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Gubernatorial candidates consider broader marijuana laws

Gubernatorial candidates consider broader marijuana laws

The Trump administration recently warned about the potential for marijuana to lead to other drug use, but candidates for New Jersey governor are considering embracing efforts to authorize recreational use in the state. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s recent comment that marijuana is a possibly dangerous gateway drug comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he is “definitely not a fan” of expanded use. Nonetheless, New Jersey’s Democratic-controlled Legislature plans to move forw…
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QUICKLINKS Media Inquiries Give to Miami Law Alumni & Development Submit a Story / Faculty Focus PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS J.D. Request Information LL.M. Request Information How to Apply STAY CONNECTED PUBLICATIONS Miami Law Magazine See All Miami Law Publications Clinical Professor Rebecca Sharpless, Director of the Immigration Clinic, published an article “Cosmopolitan Democracy and the Detention of Immigrant Families” in the New Mexico Law Review.  Professor Sharpless researches and writes in the…
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Law partners in Odebrecht, Panama Papers scandals get bail

A court in Panama on Friday ordered the release on bail of two partners at a law firm involved in last year’s “Panama Papers” scandal set off by the leak of thousands of documents related to offshore accounts. Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca Mora of the Mossack-Fonseca firm were arrested in February in connection with a bribery scandal involving Brazil’s state-run oil company, Petrobras. The two are accused of money laundering for allegedly setting up offshore accounts to move bribes. The cour…
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Oklahoma governor looked into case as favor to sister-in-law

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin asked a member of her legal staff to look into the manslaughter case of a former Tulsa reserve deputy as a favor for her sister-in-law, newly released emails reveal. The governor’s office released 14 pages of emails this week showing Fallin’s discourse with sister-in-law Jane Vanfossen — a friend of the jailed officer Robert Bates’ daughter — and Jennifer Chance, her then-deputy general counsel, over the case, the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/2occbP2 ) reported. The emails indicate Vanfossen had forwarded a plea of concern from Bate’s daughter to Fallin. “As a tax paying, law abiding citizens (sic) we have been thoroughly disappointed in the bias, influenced by a media with no ethical code, that appears in our court system,” Bates’ daughter Leslie McCrary wrote. “I won’t elaborate on the specifics but would ask for you to please review the statute that is keeping our Dad in jail …” An email from the governor noted Chance had researched the case and would contact Bates’ family. Chance later emailed Bates’ daughter and said the governor couldn’t intervene in the case, but advised that her father could have recourse regarding medical care and treatment under federal laws. In March, a Tulsa media report alleged Chance resigned as deputy general counsel after Fallin learned that Chance had recommended her husband, attorney Derek Chance, to the Bates family. Chance’s March 8 resignation letter states she left her post “to pursue other opportunities.” But the emails indicate Fallin was aware Derek Chance would represent Bates after receiving an email of gratitude in September 2016. “We hired Derek in June of 2016 and as of today this is where we are. Nowhere. UGH! Thank you again,” McCrary wrote. Spokesman Michael McNutt told the Tulsa World in a response to a question of Fallin’s interest in the case that the governor “treated this matter the same as similar requests that she receives by referring it to her general counsel’s office.” Bates was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Eric Harris in April 2015. Bates alleged he mistook his revolver for his Taser when Harris had tried to run away from a Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office undercover gun buy. Oops, you haven’t selected any newsletters. Please check the box next to one or more of our email newsletters and submit again. Oops, you didn’t provide a valid email address. Please double-check the email field and submit again.
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Criminals who use Bitcoin targeted under proposed Florida law

Criminals who deal in bitcoins in Florida could soon be busted for money laundering. Florida lawmakers are poised to pass a bill that will add “virtual currency” to the state’s money-laundering statute, a change hailed by law enforcement although frowned upon by some enthusiasts of bitcoins. The proposed law was crafted after a Miami judge tossed a criminal case against a Miami Beach man accused of selling $1,500 worth of bitcoins he believed was to be used to buy stolen credit-card numbe…
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Vermont's campaign finance law survives legal challenge

