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Glenn Greenwald catches Time magazine presenting some of its typical bad reporting: A compromise deal to extend the federal government's domestic spying powers . . . has drawn attacks from both sides of the political spectrum. The right is unhappy at concessions made to protect civil liberties;...
The Third Circuit wrote the latest chapter today in the ongoing saga of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), a law that Congress passed in 1998 to replace the Communications Decency Act, which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional in 1997. In general terms, COPA prohibits commercial...
Bump and Update: Multiple French News sites are now reporting Mohammed Merah is dead. It's been confirmed by police. Three police officers were wounded, one seriously. This comes after a long, continuous and loud blast of what sounded like automatic weapons. Police now say Merah fired at...
A justice of the New Zealand High Court has granted Kim DotCom $60,000. a month to live on while awaiting the outcome of the U.S. extradition request. In a decision released today, the court said a $20,000 monthly living allowance would come from the interest paid on the $10 million Dotcom...
I'll be offline this afternoon, here's an open thread, all topics welcome.
The Supreme Court today ruled defendants have the right to effective assistance of counsel during plea bargain negotiations. The cases are Lafler v. Cooper, No. 10-209, and Missouri v. Frye, No. 10-444. In Lafler, the court said where a defendant rejects a plea offer on the advice of counsel...
K-i-s-s-i-n-g. Football makes no sense to me. The Denver Broncos have signed a $96 million 5 year contract with Peyton Manning. Our local news reports it's the Biggest Contract Ever in NFL history. Manning didn't play last season due to multiple surgeries for neck injuries. Everyone seems...
The Australian Foreign Ministry has issued a warning to Australians: Stay away from Bali. Indonesia's counter-terrorism unit killed five suspected terrorists in a shoot-out on Bali last weekend. According to Indonesian authorities, the men were planning terror attacks, and a bar patronized by...
CNN reports Illinois Republicans have chosen Mitt Romney. CBS reports the same. Santorum is now far behind in delegates.
Welcome, Spring. Brooke Mueller, Charlie Sheen's ex-wife, got a deferred judgment deal yesterday to felony possession of less than 4 grams of cocaine in Aspen. She'll be on supervised probation for three years. [Judge Gail] Nichols asked her what would happen if she runs afoul of...