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Random thoughts through July 22, 2012

Jul 22, 2012 Random thoughts through July 22, 2012

On Sundays, I sometimes veer well beyond the law in my blog entries.

On my Twitterpage, https://twitter.com/jonkatz5, and elsewhere, I sometimes jot out news items, legal ideas, and personal ideas of interest. Every week or so I am assembling some of those recent random thoughts.

THE LAW WORLD 

Fourth Cir. affirms trial court’s denial of civil commitment, finding gov’t failed to show D’s sexual dangerousness.

D.C. Ct. App.: Obstruction of justice does not happen when people hide an alleged murder weapon when cops first arrive.

D.C. Cir. reverses dismissal of discrimination suit by Egyptian-American transferred to overqualified work after 9-11.

D.C. Superior Court improvidently legitimizes federal drug czar by having him keynote a drug court graduation.

D.C. Superior Court reveals drug court graduates’ identities by posting their photo online. Did they waive privacy?

D.C.Ct. App.: Negligent homicide conviction precludes a subsequent trial for involuntary manslaughter.

Jonathan Turley on court’s rejection of First Amendment claims of defendant over encouraging suicide.

Geoffrey Stone article on the "Origins of Obscenity". TY listserv member for this link.

"Guide to Free Speech on Campus" by Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Thanks to listserv member for the link.

D.C. Cir. reconfirms that attorney fee petitions by prevailing parties must be accurate, justified, and non-duplicative

ACTIONS OF GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

NYT reported in May 2012 that NY police targeted occupy wall street protestors for checking open arrest warrants.

Obama administration claims reasonable suspicion — a lower standard than probable cause — suffices to track by GPS.

Proposed California legislation will require a warrant to track a phone’s location.

Vincent Mancusi — Warden during Attica prison riots — passes.

BEYOND THE LAW AND GOVERNMENT

Aung San Suu Kyi will visit the United States in September for multiple days. If you know when she will appear in public in the Washington, D.C., area, please let me know.

While leaving DC Superior Court, a woman asked me for a quarter to complete the 50-cent transaction to buy/bum a cigarette from someone. That is just 2.5% of the $20 minimum purchase that a local cigar shop requires to hang out there. I asked a smoker whether 50 cents is the going rate for a single cigarette, and she said her price would be a dollar if asked. All I ask is that people light up where I am not hostage to the smell.

MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION, AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Joe Loizzo from the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science was the July 18 guest speaker at Insight Meditation, Bethesda. He led an excellent meditation session. He spoke of meditation coming into the mainstream and the lightheartedness of the Dalai Lama.

Georgetown Law School has a Lawyers in Balance program.

Two contemplative lawyers have recommended "Mindfulness for Law Students" for such students.

Check out the website called Jurisight Mindfulness For Legal Professionals

Check out the Heal Your Life website

Physical inactivity as a major contributor to deaths.

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