Trump Delivers Long-Awaited Triumph for Criminal Justice Reform in Last-Minute Executive Order

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The last few days of an administration often see a flurry of executive orders. The Trump administration is no exception, and former President Donald Trump is making the most of this tradition. 

In one of these twilight executive orders, Trump has delivered an important criminal justice victory in the area of “mens rea” reform, which scholars at The Heritage Foundation have been urging for years (see here, here, herehere, here, here, and here for more information).  

Let’s hope President Joe Biden doesn’t undo it, because this policy has a long history of bipartisan support and is

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Detroit federal judge to step down, creating vacancy for BIden to fill

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Detroit U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts will step down from her Detroit post and take senior status, opening up an opportunity for President Joe Biden to make one of his first federal court appointments. 

The 69-year-old appointee of former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, said Wednesday her move to senior status will take effect Feb. 24. She was appointed to Michigan’s Eastern District in 1998.

Roberts will handle a reduced caseload while her position is filled by Biden’s appointee, according to a statement from the Eastern District Court of Michigan that was released a little more than 90 minutes after

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Brexit is here: What does it mean for the rail industry?

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After almost three and a half years of negotiation and renegotiation, the United Kingdom (“UK”), the European Atomic Energy Community, and the European Union (“EU”) finally agreed on a trade and cooperation agreement on 24 December 2020 (the “TCA”).  The UK Parliament passed the TCA into law on 30 December 2020 as the European Union (Future Relationship) Act 2020, which came into effect on 1 January 2021.

Now that the practical implications of the UK’s trading relationship with the EU are becoming clearer, what does the post-Brexit landscape mean for your business and contractual arrangements?

This

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Michigan parents denied legal rights to their babies due to outdated law

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The parents of infant twins will have to adopt their own children after two judges denied them legal rights to the babies, who were born through a gestational surrogate.

Eames and Ellison Myers were born six weeks prematurely on Jan. 11.

Both are doing well in the neonatal intensive care unit at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

While the hospital allows the biological parents, Jordan and Tammy Myers, full access to the twins, the state of Michigan does not recognize them as the infants’ legal parents.

That means the babies aren’t covered by the

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More frightening than Nixon’s final days: Trump’s firing Pentagon civilians, pardoning war criminals

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One of the more haunting images from “The Final Days,” the sequel to Woodward and Bernstein’s “All the President’s Men,” is that of Richard Nixon wandering drunkenly through the White House giving speeches to the portraits of the previous presidents as Watergate was unraveling and he realized he was about to endure the worst humiliation of his life. In a meeting with some congressman, at one point, he said, “I can go in my office and pick up a telephone and in 25 minutes millions of people will be dead,” prompting California Senator Alan Cranston to warn Defense Secretary James

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