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Amber Guyger, who is white, had testified that she was exhausted from an extended [Dallas Police Dept.] shift when she walked into the apartment of Botham Jean thinking it was her own. Guyger said she believed Jean, 26, was a burglar and shot him in self-defense.

But prosecutor Jason Hermus said Guyger should have known she was in the wrong apartment and was distracted by a phone call with a lover. Jean, an accountant from St. Lucia, never posed a threat to Guyger and was eating a bowl of ice cream in his living room when she walked in on Sept. 6, 2018, Hermus said.

Guyger, 31, is facing five to 99 years in prison. The jury, which took only hours to render the verdict after six days of testimony, went into the punishment phase of the trial Tuesday afternoon. It's not clear how long it will take the jurors to decide on the sentence. The trial has recessed for the day.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 11:45:24 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 11:51:34 PM EST
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Missouri executes killer despite concern about painful death

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 05:31:54 PM EST
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Judge Tammy Kemp told the jury Wednesday that they could consider a "sudden passion" defense that could reduce a sentence to as little as two years."

I think, this means that the jury can discard the previous castle instruction that Kemp given.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 05:51:03 PM EST
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Case closed pending appeal by defendant, naturally.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 09:33:00 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 01:42:01 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 09:03:22 PM EST
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Back-to-school essentials:

by Bernard on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 06:44:12 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 07:24:39 PM EST
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There is so much more from where this comes that I do not post. ...

Indiana mother who warned authorities about son's planned school shooting facing criminal charges
one count of dangerous control of a child, four counts of neglect of a dependent, and one count of criminal recklessness

9-year-old charged with murder in 5 Illinois fire deaths
five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of arson, and one count of aggravated arson

Yle investigates: One in ten foster homes in Finland has broken the law
"People don't believe us"

... because HRM BoJo and Trump.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 02:01:04 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 09:20:18 PM EST
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Guess he never heard about how the break up of Standard Oil netted to owner millions

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 06:28:11 PM EST
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Taft, not Teddy

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 at 01:11:53 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 09:27:16 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 02:13:53 AM EST
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Sounds like a climate denier plant.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 06:04:29 PM EST
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Independent - live blog - Clark Mindock - 4 October 2019 17:31

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says that the woman who suggested people eat babies to deal with climate change wasn't a Democrat, but instead a Trump supporting troll who showed up to make her look bad.

Here's the odd statement from the woman:

"I'm so happy that you are really supporting a Green New Deal, but it's not enough," the woman told Ocasio-Cortez at the town hall in Queens. "Even if we were to bomb Russia, we still have too many people, too much pollution. So we have to get rid of the babies. That's a big problem. Just stopping having babies is not enough. We need to eat the babies."




"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 06:38:31 PM EST
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Swifts original text was more eloquent.

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sapere aude
by Number 6 on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 11:25:12 AM EST
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m-m-moles

Constituent at AOC town hall claims there's a British coup to unseat Trump
"'Returning to the impeachment question later during the town hall, Ocasio-Cortez told the crowd gathered in the Queens neighborhood of Corona that they should "read the transcript and come to [their] own conclusion.'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 07:40:58 PM EST
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SCOTUS Fall 2019 term has begun. Prepare for ... controversy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 07:12:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 08:08:41 PM EST
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What was the question?

Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, consolidated w/ Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda (deceased)

Whether discrimination against an employee because of sexual orientation constitutes prohibited employment discrimination "because of . . . sex" within the meaning of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2.

R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. EEOC

1. Whether the word "sex" in Title VII's prohibition on discrimination "because of . . . sex," 42 U.S.C. 2000e-2(a)(1), meant "gender identity" and included "transgender status" when Congress enacted Title VII in 1964.
2. Whether Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, 490 U.S. 228 (1989), prohibits employers from applying sex-specific policies according to their employees' sex rather than their gender identity.

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yes, despite every ahh ...ontological proposition and category error argued by planitiffs or defendants besides visceral protest against ARCH-CONSERVATIVE RAPIST Kavanaugh, cascading from the peanut gallery. watch.

