Category Archives: legal affairs

What the what? FBI arrests five people for trying to force Chinese citizens to go home

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NBC News has the details.

Federal prosecutors said the five, plus three others in China, were part of an international operation called “Fox Hunt,” described by the Chinese as an anti-corruption campaign that seeks to locate fugitives.

But John Demers, assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, said, “In many instances, the hunted are opponents of Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi — political rivals, dissidents, and critics.”

Donald Trump’s political legacy

Consider the number of times we will read or hear the following words in the coming years: “Justice ___, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump, …”

Make no mistake, the three — and, yes, I say three because I don’t believe the Democrats can stonewall the (expected) nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the nation’s highest court (and what do you think of her qualifications?) — appointments to the Supreme Court made by Trump over the past four years is a stunning political legacy. And that’s not taking into the account the roughly 200 judges he’s appointed to lower courts.

It’s not unrealistic to project if Trump is re-elected in November that he could complete eight years in office by naming five men or women to the Supreme Court. Justices Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer are of an age where retirement (or something far worse that ought not be wished on any person) could be a realistic option at some point between 2021 and 2024. Should that happen and should Trump’s proposed successors to those men be approved by the Senate, the Supreme Court would tilt overwhelmingly to the right; seven of its nine members would hold conservative views of the law.

Regardless of your opinion of Trump, his political legacy will be (at least) three men and women who will remain entrenched inside Washington years after he leaves the stage. They could wind up altering the political, social and economic structures of the country in far-reaching ways.

University leaders demand Washington immunize them from coronavirus lawsuits

Jacobin magazine reports that university leaders have bombarded federal lawmakers, asking for protection from any coronavirus lawsuits.

Colleges and universities across the country have been exploring a number of avenues to get liability immunity. Some, like Bates College and the University of New Hampshire, have pushed students to sign liability waivers. Others have turned to state governments — with some success. North Carolina Democratic governor Roy Cooper signed into law a bill shielding colleges from any lawsuits seeking tuition reimbursements after schools were forced to close earlier this year due to the pandemic.

Then, there are schools directly lobbying the federal government on COVID-19 liability protections, They include: Purdue, Case Western University, the Georgia Institute of TechnologyThe New SchoolMichigan State UniversitySouthern Methodist UniversitySyracuse UniversityTemple UniversityPenn State UniversityUniversity of KansasClemson University, and University of Southern Florida.