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January 27, 03:06 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   A one-horse troika

I’m a lot further from the action than DD, but I’m still surprised his confidence in the judgement and resolve of the Eurocracy in the coming confrontation with Syriza. Whatever you think about Greece, the failure of austerity in the Eurozone generally is patently obvious. It has alre...




January 27, 03:00 AM   /   Conglomerate   /   Frustration with the Intracorporate Conspiracy Doctrine Distorts Other Areas of Law

My previous blogposts (one, two, three, four, five, and six) discussed why conspiracy prosecutions should be used to reach coordinated...




January 27, 12:59 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   House Fly Genome Sequenced

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The phylogenetic Order Diptera comprises the "true" flies (defined as having a single pair of wings arising from the thorax) and is first found in the fossil record in the Middle Triassic (~245 million years ago). It is one of the most evolutionarily successful, comprising 1...




January 27, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   More on Women Trailblazers in the Law




January 26, 10:29 PM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Nursing Homes as Guardians of Their Debtor Patients

If you saw today's New York Times article on New York nursing homes seeking guardianship over residents in order to collect outstanding debt, under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law, you may also have questions. Section 81.19 of the Mental Hygine Law specifies (emphasis added): (e) Unless the ...




January 26, 10:25 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Petition of the day

The petition of the day is:




January 26, 10:00 PM   /   Sports Law Blog   /   Did a Patriots staffer cause Deflategate?




January 26, 09:51 PM   /   Althouse   /   "I don't think that's a problem," Bob Wright says about Scott Walker's lack of a college degree.

I say, "That's the #1 thing people say: Scott Walker? But he didn't finish college," and Bob says, "That's ridiculous!" and "Who cares?" Much more about Scott Walker... and Deflategate and "Selma" and "Serial" in the hour-long Bloggingheads show, here: But I thought that reaction to the lack of a...




January 26, 08:43 PM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   New Career-Planning Information for Prospective Lawyers from Law School Transparency

Many of us have become more forceful in recent years in urging prospective and current students to give serious thought both before and during law school to the use to which they intend to put their law degrees. I regularly...




January 26, 08:29 PM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   How Law Professors Use Twitter

Given some sharp comments after my last post about law professors using Twitter, I decided to see if there's anything the data has to say about it. The comments I've seen are generally of the type that professors merely use...




January 26, 08:17 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "In insider trading appeal, Justice Department makes big concession"

"In insider trading appeal, Justice Department makes big concession": Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report today.




January 26, 07:06 PM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   New ALI Members

Today the ALI announced the election of 26 new members. Among the new members are these academics: California R. Anthony Reese, Irvine – Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Law Molly S. Van Houweling, Berkeley – Professor, University of...




January 26, 07:00 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Event announcement

On February 5 at one o’clock, the National Institute for Health Care Management will host a ninety-minute webinar on King v. Burwell. Speakers will include Julie Rovner, Nicholas Bagley, and Michael Cannon.  There is no cost to participate. Registration is available here.




January 26, 06:48 PM   /   Sports Law Blog   /   Are Retired NFL Players Making a Mistake Opting out of NFL Concussion Settlement?




January 26, 05:56 PM   /   Conglomerate   /   Subsidizing Savings v. Subsidizing Borrowings

OK, so I try not to just vote my interest. If I'm in tax bracket A, I try not to...




January 26, 04:46 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Opinion analysis: Justices reject presumption of health-benefit vesting, calling for analysis under ordinary contract principles

Monday’s decision in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett resolves a dispute about the vesting of health-care benefits under a collective bargaining agreement. Neither the Employee Retirement Income Security Act nor the National Labor Relations Act obligates employers to provide health-care benef...




January 26, 04:15 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "U.S. appeals court upholds conviction of Reid fundraiser"

"U.S. appeals court upholds conviction of Reid fundraiser": Reuters has this report . And The Associated Press reports that " Conviction upheld over contributions to Sen. Harry Reid ." You can access today's ruling of a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circui...




