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Federal Environmental Prosecutions Fall to Record Low

“The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during the first six months of FY 2017 the government reported 152 new environment prosecutions. If this activity continues at the same pace for the remainder of the year, environmental prosecutions will be at the lowest ever recorded since the Justice Department started tracking its… Continue Reading

UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

A virtual training and research centre in international law “The Historic Archives provides a unique resource for the teaching, studying and researching significant legal instrument on international law. Each entry is devoted to a particular instrument and contains an introduction to the instrument prepared by an eminent international law scholar or practitioner with special expertise… Continue Reading

House Votes to Give Some Powers of Librarian of Congress to Donald Trump

BOOKRIOT: “Dr. Carla Hayden, the current and 14th Librarian of Congress, is many things: a brilliant scholar, a forty year veteran of libraries, a defender of equal access, a former president of the American Library Association (ALA), and a rescuer of baby ducks. She is also the first African American and the first woman to hold… Continue Reading

GPO Prepared Statement before the Committee on House Administration, U.S. House of Representatives

DAVITA VANCE-COOKS, Director, U. S. Government Publishing Office. Prepared Statement before the Committee on House Administration, U.S. House of Representatives On Transforming GPO for the 21st Century and Beyond,Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1310 Longworth House Office Building, 11 A.M. “To meet the needs of the 21st century and beyond, the GPO has been successfully transforming… Continue Reading

Another commentary on Google Books

How Google Book Search Got Lost – Google Books was the company’s first moonshot. But 15 years later, the project is stuck in low-Earth orbit. Scott Rosenberg, April 11, 2017. “…Two things happened to Google Books on the way from moonshot vision to mundane reality. Soon after launch, it quickly fell from the idealistic ether into… Continue Reading

Presidential Authority to Permit Access to National Security Information

SECRECY NEWS From the FAS Project on Government Secrecy: Presidential Authority to Permit Access to National Security Information, CRS Legal Sidebar, May 17, 2017. “Don’t Be So Quick to Call Those Disclosures ‘Legal‘ by Elizabeth Goitein, Just Security, May 17, 2017 “Why Trump’s Disclosure to Russia (and Urging Comey to Drop the Flynn Investigation, and… Continue Reading

Court of Appeals opinion – Google is not a generic name

Elliott v. Google, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, No. 15-15809 D.C. No. 2:12-cv-01072-SMM – OPINION, May 16, 2017. “The panel affirmed the district court’s summary judgment in favor of Google, Inc., in an action under the Lanham Act, seeking cancellation of the GOOGLE trademark on the ground that it is generic.… Continue Reading

US Courts – Interactive Database Aids the Study of Judiciary Trends

“A recently enhanced database that houses information about civil and criminal federal cases dating to 1970 is now available to researchers and the public on the Federal Judicial Center’s website as part of a partnership with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The interactive database contains docket information from district, appellate, and bankruptcy court… Continue Reading

DOJ – Appointment of Special Counsel to investigate Russian activities impacting US election

“Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein today announced the appointment of former Department of Justice official and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to serve as Special Counsel to oversee the previously-confirmed FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters. This is a copy of the order.” “In… Continue Reading

The State of Racial Justice in Chicago Report

Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy (MC 347) University of Illinois at Chicago: “The State of Racial Justice in Chicago Report provides a comprehensive picture of the changing conditions of racial and ethnic groups in Chicago during the last half century. The report provides accessible data and analysis on how racial and ethnic groups… Continue Reading

How The Intercept visualized and open-sourced a database of terrorism prosecutions since 9/11

“Last month, The Intercept published “Trial and Terror,” a database of – and series of stories about – the 796 people prosecuted for international terrorism by the United States since the attacks of September 11, 2001. To accompany the database, Moiz Syed, a data journalist and designer at The Intercept, developed a visualization to convey details of the cases, including the most… Continue Reading

CRS – FBI Director: Appointment and Tenure

FBI Director: Appointment and Tenure, Henry B. Hogue, Specialist in American National Government. May 10, 2017 [FAS] “The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is appointed by the President and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The statutory basis for the present nomination and confirmation process was developed in 1968 and… Continue Reading