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Map Shows How Apple-FBI Fight Was About Much More Than One Phone

Via ACLU – “The government insisted that its effort to force Apple to help break into an iPhone as part of the investigation into the 2015 San Bernardino shootings was just about that one case. Even though the FBI no longer needs Apple’s help in that case, the FBI’s request was part of a sustainedContinue Reading

Garland Nomination to Supreme Court Gets Positive Reception From Public

Pew Research Center: “Although Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, more Americans say they favor (46%) than oppose (30%) Garland’s confirmation to the high court. About a quarter (24%) offer no opinion. Before President Obama nominated Garland on March 16, Senate Republican leaders had vowed to notContinue Reading

CRS – Vacancy on the Supreme Court

Via FAS – Vacancy on the Supreme Court: CRS Products, CRS Legal Sidebar, March 21, 2016: “On February 13, 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia unexpectedly passed away at the age of 79, vacating a seat on the Supreme Court that he had held for nearly 30 years. A little over a month later, on March 16,Continue Reading

International Criminal Court – What are War Crimes?

“War crimes” include grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions and other serious violations of the laws and customs applicable in international armed conflict and in conflicts “not of an international character” listed in the Rome Statute, when they are committed as part of a plan or policy or on a large scale. These prohibited actsContinue Reading

IRS Criminal Enforcement Slides

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse – “As Congress continues to reduce its overall support of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the chances that the IRS will at some point recommend a taxpayer for criminal prosecution have significantly declined — from 13.3 per million population in FY 2013 to 9.2 per million in FY 2015. This levelContinue Reading

Only One Fourth of New Immigration Court Cases Involve Mexicans

“The number of individuals from Mexico whose removal is sought by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to steadily decrease, according to the latest data on deportation filings from the Immigration Courts. As of the end of February 2016, there have been 63,420 new Immigration Court filings in FY 2016. Of these, 15,821 involveContinue Reading

Nominations to Supreme Court During Presidential Election Years (1900-Present)

CRS Brief via FAS – Nominations to Supreme Court During Presidential Election Years (1900-Present) “This CRS Insight provides data and analysis related to nominations made to the Supreme Court during presidential election years from 1900 to the present. As of this writing, there have been eight such nominations since 1900—six to fill actual vacancies thatContinue Reading

Ruth Bader Ginsburg will publish her first book since joining Supreme Court in 1993

“Simon & Schuster announced [March 10, 2016] that it will publish Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s My Own Words, which is her first book since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993…My Own Words will be a selection of writings and speeches by Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the SupremeContinue Reading

Testing Positivity Theory: What Roles do Politicization and Legal Realism Play in Shaping U.S. Supreme Court Legitimacy?

Gibson, James L. and Nelson, Michael J., Testing Positivity Theory: What Roles do Politicization and Legal Realism Play in Shaping U.S. Supreme Court Legitimacy? (March 9, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: “Perhaps the most widely accepted view of how the Supreme Court acquires and maintains its legitimacy is Positivity Theory, which claims thatContinue Reading

Supreme Court Rejects Apple’s Request to Review E-Books Antitrust Conspiracy Findings

DOJ news release, March 7, 2016: ” The U.S. Supreme Court today denied Apple’s petition for certiorari in United States v. Apple Inc., making final lower court decisions that Apple orchestrated a price-fixing conspiracy with five major e-book publishers and substantially raised e-book prices. The Supreme Court’s action triggers Apple’s obligation to pay $400 millionContinue Reading

Encryption: Selected Legal Issues

Via FAS – CRS report – Encryption: Selected Legal Issues, Richard M. Thompson II, Legislative Attorney; Chris Jaikaran, Analyst in Cybersecurity Policy. March 3, 2016. “This report first provides background to the ongoing encryption debate, including a primer on encryption basics and an overview of Apple, Google, and Facebook’s new encryption policies. Next, it willContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Cognitive Reality and the Administration of Justice

Via – Cognitive Reality and the Administration of Justice – Ken Strutin writes in his latest article as follows, “science has much to say about how individual behavior and group wide phenomena influence the core issues of criminal justice. From self-incrimination to self-representation, from prosecuting to judging, from trial to punishment the law recognizesContinue Reading