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by N.E. Brigand
Fri May 07, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Capital punishment
Replies: 528
Views: 162287

Re: Capital punishment

From the New York Times : "4 Years After an Execution, a Different Man’s DNA Is Found on the Murder Weapon: Lawyers’ request to conduct additional DNA testing before Ledell Lee was executed had been denied. ... 'My dying words will always be, as it has been, "I am an innocent man,"' h...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri May 07, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Murder of George Floyd and the Response To It
Replies: 348
Views: 48278

Re: The Murder of George Floyd and the Response To It

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune : MINNEAPOLIS — A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest and death, accusing them of willfully violating the Black man's constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and g...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri May 07, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 575
Views: 39502

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

The U.S. Dept. of Labor reports that 266,000 jobs were added in April. That's FAR short of the 1,000,000 jobs that had been predicted. Which suggests that the COVID relief bill passed in March, decried by a fair number of people on the right and center for being too large, was probably too small. An...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri May 07, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2207
Views: 100019

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

Wow. Remember that op-ed in the Washington Post a few days before the insurrection by all ten living former U.S. Defense Secretaries? (Including even the two Trump appointees.) The one in which they jointly wrote that the military had no role to play in the peaceful transfer of power from the Trump...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri May 07, 2021 4:40 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2207
Views: 100019

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

An interesting column at Lawfare argues that charging the leaders of the Jan. 6 attack with "sedition" (18 U.S. Code § 2384) [1], ​even where apprpriate, risks putting the country on a slippery slope to tyranny. The author recommends that prosecutors instead use the narrower charge of &quo...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu May 06, 2021 5:14 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Bill of Rights for the 21st Century
Replies: 22
Views: 5868

Re: Bill of Rights for the 21st Century

​Fifth (33nd Amendment) Section 1 In any civil action brought in any court in the United States and all the states alleging that a law enforcement officer violated the rights of any individual, it shall not be a defense or immunity that the defendant was acting in good faith, or that the defendant ...
by N.E. Brigand
Wed May 05, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases
Replies: 1127
Views: 294360

Re: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases

In a decision dated yesterday, and including redacted passages that are likely to become unredacted in two weeks, federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson pretty much says that the Dept. of Justice lied to her about the Office of Legal Counsel memo that former Attorney General William Barr claimed to be rel...
by N.E. Brigand
Sun May 02, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 575
Views: 39502

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

Let us suppose, now that Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a state created from another state, has said that the people of D.C. do not deserve statehood and thus should continue to be disenfranchised forever (or combined into another state, which D.C. resident oppose), that this happens: ... Also ...
by N.E. Brigand
Sun May 02, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases
Replies: 1127
Views: 294360

Re: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases

Also, the Washington Post reports that in 2020, both Giuliani and Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin were given defensive briefings by the FBI, warning him that they were being targeted by Russian intelligence agencies with disinformation. Johnson thought the briefing was a trick by the FBI, and both me...
by N.E. Brigand
Sat May 01, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2207
Views: 100019

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

One of the people counting ballots in the bogus "Cyber Ninjas" spectacle in Maricopa County is a former Arizona state legislator named Anthony Kern who lost his reelection last November ... in Maricopa County. In other words, he's handling ballots cast in a race where he was a candidate. ...
by N.E. Brigand
Sat May 01, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2207
Views: 100019

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

The conservatie media outlet Newsmax has issued a correction regarding the 2020 election. Several months ago, they ran a lot of stories alleging that the voting machine company Dominion had somehow altered votes and specifically that this was done by a Dominion employee named Eric Coomer, who they c...
by N.E. Brigand
Sat May 01, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases
Replies: 1127
Views: 294360

Re: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases

A further thought: this whole situation goes back to my earlier grumbling about whether there was wrongdoing by anyone at SDNY. Trump is complaining about New York state investigating his taxes. Why didn't the federal prosecutors in New York do this? The most charitable explanation I can think of i...
by N.E. Brigand
Sat May 01, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2207
Views: 100019

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

One of the people counting ballots in the bogus "Cyber Ninjas" spectacle in Maricopa County is a former Arizona state legislator named Anthony Kern who lost his reelection last November ... in Maricopa County. In other words, he's handling ballots cast in a race where he was a candidate. A...
by N.E. Brigand
Sat May 01, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 575
Views: 39502

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

Again, I am observing from a distance, so I am fully aware of my limitations. The reference to the Boston Tea Party; does that only apply because of the peculiarities of the electoral college procedure to elect a President? If the President was elected off an open ballot and directly by the people ...
by N.E. Brigand
Sat May 01, 2021 1:36 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 575
Views: 39502

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

Don't bite, as I'm an outsider looking in, but wasn't the whole point of Washington D C to have the seat of federal power not located in any state, thus depriving any state of undue federal influence? Yes, and to that end, the law that just passed the House of Representatives maintains a much small...
by N.E. Brigand
Sat May 01, 2021 12:21 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 575
Views: 39502

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

Let us suppose, now that Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a state created from another state, has said that the people of D.C. do not deserve statehood and thus should continue to be disenfranchised forever (or combined into another state, which D.C. resident oppose), that this happens: Joe Biden ...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri Apr 30, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases
Replies: 1127
Views: 294360

Re: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases

I guess I'll put this here. Federal agents execute search warrant on Rudy Giuliani's apartment As the article says, it is rare for prosecutors to serve a search warrant on an attorney. They would not do so unless they were very serious. It certainly is reminiscent of when they served a warrant on T...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri Apr 30, 2021 6:32 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2022 U.S. Congressional Elections
Replies: 67
Views: 4212

Re: 2022 U.S. Congressional Elections

When I first posted about Gaetz in this thread, I did so in the expectation that he'd end up resigning, which I thought would be relevant for the 2022 elections. But maybe he won't? And even if he does, his is a reliably Republican district, so it's unlikely to matter for the overall results. Today...
by N.E. Brigand
Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 575
Views: 39502

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

Túrin Turambar wrote: Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:46 am I thought this interview with Democratic strategist James Carville on Vox was interesting. Is he right that the Democrats cannot be more progressive than Sen. Manchin as they don't have the votes?
Yes. While they have only 50 votes, if Manchin doesn't approve it, it won't happen.
by N.E. Brigand
Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:54 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 575
Views: 39502

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

Glad to see Colin Kahl get confirmed as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. In 2018, it was reported that President Donald Trump had directed his team to hire an Israeli private intelligence firm, Black Cube (also known for trying to dig up dirt on Harvey Weinstein's accusers), to spy on Kahl (an...