Vermont’s campaign finance law survives legal challenge

A challenge to Vermont’s campaign finance laws has been struck down in federal court. Dean Corren, an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor, sued the state in Vermont’s federal district court for violating his First Amendment rights, alleging that a restriction on fundraising for publicly-financed candidates is unconstitutional. The court issued its decision Tuesday. The federal suit came amid a state-level case against Corren. During his campaign, Corren accepted public financing, whi…
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The Latest: Appeals court considers Mississippi LGBT law

The Latest on arguments over a Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to same-sex marriage (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Attorneys for both sides are expressing confidence after a federal appeals court heard arguments about Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to same-sex marriage. Three judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case Monday in Lubbock, Texas. The Mississippi law would let merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny …
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Mississippi LGBT law being argued in federal appeals court

A lesbian couple from Mississippi traveled to Texas and spent their second wedding anniversary watching arguments in a court case that they believe could affect whether they face officially sanctioned discrimination in their home state. Brandiilyne Mangum-Dear said she and her wife, Susan Mangum, were married in California in 2015, a few weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. The Mississippi Legislature in early 2016 passed a law that would let merchants and…
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ACLU: Washington not ensuring kids get adequate legal help

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington is suing the state’s Office of Public Defense in an effort to get the state to do more to make sure children charged with crimes have good legal help. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Thurston County Superior Court, specifically challenges what the ACLU describes as the agency’s failure to protect juvenile defendants in Grays Harbor County on the Pacific coast, but the issues aren’t limited to Grays Harbor County, said Emily Chiang, the organization’…
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Ohio village's legal fees in traffic camera case total over $260K

Ohio village’s legal fees in traffic camera case total over $260K

NEW MIAMI, Ohio — A southwest Ohio village that had its traffic camera enforcement ruled unconstitutional in 2014 has spent more than $260,000 in legal fees the past four years defending that enforcement. Mixed clouds and sun this morning. Scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High 78F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.. Scattered thunderstorms this evening becoming more widespread overnight. Low 59F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%. A Butler County ju…
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Iowa regulator’s confirmation delayed after AP report

The Iowa Senate delayed the confirmation of Geri Huser as the Iowa Utilities Board chairwoman after The Associated Press reported on her extensive private legal work, lawmakers said Wednesday. The Senate commerce committee had been scheduled Tuesday to consider Huser’s appointment by Gov. Terry Branstad for a second two-year term leading the board that regulates electric and gas utilities and reviews plans for pipelines. But hours before the meeting, the AP reported that Huser had maintained a …
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South Florida’s Legal Billing Rates Remain Stable; Smaller Firms Get More Than Half the Work

Monika Gonzalez Mesa writes about the business of law in Florida. Contact her at mgmesa@alm.com. On Twitter: @MonikaMesa1…
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Florida Bar Foundation focuses on determining self-representation numbers, pro bono needs

MIAMI — The Florida Bar Foundation hopes its Everyone Counts initiative will lead to answers on just how many pro bono attorneys are needed and just how many people are representing themselves in court. “There’s always talk about the need for pro bono attorneys, but how do we know there is a need, just because?” Ericka Garcia, the Foundation’s director of pro bono partnerships, told the Florida Record. “We wanted to have the data to back this up and help guide us to the next step.” …
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Benched legal analyst returns to Fox, stands by story

Fox News Channel legal analyst Andrew Napolitano returned to the air Wednesday, saying he stood by his claim about spying on President Donald Trump that got him benched by the network for more than a week. Napolitano had reported on Fox that British intelligence officials had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Trump, a story that quickly attracted notice because the president cited it in a news conference. Britain denied that it had done any such thing, and Fox news anchors Shepard Smi…
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Reach out — US isolationism a useless policy

Reach out — US isolationism a useless policy

The forces of populism and nationalism that surged during the presidential election have fed the misguided perception that Americans no longer are interested in thinking beyond our nation’s land and maritime borders. Fear of foreigners and international cooperation seems to be the new — or not-so-new — vogue. Unfortunately for American isolationists, it’s too late. Eso ya no está de moda. The United States and the vast majority of both developing and industrialized nations have become …
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Legal bills, court costs still rising in Miami developers’ jet-set lawsuit

