus’ namesake founded U.S. legal education.  Christopher Columbus Langdell devised the “case method”—the formalistic “science” of “discovering” law from appellate court opinions through the process of “legal reasoning.” As dean of H (More)
Pittsburgh police sued over tactics used during protests
A group of protesters filed a class action lawsuit Monday in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against the City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Bureau of Police (PBP) for allegedly abusive tactics employed during recent raci (More)
US House approves George Floyd police reform bill
The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to address policing issues and law enforcement accountability. The bill passed by a vote of 236-181, mainly along party lines.The bill lays out a number (More)
Bostock is a Textualist Triumph
Last week, the Supreme Court issued its hotly anticipated decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia. Writing for the 6-3 majority, Justice Neil Gorsuch held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBT persons from sex discrimina (More)
Can We Trust the Police to Intervene in Fellow Officer Misconduct?
The outrage much of the nation and world has expressed at the police killing of George Floyd has been accompanied by demands for greater punishment of all of the officers involved. These demands call attention to an often-overlooked element of the pr (More)
What Teaching Policing and Race as a Former Police Officer Has Taught Me
The results of the Kerner Commission Report were published in the midst of racial unrest sweeping across the United States in the 1960s. The commission, established by President Lyndon Johnson and made up of bi-partisan officials, set out to investig (More)
The Curious Case of India's PM-CARES Fund
The Prime Minister (PM) is the Chairman ex-officio of both the Prime Minister National Relief Fund (PMNRF) and the PM-CARES Fund, constituted to deal with disaster situations, like COVID-19 (which is also a “notified disaster”). Notably, the Disaster (More)
Judiciary Committee approves subpoena powers for Congressional probe into FBI investigation
The US Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday authorized Congress to issue subpoenas to those who participated in an FBI investigation into President Donald Trump.The investigation, codenamed Crossfire Hurricane, was conducted under the Obama adm (More)
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