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Category: legal news

Citizens’ Recording of Police Interactions in Cleveland, OH

In 2011, The Civilian Police Board announced the following accomplished initiative: “Chief McGrath signed Cleveland Division of Police Divisional Notice 11-265 and distributed it to every member of the division.” (1) According to Peter Krouse at, the legal review requested by Chief McGrath concluded that a bystander “is generally within his rights” to use a cell phone to …Read the Rest

National Park Week

  April 15, 2016 President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation designating April 16 – April 24, 2016 National Park Week. The picture above is part of the White House’s campaign to encourages everyone to “[e]xplore America’s Great Outdoors During National Park Week*.” During this week admission to national parks, national heritage areas, and national historical sites are …Read the Rest

Teddy Bear: No Longer Endangered

The Louisiana black bear, the inspiration for the teddy bear,* is no longer on the endangered species list. 81 Federal Register 13124 (March 11, 2016). The Louisiana black bear was put on the endangered species list in 1992. 57 Federal Register 588 (January 7, 1992) The listing was based on a finding of four of the five …Read the Rest


Recently, President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge did so in 1928. Of course, another famous President, Theodore Roosevelt invaded Cuba in 1898, as Asst. Secretary of the Navy, prior to becoming president. President Obama and Raul Castro had a televised press conference, including a reporter asking President …Read the Rest

Grand Jury Documents and Materials (Tamir Rice Investigation)

Final Report and related materials: Investigation into the Death of Tamir Rice (Cuyahoga County Office of the Prosecutor) Tamir Rice Family Attorney Subodh Chandra’s interview (9.5 minutes, Youtube) Tamir Rice Family Lawyer Walter Madison’s interview (4.5 minutes, RT, Youtube) DOJ statement (Dec. 28, 2015) Sheriff’s Report (6 parts, June 13, 2015) expert witness reports (Prosecutor’s Office) expert witness …Read the Rest

DraftKings and FanDuel

Update (Nov. 13, 2015) As expected, FanDuel filed a lawsuit against AG Schneiderman, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. Fanduel asserts that their same daily fantasy sports (DFS) competitions do not violate any New York laws; that the competitions involve neither gambling nor bookmaking; that the competitions are games of skill, not chance; that their advertising …Read the Rest