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Domestic Terrorism Cases on the Rise in February Following January 6 Breach of Capitol

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse  – “In February 2021, according to federal internal case-by-case records on prosecutions obtained after successful court litigation by TRAC, there were 57 prosecutions of domestic terrorism filed in the federal district courts. The majority of these prosecutions—54—were filed in the District of Columbia following the storming of the Capitol on January 6. With a total of 144 charges of domestic terrorism filed in just the first five months of FY 2021, this year continues the sharp uptick in domestic terrorism cases that began last year when a record high of 183 were filed across the country. While concern about domestic terrorism has heightened recently, in fact government internal case-by-case records indicate that except for three years following the attack on the twin towers, domestic terrorism prosecutions have outpaced those for international terrorism since federal prosecutors began systematically tracking terrorism cases twenty-five years ago. Over this span of time there have been over a thousand more domestic terrorism prosecutions than those for international terrorism. Prosecutions of international terrorism in the latest full fiscal year were among the lowest since before 9/11.”

Race-ing Roe: Reproductive Justice, Racial Justice, and the Battle for Roe v. Wade

134 Harv. L. Rev. 2025 Apr 12, 2021 Race-ing Roe: Reproductive Justice, Racial Justice, and the Battle for Roe v. Wade – Article by Melissa Murray – “Amidst a raft of major Supreme Court decisions, a relatively quiet concurrence has planted the seeds for what may precipitate a major transformation in American constitutional law. Writing for… Continue Reading

Sorry, judges, encrypted chat is not like a private thought

Engadget: “A state judge recently ruled that two of the men who plotted to kidnap Michigan’s governor did not make terrorist threats because they used an encrypted chat app to do so. Since federal agencies and lawmakers have been trying to get encrypted comms backdoored by arguing that they are the tool of choice for… Continue Reading

RIGHTS! Civil and Human Rights Law Portal

Documents to the People [DttP] Dominique Hallett – “On September 1, 2020, LLMC, a non-profit Minnesota-based consortium of law libraries, launched the open-access portal RIGHTS! (http://www.llmc.com/rights/home.aspx). If you are looking for primary materials such as current constitutions, human/civil rights acts, Non-Governmental Organizations’ websites, advocacy organizations, and other resources specifically dealing with injustices regarding marginalized parties,… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 4, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 4, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex… Continue Reading

The Legal Permissibility of a Jury Trial by Videoconference

Shammas, Michael and Pressman, Michael, The Legal Permissibility of a Jury Trial by Videoconference (April 1, 2021). Forthcoming, ABA Publication on Online Court Procedures, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3811692 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3811692 “The coronavirus pandemic has uprooted life as we know it. No institution is immune. As a result of the crisis, trials in every state (jury… Continue Reading

Women frequently experience sexual harassment at work, yet few claims ever reach a courtroom

Via LLRX – Sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, including at least three from current or former aides, are a reminder of just how commonplace unwanted touching, propositioning and other inappropriate behavior is in the workplace. Professor Joseph A. Seiner, research explores the prevalence of toxic work environments – like the one… Continue Reading

Failed Courtroom Audio Recording Sparks New Texas Trial

Law360 – “The failure of a courtroom recording device to preserve part of a trial’s testimony led a Texas appeals court to grant an unusual request for a retrial Monday. Texas’ Sixth Court of Appeals said that because a courtroom audio recording device failed to record a “significant” portion of plaintiff Kelly Coplin’s testimony during… Continue Reading

Location data is the new growth market

TechDirt: “Location data is the new growth market. Data harvested from apps is sold to data brokers who, in turn, sell this to whoever’s buying. Lately, the buyers have been a number of government agencies, including the CBP, ICE, DEA, Secret Service, IRS, and — a bit more worryingly — the Defense Department. The mileage… Continue Reading

Digital Justice in 2058: Trusting Our Survival to AI, Quantum and the Rule of Law

Ritter, Jeffrey, Digital Justice in 2058: Trusting Our Survival to AI, Quantum and the Rule of Law (December 22, 2020). 8 J. INT’L & COMPARATIVE LAW __ (2021), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3778678 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3778678 “As legal scholarship on the interactions among artificial intelligence (AI) and the rule of law advances, quantum computing is rapidly moving… Continue Reading

Proposals to Modify Supreme Court Justices’ Tenure: Legal Considerations

CRS – Proposals to Modify Supreme Court Justices’ Tenure: Legal Considerations, March 24, 2021: “To insulate the federal judiciary from political influence, the Constitution specifies that Supreme Court Justices “shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour.” While the Constitution does not define “good Behaviour,” the prevailing interpretation is that Congress cannot remove Supreme Court Justices… Continue Reading

In ‘Landmark’ Ruling, Court Raises Threshold for Firing Feds

Agencies must do more to prove feds were actually performing poorly, court says in precedent-setting decision. “Federal agencies are now facing new requirements to fire employees thanks to a court ruling that reversed a decades old precedent.  In Santos v. NASA, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found the space agency failed… Continue Reading