It’s been three years since a jury came down with a verdict in a sordid lawsuit over a private jet once shared by two of Miami’s flashiest developers, but the legal dispute between Ugo Colombo and Craig Robins continues to grow — as does the money owed by Robins’ Dacra Development Corporation. On Thursday, Judge Michael Hanzman entered a final judgment stating that Dacra Development, an affiliate of Robins’ development corporation, owes Colombo and his CMC Group $1.5 million in legal …
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Prosecutor’s Decision Refuels Death Penalty Debate

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – It’s one of the more controversial topics not only in the state of Florida, but nationwide. Florida’s death penalty has been roiled by controversy for decades, marred in the past by botched executions — including one that resulted in the retirement of “Old Sparky” — and, more recently, by court rulings condemning the way defendants were sentenced to death. It’s been more than a year since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, in a case…
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Lawyers: airport shooting suspect ill but legally competent

Lawyers: airport shooting suspect ill but legally competent

Lawyers for the Alaska man charged in a Florida airport shooting rampage say he’s definitely mentally ill but is also competent to stand trial. The attorneys say in court papers that 26-year-old Esteban Santiago of Anchorage, Alaska has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. He’s accused in the Jan. 6 shooting that killed five and wounded six at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Santiago’s lawyers say he is taking an anti-psychotic drug and is able to com…
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Miami-based asbestos firm files tortious interference lawsuit

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – A Miami-based law firm that typically specializes in asbestos litigation has filed a lawsuit against a former client and his South Carolina attorney for allegedly interfering with a business relationship in an effort to keep the firm’s fees to themselves. The Ferraro Law Firm PA, which according to its website handles a broad range of injury cases including those involving asbestos exposure and environmental toxic tort lawsuits, filed its lawsuit in the U.S. District…
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Pending storm stirs legal question over Tuesday elections

There was no calm before the storm, just lots of confusion. Local elections for most New Hampshire towns were scheduled for Tuesday, the day a nor’easter is expected. Many towns decided to postpone them, even though the secretary of state’s office said they couldn’t. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, following a conference call with towns and the attorney general, strongly recommended Monday that the elections be held. “We think that’s a very important part of the process,” he said. &quot…
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Florida Gov. Scott signs death penalty fix into law

Florida will now require a unanimous jury recommendation before the death penalty can be imposed under a bill signed late Monday by Gov. Rick Scott, who has remained relatively quiet about the problems with the state’s death penalty law in recent months. Lawmakers rushed to get the bill passed on the fourth day of their legislative session in hopes of fixing a death penalty law that’s been found unconstitutional twice since January 2016. It’s been seen as a better-than-nothing option for death …
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AP Exclusive: Under radar, Florida spent $240M on lawyers

Gov. Rick Scott and other top Florida Republicans frequently complain about government spending, but they have quietly spent more than $237 million on private lawyers to advance and defend their agendas, an Associated Press investigation has found. Florida taxpayers also have been forced to reimburse nearly $16 million for their opponents’ private attorney fees. That means an overall $253 million has been spent on legal fights in the last six years, including a water war with Georgia and losing…
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Massachusetts AG Healey weighing legal options on travel ban

Massachusetts AG Healey weighing legal options on travel ban

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said she’s considering all legal options in response to President Donald Trump’s reworked travel ban issued Monday. The Democrat described the revised ban as “a clear attempt to resurrect a discredited order and fulfill a discriminatory and unconstitutional campaign promise.” “My office remains opposed to this misguided policy and will consider all legal options to protect our residents, our institutions and our businesses in Massachuse…
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Proposal to repeal abortion laws heads to Idaho House

A proposal to reverse two anti-abortion laws in Idaho is headed to the House floor for debate after being approved on Monday at the committee level by lawmakers hesitant to loosen the state’s tough anti-abortion stance. Earlier this year, a federal judge agreed to give the Idaho Legislature time to repeal two laws passed in 2015 banning women from receiving abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine. The judge said that he will rule those laws as unconstitutional and unenforceable if law…
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New travel ban eases some legal questions but not all

