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William C. Altreuter

Monday, April 16, 2018

The 100 Most Influential Pages in Comic Book History

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

U.S. Attorneys’ Manual has six specific safeguards to ensure that the Department of Justice doesn't violate attorney client privilage in cases where an attorney is the subject of an investigation. It's interesting reading. In addition to a heightened chain of review they include:
The following review procedures should be discussed prior to approval of any warrant, consistent with the practice in your district, the circumstances of the investigation and the volume of materials seized.
  • Who will conduct the review, i.e., a privilege team, a judicial officer, or a special master.
  • Whether all documents will be submitted to a judicial officer or special master or only those which a privilege team has determined to be arguably privileged or arguably subject to an exception to the privilege.
  • Whether copies of all seized materials will be provided to the subject attorney (or a legal representative) in order that: a) disruption of the law firm's operation is minimized; and b) the subject is afforded an opportunity to participate in the process of submitting disputed documents to the court by raising specific claims of privilege. To the extent possible, providing copies of seized records is encouraged, where such disclosure will not impede or obstruct the investigation.
  • Whether appropriate arrangements have been made for storage and handling of electronic evidence and procedures developed for searching computer data (i.e., procedures which recognize the universal nature of computer seizure and are designed to avoid review of materials implicating the privilege of innocent clients).
My first reaction upon hearing that the FBI raided Michael Cohen's office was that whatever they have on him must be pretty big. Now I'm not so sure this is a trail that leads past Cohen. This looks like a straight up case of criminal conduct by Trump's lawyer-- bank fraud, probably. He's in a box, since he can't flip on his client. 

Friday, April 06, 2018

The real story of how Staten Island came to be part of New York — a perennial question for a borough that often seems like it wants to go its own way, and another four boroughs that might be inclined to let it — is more complicated. It involves an exiled prince, 100,000 beads of wampum, and a nineteenth-century out-of–Supreme Court settlement that gave rise to a twist ending in 1998.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Ross Douthat, of all people, fancies himself a Catholic intellectual, and the New York Times is enabling his delusion. First of all, there's no such thing as a Catholic intellectual anymore. The contradictions in the institutional Church have consumed its doctrine. Add to that the fact that Douthat is probably the second stupidest man on the NYTimes OpEd, and probably right behind Maureen Dowd for overall runner-up status and you can understand why I basically read the NYTimes for the box scores.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Andrea on the radio (kinda), What Have You Done About It?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Cambria List.
“Before the list there was more of a shot-in-the-dark ambiguity to obscenity claims,” Rowntree explains. “The list armed individuals bent on attacking the industry with specific ammunition.” Worst of all, Cambria’s reputation in the porn industry became overtaken by the list, across the top of which Hirsch supposedly had scrawled “Cambria said not to do these.” Cambria was never able to shake the assumption that he alone had been responsible for the list or that he was racist and homophobic for calling out prosecution trends against pornography representing “interracial” and “male-to-male penetration” sex acts, among others.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Someone left a bag of groceries hanging on our fencepost: some canned goods and a bag of cherrios. It was there for several days, and today when I saw the next door neighbor I asked if she knew anything about it. She didn't, so that made two of us. I mentioned it at dinner, and asked EGC if she'd take it to the shelter where she volunteers.
Bill: I'm sure Chris thinks I'm using to lure hobos.
CLA: If you don't want people to think you're a serial killer you shouldn't dress like a clown.
Bill: If I was worried about people thinking I'm a serial killer I wouldn't use cheerios as bait. 

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