Covid-19: US Supreme Court backs religious groups over New York caps (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: US Supreme Court backs religious groups over New York caps. “The US Supreme Court has temporarily blocked New York from enforcing attendance limits at places of worship in areas hit hard by coronavirus. In a 5-4 vote, the court ruled that the state’s congregational cap violated rights to religious freedom.”

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore already had a witness intimidation problem. Now it’s moved to extortion accounts on Instagram.

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore already had a witness intimidation problem. Now it’s moved to extortion accounts on Instagram.. “As a series of high-profile federal indictments called fresh attention to the problem of witness intimidation in Baltimore, a collection of Instagram pages far outside the spotlight has been posting images of police cooperators — in some cases openly extorting them.”

Jurist: Sweden court rejects Google’s appeal in data privacy case

Jurist: Sweden court rejects Google’s appeal in data privacy case. “The Administrative Court of Stockholm on Monday rejected Google’s appeal against the decision of the Swedish data protection authority (Authority) and confirmed that Google has violated the provisions of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).”

Law Society Gazette: Justice delayed is justice denied for clients in lockdown limbo

Law Society Gazette: Justice delayed is justice denied for clients in lockdown limbo. “No matter how long a criminal case goes on for, the mental anguish of being accused is unavoidable. The adversarial process which is already long and tortuous (the investigation stage alone can take years) is exacerbated by the Covid-19 delays and will take its toll on the most hardened of clients. Tragically for some it can be too much and I am not alone in representing clients who have sought to end their lives as a result of the unbearable pressures caused by an on-going criminal investigation.”

Irish Legal News: Law students create database of Irish court decisions

Irish Legal News: Law students create database of Irish court decisions. “The Irish Legal Information Initiative (IRLII) database includes keywords to help busy practitioners identify the cases most useful to them. IRLII was originally founded by Professor John Mee in 2001 as part of UCC School of Law’s commitment to the Free Access to the Law Movement (FALM) and in association with the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII).”

Law Times: New search engine for legal tech tools and resources launched

Law Times: New search engine for legal tech tools and resources launched. “The aim of LegaltechHub is to demystify the legal tech industry and bring all globally available tools and resources into one place, say creators Nicola Shaver and Chris Ford. The pair are a spousal team with backgrounds in Big Law innovation and knowledge management and legal marketing.”

JD Supra: Bot or Not? Authenticating Social Media Evidence at Trial in the Age of Internet Fakery

JD Supra: Bot or Not? Authenticating Social Media Evidence at Trial in the Age of Internet Fakery. “Given social media’s pervasiveness in our culture, and the frequency with which people use it compared to other forms of communication, social media evidence is a broader and deeper trove of courtroom evidence than has ever been available before. At the same time, however, social media evidence is uniquely vulnerable to alteration or forgery, particularly as advances in technology allow so-called ‘bot’ accounts to create social media content autonomously.”

Bots, Twitter accounts used to defame Uddhav government on Sushant Singh Rajput death: Mumbai cops (New Indian Express)

New Indian Express: Bots, Twitter accounts used to defame Uddhav government on Sushant Singh Rajput death: Mumbai cops. “Twitter accounts operated from foreign countries, some of them run by `bots’, were used to spread slanderous posts against the Maharashtra government and Mumbai police after actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death as per a cyber experts’ report, the city police claimed on Tuesday.”

Supreme Court takes on Google vs. Oracle: The biggest software development case ever (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Supreme Court takes on Google vs. Oracle: The biggest software development case ever. “Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and other issues, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will finally hold oral arguments in Google v. Oracle on Oct. 7, 2020. This case will decide, without exaggeration, the future of software development and billions of dollars.”

Chap beats rap in WhatsApp zap flap: Russian banker walks from insider trading case after deleting software (The Register)

The Register: Chap beats rap in WhatsApp zap flap: Russian banker walks from insider trading case after deleting software. “A Russian ex-banker has been found not guilty of destroying potential evidence after he deleted a copy of WhatsApp from his phone before handing it over to police. Konstantin Vishnyak, 42, was cleared by Southwark Crown Court in London, England, of destroying documents relevant to a now-discontinued investigation into insider trading.”

Georgetown Law: Fact Sheets on Unlawful Militias for All 50 States Now Available from Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection

Georgetown Law: Fact Sheets on Unlawful Militias for All 50 States Now Available from Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection . “The fact sheets provide key information about lawful and unlawful militias, state laws prohibiting private militias and paramilitary activity, and what to do if citizens see groups of armed individuals near polling places.”

Matt Stoller: Will Trump’s Supreme Court Destroy Trump’s Google Case?

Matt Stoller: Will Trump’s Supreme Court Destroy Trump’s Google Case?. “While Obama didn’t do much to address monopoly power, towards the end of his administration the Democratic establishment started shifting towards a more skeptical posture towards corporate concentration. Elizabeth Warren launched the first mainstream attack on Google as a monopoly in 2016. She was pushed back by critics as seeking to upend antitrust law to incorporate social goals, for being a radical left-winger, for hipster antitrust, whatever. But it should be clear by now that Warren has won the debate. If [Senator Mike] Lee is on board, then nearly everyone in Congress is on board.”

ABA Journal: This Louisiana judge continues to innovate during the COVID-19 crisis

ABA Journal: This Louisiana judge continues to innovate during the COVID-19 crisis. “Judge Scott Schlegel’s history of utilizing technology in his Louisiana courtroom to make life easier for attorneys and members of the public has come in very handy during the COVID-19 pandemic. When the public health crisis forced the closure of Jefferson Parish courtrooms earlier this year, Schlegel contacted those he knows in the legal tech world for assistance in bringing to fruition a plan to remotely accept guilty pleas in criminal cases.”