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Is Stealing Food Not a Crime if You are Homeless and Hungry? It’s a Mental Health Issue. The Supreme Court of Cassation threw out the conviction of a homeless man from Ukraine, Roman Ostriakov, who was caught trying to take 4.07 euros — about $4.70 — worth of cheese and […]

Mental Health, Homelessness & Criminal Justice


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“Forcible sodomy cannot occur where a victim is so intoxicated as to be completely unconscious at the time of the sexual act of oral copulation,” the Court of Criminal Appeals in the State of Oklahoma ruled. The case involved allegations that a 17-year-old boy assaulted a girl, 16, after volunteering […]

Sodomy is not a Crime, if Victim is Unconscious in ...


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California law, Penal Code Section 332 prohibits “pretensions to fortune telling,” but genuine fortune-telling is protected under the guarantee of free speech. Legal protection, regulation and prosecution or persecution for psychics varies from state to state as practitioners sometimes fleece and sometimes fulfill the desires and dreams of their faithful […]

First Amendment Fortune Tellers & Fraud



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In California, common interest developments such as condominiums and planned communities typically have associations to manage their affairs and enforce their rules. These associations, often called HOAs, are widespread and an increasingly important part of homeownership in California. HOAs have rules and regulations, expressed in part through CC&Rs that govern […]

Understanding HOA’s application of CC&Rs for Solar Systems


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Start your new year clearly understanding some of the changes to California and federal employment laws for 2016. A summary of some of the key new laws follows. The effective date of the particular new law is indicated in the heading of the Assembly Bill (AB) and/or Senate Bill (SB). […]

2016 EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATES


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“In a 3-2 decision involving Browning-Ferris Industries of California, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) refined its standard for determining joint-employer status. The revised standard is designed “to better effectuate the purposes of the Act in the current economic landscape.” With more than 2.87 million of the nation’s workers employed […]

NLRB Expands Scope of Joint Employer Liability



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New York County Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe has issued a 33-page decision in the Nonhuman Rights Project’s (NhRP) habeas corpus case on behalf of two chimpanzees being held in captivity in a Stony Brook University laboratory. Justice Jaffe said that “for now” she is bound to follow the previous […]

Cecil, Hercules, & Leo – NonHuman Rights


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Many organizations are using predictive analytics to do a better job of selecting candidates. Frequently, pre-employment testing results are evaluated and employees are screened by comparing an applicant’s results with past results of existing employees who have successfully performed and met the organization’s objectives for a specific position. This method […]

Analytics & Employment Discrimination


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The United Kingdom is still looking to push major new spying powers into law, despite a report it commissioned advising that they weren’t needed. This is especially concerning to privacy advocates in the US. Both countries are bound by the United Kingdom – United States of America Agreement (UKUSA) is […]

The Battle between Encryption & Spying Powers



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The first judicial ruling in recent years to find that a university failed to provide a fair trial in a sexual misconduct case could have a broad national impact on campus sex misconduct investigations. In the San Diego case, Doe vs. Regents of the Univ. of Ca. San Diego, Superior […]

Students Rights in Sexual Misconduct Cases.