January 26, 04:06 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Pathways to the Bench: U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen."

"Pathways to the Bench: U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen." At the Federal Judiciary Channel of YouTube, you can view the video at this link .




January 26, 03:29 PM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Game theory post 5 of N: the joy and madness of repeated games

One thing about strategic interactions is that humans tend to repeat them. For example, participants in a market may engage in trades over and over, neighbors may make the same decisions with respect to borders, common resources, etc. over and over, even some litigants in a particularly litigious...




January 26, 02:54 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   New dispute over Copaxone patent

The high-dollar feud between drug companies over the rights to sell a hugely profitable drug for treating multiple sclerosis patients has reopened in the Supreme Court, just days after the Justices ruled in favor of the brand-name company.  The new dispute centers on the timing of lower-court act...




January 26, 02:54 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   New dispute over Copaxone patent (UPDATE)

UPDATE: This new dispute will be submitted initially to Justice Stephen G. Breyer, instead of to the Chief Justice.  Breyer was the author of the Court’s Teva decision. ———— The high-dollar feud between drug companies over the rights to sell a hugely profitable drug ...




January 26, 02:54 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   New dispute over Copaxone patent (FURTHER UPDATED)

FURTHER UPDATE Monday 4:52 p.m.  The generic companies have now filed their reply brief, arguing that Teva has not actually taken any significant step — and may not be able to do so — in the trial court, so the Supreme Court should go ahead and send down its ruling. ——R...




January 26, 02:07 PM   /   madisonian.net   /   In Pittsburgh: Kevin Sousa is Right!

Kevin Sousa, Pittsburgh chef and entrepreneur extraordinaire, has a plan to rescue the Pittsburgh region’s signature communal failure, Braddock, Pennsylvania, by opening a high-end restaurant there. It will be an unusual restaurant, “Superior Motors,” with some local sourcing an...




January 26, 01:35 PM   /   Empirical Legal Studies   /   Baldy Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Legal Studies, 2015-16 -- Call For Applications

Those intrigued by either a Post-Doctoral Fellowship or a Mid-Career or Senior Fellowship at the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy at SUNY Buffalo need to apply by Mon., Feb. 2, 2015. (Application information here.) Sponsored by Baldy Center...




January 26, 01:33 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Alabama appeals decision blocking ban on same-sex marriage"

"Alabama appeals decision blocking ban on same-sex marriage": The Associated Press has this report . And Brendan Kirby of The Mobile Press-Register has an article headlined " Mobile women at center of Alabama gay marriage fight celebrate court victory ."




January 26, 01:26 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Deeply conservative Oklahoma adjusts to sudden arrival of same-sex marriage"

"Deeply conservative Oklahoma adjusts to sudden arrival of same-sex marriage": Monica Hesse of The Washington Post has this report .




January 26, 01:24 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Attorney general asks to stay all scheduled Oklahoma executions; In a Monday filing, the attorney general's office asked for a stay of execution on all three of the state's scheduled lethal injections"

"Attorney general asks to stay all scheduled Oklahoma executions; In a Monday filing, the attorney general's office asked for a stay of execution on all three of the state's scheduled lethal injections; The stays were requested in order to await the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the constituti...




January 26, 01:24 PM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Epilogue: Moral Panics and Body Cameras

Almost immediately after my essay on body cameras was published in Wash. U. L. Rev. Commentaries in November, stuff blew up--the Michael Brown non-indictment, the Ferguson and national protests, the Eric Garner non-indictment, and the protests from that. The editors were kind enough to publish an...




January 26, 01:18 PM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Metamorphosis and Reflection and M. C. Escher




January 26, 12:49 PM   /   Althouse   /   "I’m criticized as flamboyant, arrogant and melodramatic... I try to live my life touching extremes."

Said Toller Cranston — "the Rudolf Nureyev of figure skating" — who has died of a heart attack at the age of 65. Here's his free skate at the 1976 Olympics:




January 26, 12:40 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Buehler? Buehler?