President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban eases some of the legal questions surrounding the previous order, but critics said it does not answer all of them, including accusations that the measure is a thinly veiled attempt to discriminate against Muslims. Opponents promised to challenge the president again in court. The new, narrower ban announced Monday temporarily bars new visas for citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries — one fewer than the original ban, with Iraq removed from th…
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Rubinstein & Associates provides premier legal services in Premier Plaza

This slideshow requires JavaScript. Jeffrey Rubinstein, partner-in-charge at Rubinstein & Associates, says the economy is on the upswing. His law firm focuses primarily on high-stakes business and real estate law, and the types of cases he and his associates are working on are a sign of the times, he explains.  “When the economy is good, we put together deals, and when it’s bad, we take apart deals,” Rubinstein said. “Currently, we are executing more start-ups and private equity tr…
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Louisiana governor defends his LGBT-rights order in appeal

Gov. John Bel Edwards is defending his executive order that aimed to protect the rights of LGBT people in state government, saying in an appeal filed Monday that a judge erred in deciding the governor overstepped his legal authority. Edwards formally challenged Judge Todd Hernandez’ ruling in a Baton Rouge-based appeals court, nearly three months after Hernandez ruled the Democratic governor violated Louisiana’s constitutional separation of powers by banning discrimination in government and sta…
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Black Lives Matter course creates room for debate with guest speakers, social media

Black Lives Matter course creates room for debate with guest speakers, social media

Professor Osamudia Jones introduces an economics lecturer to the Black Lives Matter course at UM’s law school. The course welcomed lecturers from a variety of disciplines to educate students about the various causes of racism. Amanda Prats // Senior Photographer The University of Miami School of Law’s first interdisciplinary course on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement will be open to all students and faculty March 9 when Alicia Garza, one of the founding members of BLM, will come to campus and talk to students. Garza is one of the many speakers who have been invited to the class to speak about the converging societal issues that created the BLM movement. The course was created and is taught by professor Osamudia James, vice dean of the School of Law. James, who has contributed columns on race relations in The Washington Post and The New York Times, has been teaching Torts and Administrative Law for nine years, along with a seminar on inequality in the public school system. She formed the Black Lives Matter course to help explain why a group of people felt the need to breathe new life into a civil rights movement in modern-day America. “I probably got the idea when people were saying Black Lives Matter is a hate group or when we started getting the All Lives Matter retort,” James said. “People didn’t understand the underlying social conditions that had prompted it. People didn’t understand the frustration that was behind it … so I wanted to create a space where we could reflect on that.” The interdisciplinary course involves speakers from 19 different UM schools and departments along with local organizations. Two speakers attend James’ Thursday class and discuss intersectional issues, such as disproportionality in child welfare and special education or the use of theater and literature in propelling ideas on Black Lives Matter. James’ law course comes after a two-part undergraduate course about BLM in spring and fall 2016 that took a look at activists and theorists in the movement while analyzing current U.S. race relations. David Ikard, director of Africana Studies, taught the course. The law course was hand-tailored to relate to Miami, with some class sessions focusing specifically on the criminal justice system in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade report filings have indicated frequent racial profiling. Such a case involved one young black Miami Gardens man being stopped 258 times by police over the course of four years. Future class sessions will feature individuals from the Community Justice Project and Legal Services of Greater Miami. “Miami is a really interesting place, and identity is understood differently in Miami than it is in other parts of the country,” James said.  “You also have issues of immigration and you have some serious class issues here in Miami. It didn’t make sense to me to talk about Black Lives Matter in Miami and not talk about Miami activists who do the work.” James has also taken steps to bring the conversation out of the classroom and onto social media. Students in James’ class use social media, such as Twitter, to ask questions about the week’s lecture, using the hashtag “PerspectivesOnBLM.” James said there has been vigorous conversation outside of the classroom. Most recently, the debate centered on robo-policing, or the use of robots in the place of human police officers, and veteran police officers and outside law professors joined the conversation. @OsamudiaJ Whoa, great question. DARPA funded Good Strangers research on social interactions in the military & police context; good stuff @OsamudiaJ But distinguishing b/t good & bad reqs a goal, and there are so many diff goals and ways to prioritize them. “I think it’s important that the entire university be able to be involved in the conversation, whether you agree with Black Lives Matter or not, whether you completely understand the issues or don’t,” James said. Law student Amber Dawson said she was excited to participate in the class. As an African-American woman, Dawson said she was able to relate to several topics discussed throughout the course. In particular, she said she related to visiting speaker Donald Jones’ presentation on dangers certain spaces present to black people. “Growing up with money, it was nice to go out driving in a nice car, but you’re not meant to be driving on a highway late at night in a nice car in a nice neighborhood,” Dawson said. “It would give police a reason to pull you over, and you’re just not safe.” Dawson is planning to write her final paper on the perception of African-Americans as property, aging from slave trade to modern day law. She said the course offers a place for students to talk about difficult topics, a crucial form of education to ensure the progression of society toward equality. “I’m proud to say that I attend a law school where this type of interdisciplinary course is made available to so many students because it allows us to further a conversation I think is very long overdue,” Dawson said. James said she plans to continue the class in spring 2018, with new speakers and new topics to cover. Alicia Garza’s presentation will take place at 7 p.m on Thursday, March 9 in the Shalala Student Center Grand Ballroom. 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Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban

