Victim in Reuben Foster case hires an attorney. Here’s what that means

Nancy Lemon quoted by The Sacramento Bee, April 20, 2018

“If there is really no other evidence besides the victim’s statement at the time of the arrest or right afterward, then it’s much harder to go forward. However, if they do have a lot of other evidence like photos – if the police took a lot of photos – that kind of thing can enable them to go forward without the victim’s testimony.”

Immigration judges are bewildered by the DOJ’s decision to slash legal guidance for detainees

Leti Volpp quoted by Pacific Standard, April 18, 2018

“Limiting the access of immigrants to due process through defunding the Legal Orientation Program, through creating judicial quotas, or through mass deportations, will not reduce backlogs. As we have seen in the past, less process at the immigration judge level results in more appeals to federal court,” says … Leti Volpp. … “The best way to reduce the immigration court backlog would be to reduce how many immigrants are issued with notices to appear in the first place.”

A green house divided

Ethan Elkind quoted by San Francisco Magazine, April 17, 2018

Elkind poses the challenge to the Sierra Club as though it’s a parable: “What do you do when building something produces an environmental good?”

Trump would break the law bombing Bashar Assad, some scholars say

John Yoo quoted by Washington Examiner, April 12, 2018

“I think that statutory authorization comes from the [authorization for use of military force] passed after 9/11, which allows the use of force with regard to any group connected to the 9/11 attacks, which includes ISIS (which is an offshoot of al Qaida). Because ISIS is operating in Syria, the U.S. can use force in Syria,” Yoo said in an email.