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Analyst Who Accidentally Leaked NSA Software Given Five More Years In Prison Than General Who Handed Classified Info To His Mistress
An NSA employee will be headed to prison for inadvertently exposing the agency’s malware stash. Nghia Hoang Pho, 68, of Ellicott City, Maryland, and a naturalized U.S. citizen originally of Vietnam, was sentenced today to 66 months in prison...
judicialStupidity  oligarchy 
17 days ago by joeybaker
Judge: Democrats in Congress can sue Trump over emoluments
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal district judge in Washington ruled Friday that a group of nearly 200 Democratic senators and representatives have legal standing to sue President Donal
judicialStupidity  win  trumpCorruption 
20 days ago by joeybaker
Indiana Appeals Court Says Forcing Someone To Unlock Their Phone Violates The 5th Amendment
Passwords and PINs still beat fingerprints when it comes to the Fifth Amendment. But just barely. Nothing about the issue is settled, but far more cases have been handed down declaring fingerprints to be non-testimonial. Fingerprints are obtained...
surveillanceState  judicialStupidity  judicialOverreach  authoritarianism  win 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
IP Address is Not Enough to Identify Pirate, US Court of Appeals Rules
The owner of an adult foster care home who operated an open WiFi network has booked a big win against a copyright troll. Thomas Gonzales was accused of downloading the Adam Sandler movie The Cobbler but won $17k last year after being wrongfully targeted. The case went to appeal and in a ruling handed down yesterday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Gonzales emerged victorious again.
intellectualProperty  judicialStupidity  governmentIncompetence  surveillanceState  win 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
Trump-appointed judge upholds special counsel Mueller's authority
A federal district judge who was appointed by President Donald Trump has upheld Robert Mueller’s appointment and constitutional authority in the special counsel’s case against Russian social media propagandists.
trumpAristocracy  judicialStupidity  judicialIncompetence  trumpAuthoritarianism  win 
9 weeks ago by joeybaker
Trump's Supreme Court nominee argued presidents should be shielded from all criminal probes — even questioning
Brett Kavanaugh believes in a strong executive and has questioned whether a president can be subjected to a criminal investigation.
authoritarianism  endOfTheUSEmpire  judicialStupidity 
10 weeks ago by joeybaker
Kavanaugh: Watergate tapes decision may have been wrong
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested several years ago that the unanimous high court ruling in 1974 that forced President Richard Nixon to turn over t
judicialStupidity  authoritarianism  trumpAuthoritarianism  trumpAristocracy 
12 weeks ago by joeybaker
EFF Wins Final Victory Over Podcasting Patent
Back in early 2013, the podcasting community was freaking out. A patent troll called Personal Audio LLC had sued comedian Adam Carolla and was threatening a bunch of smaller podcasters. Personal Audio claimed that the podcasters infringed U.S. Patent 8,112,504, which claims a “system for...
judicialStupidity  intellectualProperty  win 
may 2018 by joeybaker
Appeals court: Indiana abortion law signed by Mike Pence unconstitutional
Indiana’s ban on “selective abortions,” which was signed into law in 2016 by then-Gov. Mike Pence, is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.
religion  judicialStupidity  win  trumpAristocracy  authoritarianism 
april 2018 by joeybaker
'Too expensive' to delete millions of police mugshots of innocent people, minister claims - Up to 20m facial images are retained - six years after High Court ruling that the practice is unlawful because of the 'risk of stigmatisation'
Millions of police mugshots of innocent people cannot be deleted because it would be too expensive, a government minister has claimed – despite a High Court ruling that the practice is unlawful. The work would have to be “done manually” by local forces, making the costs “difficult to justify”, a committee of MPs investigating the controversy has been told.
policeoverreach  surveillanceState  judicialImpotence  judicialStupidity 
april 2018 by joeybaker
U.S. judge dismisses Exxon suit seeking to stop climate change probes
A federal judge on Thursday dismissed Exxon Mobil Corp’s lawsuit seeking to stop New York and Massachusetts from probing whether the oil and gas company covered up its knowledge about climate change and lied to investors and the public about it.
judicialStupidity  corporateIndemnity  win 
march 2018 by joeybaker
Judge Won't Let FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal Stop Lawsuit Alleging Charter Throttled Netflix
Rejecting a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by New York’s attorney general, a judge notes how the FCC said that states “continue to play their vital role in protecting consumers from fraud.”
netNeutrality  ISP  corporateIndemnity  win  judicialStupidity 
march 2018 by joeybaker
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