On Tuesday, September 20, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the act of fleeing from police is not enough evidence that a person is suspicious, particularly if the person is a black man.
The court affirmed a lower court decision ordering the state to replace its worst salmon-killing culverts that block passage upstream for the fish. A unanimous three-judge panel held that the culverts violate federal treaties signed with Washington tribes.
On September 9, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) proposed a long-awaited regulation setting out cybersecurity requirements for financial services companies, including any company authorized to operate pursuant to a “license, registration, charter, certificate, permit, accreditation or similar authorization” under the insurance law.
The fight over how to govern the police has become the most controversial legal topic in American politics, yet American lawyers are often are unprepared to participate in the debate.
The provisions on sentence reduction in the Model Penal Code: Sentencing project have recently played a key role in federal sentencing reform efforts. In one case a federal task force on corrections credited the ALI for one of its recommendations; in another. the U.S. Sentencing Commission expanded its policy on sentence reduction after hearing testimony from two Advisers to the MPC project.
Last week a judge ruled that construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline may proceed, with the exception of an area in North Dakota.