And, yes, amendment of the CRA is redundant. Ima tell you just one reason why: The bill of particulars one may prefer is not "settled" science. Ain't nobody in the odious got time nor aptitude to "debate" and enumerate every variant by phase of moon. So y'all best get reacquainted with concepts of determiners--no one, no, none, all, every, any, a, person--as codified in the first instance by the US Constitution and Declaration of Human Rights.

Fly your flag. The burden of proving discrimination by your employer will remain yours, personally, to bear and file < 180 Lily Ledbetter days. Better keep records. Good luck.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 11th, 2019 at 04:28:11 AM EST
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y'all have heard of CA prop 8. I checked eurotrib search. archived: US supreme court strikes down Defense of Marriage act and kills Prop 8 - live | Law | guardian.co.uk (2013)

What you probably haven't done is read Perry v. Schwartzenegger (2010). The judgment laid the rational foundation of the SCOTUS decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry (2013), then Obergefell v. Hodges (2015).

Obergefell:KENNEDY delivered the opinion joined by GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN.

ROBERTS, filed a dissent joined by SCALIA and THOMAS; SCALIA filed a dissenting dissent joined by THOMAS;
THOMAS filed a dissenting dissent joined by SCALIA;
ALITO filed a dissenting dissent joined by SCALIA and THOMAS.

KAVANAUGH and GORSUCH are NEW! swingers whose judicial competence is neither well nor rationally understood by the #MeToo "generation" of media consumers, retaining attys on contingency basis.

Among seven (7) purported defenses for Prop 8 were two particularly specious propositions, "traditional" gender and sexual intercourse ("orientation"), that were rejected by the courts. The ct's logic bears on their inapplicability to labor law, too, under the CRA and 14th Amd. Wherever you see the word "marriage" (below) insert the word "employment."

The evidence shows that the movement of marriage away from a gendered institution and toward an institution free from state-mandated gender roles reflects an evolution in the understanding of gender rather than a change in marriage. The evidence did not show any historical purpose for excluding same-sex couples from marriage, as states have never required spouses to have an ability or willingness to procreate in order to marry. FF 21. Rather, the exclusion exists as an artifact of a time when the genders were seen as having distinct roles in society and in marriage. That time has passed.
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Proposition 8 targets gays and lesbians in a manner specific to their sexual orientation and, because of their relationship to one another, Proposition 8 targets them specifically due to sex. Having considered the evidence, the relationship between sex and sexual orientation and the fact that Proposition 8 eliminates a right only a gay man or a lesbian would exercise, the court determines that plaintiffs' equal protection claim is based on sexual orientation, but this claim is equivalent to a claim of discrimination based on sex.
GIVEN the cert questions (above), SCOTUS judgment is unlikely now to differentiate "sex," "gender," or "sexual orientation" --despite appellant Funeral Home disingenuous religious freedom "identity". It also follows, GIVEN the current ct's composition and rulings since 2015, SCOTUS order forthcoming is more likely to defer to "states' rights" and political processes (sovereignty) than to incorporate ("nationalize") its ruling with US Code and 14th Amd. In conlaw or statute some states already provide prohibition of specific (LGBTQ) discrimination; all provide for categorical prohibition of sex discrimination.

archived
incorporation doctrine

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 19th, 2019 at 11:38:50 PM EST
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ping

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 29th, 2019 at 10:41:57 PM EST
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Legislate? Preposterous.

What was the question?

1. Whether DHS'sdecision to wind down the DACA policy is judicially reviewable.
2. Whether DHS'sdecision to wind down the DACA policy is lawful.
Make no mistake about isolated "conservative" opposition to either sustainability of DACA or desuetude by DHS. All the associates agreed on the merits of rescinding Obama's EO, and even Sotomayor wasn't buying what Olson (counsel for respondents/appellees) was shoveling--the agencys' explanations for policy changes are "unreasonable" under Administrative Procedures Act! Where else have we heard that argument recently? o, right. Census 2020 citizen issue.