We recently reported that the New York Second Department had reduced a New Jersey disbarment into a two-year reciprocal suspension. The Maryland Court of Appeals went the other way today -- a six-month suspension from Virginia drew disbarment as reciprocal...




January 26, 12:29 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Oklahoma takes next step on executions

The state of Oklahoma will ask the Supreme Court on Monday to delay three executions by lethal drugs while the Justices weigh a new test case, but it will also seek the option of resuming executions if the officials put together a new drug protocol, lawyers for the state said.  The application fo...




January 26, 12:29 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Oklahoma takes next step on executions (UPDATED)

UPDATED Monday 2:46 p.m.  The application for delay of the executions (docket 14A796) is here  The state said it is continuing to search for a supply of drugs previously approved for lethal injections and, if it locates them, would then ask the Court for permission to go ahead with the executions...




January 26, 12:29 PM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Oklahoma takes next step on executions (FURTHER UPDATED)

FURTHER UPDATED Monday 5:23 p.m.   The three inmates’ lawyers have now filed a response, urging the Court to delay the execution until after it decides the case on the merits; they do not support cutting off a stay if Oklahoma adopts a new protocol. ———– UPDATED Mond...




January 26, 12:22 PM   /   Althouse   /   "An Italian father who forced his teenage daughters to ski competitively and eat a macrobiotic diet because he was concerned they were too fat..."

"... has been found guilty of abuse and sentenced to nine months in prison." The 53-year-old father... a wealthy individual... said he encouraged them to ski and to eat a macrobiotic diet, avoiding processed and otherwise refined foods, out of a normal level of parental concern. But the mother of...




January 26, 11:28 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Beauty and Ugliness Identification Method."

From China: the "finger trap" test.




January 26, 11:27 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   The Title Is Disbarred

The South Carolina Supreme Court disbarred an attorney for misconduct in several matters Respondent's law practice included conducting residential real estate loan closings. In 2007, Chicago Title Company (Chicago Title) canceled respondent's title agency. From that point, respondent had approved...




January 26, 11:01 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Despite their superficial attachment to multiculturalism, our elites don’t really want to think of other cultures as, you know, thinking differently, for fear that it might somehow be racist to take that into account."

Writes Glenn Reynolds , commenting on an "American Interest" piece by Jakum Grygiel on the "folly" of the "modern Western penchant for trusting in the equal rationality of all." Glenn's remark has an unexamined premise: that "our elites" think that the people in our culture think rationally. I do...




January 26, 11:00 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   AJLH 55:1 (January 2015)




January 26, 10:39 AM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   Simkovic on Distortionary Taxation of Human Capital Acquisition Costs

Mike Simkovic has a new paper up on ssrn, "Distortionary Taxation of Human Capital Acquisition Costs." Cribbing now from the abstract: High pre-tax rates of return to post-secondary education suggest underinvestment in higher education. Traditional explanations in the labor economics...




January 26, 10:18 AM   /   Feminist Law Professors   /   Sabbatical Visitorship: Columbia Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality Law

The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School invites applications for a sabbatical visitor for the 2015-2016 academic year to undertake research, writing and collaboration with Center faculty and students in ways that span traditional academic disciplines. … Continue readi...




January 26, 10:16 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Theft Enabler Gets Suspended

The Indiana Supreme Court ordered a suspension of not less than six months without automatic reinstatement of an attorney's whose failure to register a trust account facilitated another lawyer's thefts. Respondent maintained two attorney/client trust accounts ("Trust Accounts"), neither of...




January 26, 10:09 AM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Breaking News

The orders are here. There are no new grants or CVSG’s. The decision in M&G Polymers v. Tackett is here.




January 26, 10:08 AM   /   Althouse   /   "A small aerial drone was found on the grounds of the White House but poses no threat...."

The NYT reports. While drones are commonly thought of in the context of missile-firing, unmanned vehicles used against terrorists, there is a wide variety of devices that would qualify. Many small flying drones are available on the commercial market and are used as toys. Mr. Obama and the first l...




