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ICIJ to Release Panama Papers Offshore Companies Data

“The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will release on May 9, 2016 a searchable database with information on more than 200,000 offshore entities that are part of the Panama Papers investigation. The database will likely be the largest ever release of secret offshore companies and the people behind them. The data comes from the PanamanianContinue Reading

Cybersecurity: Overview Reports and Links to Government, News, and Related Resources

Via FAS, CRS report – Cybersecurity: Overview Reports and Links to Government, News, and Related Resources, March 2, 2016 (R44405) “Much is written on the topic of cybersecurity. This CRS report and those listed below direct the reader to authoritative sources that address many of the most prominent issues. Included in the reports are resources andContinue Reading

Politico Testimony – Chernobyl poisoned my childhood

“In the early days of the Chernobyl disaster [April 1986], many still had faith in the Communist Party, but by late ’88, delusions about the Soviets were long gone. Fear of reprisals had receded with the deaths of strongmen Leonid Brezhnev and Yuri Andropov (known as the Butcher of Budapest after the 1956 Hungarian uprising).Continue Reading

Prosecutorial Analytics

Kreag, Jason, Prosecutorial Analytics (April 12, 2016). Washington University Law Review (2017) Forthcoming; Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 16-10. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2764399 “The institution of the prosecutor has more power than any other in the criminal justice system. What is more, prosecutorial power is often unreviewable as a result of limitedContinue Reading

Conviction by Prior Impeachment

Roberts, Anna, Conviction by Prior Impeachment (April 22, 2016). Boston University Law Review, Forthcoming (2016). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2768951 “Impeaching the testimony of criminal defendants through the use of their prior convictions is a practice that is triply flawed: it relies on assumptions belied by data; it has devastating impacts on individual trials;Continue Reading

CRS – Protection of Trade Secrets: Overview of Current Law and Legislation

Protection of Trade Secrets: Overview of Current Law and Legislation, Brian T. Yeh, Legislative Attorney. April 22, 2016. “A trade secret is confidential, commercially valuable information that provides a company with a competitive advantage, such as customer lists, methods of production, marketing strategies, pricing information, and chemical formulae. (Well- known examples of trade secrets includeContinue Reading

Terrorism, Human Rights, and Climate Change Top the Public’s Priority List for U.S. Engagement in World Affairs

Kaiser Family Foundation: Terrorism, Human Rights, and Climate Change Top the Public’s Priority List for U.S. Engagement in World Affairs “When it comes to world affairs, majorities of Americans list fighting terrorism (64%), protecting human rights (60%), and protecting the environment and fighting climate change (51%) as top priorities for the president and Congress, findsContinue Reading

Reducing the Cost of Legal Education: The Profession Hangs Together or Hangs Separately

Gold, Victor James, Reducing the Cost of Legal Education: The Profession Hangs Together or Hangs Separately (April 22, 2016). Syracuse Law Review, Forthcoming; Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-12. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2769126 “Is a legal education worth the cost? Until just a few years ago, there wasContinue Reading

Public Advocate Appointed by FISA Court Declares PRISM Surveillance Unconstitutional

TechDirt: “On [April 19, 2016], the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released some redacted versions of three previously secret FISA Court rulings. There are a few interesting things in them, but one notable point, found in a ruling from last November regarding the NSA’s 702 PRISM program, is that the FISC took advantageContinue Reading

CRS – Arms Sales: Congressional Review Process

Via FAS – Arms Sales: Congressional Review Process, Paul K. Kerr, Analyst in Nonproliferation. April 19, 2016. “This report reviews the process and procedures that currently apply to congressional consideration of foreign arms sales proposed by the President. This includes consideration of proposals to sell major defense equipment, defense articles and services, or the re-transferContinue Reading

Foreclosure Lawsuits Up Nearly a Third from Last Year

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse – “The latest available data from the federal courts show that during March 2016 the government reported 505 new foreclosure civil filings. While this is still significantly lower than the peak monthly level of such lawsuits filed in May and June of 2012, it has increased by almost one-third (32.7%) fromContinue Reading

The Silent Minority: Toward a Political Economy of Children

Lenzer, Gertrud, The Silent Minority: Toward a Political Economy of Children (April 20, 2016). Available for downlaod at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2767728 “The essay claims that children – as close as they may appear to adult eyes – are largely unknown and invisible in their collective and individual realities. The social, psychological, economic and political dimensions ofContinue Reading