SEATTLE (AP) — Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump’s new travel ban — mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way. The new order was expected as soon as Wednesday. A draft suggested it would target people from the same seven predominantly Muslim countries but would exempt travelers who already have visas to come to the U.S….
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Miami judge slams ‘shameful’ FBI delays in making 9/11 documents public

A Miami federal judge Tuesday excoriated the FBI for what she called its “shameful” delays in making public certain records about the bureau’s 9/11 Review Commission. “It is distressing to see the length to which a private citizen must go” to obtain records under the Freedom of Information Act [FOIA],” said U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga. “It’s quite shocking frankly.” facebook twitter email Share More Videos 1:33 How to respond if you receive a robocall Pause 3:40 Widow…
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Airports, Legal Volunteers Prep For New Trump Travel Ban

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter SEATTLE (CBSMiami/AP) — Airport officials and lawyers are preparing around the country for President Donald Trump’s new travel ban- aware of the chaos that ensued after the first order but hoping the next one will be implemented more smoothly. The new order is expected to be issued in the coming days. A draft suggested it would target people from six of the original seven predominantly Muslim countries but would exempt travelers who already hav…
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Pot is producing jobs and revenue in states where it’s legal

The states that have legalized recreational marijuana — a multi-billion-dollar business — don’t want to hear the federal government talk about a crackdown. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she wants Oregonians left alone to “grow these jobs.” In Oregon alone, that’s roughly 12,500 jobs, said economist Beau Whitney of Portland, adding that he is making a conservative estimate. Oregon’s attorney general said she would be duty-bound to fight to protect the state’s marijuana industry. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said his department is reviewing a Justice Department memo that gives states flexibility in passing marijuana laws and noted “it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.” White House spokesman Sean Spicer predicted stepped up enforcement. Underscoring how the marijuana industry is pushing job growth in Oregon, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates and licenses the state’s recreational marijuana industry, says it has over 12,640 applications for marijuana worker permits. It has also received 2,174 marijuana license applications, with over half coming from would-be producers and the rest mostly from those seeking to set up as retailers, processors, wholesalers and laboratories. It had activated 943 licenses by Tuesday. Marijuana shops are prevalent in many Oregon cities. In the countryside, marijuana greenhouses are not uncommon. “We now have a nascent, somewhat successful industry,” Brown said in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press and a freelance journalist. “These are good paying jobs. It’s a pretty diverse business community.” In January alone, recreational marijuana sales in Oregon were over $20 million, with medical marijuana generating about $2.8 million more, the OLCC said. In Oregon, Washington state and Colorado, marijuana tax revenues totaled at least $335 million in either the last calendar year or the last fiscal year. Whitney, who has been involved in several marijuana businesses and has advised state government, estimates that workers in the marijuana industry in Oregon earn a total of $315 million per year. That’s based on workers earning an average of $12 per hour. He noted that the wage scales vary widely, with harvesters earning less than processors and chemists. Their wages are pumped back into the local economies. If the Trump administration moves against legalized recreational marijuana, it would be going against its own objectives, Oregon’s governor said. She noted that citizens in several states have voted to make pot legal. Oregon legalized recreational marijuana in a 2014 ballot measure. “This administration very clearly wants to grow the economy and create jobs, and the other piece that they want is to have the states be the laboratories of democracy,” Brown said. “There is no better type of laboratory than the initiative process, and voters in Oregon and Washington and California and Alaska and Nevada, and there’s a few other states, have voted to legalize marijuana. On the West coast alone, that’s 49 million people.” Her message to Washington: “Let our people grow these jobs.” Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum indicated she would go to court to protect those jobs. Currently, the Cole Memorandum, which provides guidance for federal marijuana enforcement, restricts it to a few areas, including preventing distribution to minors and preventing marijuana from being transported from pot-legal states to other states. Under the Cole Memorandum, states where marijuana is legal have been largely been left alone. “If the Cole memorandum is pulled, or replaced with other guidance, we would evaluate it immediately,” Rosenblum said in a recent interview with AP. “Possibly if we felt we had a basis, we would push back against that, because we have a burgeoning industry here, very successful so far with some bumps in the road … so that would be important for the attorney general to take a stand.”
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As Dean, Trump's Labor Sec'y Pick Put Law School On the Map