January 26, 10:04 AM   /   How Appealing   /   Access online today's ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in an argued case

Access online today's ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in an argued case: Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett , No. 13-1010. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a concurring opinion, in which Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Soto...




January 26, 09:50 AM   /   Althouse   /   Is Mitt Romney running again because his feels called by his Mormon faith?

The NYT isn't just floating a theory. It has sources: A prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt Romney not long ago: He should make a third run for the presidency, not for vanity or redemption, but to answer a higher calling from his faith. Believing that Mr. Romney, a former Morm...




January 26, 09:41 AM   /   Adjunct Law Prof Blog   /   "Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews & Journals"

Profs. Rostron and Levit's comprehensive guide, "Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews & Journals," has been updated for 2015. H/T: Brian Leiter's Law School Reports. Craig Estlinbaum




January 26, 09:35 AM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   Suffolk Law Seeks New Dean

And the snow will surely be gone by the time you actually have to show up on campus. The announcement is here.




January 26, 09:33 AM   /   How Appealing   /   Access online today's Order List of the U.S. Supreme Court

Access online today's Order List of the U.S. Supreme Court : At this link . The Court did not grant review in any new cases.




January 26, 09:31 AM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Submission angsting: Spring 2015

The submission window is just about to open and we await Redyip's semi-annual return-- some journals already have announced they are accepting submissions. So let the angsting commence. If you are an author or law review editor and want to share information about your submission experience to the...




January 26, 09:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   A New Exhibit on English Prison Reformers at HLS




January 26, 09:25 AM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Live blog of orders and opinions

We are live blogging this morning as orders and opinions are issued. The live blog is here.




January 26, 09:25 AM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Live blog of orders and opinions (Updated: Completed)

We are live blogging this morning as orders and opinions are issued. The live blog is here.




January 26, 09:20 AM   /   Althouse   /   "So Charlie Hebdo was nothing like the Onion, eh? Did the New Yorker writer see..."

"... the Onion's article 'No One Murdered Because Of This Image' — with an illustration showing several religious figures, including Jesus, in an orgy, with genitals and breasts on display?," asks John Althouse Cohen (challenging Adam Gopnik). Jaltcoh continues: While it may be ironic to imbue Ch...




January 26, 09:14 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Rand Paul's Brand of Judicial Activism"

"Rand Paul's Brand of Judicial Activism": Law professor Cass R. Sunstein has this essay online today at Bloomberg View. The essay begins, "For many decades, the Supreme Court's 1905 decision in Lochner v. New York has ranked among the most universally despised rulings in the history of American l...




January 26, 08:54 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Method-of-execution claims and the 'courtesy fifth'"

"Method-of-execution claims and the 'courtesy fifth'": Orin Kerr has this post today at "The Volokh Conspiracy." I anticipate that the U.S. Supreme Court will not allow executions to proceed in Oklahoma, or in any other state that uses the identical method of execution that the Court has granted ...




January 26, 08:51 AM   /   Althouse   /   The Times of India catches Obama in "an ungainly sight" — chewing gum during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

He was also seen taking the gum out of his mouth while Prim Minister Modi was "trying to explain something." Was Modi trying to explain why you shouldn't chew gum during the Republic Day parade? The Times of India includes some Twitter commentary: [A]uthor Shobhaa De...  said, "Barack bhai w...




January 26, 08:50 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "NY insider trading ruling tests prosecutors beyond Wall Street"

"NY insider trading ruling tests prosecutors beyond Wall Street": Nate Raymond of Reuters has this news analysis today.




January 26, 08:08 AM   /   Workplace Prof Blog   /   Have Another Horton -- with a Splash of Chevron

Loyal readers are familiar with my (if not necessarily appreciative of) obsession with the Horton principle (which, by the way, is getting another rub at the courts in the Second Circuit). Those similarly afflicted (or maybe just interested in Chevron...




