This week at the court

This week at the courtOn Friday the justices will meet for their October 26 conference; John Elwood’s Relist Watch compiles the petitions that were relisted for this conference. The calendar for the November sitting, which will begin on Monday, October 29, is available on the court’s website.

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This week at the court

On Friday the justices will meet for their October 26 conference; John Elwood’s Relist Watch compiles the petitions that were relisted for this conference.

The calendar for the November sitting, which will begin on Monday, October 29, is available on the court’s website.

The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.

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Thornton P. Knowles On Living In The Past

What is reality? It’s not the past nor the future, and isn’t the present because by the time the brain becomes aware of something, that moment has already slipped into the past. So we’re living in the past which technically does not exist. So what is g…

What is reality? It's not the past nor the future, and isn't the present because by the time the brain becomes aware of something, that moment has already slipped into the past. So we're living in the past which technically does not exist. So what is going on here? Is there some dimension of reality that a human cannot detect? I'm going to stop because I gave myself a headache.

Thornton P. Knowles

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The Glen Hochman Murder-Suicide Case

     In January 2015, 52-year-old Glen Hochman took a disability retirement from the White Plains Police Department after missing four months of work due to an ankle injury suffered while helping a motorist. Hochman had been on the subur…

     In January 2015, 52-year-old Glen Hochman took a disability retirement from the White Plains Police Department after missing four months of work due to an ankle injury suffered while helping a motorist. Hochman had been on the suburban New York City force 22 years. He resided in an upper-middle-class home in Harrison, a small town twenty miles northeast of Manhattan with his wife Anamarie DiPietro-Hochman and their three daughters and three dogs. Following his retirement, Glen Hochman and his wife had engaged in a "family discussion" about separating.

     At nine-thirty in the morning of Friday February 20, 2015, Anamarie Hochman visited the Harrison Police Department where she reported that she and her husband had just had an argument over an $80 cellphone bill. Because he hadn't threatened her and didn't became violent, she asked the department not to act on this information. She said she was merely "documenting" the incident.

     Later on the day Anamarie went to the police department, she, her oldest daughter, and a friend left Harrison by car on an overnight excursion to an area casino. That left two of her daughters--17-year-old Alissa, a Harrison High School senior and Deanna, a 13-year-old student at the Windward School in White Plains--at home with their father.

     The next day, Saturday February 21, at three-fifty in the afternoon, Alissa's boyfriend, at Anamarie's request, went to the Hochman house to check on the girls. In the garage he found Mr. Hochman lying dead on the floor with a pistol in his hand. (A .40-caliber Glock pistol.)

     The stunned boyfriend called Mrs. Hochman who was driving home from the casino. He then dialed 911. Anamarie's friend, a passenger in her car, called 911 as well.

     At the Hochman residence, officers with the Harrison Police Department, in addition to Mr. Hochman, discovered the bodies of Alissa and Deanna in their rooms. The girls had been shot in the head at close range. The family pets had been shot to death as well.

     On Sunday February 22, Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccina, without saying it directly at the press conference, revealed that Glen Hochman had killed his daughters, shot the dogs, then committed suicide. He had left behind a 5-page note that explained why he had "taken his daughters away."

     According to Chief Marraccini, Glen Hochman had no history of mental illness or domestic violence and was not in financial trouble. The chief, however, did not reveal the exact contents of the suicide note. Autopsies were performed by a forensic pathologist with the Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office. Friends and relatives of the family said they had not seen this coming.

     

from http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/

The Difference Between a Jurist and a Juror

     A jurist is anyone (judge, lawyer, or scholar) learned in the law: “The jurist was an expert in American constitutional law.”     A juror is a member of a jury: “A juror is supposed to apply the law to given fact…

     A jurist is anyone (judge, lawyer, or scholar) learned in the law: "The jurist was an expert in American constitutional law."

     A juror is a member of a jury: "A juror is supposed to apply the law to given factual situations and is not expected to be a Jurist."

Rod L. Evans, The Artful Nuance, 2009 

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Fruits of a Crime Bring Down a Pedophile

     Police in Jaen, Spain arrested a pedophile after a burglar who broke into the suspect’s home handed over his collection of child pornography….The burglar anonymously called the police [December 2013] and said he left the pornography in a car, along with a note giving the alleged pedophile’s address….”I have had the misfortune to come into possession of these tapes and feel obliged to hand them over and let you do your job, so that you can lock this creep up for life,” wrote the burglar….

     Police said they identified the suspected pedophile as a trainer for a…soccer team and he allegedly recorded himself sexually abusing children around the age of ten. At least one of his victims–a girl now sixteen–said she had been abused since the time she was ten….

“Pedophile Arrested After Burglar Finds Child Pornography,” UPI, December 19, 2013 

     Police in Jaen, Spain arrested a pedophile after a burglar who broke into the suspect's home handed over his collection of child pornography….The burglar anonymously called the police [December 2013] and said he left the pornography in a car, along with a note giving the alleged pedophile's address…."I have had the misfortune to come into possession of these tapes and feel obliged to hand them over and let you do your job, so that you can lock this creep up for life," wrote the burglar….

