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The timing of the John Bolton book leak could not be worse for Trump’s legal team

 
Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

[Regarding this story: Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says]

Months after not being called to testify at the impeachment trial, John Bolton drops a bomb in a book that previews what his testimony would be if called.

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The numerous reasons why the recording of Trump saying to ‘take her out’ matters

 
Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

[Regarding this story: ‘Take her out’: Recording appears to capture Trump at private dinner saying he wants Ukraine ambassador fired]

A few things to keep in mind and reasons this is significant:

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Derp-showitz: Trump team doesn’t like the Constitution, bases its defense in English law

 
Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

[Regarding this story: Constitutional Crabgrass: President Trump’s Defenders Distort the Impeachment Clause]

Yesterday I spent a few paragraphs deconstructing Alan Dershowitz’s argument (which he’s expected to make next week on the Senate floor) that “high crimes and misdemeanors” requires “criminal-like conduct,” whatever that’s supposed to mean it’s a term and standard Dershowitz simply made up that has no Constitutional support.

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Senate impeachment trial shaping up more to be a motion to dismiss than a trial

 
Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

Whatever the senate impeachment trial winds up being, it appears it will resemble a motion to dismiss more than a trial, since McConnell evidently has 51 votes for a process that won’t permit a vote on witnesses until after the two sides manage to pack 24 hours of argument into 48 hour terms.

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Dershowitz for the defense: Only Giuliani has debased himself more zealously

[Alan Dershowitz]

Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

[Regarding this story: George Conway: Why Trump had to hire this legal odd couple]

I was never a Van Halen fan but nevertheless found myself wincing at a video of David Lee Roth in Las Vegas from a few weeks ago. He was always more flash and bombast than talent but seeing him bumbling around on stage mumbling every third word to the song, wholly oblivious to how badly things have gotten, was sad.

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Iconic sequoia dies 500 years before it should in another sign of the climate apocalypse

[California’s majestic sequoias are dying early]

“Lazarus” is the name given to an iconic specimen of giant sequoia, in the Giant Forest located in Sequoia National Park. These magnificent trees can reach 300 feet (90 meters) during a lifespan that can exceed 3,000 years, and are famously resistant to droughts and fires. Lazarus,
more than 2,000 years old, is so called because it shows scars from surviving numerous severe fires.

But now, though the death of such a large creature is not an instant process, it appears to have expired.

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Peruvian idol surprisingly turns out to have escaped conquistador destruction

 
In 1533 Hernando Pizarro completed his conquest of Peru, and destroyed many symbols of the Inca Empire’s royal dynasty and religion. He ordered that the people break open the vault containing the giant wooden statue of Pacha Kamaq (“Earth Maker”), father of the popular goddess Pacha Mama (“Earth Mother”), and destroy its idol, which the Incan people had consulted as an oracle and purportedly was stained red by the blood of human sacrifices.

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NXIVM: Judge allows anonymous victims to give statements in Raniere sentencing

[Judge Garaufis and Keith Raniere]

Judge Nicholas Garaufis has issued an order to permit victims to provide impact statements at Nxivm leader Keith Raniere’s sentencing without having to disclose their identities.

This will include alleged victims who were not included in the second superseding indictment against Raniere.

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White supremacists picked up for plotting murder while Trump whines about gun rights

[Three alleged white supremacists picked up in northern Georgia]

Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

The FBI arrested six white supremacists (three who entered the country illegally from Canada) in advance of a planned gun rally in Virginia where the FBI claims that a few members planned to “open fire.”

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‘Baby Jesus’ finds the way home to Bethlehem after 40 years