January 26, 08:00 AM   /   proSOXblog - Headline News   /   Poison Puts and Fiduciary Obligations and the Irrelevance of the Delaware Courts: Pontiac General Employees Retirement v. Healthways (Part 1)

Debt instruments, at least in the past, commonly included poison puts.  These are clauses that define, as an event of default, the replacement of a majority of the board.  The clauses often have a provision that alleviates the event of default if the incumbent board approves t...




January 26, 07:56 AM   /   SCOTUSblog   /   Monday round-up

On Friday afternoon the Court issued grants from its January 23 Conference.  Its announcement that it would review a challenge by a group of Oklahoma death-row inmates to the state’s lethal-injection protocol drew the most attention.  Lyle Denniston covered the grant for this blog; other coverage...




January 26, 07:48 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "A Twist in the Murder of a 97-Year-Old Man: He Was Knifed 5 Decades Ago."

"A Twist in the Murder of a 97-Year-Old Man: He Was Knifed 5 Decades Ago." J. David Goodman had this front page article in yesterday's edition of The New York Times.




January 26, 07:05 AM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   Rostron & Levit's Guide to Submitting to Law Reviews

Newly updated!




January 26, 07:00 AM   /   Dorf on Law   /   Does the Same-Sex Marriage Cert Grant Imperil the Affordable Care Act?

by Michael Dorf In my latest Verdict column , I argue that the SCOTUS cert grant in the Sixth Circuit same-sex marriage (SSM) cases makes it all but a foregone conclusion that the Court will recognize a right to SSM by the end of the current term. I say that the important question now is how the ...




January 26, 03:00 AM   /   Conglomerate   /   The Silenced Connecticut Sex-Abuse Case

My previous blogposts (one, two, three, four, and five) introduced why conspiracy prosecutions should be used to reach wrongdoing by...




January 26, 12:34 AM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   Why Study Athenian Law?

Let’s have a break from game theory. As some of you may know, I have a research program in ancient Athenian law. I’ve published one big article on the subject, have a book chapter forthcoming, have another paper or two or three in the hopper, and draw on it to understand other things on an appall...




January 26, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Essays on Fascism and Criminal Law




January 26, 12:10 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Court Report

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Tris Pharma Inc. v. Par Pharmaceutical Inc. et al. 1:15-cv-00068; filed January 21, 2015 in the District Court of Delaware • Plaintiff: Tris Pharma Inc. • Defendants: Par Pharmaceu...




January 25, 11:42 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Justice Ginsburg Will Receive Radcliffe Medal in May"

"Justice Ginsburg Will Receive Radcliffe Medal in May": This article will appear in Monday's edition of The Harvard Crimson.




January 25, 11:42 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   Conference & CLE Calendar

January 29, 2015 - "IPR Defense: An Overview of Strategic Considerations and Potential Pitfalls From the Patent Owner's Perspective" (American Bar Association Center for Professional Development and Section of Intellectual Property Law) - 1:00 to 2:30 pm (ET) January 29, 2015 - "Combating Patent ...




January 25, 11:40 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Ga. inmate who's come close to death 3 times to die Tuesday"

"Ga. inmate who's come close to death 3 times to die Tuesday": The Savannah Morning News has this report .




January 25, 11:35 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "'Death-qualified' juror search slows marathon, theater cases"

"'Death-qualified' juror search slows marathon, theater cases": The Associated Press has this report .




January 25, 09:45 PM   /   Althouse   /   Movies streamed in January...

... by readers using the Althouse Amazon portal : "American Hustle," "Born On the Fourth of July," "Bride And Prejudice," "Coda," "Consumed," "Crossed," "Guys and Dolls," "The Book of Life," "Uprising." Thanks to all who support this blog by using the Amazon portal. And, no, I can't see who's buy...




January 25, 09:12 PM   /   Neuroethics & Law Blog   /   PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)

Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): I Tried A Brain-Altering Wearable That Allows Users To Change Their Moods On Demand, Quartz In The Popular Press: Psychologists Seek Roots of Terror, Nature News How the Brain Stores Trivial Memories, Just in Case,...




