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Carabinieri Recover Biggest Stolen Archeology Collection in History

Silvia Donati | January 22, 2015 | Italy Magazine: “More than 5,000 precious artifacts from the past have been recovered in an operation by the Carabinieri that has been described as the biggest recovery of stolen archeological items in history.

The collection comprises vases, bronzes, statues and frescoes, including rare pieces, stolen from different Italian archeological sites, spanning a period of 1,000 years, from the 1st century BC to the 2-3rd century AD. They are estimated to be worth 40 million euros. Presenting the artifacts in Rome, Carabinieri general Mariano Mossa said, “This is by a long shot the biggest recovery in history, in terms of the quantity and quality of the archeological treasures.”

OCC Issues Government Securities Act booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook

“The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued today the Government Securities Act” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This new booklet, part of the Securities Compliance series, consolidates certain guidance from the Comptroller’s Handbook for Compliance, “Securities Activities” booklet, issued in September 1991, and the Comptroller’s Handbook booklet “Investment Securities,” issued in MarchContinue Reading

Everybody Dies: What is Your Digital Legacy?

Alethea Lange – CDT – “What happens to your email when you die? For most people this hopefully isn’t an urgent question, but a few high profile cases have made it an issue for lawmakers and judges around the world. You might think that your family could show up with a death certificate and/or aContinue Reading

The Cobweb – Can the Internet be archived?

The New Yorker – Annals of Technology. January 26, 2015 Issue. The Cobweb Can the Internet be archived? By Jill Lepore “…The Web dwells in a never-ending present. It is—elementally—ethereal, ephemeral, unstable, and unreliable. Sometimes when you try to visit a Web page what you see is an error message: “Page Not Found.” This isContinue Reading

Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification

“Eyewitnesses play an important role in criminal cases when they can identify culprits. Estimates suggest that tens of thousands of eyewitnesses make identifications in criminal investigations each year. Research on factors that affect the accuracy of eyewitness identification procedures has given us an increasingly clear picture of how identifications are made, and more importantly, anContinue Reading

Paper – Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong

Gary D. Bass, Danielle Brian and Norman Eisen – “From political polarization to a failure of leadership to weak campaign finance laws, there are a number of perceived reasons as to why Congress fails to do its job.  But a growing chorus of political commentators, and even some prominent political scientists, now point to long-establishedContinue Reading

Attorney General Holder Announces Updates to Justice Department Media Guidelines

“Attorney General Eric Holder announced [January 14, 2015] expanded revisions to the Justice Department’s policy regarding obtaining information from, or records of, members of the news media. The updated policy was announced via a memo by Attorney General Holder to all Justice Department employees . “These revised guidelines strike an appropriate balance between law enforcement’sContinue Reading

Fear, Loathing, and the First Amendment

Redish, Martin H., Fear, Loathing, and the First Amendment: Optimistic Skepticism and the Theory of Free Expression (January 15, 2015). Ohio State Law Journal, Forthcoming; Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper No. 15-02; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 15-03. Available for download at SSRN: “Communitarian free speech theories give out a siren call.Continue Reading

Litigation and Other Legal Matters: Revised Comptroller’s Handbook Booklet

“The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued today the “Litigation and Other Legal Matters” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This revised booklet replaces the booklet of the same title issued in February 2000. The revised booklet provides guidance to examiners assessing a bank’s litigation exposures, associated risks, and risk management practices. TheContinue Reading

POGO to Launch Congressional Subpoena Rule Database

“The start of each new Congress marks the chance to adopt new rules, which cover a wide range of procedural matters, for the next two years. For example, committees and subcommittees may choose to lay out the procedures for issuing subpoenas and taking depositions. The Project On Government Oversight believes that oversight efforts, including investigations,Continue Reading

Google – Still in the Search

How Google Search Dealt With Mobile – The Never Ending Search by Steven Levy. In-depth reporting and writing about the continuing evolution of Google search from both a tactical and strategic perspective. For consumers, researchers, librarians, lawyers and educators, this is a must read. It takes time, focus and mindfulness to read long articles inContinue Reading

Implications of a Supreme Court Finding for the Plaintiff in King vs. Burwell

Urban Institute – Linda J. Blumberg, Matthew Buettgens, John Holahan. The Implications of a Supreme Court Finding for the Plaintiff in King vs. Burwell: 8.2 Million More Uninsured and 35% Higher Premiums, January 8, 2015. “The Supreme Court will hear the King v. Burwell case, in which the plaintiff argues that the ACA prohibits payment of premium taxContinue Reading