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Leave it to Trump to breathe life into the most anachronistic corner of the Constitution

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

[Regarding this story: DC mayor Muriel Bowser takes on Trump, sparks Third Amendment debate with call to remove troops from capital]

Leave it to Trump to breathe life into perhaps the most anachronistic corner of the Constitution.

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Why black-white criminal justice inequality persists today? Look at Levittown.

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

There’s no shortage of articles about the unequal treatment African-Americans receive from the criminal justice system, and even there the answers run deeper than inherent bias by officers. People’s attitudes matter a great deal, but African-Americans still face institutional and policy barriers, and those barriers don’t exist solely in the criminal justice world. I believe that the answer to why criminal justice inequality persists today can be found in housing policy.

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Hard to imagine a president less suited to calm this country at this particular moment

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

I think there were two moments that played a big role in the protests gaining the momentum they did, both occurring Friday. One was when Hennepin County declined to charge the other four officers alongside Derek Chauvin. The other was Trump’s inciting cite to racism hall-of-famer Miami police Chief Walter Headley’s infamous ‘looting and shooting’ comment.

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Trump’s executive order reads like a copy-edited version of his deranged tweets

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

Trump’s Executive Order [EO] is mostly what I predicted, but longer and more deranged and paranoid, at least in the preamble which reads a bit like a copy-edited version of his Twitter account.

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Trump’s (empty) threat would actually make sites like Twitter more restrictive, not less

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

[Regarding this story: Trump expected to sign executive order that could threaten punishment against Facebook, Google and Twitter over allegations of political bias]

Trump is cooking up a legally dubious executive order which will probably direct the formation of a panel to investigate political bias by social media companies and make recommendations to change existing law.

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The George Floyd killing: Why it’s hard to imagine a legal defense against murder charges

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

The George Floyd video is seriously disturbing and I imagine there will be a murder charge forthcoming, either from Minnesota or the Department of Justice.

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Tragedy of the assholes: History showed up, and we’re chained to these selfish jerks

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

For most of our lives, we Americans have had little to endure, by and large, in the way of collective sacrifice, save the stories of the great depression and World War II, told by our elders to remind us we’ve been spoiled rotten. As fate would have it, we suddenly find ourselves in our grandparents’ shoes, no longer having to only imagine how we’d react if the world changed for the worse overnight. A lot is being asked of some, particularly healthcare workers, but most of us are merely being asked to take a number of polite, low-cost precautions intended to lower the risk we pose to each other.

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Lawsuit heading for trial shows Trump’s appeal to the easily scammed

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

In less catastrophic times this might have gotten more attention than it’s getting now, so I’ll just mention that a lawsuit against Trump and his family filed by scammed investors survived what is probably the last hurdle before trial.

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On the wearing of masks and personal responsibility, from a legal perspective

[Learned Hand, 1872-1961]

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

Learned Hand (yes, that’s his name) was perhaps the most famous US judge never to ascend to the US Supreme Court. He was revered as an eloquent writer and was widely cited — probably the most cited non-SCOTUS judge in US history.

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NXIVM: Keith Raniere objects to pandemic plan of being sentenced by video on June 23

[Judge Garaufis, Keith Raniere]

Former Nxivm sex slavery cult leader Keith Raniere was found guilty last June of crimes that could put him away in prison for the rest of his life, but numerous delays have put off his actual sentencing while he sits in jail in Brooklyn.

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