the emperor is desperate to keep stop and frisk untouched
Bloomberg Files Aggressive New Action To Preserve Stop-And-FriskFacing oversight of the aggressive stop-and-frisk program that saw more police stops of young black men than there are young black men in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) made a last-ditch attempt over the weekend to invalidate the ruling that found his police department engaged in unconstitutional racial profiling.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio (D) committed during his campaign to drop the appeal to the stop-and-frisk ruling, so Bloomberg only has until January to undermine the ruling against one of his administration’s signature programs. Last month, an appeals panel took the extraordinary step of removing the trial judge, Shira Scheindlin, from the case, finding that Scheindlin violated ethics rules. Seizing upon that finding, the city filed a new motion Saturday arguing that Scheindlin’s 200-page ruling based on months of testimony should be immediately vacated in its entirety — even before the court reviews briefs and oral arguments in 2014.
“The very nature of the judicial misconduct found by this Court … has necessarily created a situation where the District Court’s impartiality throughout the litigation might reasonably be questioned, at a minimum,” the motion argues.
The appeals panel’s ruling that Scheindlin violated ethics rules drew immediate alarm from prominent ethics experts and even a Republican-appointed former chief federal judge, who questioned the court’s reasoning, but said at the very least the court should have held hearings and heard arguments before making such a dramatic ruling against a respected jurist. Ethics experts told ThinkProgress that, even with the court’s extraordinary ruling, the chance that it would order an entirely new trial is slight, and would require a finding that the misconduct prejudiced the entire trial — a more extreme conclusion than the court’s finding that Scheindlin’s “impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”
Even the city recognized in its motion that vacating Scheindlin’s ruling would be a “rare” remedy. But it argues that Scheindlin’s alleged conduct — telling lawyers that she would take this litigation as “related” to another case, and purportedly talking to reporters about the case — so tainted public perception that it doesn’t matter whether or not she had “actual bias.” This argument is likely Bloomberg’s last shot at invalidating the ruling that ordered federal oversight of his stop-and-frisk program. Oral argument in the case will not be scheduled until at least March, and if de Blasio drops the appeal, the court monitoring and other reforms ordered by Scheindlin will likely go into effect.
Meanwhile, Judge Scheindlin herself has intervened in the case, represented by several prominent lawyers, to ask that that the appeals panel withdraw its unprompted ethics findings and prevent the “unseemly dispute among judges” from “distracting attention from the underlying merits.” One of the lawyers leading this effort, NYU legal scholar Burt Newborne, called the latest move by Bloomberg administration lawyers “judicial McCarthyism.”
But parts of your press ignoring that you've backed down on one of the boats is some shabby shit. Do they think the Australian public are too stupid to hear about this story elsewhere and go "hey, YOU didn't report that, hmmmm"?
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They don't give a shit what people think.
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SMH and Guardian have also had speculation along those lines.
Except that it plays well for them to do so right now, and they want to make clear they aren't Australia's bitch - to Australia and Indonesia.Indonesian culture emphasizes harmony and consensus.
Indonesia doesn't go public with a dispute unless they're absolutely furious.
And, they didn't make either dispute public - both landed in their lap.
They're playing Tony's game against him, schooling him in how to behave. They had been taking back boats, but then the spying allegation came up, they said apologise or they wouldn't take more, he didn't, so they didn't take the recent boats.
People smuggling and people smugglers is a made up issue to win Australian elections, and Indonesia know that, and it's not an issue that worries them either way. They knew we spied for the US, it's just they've got us red handed - perfect time for a squeeze. Much like with Europe and the US, the genuine anger over spying is from the citizens, the governments all knew it was going on, they're just playing it for what it's worth.
I just don't see there being genuine Indonesian anger over Tony at the moment. All he's done so far is lose face for himself/us, and he's doing that across Asia, he's not challenging them in anyway - I don't think we're at Howard/Megawati yet. Give him time!
*I wanna do it because we care, but when it comes to selling it to the public at large...
**I don't care bout that, but some sure seem to.
Indonesia said they wouldn't accept the policies, the Libs played the "Of course they'll say that, but they'll still play along." The then Foreign Minister said that's not the way to deal with Indonesia - they decried him as a partisan hack. Heck, the Libs even tried saying that Indonesia had given them a nod and a wink in a meeting to suggest their policies were ok, and when Indonesia held a press conference and released minutes to denounce this claim, the Libs said they were just playing along with Labor.
In his 13 years of power, John Howard towed four boats back to Indonesia. It was a different time, with different amounts of refugees, and our countries in different relationships, but the Libs decided to chase that as their dream.
It's like the tabloids over your way, mate. If pressed on it, they'd claim reports were unclear and unconfirmed, like that's never stopped them before.But parts of your press ignoring that you've backed down on one of the boats is some shabby shit. Do they think the Australian public are too stupid to hear about this story elsewhere and go "hey, YOU didn't report that, hmmmm"?
Australia's latest Parliament have all been sworn in today. (House Of Reps has, I believe Senate is tomorrow). New speaker, Bronwyn Bishop, has not only announced her intention to introduce new house orders - independents are worried they will not be able to introduce private members bills - but she's breaking with tradition and is going to attend Liberal party briefings and strategy sessions.
The speaker had always been an odd role - the adjudicator put in power by the party in government - but they usually at last make as how of independence, rather than going to the meeting where they plan how they will handle question time.
Basically, not only is the judge employed by the defence, and cheering for the defence, they'll be going to the meetings where defence decides how to play each day, and the game in the long term.
Fuck I wish Labor's caucus showed some sense and let Albo in to the job. He'd have already ripped Abbo a new arsehole, and come up with three new nicknames for him. Scroll down and check it out - Shorten actually looks like the fucker.
Seriously though, I figure we could probably shit talk them some more, for a start. Leverage or not, an economic sanction never hurts.
Nothing would be better than seeing Abbott grovel to them and Malaysia at international meetings again.
Even if helping them would stop them doing that thing that makes you want to lock them up?Besides Liberals would rather spend money on locking dirty foreigners up than on helping them.
This is why I hate Tories.
On the subject of Tories, our fucking lot have decided to throw out the idea to regrow the state when (if) we recover, which is of course something all parties were promising at the election. Instead it's the great UK fire sale as Cameron flogs off whatever he can to his backers and their mates.
If ever a picture told a story about inequality in the UK it's this one...