As Dean, Trump’s Labor Sec’y Pick Put Law School On the Map

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Judge blocks California law on posting actors’ ages

A California law that restricts a popular Hollywood website from posting actors’ ages raises First Amendment concerns and does not appear likely to combat age discrimination in the entertainment industry in any meaningful way, a federal judge said Wednesday. U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria granted IMDb.com’s request to block AB 1687 while the website’s lawsuit challenging it winds through the courts. Chhabria said the law prevented IMDb from publishing factual information on its public…
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One-time Hurricanes QB hopeful Kevin Olsen arrested and charged with rape

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Trump Immigration Crackdown Sparks Fear Among Even Legal Miami Valley Immigrants

News this week of sweeping Trump administration changes to United States immigration-enforcement policies is sparking a wave of fear among both legal immigrants and immigrants in the Miami Valley illegally, advocates say. The immigration crackdown means millions of people living in the country illegally could face deportation.   Credit Jonathan Platt / WYSO The Associated Press reports a Homeland Security memo indicates any undocumented immigrant who is charged, or even suspected of a crime, …
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Lisa Marie Presley to pay estranged husband’s legal fees

Lisa Marie Presley will not have to pay spousal support to her estranged husband while they fight over her assets, but she will have to pay some of his attorney’s fees, a judge ruled Wednesday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patrick Cathcart ordered Presley to pay $50,000 to the lawyer representing her estranged husband, Michael Lockwood. It comes days after Presley filed court documents stating she is deeply in debt and their 8-year-old twin daughters are subject to a child welfare case. The order does not affect the couple’s children, who are in the care of Presley’s mother, Priscilla. No details about the children were discussed in court. A trial in children’s court is scheduled for March. Presley, 49, is the only child of Elvis Presley and ex-wife of both Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage. Lockwood is challenging the validity of an agreement he signed after marrying Presley in 2006 that would govern how much he is entitled to in a divorce. He had been seeking $40,000 a month in spousal support, but Cathcart said the unemployed musician would have to wait until after a trial on the agreement. Lockwood’s attorney, Jeff Sturman, argued that Presley had not proven she was deeply in debt and had received an average of $5.6 million in payouts from her father’s estate, according to her most recent tax returns. Presley’s lawyer, Mark Gross, contended that Presley has not paid $1 million in taxes she owed last year, is deeply in debt on a property in England and didn’t receive the big payout from the estate last year that she has received in previous years. Lockwood “has no money with which to live,” Sturman argued. Leaving him without money from Presley “just leaves Mr. Lockwood in this continuing state of poverty.” Lockwood gave up his career and worked for Presley before their breakup, according to court documents. Gross contended that Lockwood hasn’t been looking for work and should apply to be a music teacher or work at Guitar Center. Presley and Lockwood both appeared in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom for Wednesday’s hearing but did not appear to speak to each other. They separated in June after 10 years of marriage. Their breakup has grown messy in recent weeks, with Presley disclosing her money trouble. She also said in court filings that she has been living with her adult daughter and has been in a treatment facility for undisclosed reasons since moving from Tennessee to California last year. She contends the children’s court proceeding was initiated after she discovered photos and “disturbing” video on her husband’s computer. Sturman has said the allegations are “highly sensational” and inaccurate.” Priscilla Presley tried to allay fans’ concerns about the legal issues and well-being of the twins in a Facebook post Sunday. “There is lots of confusion, commotion and concern from all the talk circulating,” she wrote. “Let me put this to rest … the girls have not been in foster care and never will be. The girls have been with me and will be until all this is sorted out.”
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Already 18? Oregon county says don't worry about tobacco law