January 25, 08:55 PM   /   PrawfsBlawg   /   The process of marriage equality, once again

This time in Alabama (H/T: Josh Blackman), with the pushback coming from the state's probate judges, who are empowered under state law to issue marriage licenses. The plaintiffs asked the district court for a "clarification" of her ruling and its scope, although it is unlikely that her clarificat...




January 25, 08:54 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Gov. Sam Brownback's push to change Kansas Supreme Court seen as linked to school finance"

"Gov. Sam Brownback's push to change Kansas Supreme Court seen as linked to school finance": Bryan Lowry of The Wichita Eagle has an article that begins, "Democratic lawmakers and education advocates say Gov. Sam Brownback's push to change the way the state's Supreme Court justices are selected i...




January 25, 08:50 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Supreme Court to Decide Another Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act Case"

"Supreme Court to Decide Another Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act Case": Ingrid Wuerth has this post today at the "Lawfare" blog.




January 25, 08:35 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Execution Case Highlights the Power of One Vote"

"Execution Case Highlights the Power of One Vote": Adam Liptak will have this article in Monday's edition of The New York Times.




January 25, 08:35 PM   /   Althouse   /   "“The verdict is clear: We will bring an end to the vicious circle of austerity."

"Greece will now move ahead with hope, and reach out to Europe, and Europe is going to change." Said Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the left-wing Syriza party, which just won "a decisive victory" in the elections in Greece . “Tsipras won because those who imposed austerity never thought about the ...




January 25, 08:35 PM   /   Althouse   /   "The verdict is clear: We will bring an end to the vicious circle of austerity."

"Greece will now move ahead with hope, and reach out to Europe, and Europe is going to change." Said Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the left-wing Syriza party, which just won "a decisive victory" in the elections in Greece . “Tsipras won because those who imposed austerity never thought about the ...




January 25, 08:28 PM   /   Althouse   /   At the S-Shaped Café...

... find your path.




January 25, 08:18 PM   /   Althouse   /   The Sunday morning talk shows are wasting my time.

I watched 4 of the shows. 4! I wrote down a few notes, things I wanted to blog, and I'd be blogging them now, but I don't have a transcript. "Meet the Press" hasn't put up today's transcript, and the "Face the Nation" transcript only covers the first half hour. There were a few things I wanted to...




January 25, 07:35 PM   /   Althouse   /   Hey, people of the 7 states targeted by Winter Storm Juno...

... how are you doing? Are you laying in provisions? Are you planning to survive the terrible storm ? So... I'm thinking about you, but I'm also thinking about Mayor De Blasio. I see that Twitchy is mocking him for being "in full emergency/panic mode." This is a big test of Mayor De Blasio and it...




January 25, 06:04 PM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Greek games and scenarios

Early news reports seem to be pretty clear that Syriza has won the Greek elections, so I thought CT readers might be interested in the following note, which I sent to my professionals’ mailing list a few weeks ago. Since I wrote it, there has been a lot of rather contradictory comment on wh...




January 25, 06:03 PM   /   Ratio Juris   /   Jacob Lawrence & the Book of Genesis




January 25, 03:14 PM   /   Discourse.net   /   Salacious?

Today’s Miami Herald leads with a big article about Jeb! Bush’s $570,000 haul as a director and consultant with InnoVida. The gig lasted until shortly before the firm’s CEO got arrested and eventually sent away for almost 13 years. On … Continue reading →




January 25, 02:16 PM   /   How Appealing   /   "Amicus: Thank You Not Please; Dahlia Lithwick considers a First Amendment challenge to a law banning judicial candidates from asking for campaign donations; And, the Supreme Court takes up housing segregation."

"Amicus: Thank You Not Please; Dahlia Lithwick considers a First Amendment challenge to a law banning judicial candidates from asking for campaign donations; And, the Supreme Court takes up housing segregation." Slate has posted this podcast online today.




January 25, 12:07 PM   /   Althouse   /   "This city of over two million people was attacked beginning late Saturday night from at least two directions by the militants from the Islamist insurgency..."

