An ex-Guantanamo detainee rebuilds his life in France

Laurel Fletcher quoted by Al Jazeera, Sept. 11, 2017

“When you have those incidents that are regularly cropping up, I think it activates people’s fear,” Fletcher says. She believes it’s a normal “visceral response” to support strong action in the wake of “terrorist attacks” – and that’s why Guantanamo may be experiencing a resurgence in popularity, despite evidence that its methods fail to make the public safer, she says.

Offering free computers, a small L.A. school district enrolled Catholic school students from Bakersfield

Stephen Sugarman quoted by Los Angeles Times, Sept. 10, 2017

If the students were receiving a full day of secular schooling, the arrangement might comply with state law. … “But where’s the day of substantial non-religious education?” he said. Without meeting that standard, Sugarman said, “it’s not a bona fide distance learning school.” School districts only qualify for state funding for students who are “genuinely enrolled,” Sugarman said.

UC Berkeley faculty members clash on free speech, controversial speakers

john a. powell and Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by The Daily Californian, Sept. 8, 2017

“I don’t think (free speech) is a defining issue in the country. I think the defining issue in the country is white supremacy,” powell said during the panel. “We are fighting a civil war, and the South is winning.”

“The only way to make sure we’re protecting our speech for tomorrow is to protect the speech we don’t like today,” Chemerinsky said during the panel.

Proposition 65 receives oversight hearing

Claudia Polsky quoted by Northern California Record, Sept. 8, 2017

“We are at a point where stakeholders are a year into fighting over regulations and a year before they will be fighting over enforcement” … Claudia Polsky told the panel. “The law always needs to be tweaked, but its design is fundamentally sound and does much more good than harm in improving public health.”

Hungary and Slovakia challenged Europe’s refugee scheme. They just lost badly.

Katerina Linos co-writes for The Washington Post, Sept. 8, 2017

The plan was initially supposed to transfer approximately 120,000 refugees from Greece and Italy to Central and Western Europe. However, key East European member states, including Hungary and Slovakia, forcefully opposed this decision from the get-go. … Wednesday, the E.U.’s highest court provided a final judgment rejecting these challenges and opened the door for significant refugee burden-sharing.

Largest assisted living chain in U.S. sued for poor care of elderly

Stephen Rosenbaum quoted by California Healthline, Sept. 7, 2017

Because the goal is to win the case, good lawyers often file a number of claims, said Stephen Rosenbaum. … “Whether the ADA is the strongest claim is unclear from a strategic standpoint,” he said. … Rosenbaum said case law has not established exactly how the federal disability law applies to assisted living facilities. It is “ironic” that the attorneys in this case are using the disability law to sue Brookdale, given that the company by definition serves people with some kind of disability, he said.