Day: November 27, 2020

Voters, Not Lawyers, Choose the President

Scathing Unanimous Decision

Please consider Trump’s Pennsylvania Appeal Rejected in Scathing Decision by His Own Appointee

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Justice Stephanos Bibas wrote in a 21-page opinion issued Friday.

The three-judge panel noted that the campaign’s grievances amounted to “nothing more” than allegations that Pennsylvania restricted poll watchers and let voters fix technical defects in their mail-in ballots.

“The Campaign tries to repackage these state-law claims as unconstitutional discrimination. Yet its allegations are vague and conclusory,” the opinion says.  “It never alleges that anyone treated the Trump campaign or Trump votes worse than it treated the Biden campaign or Biden votes.”

The court said it would not issue an injunction

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4 Accounting Considerations for Law Firms

I wouldn’t make for a great defense lawyer: I cry when arguing about the most insignificant things. But you can leave the law firm accounting to me.



a person sitting on a table: Lawyers discussing lawsuits with a wooden gavel on table


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Lawyers discussing lawsuits with a wooden gavel on table

Overview: How does accounting for law firms differ from other types of accounting?

Law firms juggle their clients’ money more than in most industries. Accountants in law spend much of their time tracking what money the firm earned and what needs to go to clients, the courts, or third parties.

Money comes into law firms from all directions. For example, a law firm might earn its revenue through settlements, where it never sees a dime directly from the client. Clients often pay retainer fees to commit their counsel’s time to their legal matters. Unique payment methods make accounting for law firms different from other types of accounting.

What special considerations do

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Westminster vote on school merger divorce set | Local News

WESTMINSTER — The Westminster Select Board has set a special town meeting vote for early January on whether Westminster should get an Act 46 school merger divorce.

On an unanimous vote Wednesday night, the board agreed with a petition drive spearheaded by David Major, the long-time Westminster School Board director, to hold a vote on the 2015 education law. If successful, the Westminster vote would trigger simultaneous votes in Grafton and Athens, setting the stage for another vote by the state Board of Education.

The Westminster special vote was set for Jan. 5, 2021, after Town Manager Russell Hodgkins gave the board the range of  dates that were available, with the earliest being Dec. 30, and the latest Jan. 9. The board opted for the first Tuesday after the holiday season.

Act 46 required school districts throughout the state to merge with other districts, the goal being to improve education

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Blatter, Platini now suspected of fraud in 5-year FIFA case

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Published 12:00 p.m. CT Nov. 27, 2020 | Updated 12:12 p.m. CT Nov. 27, 2020

GENEVA (AP) — Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are facing a more serious charge of fraud after Swiss federal prosecutors this week intensified a five-year investigation into the pair’s past dealings at FIFA.

The open criminal proceedings had been focused on suspected mismanagement and misappropriation, plus an act of forgery by Platini, linked to FIFA paying the French soccer great $2 million with Blatter’s approval in 2011.

Now the investigation has been widened to include suspected fraud.

It follows the former FIFA and UEFA presidents plus witnesses being questioned in recent weeks in Bern.

“(This month), the federal prosecutors’ office informed the parties that, based on the current investigation it is reassessing part of the proceedings,” the Swiss attorney general’s office said on Friday, citing the payment to Platini.

“Since then both Joseph Blatter

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Law firm appealing for community support to aid families in need

Shelby Lalande, paralegal in training with Girones Lawyers, and Ivan Lazarov, one of the lawyers at the firm, were preparing a gift basket on Thursday for their new Christmas campaign of helping families in need this holiday season.

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The team at Girones Lawyers is taking on a charitable case that won’t be heard in any courtroom.

Members of the Timmins law firm are collecting donations and preparing gift baskets to help families in need within the community this Christmas season.

“We would like to spread some magic throughout the holidays this year with the hope of helping some families in need that are struggling at the moment,” explained Shannon Clark, legal assistant at Girones Lawyers in Timmins.

It’s the first time the law firm has taken on an initiative like this.

