Morning Docket: 08.23.17

Standard

* Statues of Chief Justice Roger Taney may have been removed in his native Maryland, but don’t expect his bust to be removed from the Supreme Court’s Great Hall or his portrait to be taken down from the high court’s East conference room in the near future. The visage of the Dred Scott opinion’s author will remain. [National Law Journal]

* The Charlotte School of Law may be dead, but that doesn’t mean that former students’ proposed class-action lawsuits against the school have been put out to pasture. Though the bulk of the claims were dismissed, two such cases with allegations of unfair and deceptive trade practices have survived motions for summary judgment. Best of luck against Infilaw’s first fallen school. [Law.com]

* Much to his defense attorney Benjamin Bratman’s chagrin, the names of the jurors who convicted Martin Shkreli of securities fraud have been released. They’ve been talking to the press about the disgraced pharma bro, and one of them referred to him as “his own worst enemy.” [DealBook / New York Times]

Continue reading

Non-Sequiturs: 08.22.17

Standard

* Members of the Charlottesville City Council had to briefly hide from their own meeting as citizens lambasted them over their failures to protect the community. When they resumed, they quickly voted to remove the Confederate monuments that served as a rallying cry for alt-right and neo-Nazi activists. Keep trying to figure out which way your people are running so you can lead them, local pols. [CBS News]

* Dear police officers, I’m going to make this really simple for you. If your “color” comes off when you DO THE GODDAMN LAUNDRY… you’re not a “race.” Nobody is being “racist” towards you. If people don’t like you, it’s because of something you did, or something people who wear your uniform did. People don’t hate you because you’re “blue.” People hate you because you’re the Yankees — only you get to kill people. [Independent]

* I didn’t know that some of George Washington’s dentures were made from slave teeth. I mean, I know that’s not the point of this excellent strip, but… dude, slave teeth, man. [The Oatmeal]

Continue reading