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For What It's Worth: Homage to George Floyd
1.  There's something happening here; What it is ain't exactly clearOn Sunday, May 31, 2020, I posted on my Facebook that we should expect the repression to come soon. And almost like predictable clockwork, the repression started the next day. We (More)
National Guard and Active Duty Lend a Hand to Civil Authorities on the Border
In April and October, President Trump proclaimed his intention to send National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border as an anti-illegal immigration measure. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection reported apprehension (More)
Thirteen Years On: Lessons (Re)Learned From “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Government Effort
When considering the comments in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, with the perspective of thirteen years since their landfall, I’ll paraphrase Mark Twain’s comment about an erroneously pre-mature 1897 obituary: “the reports of death are grea (More)
Federal judge bans revocation of deportation protections program
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Monday banned the Trump administration from revoking an Obama-era deportation protections program for immigrants that were brought to the country illegally as children.Thi (More)
Federal appeals court affirms dismissal of lawsuit against oil companies over increased coastal flood risks
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday affirmed the dismissal of a case filed by the Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority against 97 defendants involved in the exploration and production of (More)
Philadelphia mayor signs bill banning salary history inquiries by employers
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on Monday signed a bill into law making Philadelphia the first US city to bar employers from asking applicants about their past salaries. The bill is designed to help decrease the wage gap between men and women, as w (More)
NY Gov. Cuomo vetoes bill requiring state to pay for indigent defense
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday vetoed a bill that would require the state to pay for indigent representation when counties were unable. The bill was passed six months ago with bipartisan support, though the lawsuit giving rise to the issue w (More)
Supreme Court upholds Hurricane Katrina fraud ruling against State Farm
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that violation of a seal under which a relator's complaint has been filed does not require dismissal of the entire complaint, upholding a fraud verdict against State Farm Fire & Casualty Company stemm (More)
Supreme Court to hear State Farm appeal in Hurricane Katrina false claims case
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Tuesday in State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case concerning allegations that the insurance company defrauded the government in assessing damage (More)
ACLU files lawsuit over public defender shortage in New Orleans
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Louisiana filed a class action lawsuit on Thursday against the New Orleans Public Defenders Office and the Louisiana Public Defender Board due to the lack of available public defenders for (More)
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