Already 18? Oregon county says don’t worry about tobacco law

Commissioners in an Oregon county say a proposed ordinance to increase the legal age for using and buying tobacco products from 18 to 21 should include a clause to exempt users who have already turned 18. “Eighteen-year-olds who are already addicted shouldn’t have to quit cold turkey,” Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich said at Tuesday’s public hearing on the issue. “Let’s be fair to those who are already addicted at a legal age, rather than making their addiction illegal.&qu…
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Already 18? Lane officials say don’t worry about tobacco law

Commissioners in an Oregon county say a proposed ordinance to increase the legal age for using and buying tobacco products from 18 to 21 should include a clause to exempt users who have already turned 18. “Eighteen-year-olds who are already addicted shouldn’t have to quit cold turkey,” Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich said at Tuesday’s public hearing on the issue. “Let’s be fair to those who are already addicted at a legal age, rather than making their addiction illegal.&qu…
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Trump administration ushers in changes to Obama health law

The Trump administration took steps Wednesday intended to calm jittery insurance companies and make tax compliance with former President Barack Obama’s health law less burdensome for some people. But the changes could lead to policies with higher annual deductibles, according to the administration’s own proposal. That seems to undercut President Donald Trump’s assurance in a recent Washington Post interview that his plan would mean “lower numbers, much lower deductibles.” The moves announced separately by the Health and Human Services Department and the IRS don’t amount to sweeping changes to the Affordable Care Act. That would fall to Congress, where Republicans are struggling to reach consensus over how to deliver on their promise to repeal and replace the health law. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is expected to present elements of a plan to GOP lawmakers Thursday morning. But the administration actions do signal a change in direction. Recently confirmed HHS Secretary Tom Price called them “initial steps in advance of a broader effort to reverse the harmful effects of Obamacare.” Premiums are up sharply this year, while many communities were left with just one insurer. For consumers, the proposed HHS rules mean tighter scrutiny of anyone trying to sign up for coverage outside of open enrollment by claiming a “special enrollment period” due to a change in life circumstances such as the birth of a child, marriage, or the loss of job-based insurance. Also, sign-up season will be 45 days, shortened from three months currently. For insurers, the curbs on special enrollments are a big item. The industry claimed that some consumers were gaming the system by signing up when they needed expensive treatments, only to drop out later. Insurers would also gain more flexibility to design low-premium plans tailored to younger people. But that flexibility could lead to higher deductibles, according to HHS. “The proposed change … could reduce the value of coverage for consumers,” the administration proposal said. “However, in the longer run, providing (insurers) with additional flexibility could help stabilize premiums.” Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation said “this would allow insurers to offer plans with higher deductibles, which seems counter to President’s Trump promise to lower deductibles.” A deductible is the annual amount consumers pay for medical care before their insurance kicks in. Democrats said the HHS changes would undermine consumer protections and make more people uninsured. Some called the move “sabotage.” Separately, the IRS said it’s backing off from a tighter approach to enforcement that was in the works for this tax-filing season. The IRS said that’s in line with Trump’s executive order directing agencies to ease requirements of the health law. Under the law, people are required to have health coverage or risk fines from the IRS — an unpopular provision. That underlying requirement remains on the books, and taxpayers are still legally obligated to comply, the IRS said. But the agency is changing its approach to enforcement. Originally, the IRS had planned to start rejecting returns this year if a taxpayer failed to indicate whether he or she had coverage. Now the IRS says it will keep processing such returns, as it has in the past. Administration officials said the HHS rules will help to stabilize the individual health insurance market for next year. That could buy time for Congress to make bigger changes. The industry group America’s Health Insurance Plans commended the administration, but said more is needed. In particular, insurers want Trump and Congress to remove a legal cloud over billions of dollars in subsidies that the companies are obligated to pay to cover deductibles and copayments for low-income people. It remained unclear if insurers would be swayed. Only Tuesday, Humana announced it will not participate in next year in the government-run marketplaces, where insurer exits have already diminished consumer choice. “I don’t necessarily think these changes are enough to alter insurers’ decision-making about staying in the markets,” said Caroline Pearson of the consulting firm Avalere Health. Pearson said consumer reviews may also be mixed. Healthy people may appreciate more affordable premiums. But people with health problems could see an erosion in coverage. Separately, a government report Wednesday said the nation’s problem with rising health care spending is back and here to stay, regardless of what happens to the Obama health law. Nonpartisan experts at HHS said health care spending will claim a growing share of national resources for the foreseeable future. Health care will grow at an annual average of 5.6 percent from 2016-2025, outpacing expected economic growth. Now $3.5 trillion, the nation’s health care tab will increase to nearly $5.5 trillion in 2025, accounting for about one-fifth of the economy. The unwelcome trend is due to fundamentals such as rising prices for treatments and services, as well as an aging population.
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Archbishop On Churches Taking In Immigrants: ‘Sanctuary’s Not Going To Solve Problem’