Oral arguments podcast | transcript


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Nov 18th, 2019 at 03:13:11 PM EST
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9th Circ to Regents:


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Dec 6th, 2019 at 07:03:25 PM EST
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Not coincidentally, Netflix cancelled The Pinkertons, a Wild West historical fantasy, after one season's broadcast.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 10:27:08 PM EST
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Strongly worded letter from Pat A. Cippolone, WH Counsel, to Pelosi, Engels, Schiff, Cummings, CC: minority "leadership" McCarthy, McCaul, Nunes, Jordan, facsimile

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 11:07:39 PM EST
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I'd love to see "Pinkertons : The Led Zeppelin Yeras", about when they were employed more or less full time to keep plod off their back during their American excesses

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 03:11:39 PM EST
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doomed to repeat it

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 27th, 2019 at 01:31:56 AM EST
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Oppo tweeter: "Republicans are grand standing as distraction ploy.  First off, in a grand jury situation, such as the inquiry they are running, the participants are only the ones the prosecutor calls and has authorized to be there."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 08:09:25 PM EST
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Grayzone Editor Max Blumenthal Arrested Months After Reporting on Venezuelan Opposition Violence
Scores of US representatives appeared at his arraignment, chanting, "Donate!"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 29th, 2019 at 06:49:08 PM EST
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US government drops case against Max Blumenthal after jailing journalist on false charge, 7 Dec
Lawyers representing Blumenthal and Rubinstein placed multiple and highly specified discovery requests to the prosecutor for Secret Service call recordings and reports logged on May 8 at the location of the embassy food delivery. The US prosecutor was unable to satisfy the request, verbally confirming that if the documents had existed, they no longer did.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Dec 9th, 2019 at 12:58:35 AM EST
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The Bal'more MD-3 office? High rent, yo.
< wipes tears >


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 30th, 2019 at 09:24:34 PM EST
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If a Bal'more domino falls in the forest ...

Are you guilty? The plea was "yes," but Catherine Pugh's gestures said "no"

Pugh pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of tax evasion, all stemming from what the government described as a criminal enterprise designed to profit from the sale of her "Healthy Holly" children's books.

Under the terms of the plea, Pugh did not acknowledge guilt in seven counts of wire fraud that were part of the indictment that U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur announced yesterday.

Her convictions could theoretically bring her decades in prison, but the sentencing guidelines agreed to by both parties would allow Pugh to come away with something more like five years, Hur told reporters afterwards.

in exchange for what?

archived "women and minorities" edition
Strongly worded letter UPDATE

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 30th, 2019 at 05:39:30 AM EST
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... does it make a sound?

Baltimore's disgraced ex-mayor has $1 million in her campaign coffers. What might become of it?

No comment from federal prosecutors, Maryland State Prosecutor and election board officials on the fate of Catherine Pugh's political war chest
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That was the case with two high-profile convictions: those of Nathaniel T. Oaks and Thomas L. Bromwell.

Both were veteran Maryland legislators who were convicted of bribery and other corruption charges and went to federal prison.

In each case, their campaign committees remained intact - not receiving any new contributions, but also not forced to return contributions, transfer funds to other candidate committees, or donate funds to charitable causes and liquidate. ...

archived "blue" states
Public corruption in Maryland: It's no accident

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 30th, 2019 at 05:58:35 AM EST
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When party "branding" is dead, but you have not noticed.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 08:47:02 PM EST
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No.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 08:53:41 PM EST
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o.m.f.g.
Montana Supreme Court to Decide Whether Dinosaur Fossils Are Minerals
cleverly disguising profit motive

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Nov 11th, 2019 at 07:48:11 PM EST
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Google plans to offer checking accounts

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 13th, 2019 at 07:29:54 PM EST
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Google to limit targeted political ads
"Under a new policy announced Wednesday, election messaging on Google's ad platforms can target audiences based on only three general categories demographic attributes: age, gender and location, down to a and 5-digit or 9-digit postal code level."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 21st, 2019 at 02:00:32 AM EST
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Guardian attempts to communicate to English speakers Trump remarks about NATO obsolescence and undesirable NHS assets. I assume, this LIVE blog is a demo of compulsive telecommunication capability known as a "hot take."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 3rd, 2019 at 01:50:10 PM EST
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Meanwhile pple of European persuasion formerly known as "The Allied Forces" gird loins for another ATTACK.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 3rd, 2019 at 01:53:12 PM EST
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Pelosi says House will move to impeach President Trump
Dec 3. Public hearing, 300 pp
Dec 5. Judiciary Committee vote


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 5th, 2019 at 09:48:39 PM EST
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