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William C. Altreuter

Monday, April 30, 2018

I've been thinking about the admissibility of what Michael Cohen might say. A. who is more conversant in the law of Privilege than am I tells me that although his advice to his client might be privileged, the underlying facts would not be. So, for example, a client might say, "I have a prospective deal in the works which will be all in cash. How should I handle that?" Per A., Cohen's response would be inadmissible,  but his knowledge about the transaction would not be. I should research this....

There is also the interesting issue of whether an incentivized witness is credible

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Interesting. You could have a lot of fun playing with this information
Thirty-three states have enacted abortion restrictions since 2010, while just 17, plus the District of Columbia, have not.

What interested me about those two lists was the degree to which they didn’t align with the share of Roman Catholics in the states. The eight most heavily Catholic states—in order, Rhode Island (42 percent Catholic), Massachusetts (34 percent), New Jersey (34 percent), New Mexico (34 percent), Connecticut (33 percent), New York (31 percent), California (28 percent) and Illinois (28 percent)—were among the 17 that had not passed legislation curtailing abortion rights. Conversely, the 13 states with the lowest percentage of Catholics—in order, Mississippi (4 percent), Utah (5 percent), West Virginia (6 percent), Tennessee (6 percent), Alabama (7 percent), North Carolina (9 percent), Georgia (9 percent), South Carolina (10 percent), Kentucky (10 percent), Idaho (10 percent) and Virginia (12 percent)—were among the 33 states that have curtailed access to abortions since 2010

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.

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