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The head of the Archdiocese of Miami, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, says there’s not much legal protection a church can provide for an illegal immigrant seeking sanctuary from immigration officials, which is what a woman is doing in Denver. Jeanette Vizguerra has been taking refuge at Denver’s First Unitarian Church to avoid being deported. “Sanctuary is a concept that arrived in the Middle Ages, in Catholic Europe in…
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Cooper seeks temporary block of Cabinet confirmation law

Cooper seeks temporary block of Cabinet confirmation law

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is returning to court to try to prevent his Cabinet secretaries from being subjected to confirmation hearings starting this week that he argues are unconstitutional. Cooper’s outside lawyers asked a three-judge panel late Monday to temporarily block enforcement of the law directing his department heads be subject to the “advice and consent” of a majority of senators. Cooper spokesman Ford Porter said the hearing on the motion was expected Tuesday, a day …
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SPLC, advocates urge Miami-Dade to resist Trump over immigration enforcement

The SPLC and a broad coalition of advocates and legal scholars today urged Florida’s Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners to uphold a …
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ACLU: Miami-Dade mayor “duped” by President Trump on immigration detentions

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez misread the law and the risk of losing federal aid when he tried to appease President Donald Trump by ordering local jails to detain inmates sought by immigration agents, a coalition of liberal advocacy groups wrote in a letter to county commissioners on Monday. “The County should not give in to President Trump’s bluster,” read the 10-page letter signed by local leaders of the American Civil Liberties Union, Service Employees International Union, Southern P…
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ACLU On Miami-Dade Mayor’s Immigration Decision: ‘County Is Going To Be Sued’

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Previously, Miami-Dade County held arrested immigrants if the feds asked, but only if they were charged with a serious, violent offense. People have taken to the streets protesting Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s decision to detain any immigrant who comes into the county jail system if immigration asks, even those charged with petty offenses. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union is urging citizens to call their county commissioners and lobby them to overturn the …
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Tennessee online sales tax rule draws legal challenge

Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that the state’s move to require all major online vendors to collect sales taxes on purchases made in Tennessee has drawn a legal challenge. Under current federal law, online retailers can only be required to collect sales taxes if they have a physical presence in the state such as a store or office there. Consumers ordering from out-of-state retailers are technically required to pay the tax to the state Revenue Department, but few do. Haslam’s tax rule seeks to ext…
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