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FBI Seeks Expanded Access to Surveil Computers Around the World

Ed Pilkington – The Guardian: “The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to seize significant new powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers throughout the US and around the world. Civil liberties groups warn that the proposed rule change amountsContinue Reading

Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens

Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens. Perspectives on Politics / Volume 12 / Issue 03 / September 2014, pp 564-581 “Each of four theoretical traditions in the study of American politics—which can be characterized as theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy, Economic-Elite Domination, and two types of interest-group pluralism, Majoritarian Pluralism andContinue 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

Criminality, Corruption and the Devastation of Tanzania’s Elephants

Environmental Investigation Agency. Vanishing Point – Criminality, Corruption and the Devastation of Tanzania’s Elephants, November 2014. “The devastating poaching crisis in Tanzania 25 years ago was characterised  by increased criminality, corruption, the proliferation of firearms, the failure of the judicial system and the perception that Tanzania was a sanctuary for criminals. Between 1977-87, Tanzania lost over 50,000 elephants,Continue 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

Municipal Response to Fiscal Distress in Detroit

Wilson, Meghan, City Auction: Municipal Response to Fiscal Distress in Detroit (November 4, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2519149 “Over the last decade, several metropolitan cities have been forced to think critically about their long-term financial solvency. This paper considers the tangible impacts of long-term financial planning in Detroit, Michigan. In July of 2013,Continue Reading

The Ethics of Data, Visualized

TRACEY WALLACE – Truth in Data: “Big data sparked public interest in the U.S. beginning with the NSA scandal. Suddenly, it was mass knowledge that not only could the government, or any entity, collect your social media, email or cell data, but they could use it against you. This concept certainly isn’t brand new, and it certainlyContinue 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

Bork’s “Legislative Intent” and the Courts

Ginsburg, Douglas H., Bork’s “Legislative Intent” and the Courts (November 3, 2014). Antitrust Law Journal, Vol. 79, No. 3, pp. 941-951, 2014; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 14-59. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2518600 “Robert H. Bork’s influence upon modern antitrust law is difficult to overstate. One of his lasting legacies isContinue Reading

Largest Clean Air Act Settlement in History

Settlement with Hyundai and Kia protects consumers and ensures greenhouse gas emissions reductions “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced an historic settlement with the automakers Hyundai and Kia that will resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations based on their sale of close to 1.2 million vehicles thatContinue Reading

Law is Code: A Software Engineering Approach to Analyzing the United States Code

William Li, Pablo Azar, David Larochelle, Phil Hill & Andrew Lo, Law is Code: A Software Engineering Approach to Analyzing the United States Code, October 31, 2014. “The agglomeration of rules and regulations over time has produced a body of legal code that no single individual can fully comprehend. This complexity produces inefficiencies, makes theContinue Reading

Improving Digital Publishing of Legal Scholarship, Version 1.0

Keele, Benjamin J., Improving Digital Publishing of Legal Scholarship, Version 1.0 (October 2, 2014). Journal of Things We Like (Lots), Conference — Legal Scholarship We Like, and Why It Matters, 2014; Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2014-33. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2507933 “Legal scholarship’s main mode of formal communication,Continue Reading