Justice in Dreamland – NYTimes.com

Read the entire article/opinion piece .  Read the full text of the decision Kentucky v. King.

But in fact, its very ordinariness is what makes this decision worth pondering. It’s worth stopping to consider the assumptions about human nature that underlie not only this ruling but much of the court’s Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. It’s worth wondering what planet the justices — most of them, anyway, and not just the incumbents, but many of their predecessors — have been living on when it comes to encounters between the police and the rest of us.

What the court held, in an opinion by JusticeSamuel A. Alito Jr., is that warrantless entry to prevent the destruction of evidence is justified as long as the police “did not create the exigency by engaging or threatening to engage in conduct that violates the Fourth Amendment.”

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NYLJ: Courts Begin Notifying Workers of ‘Painful But Unavoidable’ Plans to Trim 367 Jobs

ALBANY- Court administrators began notifying 367 nonjudicial employees this morning that their jobs are about to vanish. Starting June 1, that number of clerk, court officer, court reporter, attorney, support and other positions will be vacated. And the jobs will remain empty as the Judiciary grapples with a $170 million cut in its proposed $2.7 billion budget. Of the cuts being announced today, 343 are in the state’s numerous trial courts and 24 in the appellate courts. They are in addition to the loss two weeks ago of 74 jobs at the Office of Court Administration. The new layoffs represent 2.4 percent of the courts’ 15,326 employees. But 1,928 law clerks, confidential secretaries and other personnel who work directly for the system’s individual judges are exempt from the cuts, meaning that 2.7 percent of the remaining workers are losing their jobs.

Bar Groups Support Gay Marriage

In their remarks at the city bar’s 44th Street headquarters, Mr. Seymour, of Sullivan & Cromwell, and other bar leaders focused on the legal disadvantages faced by unmarried same-sex couples and called civil unions “not an acceptable substitute for marriages.”

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Top 10 Awesome Android Features that the iPhone Doesn’t Have – Lifehacker

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Top 10 Awesome Android Features that the iPhone Doesn’t Have

We do love the iPhone here at Lifehacker, but we also love tweaking and hacking our phones into oblivion, and Android just does it better than any other platform. These are just a few of the many tweaks you can make to an Android phone, but they’re certainly some of the most special.
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