The Showman – The New Yorker

 Jeffrey Toobin‘s May 9 article in The New Yorker, appropriately called, “The Showman,” about United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara’s infatuation with and misuse of the media.

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JURIST – When Prosecutors Parade, Criminal Justice Becomes a Circus

JURIST Guest Columnists Stephen Cooper and Donnie W. Bethel discuss the effect of the behavior of Prosecutors who parade their cases to the media has on the Criminal Justice system…

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Prosecutors routinely call conferences to vet prosecution evidence under the glow of the media’s klieg lights–as occurred in the much-publicized Brendan Dassey and Steven Avery case in Netflix’s Making A Murderer–tainting the jury pool and infringing on Avery and Dassey’s constitutional right to a fair trial (as ably reported upon earlier this year in John Ferak’s column, “Legal experts blast Avery prosecutor’s conduct.“)

The same questionable litigation tactics, dressed up in federal garb, are on full display in Jeffrey Toobin’s May 9 article in The New Yorker, appropriately called, “The Showman,” about United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara‘s infatuation with and misuse of the media.

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Tax Breaks for the Military

IRS Summertime Tax Tip 2016-06, July 15, 2016

If you are in the U. S. Armed Forces, there are special tax breaks for you. For example, some types of pay are not taxable. Certain rules apply to deductions or credits that you may be able to claim that can lower your tax. In some cases, you may get more time to file your tax return. You may also get more time to pay your income tax. Click Here for some tips to keep in mind.

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Federal Student Loan Discharge Procedures Expand-Empire Justice Center

Advocates will recall that in 2012, the Department of Education amended its regulations governing discharge of federal student loans based on total and permanent disability.  See the December edition of the Disability Law News, http://www.empirejustice.org/issue-areas/disability-benefits/non-disability-issues/misc/federal-student-loan.html#.V3QEscv6vIU.  But not all disabled borrowers were aware of or able to take advantage these provisions. 

As part of the March 2015 Presidential Student Aid Bill of Rights Memorandum, President Obama required the Secretary of Education and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, in consultation with the Commissioner of Social Security, to develop a plan to identify federal student loan borrowers who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and determine which beneficiaries qualify for a total and permanent disability discharge of their student loans.  In April, the Department of Education announced it will begin contacting borrowers identified by this match to inform them of the loan cancellation process. 

Of the people the Department identified, over 100,000 of those borrowers have been certified for the Treasury Offset Program, meaning that they are at risk of losing federal tax refunds, and of  having a portion of their Social Security benefits taken.  While the new matching program is intended to help SSDI recipients apply for this relief, it will not automatically stop those offsets from occurring.  Borrowers still need to apply for relief.  A Department of Education website includes information on how to get a “total and permanent disability” discharge of federal student loan debt.  There is also an online application.  http://www.disabilitydischarge.com/Application-Process/. 

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Pokemon Go Is Getting So Big That Police Are Getting Involved-Ubergizmo.com

By Tyler Lee on 07/08/2016 18:16 PDT

Back in the day, catching Pokemon basically involved gamers playing on their Game Boy or Nintendo DS consoles where they could stay in the comfort of their own home and battle other Pokemon trainers, explore the land, and capture Pokemon. Now with Pokemon Go, it takes gamers into the real world where they will be able to find Pokemon wherever they go.

It’s a unique idea that really does a great job of leveraging augmented reality tech, but it has also led to problems which forced police in Australia to release a warning to gamers to be careful when playing the game in real life. Now it seems that the game has gotten so big that over in Australia, police have gotten involved in an upcoming Pokemon Go gather.

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Life of the Law

www.lifeofthelaw.org

“Law is alive,” the authors of Life of the Law

declare. “It doesn’t live in books and words. It

thrives on our streets, in our schools, in our

courtrooms, and in our lives.” Written and produced

by a team of journalists and scholars, Life of the

Law is a regular 30-minute podcast dedicated to

examining legal news and history in a manner that

enables everyone – not just trained legal scholars –

to understand the significance and nuances of these

developments. Recent episodes have covered the

impact of new French anti-terrorist policies on

French citizens, the history of forced-sterilization

laws and the question of modern-day reparations to

survivors, and an examination of the jury selection

process. On its website, users can browse through

past podcasts (currently there are 85) and either

listen online or download full PDF transcripts.

Interested listeners can subscribe to this podcast

on iTunes as well. 

Copyright © 2016 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu

Gretchen Carlson’s Lawsuit Against Roger Ailes

Gretchen Carlson‘s Lawsuit Against Roger Ailes

Ms. Carlson, the Fox anchor, says that Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News, fired her from the network after she refused his sexual advances.

Read the Complaint here.

Original Document (PDF) »

Contributed by: News Documents, The New York Times

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