Archive | February, 2012

So What are the Rules for Super PACs?

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Introduced by the 2010 Citizens United decision, Super PACs are the embodiment of what unlimited donations — by individuals, corporations, unions or other organizations — to political campaigns look like. These “expenditure-only independent organizations” have raised $100 million so far this election year, and this does not even include  funds raised by State level PACs,…
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Online Dirt: Free Speech and Defamation go Helmet-to-Helmet in NFL Cheerleader’s Lawsuit

It only took two posts (complete with pictures) to send Sarah Jones’s reputation into free fall. By an anonymous contributor, Ms Jones was accused of sexual misconduct, both with players on the Cincinnati Bengals NFL team and at her school.  The plaintiff sued the hosting site — The Dirty — and it’s owner/curator Nik Richie.…
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When Can You “Take the Fifth”?

The fifth Amendment provides broad protection against the abuses of government authority in legal procedures; it includes the right to a jury, houses the law against double jeopardy and ensures protection against self-incrimination. Two recent cases shed some light on when defendants can “take the fifth” and enforce their right against compelled self-incrimination. Both cases…
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Yelp is a blessing for some local businesses, and a curse for others...

As Yelp Rises, Free Speech and Business Reputations Can Conflict

Charley just used Yelp to find a good Ethiopian restaurant in Washington, DC (thanks for the free extra injera Queen of Sheba!), and Eva just “Yelped” Krua Thai for dinner last night in San Francisco. If, like us, you use Yelp, you know how much of a godsend it can be when you are in…
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Episode 58: Almost There in Michigan and a Very Political Year for the Supreme Court

For the second time this year, we record a podcast from opposite sides of the country — Charley in Washington, D.C, and myself home in San Francisco. Charley starts the podcast by telling us all what he was doing in D.C. this time. And it couldn’t get any cooler than a Blues tribute concert at…
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