January 18, 2021

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  • Stanford Law’s Shirin Sinnar on the Attack on the U.S. Capitol and Ongoing Threats of Homegrown Terrorists and Hate Groups

    Americans have been left stunned by the breach of security by rioters at the U.S. Capitol  on January 6—and concerned about ongoing threats from hate groups and the angry mob. In the Q&A that follows, edited from an episode of Stanford Legal on SiriusXM recorded on January 13, national security law expert Shirin Sinnar joins

  • For Platform Regulation Congress Should Use a European Cheat Sheet

    (This op-ed was first published in The Hill on January 15, 2021.) Last year was a crazy year for internet platform regulation. Congress introduced over 20 separate bills to amend a key U.S. internet law: Communications Decency Act Section 230, better known as CDA 230. CDA 230 protects platforms ranging from Facebook to online retailers and hobbyist blogs, largely

  • Stanford Law’s Michael McConnell on the 25th Amendment and Trump

    In the aftermath of the January 6 siege of Congress by rioters and the extraordinary January 2 call in which President Trump repeatedly tried to pressure Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, to “find” 11,779 votes (enough to overturn his defeat in Georgia), questions about the president’s fitness for office have grown louder. Speaker

  • The SPAC Bubble May Burst—and Not a Day Too Soon

    (This op-ed was first published in The Wall Street Journal on January 4, 2020.) The hot new way to take companies public hurts most investors, and its track record is now clear. There’s a growing fad on Wall Street: special-purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs. Touted as a better way to take companies public, SPACs have raised more

  • When Rioters Stormed the U.S. Capitol: Stanford Law Faculty on Criminal Liability, Hate Groups, History, and More

    On Wednesday, January 6, American democracy was shaken to its core when rioters stormed the Capitol, forcing members of the Senate to evacuate, and halting the Constitutionally required certification process of the Electoral College—the largely ceremonial act before inauguration of the new president. Earlier in the morning, the outgoing President Trump continued to incite his

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  • Department of Defense to Address Sexual Assault in the Military

    Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2019 - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan announced in a memo that the Department of Defense has created the Sexual Assault Accountability and Investigation Task Force to investigate the pervasive issue of sexual assault in the military and to improve the processes surrounding it. Shanahan said that the task force was established out of necessity after the “unacceptable” results of the 2018 Report on Sexual Assault and Harassment in military academies. The task force intends to review policies and processes surrounding sexual assault and make recommendations on how to better them as

  • Corrections Officer Who Fell While Going to Her Car to Retrieve an Item Gets Benefits

    Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2019 – The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court ruled that a fall on ice by a corrections officer while on the way to her car to retrieve a hygiene item occurred during the performance of her regular or assigned duties, entitling the officer to an accidental disability pension. Kristy Bowser, a corrections officer, learned she would be working a second shift at the Mercer County Correctional Center (MCCC). During the second shift, she went to her car to retrieve a feminine hygiene product. While walking to her car in the

  • Attorney Eric Traut on Costco Shooting Controversy and Obtaining Video Footage from Inside Large Retail Chains

    Corona, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2019 - After the contested death of a nonverbal individual left a community reeling, personal injury and wrongful death attorney Eric Traut of Traut Firm has insight into the steps that the family must take in order to get the available evidence from the Costco retail security cameras before it is too late. In April, Traut was able to obtain previously shielded retail footage by court order from a home improvement store following the life-altering injury of an employee resulting in a unanimous verdict on behalf of the person who was injured. The

  • Mortgage Lender Executive Admits Role in Nearly 9 Million Dollar Embezzlement Scheme

    New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2019 – A top executive at a Long Island-based mortgage lender pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with an $8.9 million embezzlement scheme. Edward E. Bohm, former president of sales at Vanguard Funding, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. The 41-year-old was also an undisclosed owner of the company. Bohm faces a prison sentence of up to 30 years along with restitution and criminal forfeiture. However, he is expected to receive a shorter sentence like his co-conspirators who pleaded guilty to the same charges. “Fraud charges of

  • Student in School Bus Hospitalized After Crash With Tractor-Trailer

    Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2019 - In September 2018, an 8-year-old student was injured in a school bus crash with an overturned semi-truck. The accident occurred on State Road 60 in Plant City, Florida at the intersection of Horton Road. The crash was caused by the Hillsborough County School District bus driver pulling in front of the truck causing the tractor-trailer to overturn. The bus driver then failed to stop in time, crashing into the semi-truck. The student, who attends Knights Elementary School, was transported to the hospital for treatment. The boy was the only student on