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Clarence Thomas declares war on the very idea of a free press – ThinkProgress
Justice Clarence Thomas published an opinion on Tuesday announcing that he would completely rewrite the law of defamation — potentially to such a degree that journalists could be subject to criminal prosecutions for making truthful claims that embarrass the subjects of their reporting. Thomas’ opinion concurring in his court’s decision not to hear McKee v. Cosby is an attack on New York Times v. Sullivan, a seminal Supreme Court decision “that prohibits a public official from recovering damages for a defamatory falsehood” unless they can show that the statement was made “with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.” No other member of the Court joined Thomas’ opinion.
legal  america 
17 hours ago by corrales
Emoji are showing up in court cases exponentially, and courts aren’t prepared • The Verge
Dami Lee:
<p>Bay Area prosecutors were trying to prove that a man arrested during a prostitution sting was guilty of pimping charges, and among the evidence was a series of Instagram DMs he’d allegedly sent to a woman. One read: “Teamwork make the dream work” with high heels and money bag emoji placed at the end. Prosecutors said the message implied a working relationship between the two of them. The defendant said it could mean he was trying to strike up a romantic relationship. Who was right?

Emoji are showing up as evidence in court more frequently with each passing year. Between 2004 and 2019, there was an exponential rise in emoji and emoticon references in US court opinions, with over 30 percent of all cases appearing in 2018, according to Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman, who has been tracking all of the references to “emoji” and “emoticon” that show up in US court opinions. So far, the emoji and emoticons have rarely been important enough to sway the direction of a case, but as they become more common, the ambiguity in how emoji are displayed and what we interpret emoji to mean could become a larger issue for courts to contend with.

Emoticons started appearing in court in 2004, and they have since been found most commonly in sexual predation cases. But that’s just counting the cases that were able to be tracked with the words “emoji” and “emoticon.” Electronic databases of court opinions aren’t set up to handle the actual emoji, and they aren’t displayed in case database services like Westlaw or Lexis, which is where Goldman finds his references.</p>

At which point the question is: how do you translate from emoji to legal English?
law  legal  english  emoji 
18 hours ago by charlesarthur
districtcourt - Landlord/Tenant
Landlord/tenant relationships are governed under Title 34, Chapter 18, the “Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.” As the Clerk’s Office is not allowed to give legal advice, please refer to an attorney if you are unsure of how to proceed with any action of a legal nature. Although civil matters filed in the District Court have a jurisdictional amount of $10,000, landlord/tenant matters are not bound by this amount.

Some helpful definitions in landlord/tenant matters:

Action - Proceedings in court to determine legal rights.
Landlord - Owner, lessor, or sublessor, also the manager of the premises who does not disclose the name, address, and telephone number of the owner or the person authorized to represent the owner.
Premises - A dwelling unit and the building it is in, plus the outside grounds tenants may use.
Rent - The payment of money, services, etc., that a tenant pays to a landlord for the use of the premises.
Rental Agreement - All written or oral agreements and lawful rules and regulations, as well as any terms required by law, concerning the use and occupancy of a dwelling unit and premises.
Security Deposit - Money given by the tenant to a landlord at the beginning or shortly after the rental agreement as a deposit to pay for any physical damages to the premises.
Tenant - A person having the legal right under a rental agreement to occupy the premises.
The following is a list of different types of Landlord/Tenant matters:

Seven (7) Day Trespass and Ejectment (Commercial Property)
Nine (9) Day Trespass and Ejectment (Residential Property – Non-payment of Rent)
Twenty (20) Day Trespass and Ejectment (Residential Property – Other than Non-payment of Rent)
Landlord/Tenant Restraining Orders
rhodeisland  evictions  realestate  legal 
18 hours ago by Chirael
“Reverse location” search warrants identify all cellphones near a crime scene | Hacker News
Why did the police ask Google, and not the cellular operators? They know who was where to the level of positioning detail this requires.

VectorLock 2 hours ago [-]

Cell providers have information on what cell sites a mobile user has connected to and rough triangulations of the devices position.
Google has the exact GPS coordinates sent by the device itself, WiFi networks around it, and other location data.

baud147258 40 minutes ago [-]

But that's only if the GPS and wifi are activated on the phone. On my phone it's rarely the case.

dsl 4 hours ago [-]

Because Google has all the data for every Android user and many iOS users vs having to send requests to up to 5 companies (ATT, Sprint, US Cellular, T-Mobile, and Verizon) and compile the data.
privacy  police  legal  crime  government  google 
yesterday by Chirael
This Year’s LSC ITCon in Pictures + Drawings
January’s Legal Services Corporation ITCon (the conference formerly known as TIG) is the best place for legal aid technology geeks. Someone explicitly called me a geek at this conference, and…
legal  legaltechnology  A2J 
yesterday by geglover

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