Clark said in light of the ongoing pandemic, they felt it was the

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bail reform is a humane step, sound public policy | Articles

But huge numbers of those detained languish behind bars for days, weeks or months simply because their bail exceeds their financial means. Meanwhile, other defendants charged with the same offenses walk free because they have the money to buy their way out.

Those unjust realities have spawned a movement to eliminate cash bail for most defendants, replacing them with “personal recognizance bonds” — a signed promise to appear in court. Among the jurisdictions that have adopted the change is Cook County, which, in 2017, began using money bonds less often, while reducing the amounts on those it imposed.

But this year, Chicago has been hit with a tidal wave of shootings and homicides, and critics — notably Police Superintendent David Brown — immediately blamed those bail reforms. If more arrestees were required to provide money for bail, the argument goes, fewer of them would be released and the community would

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Hot Springs deputy prosecutor fired for criticism of criminal eviction statute

JOSH DRAKE: Loses part-time prosecutor job over critical comment about eviction statute. (Facebook photo)

Pro Publica reports that Josh Drake was fired as a deputy prosecutor in Garland County for criticizing the state’s criminal eviction statute.

Drake was let go Oct. 31 by Prosecuting Attorney Michelle Lawrence. Arkansas is the only state where landlords can file criminal charges against tenants who fall behind on rent. Drake told ProPublica, “I hate that law. It’s unconstitutional.” It constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, he said. Many prosecutors refuse to prosecute the cases. There are civil court means to remove tenants for non-payment but landlords like criminal evictions because they’re cheaper.

Drake had been prosecuting cases on behalf of Garland County, in central Arkansas, since March 2018 on a part-time basis. Lawrence called Drake into her office the day after ProPublica’s story ran and said she was firing him because his remarks drew media

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LEADING ROSEN LAW FIRM Reminds Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Investors of Important December 7 …

NEW YORK, Nov. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, reminds purchasers of the securities of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) between February 4, 2020 and March 17, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”) of the important December 7, 2020 lead plaintiff deadline in the securities class action. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for Royal Caribbean investors under the federal securities laws.

To join the Royal Caribbean class action, go to http://www.rosenlegal.com/cases-register-1966.html or call Phillip Kim, Esq. toll-free at 866-767-3653 or email [email protected] or [email protected] for information on the class action.

According to the lawsuit, defendants throughout the Class Period made materially false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose material adverse facts about Royal Caribbean’s decrease in bookings outside China and its faulty policies and procedures to prevent the circulation of COVID-19 on its cruise ships. Specifically, regarding global bookings, Royal

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Linda and Lou Van de Vorst Receive MADD Canada Excellence In Public Policy Award

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Nov. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MADD Canada’s first Robert M. Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy is being presented to Linda and Lou Van de Vorst for their work to reduce impaired driving and strengthen provincial impaired driving laws. 

“The Robert M. Solomon Award was established to recognize a volunteer or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of MADD Canada’s public policy initiatives to strengthen impaired driving laws,” said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. “With their passionate efforts to change impaired driving laws in Saskatchewan, Linda and Lou truly embody the spirit of this award and we are honoured to name them as its first recipients.”

In January 2016, Linda and Lou’s son Jordan, daughter-in-law Chanda and grandchildren, Kamryn and Migure, were tragically killed in an impaired driving crash.

Since that time, Linda and Lou have worked to strengthen impaired

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Jude Law Knew Pandemic Was Inevitable After Filming Contagion with Experts

Sometimes, it is still difficult to comprehend just how bad the year 2020 has been for the world. Dangers and threats that you only used to read about in history books and fiction novels suddenly became something real and immediate. The current global public health emergency caught most of the world’s general population by surprise. One person who was not very surprised was actor Jude Law. During a career retrospective with GQ, Law revealed how working on the 2011 movie Contagion prepared him for 2020.

“There was absolutely the sense that this was going to happen. The great scientists on set with us who had worked with Scott [Z. Burns] the writer and [director] Steven [Soderbergh] were very learned and experienced individuals who knew what to expect. And they all said to us that this was going to happen – and it was a case of when rather than if.”

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