Will the people who told my children they are ENTITLED to happiness at all times, forever, please identify yourself so you can be shot?
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About Two-Thirds of Parents Want Their Kids to Be Lawyers
(Relatedly, About Two-Thirds of Parents Don’t Read the News)
Kindergartner Is Interrogated For Two Hours By Police and School Officers Without Calling His Parents — For Bringing Toy Gun To Schoolby jonathanturley
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- May 31, 2013, 07:59 am CDTEditor: I hope Lil' Bush's library designated an appropriate display of how his legacy truly affected America forever.
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John Dryden, a social studies teacher at Batavia High School in Illinois. It may have been his social science background or his concern for basic rights of students, but Dryden felt that he should mention that students have constitutional rights not to incriminate themselves in a school-mandated survey. The survey, after all, was asking the student if they had used drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. In response, the school disciplined Dryden and docked his pay.
The Catholic Church's top exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth is calling on Pope Francis to relax current limits on priests performing exorcisms. He insists that the demand of the faithful for exorcisms is rising and the Church needs to increase the supply of the rites. For his own part, Amorth now claims to have sent 160,000 demons to hell -- that is over 1818 a year or roughly 5 a day or one demon every 4.8 hours every day every week every month.
In the last couple weeks, it has been astonishing to watch Democrats once again abandoning a core principle -- in this case the protection of the free press -- to excuse another abuse of the Obama Administration. The new talking point for defenders of the Obama Administration is that it is really not that bad to seize the records of journalists or label a journalist a potential criminal co-conspirator so long as they are not actually prosecuted. None however are quite so adamant as Georgetown Professor and MSNBC Political Analyst Michael Eric Dyson who called Eric Holder our "law giver" and "the Moses of our time." In this case, of course, Moses came down from the mountain and endorsed the killing of any citizen deemed a national security threat, allowed warrantless surveillance, blocked public interest challenges to abuses of power, and attacked the free press.
Regular Session Ends and Special Begins
On Monday afternoon, the 83rd regular session of the Texas Legislature adjourned sine die. Shortly after adjournment, Governor Rick Perry called for a special session on redistricting to begin at 6:00 p.m. that evening. Click herefor the press release.
Governor Perry has until Sunday, June 16, to sign or veto bills passed during the last 10 days of the regular session. Legislation not signed or vetoed by the deadline will become law automatically.
A two-year $197 billion state budget was approved by legislators and sent to the Governor. Funding in Article IV for the judiciary is appropriated at $727.9 million over the biennium. The conference committee report for SB 1 is available for review on the Legislative Budget Board’s website.
Basic Civil Legal Services
HB 1445 by Thompson (D-Houston) relating to the distribution of certain civil penalties and civil restitution received by the attorney general (AG) was signed by the Governor on May 28. HB 1445, also known as the Chief Justice Jack Pope Act, increases the cap for penalties in certain civil cases received by the AG and transferred to the Supreme Court to fund basic civil legal services.
In addition, the budget for the 2014-15 biennium allocates $17.6 million in funding for basic civil legal services.
The following bills have been sent to the Governor. If you are interested in the final status of a particular bill(s), visit Texas Legislature Online.
State Bar Legislative Program
The following bills, included in the State Bar 2013 legislative program, were passed by the Legislature during the regular session and have been sent to the Governor.
Family Law Section:
Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section:
Just For Fun
The following resolutions were passed by the Legislature this session.
Make plans to attend the 2013 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Dallas on June 20-21. The Annual Meeting will feature a legislative update track on Friday, June 21. Click here for more information.
This week at the Court in Plain English
Disbarred Lawyer Sentenced to Prison, Restitution
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