     Police said they identified the suspected pedophile as a trainer for a…soccer team and he allegedly recorded himself sexually abusing children around the age of ten. At least one of his victims--a girl now sixteen--said she had been abused since the time she was ten….

"Pedophile Arrested After Burglar Finds Child Pornography," UPI, December 19, 2013 

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The Demise of Literary Fiction

I think literary fiction has fallen prey to campus navel gazing and has lost touch with ordinary humanity. And it has the audience to prove it.Jack Hart in Telling the Story by Peter Rubie, 2003

I think literary fiction has fallen prey to campus navel gazing and has lost touch with ordinary humanity. And it has the audience to prove it.

Jack Hart in Telling the Story by Peter Rubie, 2003

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East Villagers say garbage trucks, trash is driving up crime

First it was the foul odor. Now it’s fear of foul play. East Village neighbors already rankled by the stink of the city parking garbage trucks along residential blocks worry they are sitting ducks for muggers. Those fears were realized Oct. 11 when a Sanitation worker was threatened at knifepoint at 2:10 a.m. in front…

First it was the foul odor. Now it’s fear of foul play. East Village neighbors already rankled by the stink of the city parking garbage trucks along residential blocks worry they are sitting ducks for muggers. Those fears were realized Oct. 11 when a Sanitation worker was threatened at knifepoint at 2:10 a.m. in front...

from https://nypost.com

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Gwinnett County Police Department (GA)

Police Officer Antwan Toney was shot and killed as he and another officer investigated reports of a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of Bethany Church Road and Shiloh Road at…

Police Officer Antwan Toney was shot and killed as he and another officer investigated reports of a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of Bethany Church Road and Shiloh Road at...

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Detroit Police Find 63 Fetuses in Funeral Home

State inspectors shuttered the facility that is under investigation on allegations of mishandling remains and fraud. Police raided Perry Funeral Home and found 36 fetuses in boxes and an additional 27 fetuses in freezers, Police Chief James Craig said. “I’m stunned,” he said.

Detroit police removed 63 fetuses from a Detroit funeral home, as state inspectors shuttered the facility that is under investigation on allegations of mishandling remains and fraud, reports the Detroit News. Police raided Perry Funeral Home on Friday afternoon and found 36 fetuses in boxes and an additional 27 fetuses in freezers there, Police Chief James Craig said. “I’m stunned,” Craig said. “My team is stunned. God help those families.” The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) suspended the mortuary science licenses of Perry Funeral Home and its director Gary Deak. The decision to close the facility came after an inspection Friday which uncovered “an imminent threat to the public health and safety,” said LARA spokesman Jason Moon.

The grisly discovery is the latest development in a widening investigation into alleged improprieties at local funeral homes. Craig said law enforcement agencies are considering forming a task force to investigate the issue, specifically targeting improper storage of remains and fraud. As part of that probe, Detroit police raided another funeral home Friday. “This is larger than we might know,” Craig said. “These are allegations at this point, but it’s very, very disturbing. I’ve never seen anything like it in 41-and-a-half years (as a police officer).” Craig met with representatives from the state Attorney General’s Office, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, the FBI and LARA to discuss how to move forward with a criminal investigation into the Cantrell and Perry funeral homes.

from https://thecrimereport.org

Sessions Calls Chicago Police Reform Plan an ‘Insult’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions declares that “Chicago police are not the problem.” He blames the American Civil Liberties Union for ideas that increase crime.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called a proposed consent decree that would reform the Chicago Police Department an “insult,’’ saying, “Chicago police are not the problem.’’ Sessions spoke to business and law enforcement representatives at an event sponsored by the Chicago Crime Commission, the Chicago Tribune reports. Sessions bemoaned the city’s spike in violence in 2016, blaming “the ACLU effect,” a reference to the city’s agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois that required police to more thoroughly document street stops. “If you let ACLU set police policy, crime will go up,’’ he said. Though he didn’t specifically refer to controversial “stop-and-frisk’’ policies backed by President Trump, Sessions said that if police “don’t stop,’’ they “don’t find’’ illegal guns and fugitives. He called the ACLU agreement a “colossal’’ mistake that reduced public safety and placed “minorities, particularly at risk.’’

Karen Sheley, the director of the ACLU’s police practices project in Illinois, blasted Sessions for repeating “knowingly false assertions about crime in Chicago.” She said, “He pushes this misinformation over and over in order to block much-needed reforms and to encourage unlawful strong-arm tactics. Sessions creates the incorrect impression that the only answer to crime is unconstitutional practices by police.” Sessions said the president has told him he is “deeply concerned’’ about the city’s violence and that Chicago residents have pleaded with Trump to do something about the problem, even “bring in’’ the military. Chicago’s proposed consent decree would aim to tighten supervision, improve training and fix the city’s police disciplinary system. “These decrees tend to drag on for years,’’ Sessions said. They are costly and use “vague and subjective’’ metrics, he added.

from https://thecrimereport.org