"... which effectively controls the territory surrounding the city. Loud explosions were heard in the center of the city, and small-arms fire and artillery in its suburbs." Boko Haram in Maiduguri, Nigeria. The attack on Maiduguri coincided with a visit by Secretary of State John Kerry to Nigeria...




January 25, 11:33 AM   /   Althouse   /   The NSFW Rick Owens Fall 2015 Menswear Collection.

Scroll through the whole thing. From the comments: This is deeply unerotic. Yes, and that may be partly the point. Interesting, in light of all the flesh that female models are made to expose. I like a lot of the ideas here and wonder how they'd translate to ready-to-wear. This is timely, too, af...




January 25, 11:12 AM   /   Althouse   /   50 years ago today: Annie Lee Cooper punched Sheriff Jim Clark in the face.

"In January 1965, Cooper stood in line for hours outside the Dallas County Courthouse to register to vote until Sheriff Jim Clark ordered her to vacate the premises. Clark prodded Cooper in the neck with a billy club until Cooper turned around and knocked the sheriff in the jaw. Deputies then wre...




January 25, 10:50 AM   /   Althouse   /   "They are animals. Never delude yourself for even a moment that animals exist for anything other than the support of, and use by, Humans."

"That's it. They are tools humans use. Like all tools they need to be cared for, respected, and most important, used...by humans, at their discretion. Any attempt by a person to impart human attributes on animals, signals that persons slip from reality." Says iowan2 in the comments to the post ab...




January 25, 10:46 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Is this barbershop quartet or doo wop? "

"Seems more like doo woo to me and that the term 'barbershop quartet' is whipped out because they are old. But doo wop people are old!"




January 25, 10:00 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Republicans Weigh Expanding 'Nuclear Option' for Supreme Court Nominees"

"Republicans Weigh Expanding 'Nuclear Option' for Supreme Court Nominees": Kristina Peterson had this post yesterday at WSJ.com's "Washington Wire" blog.




January 25, 09:56 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "The Supreme Court's massive blind spot"

"The Supreme Court's massive blind spot": Online at The Washington Post, Radley Balko has an essay that begins, "This term, the Supreme Court heard two cases involving the actions of police officers during traffic stops."




January 25, 09:48 AM   /   How Appealing   /   "Supreme Court chief isn't top dog in his office; his dog is"

"Supreme Court chief isn't top dog in his office; his dog is": Jan Murphy of The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has this report .




January 25, 09:46 AM   /   Empirical Legal Studies   /   Plotting Marginal Effects

Just came across a neat user-created Stata command, mcp, that can transform marginal effects' results into intuitive graphs. An extremely helpful description (and brief tutorial) is found here. A more technical description from the Stata manual follows. "marginscontplot [mcp] provides...




January 25, 09:40 AM   /   Althouse   /   How to transform your selfies with drawing.

Sébastien Del Grosso has this tutorial , with some cool examples that are in a rather slick "Take On Me" style that I would recommend deviating from.




January 25, 09:39 AM   /   The Faculty Lounge   /   Ryan Whalen's "Law Prof Twitter Network"

Over at his eponymous blog (here), Northwestern JD/PhD candidate Ryan Whalen has some interesting visuals and data based on the Census of Law Professor Twitter Users 3.0. One sample is below. View Mr. Whalen's full post here.




January 25, 09:32 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Why the Saudi King Was Buried in an Unmarked Grave."

"King Abdullah was laid to rest in an unmarked grave in a modest cemetery in Riyadh. It's all in keeping with the traditions of Wahhabism, a strict branch of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia."




January 25, 09:29 AM   /   Althouse   /   "In predominantly African-American neighborhoods of U.S. cities, far too many killers have gotten away with far too many crimes for far too long, fueling a disastrous murder epidemic."

"Solving these murders and other serious crimes of violence in black communities should be a top goal for law enforcement—and it deserves to take priority over much more widely discussed issues such as racial profiling and the excessive use of force by police in black neighborhoods, from Ferguson...




  

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