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Mixed Signals

You have to pick a door. Any dooris fine. Except the wrong door.Lillie v. Dept. of Labor, 2018 VT 66By Andrew Delaney Have you ever ended up in trouble for doing something you were told to do? I’ve been married a few years now, so I know I have. Mr. Lillie knows what that’s like. He got burned at work. This isn’t a joke. He worked for a propane company and he actually got burned. He continued to work but at a limited capacity. A few months later, he got fired for an alleged safety violation. Due to his work injury, during this same time period, he was taken out of work by his doctors. While there was some dispute about his worker’s compensation eligibility, he went to the Economic Services Division (ESD) to try to get some financial help. ESD told Mr. Lillie to apply for unemployment if he wanted to receive any benefits. So Mr. Lillie did as he was told. Those of you that have some experience with how unemployment works might be thinking,….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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July 14, 1912 – Birth of Singer and Political Activist Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born on this day in history in Okemah, Oklahoma. He became a singer-songwriter whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political songs. He frequently performed with the slogan “This machine kills fascists” displayed on his guitar. Woody left for Texas in 1931, where he married and also embarked on a musical career. But he had trouble supporting his growing family; the privations of the Great Depression were exacerbated by the onset of the Great Dust Storm period, which hit the Great Plains in 1935. He headed west, hitchhiking and riding freight trains, looking for ways to earn a living and send money back to his family. In Los Angeles, he landed a job on a radio station, and began to attract widespread attention, especially from the thousands of relocated Okies gathered in migrant camps. He also used the radio as a forum to speak out against injustice, incorporating his concerns into the songs he wrote. In 1940, folklorist Alan Lomax….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Supreme Court affirms death penalty for robbery/burglary-murder

The Supreme Court today affirms the death sentence in People v. Spencer.  The court’s unanimous opinion by Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar rejects numerous claims of prejudicial error, including the wrongful dismissal of a prospective juror, the lack of probable cause to arrest the defendant, and a Miranda violation... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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371. “I just violated that sealing order.”

The manuscript of For the Sake of Argument was sent off to the publisher earlier this month and came back copy-edited a little over a week later – a bit more quickly than in the old hand-set letterpress era of the 1990s. Back then, we mailed paper to each other, if you can imagine that... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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2d DCA pro tem update

The following are currently sitting on assignment: Judge Halim Dhanidina of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will be sitting Pro-Tem in Division Three until July 31, 2018Judge Upinder S. Kalra of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will be sitting Pro-Tem in Division Three until July 31, 2018Judge Gary I. Micon of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will be sitting Pro-Tem in Division Four until July 31, 2018Judge Dorothy C. Kim of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will be sitting Pro-Tem in Division Five until July 13, 2018Judge Curtis A. Kin of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will be sitting Pro-Tem in Division Five until July 31, 2018Judge Laura A. Seigle of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will be sitting Pro-Tem in Division Five beginning July 16, 2018 until September 30, 2018Judge Lisa R. Jaskol of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will be sitting Pro-Tem in Division Five beginning August 1, 2018 until September 30, 2018Judge Gail Ruderman Feuer of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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