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DOJ Documents from Cleveland Police Investigation

The following documents were released by the office of the U.S. Attorney for the N.D. Ohio. While these are available as attachments to a “news” page within the N.D. Ohio portion of DOJ’s sprawling website, I have placed them here for now pending their availability at what seems likely to be a more permanent and …Read the Rest

What (really) is the difference between print and online?

Discussion, whether in terms of collection building or of legal research instruction, of print “versus” online resources is outdated and fruitless if that discussion doesn’t seek to clarify and resolve the relative existing and potential qualities of each format in terms of permanence, stability, and “structured” vs. “random” accessibility. The classic visual impression of a …Read the Rest

‘Net Neutrality’ in the News

The FCC is scheduled to vote today on a proposal from its Chairman to revise the FCC rules governing the network management practices of “last mile” wired broadband Internet providers — those (primarily cable) companies that provide broadband Internet connections to mainstream end users. The scheduled vote is to approve issuance of a Notice of …Read the Rest

On getting online state codes (mostly) right

I recently had occasion to confirm a citation to the codified statutes of Wisconsin. Wisconsin happens to be one of the minority of states that produces both a directly state-published statutory Code and a commercially published (West, in this case) annotated code. But the quality of the online availability of the “official” code, the Wisconsin …Read the Rest

IRS Controversy: What is a 501(c)(4) anyway?

Primary Sources Selected Recent Articles of Interest Disclosure Issues Other Aspects of Political Participation and Non-profit Tax Status Allegations of inappropriate IRS investigations of the tax status of “tea party” groups have put so-called 501(c)(4) groups in the headlines. Section 501 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (i.e. Title 26 of the U.S. Code) identifies …Read the Rest

Legislative History “genres”

In my last post I mentioned that the technical/mechanical tools for working with legislative materials (at least at the federal level) have lately become much more accessible and, if not intuitive, at least not so much of an actual barrier to research. This has in fact been the general trend in legal information, and therefore …Read the Rest