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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that they will not retry Republican former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on public corruption charges, and will drop charges against his wife Maureen McDonnell. McDonnell was convicted on federal corruption charges in 2014 and sentenced to two years in prison. He remained free pending appeal, and this spring, the Supreme Court this year unanimously threw out his conviction. "Today is a great day in which my family and I rejoice. More than 3 1/2 years after learning of an investigation, the final day of vindication has arrived," McDonnell said.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Election Law Blog: The 5th Circuit, issued an opinion holding that Texas's voter identification law, one of the strictest in the country, violates section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The bottom line is that the majority of the 5th Circuit has done what the panel opinion had originally held: there is a remand on the question whether Texas acted with a discriminatory purpose, but there is enough evidence of a discriminatory effect so as to render the Texas id law a Voting Rights Act violation. But, and this is a big but, the remedy is not going to be to strike the Texas voter id law as a whole, but instead to fashion some kind of relief that give people who have a reasonable impediment to getting an ID the chance to get one.


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This will allow foreign citizens to sue Americans in FOREIGN courts with FOREIGN rules. All the victims of collateral damage can now sue us for damages IN AN IRAQI COURT. The rules in our court system are irrelevant.

Where did you get that crap? It sure ain't in the bill. www.congress.gov

SEC. 5. Stay of actions pending state negotiations.

(a) Exclusive jurisdiction. -- The courts of the United States shall have exclusive jurisdiction in any action in which a foreign state is subject to the jurisdiction of a court of the United States under section 1605B of title 28, United States Code, as added by section 3(a) of this Act.

EEOC press release on the case. www.eeoc.gov

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EEOC filed suit ... after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
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Instead of accepting responsibility for its inaction, Dollar General argued the employee did not need an accommo­dation.

Keith Scott, killed by Charlotte police, had troubled history in San Antonio

It is highly unlikely that any of the police on scene in Charlotte knew any of that but it does shed some light on Scott's actions.

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