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FBI 2013 Hate Crime Statistics

“Today, the FBI released its annual Hate Crime Statistics report, which revealed that 5,928 hate crime incidents involving 6,933 offenses were reported by our law enforcement partners to the Bureau’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in 2013. These hate crime incidents impacted a total of 7,242 victims—which are defined as individuals, businesses, institutions, or society as a whole. The number of reported hate crimes last year is down slightly when compared to 2012 UCR figures—5,928 in 2013 versus the 2012 figure of 6,573. Hate Crime Statistics, 2013—the first UCR publication to contain data collected under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2009—has a few changes from previous reports. First, biases against gender (male or female) and gender identity (transgender and gender nonconformity) have been added to the list of bias categories. And in response to the Shepard/Byrd Act, we modified our data collection so that reporting agencies can indicate whether crimes were committed by, or directed against, juveniles.”

The Second Amendment in the Twenty-First Century: What Hath Heller Wrought?

Charles, Patrick J., The Second Amendment in the Twenty-First Century: What Hath Heller Wrought? (December 1, 2014). William & Mary Bill of Rights, Vol. 23, 2015 Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2532722 “This article explores the impact District of Columbia v. Heller has had on the public discourse. It is a discourse that will beContinue Reading

Stubborn Things: An Empirical Approach to Facts, Opinions, and the First Amendment

Herz-Roiphe, Daniel, Stubborn Things: An Empirical Approach to Facts, Opinions, and the First Amendment (November 25, 2014). 103 Michigan Law Review First Impressions (2014 Forthcoming). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2530768 “This essay offers an empirical approach to assessing whether compelled disclosures are “factual” for the purposes of the First Amendment — the central issue atContinue Reading

Law Enforcement Without Borders

CDT – “A critical case is now working its way through the US courts—one that raises important questions for users and providers of cloud services in both the US and Europe. As part of a US criminal investigation, a US federal court has ordered Microsoft to hand over a customer’s files that the company holdsContinue Reading

Immigration Court Filings Rise12 Percent; Backlog Continues to Climb

“During FY 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) filed 222,956 applications for removal orders in Immigration Court, up 12.2 percent from the previous year. Despite an overall increase, there was a substantial drop in the number of applications that were based on allegations of criminal activity by the individual. In fact, only 20,217 outContinue Reading

How Many Americans Could Lose Subsidies If the Supreme Court Rules for the Plaintiffs in King vs. Burwell?

Kaiser Family Foundation: “This map based on Foundation analysis of Congressional Budget Office estimates of Marketplace enrollment provides a state-level breakdown of the number of Americans who in 2016 could be denied financial assistance to help pay insurance premiums for plans purchased in the Affordable Care Act’s federally operated insurance exchanges. In a related column in The WallContinue Reading

Immigration Detainers Decline 39 Percent Since FY 2012

“There has been a dramatic drop in the number of detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to the latest available data from the agency. In the eighteen month period from the end of FY 2012 through March 2014, there has been a 39 percent decrease in the number of ICE detainers sentContinue Reading

New on LLRX – NY bar on ethics of cloud computing – again

Via LLRX.com – NY bar on ethics of cloud computing – again – Nicole Black lauds the the leading edge role taken by the New York State Bar in determining issues related to lawyer use of cloud computing and client confidential data. In two different opinions handed down in the latter half of this year, the New YorkContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Criminal, privacy implications of drones

Via LLRX.com – Criminal, privacy implications of drones – Nicole Black discusses a recent NJ case that raises significant questions about the future of privacy and the use of drones for surveillance purposes by both private individuals and governmental entities. Cases such as this one involving the discharge of a weapon to destroy a privately owned drone usedContinue Reading

Convictions from FBI Investigations Vary Widely by Region

“The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during FY 2014 the government reported 10,979 federal criminal convictions resulting from cases referred by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Drug offenses accounted for about one fourth of these convictions (23.8 percent) followed by white collar crime (21.6 percent). Nationally, there was an average of 35Continue Reading

Arrested – Mastermind of Silk Road Drug Sales Dark Web

ELIAS GROLL – Foreign Policy: “According to the criminal complaint filed in a New York federal court detailing charges against him, Benthall was easily identified once federal authorities discovered a server used to run Silk Road 2.0. His email address gave away his name and was listed on several publicly available social media profiles, including his accountContinue Reading

FreeLawProject Rolls Out Oral Argument Audio

Announcing Oral Arguments on CourtListener “We’re very excited to announce that CourtListener is currently in the process of rolling out support for Oral Argument audio. This is a feature that we’ve wanted for at least four years — our name is CourtListener, after all — and one that will bring a raft of new features to the project.Continue Reading