Professor Robert Langdon, world famous Harvard symbologist, was summoned quite suddenly to Pittsburgh on the eve of the G-20, Summit. The list of protest sites announced in the media had been spooking County Executive Dan Onorato and particularly Mayor Ravenstahl.
So, to all my brother lawyers who have ever called me a [redacted], an [redacted] or even a [redacted-redacted], either to my face or behind my back, I say:
Et cum spiritu tuo!
But there is one overpowering reason why this is a bad idea. The federal associations regulated by the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) are in the main much smaller than the national banks under the aegis of the Office of Comptroller of the Currency. One regulator means one style of regulation. Community Banks, especially those with good capital and fewer problem loans, do not need to bear the increased burden that is sure to follow such a change.
US District Court Judge Gary Lancaster granted a portion of the First Amendment peaceful assembly request of the ACLU in connection with planned demonstrations during the G-20 conference next week.
California courts were closed Wednesday in the first of what will be a monthly shut down of the judiciary in an effort to reduce the state’s budget gap. The closures were authorized as part of California Code 68070 [text], which allows for closure of the courts one day per month, “for the transaction of judicial business for one day per month and may adopt rules of court to implement this section.”
Who even heard of Rep. Joe Wilson (outside of South Carolina, of course) before this week? Not me. So, he gets to apologize and receive forgiveness all over the news, is censured by his colleagues, is widely interviewed for several days running — all free publicity. He doesn’t deserve it.
Wow, there’s an idea! Most grownups never go to the library anyway. So lets shut ‘em down. Sell the books. We can all use the internet instead. And the buildings, with all those shelves, could be rented as warehouse space or turned into liquor stores.
Pittsburgh Legal Newslog: ACLU sues City of Pittsburgh over low number of protest permits issued for G-20, citing First Amendment.
Posted by Cliff Tuttle Jurist, September 12, 2009.
Pittsburgh Legal Newslog: Richard Trumpka, Western PA coal miner – lawyer, expected to be elected AFL-CIO President.
Posted by Cliff Tuttle Legal Blog Watch, September 11, 2009.
Pennsylvania is one of those states that requires a certificate of merit, not just for medical malpractice, but in every case where professional liability is involved. This includes a wide range of licensed professionals, such as accountants, architects, dentists, lawyers, engineers, surveyors, therapists and veterinarians. It also applies to professional corporations, partnerships and other business entities formed by professionals to conduct their practice. And it applies to claims involving lack of informed consent.
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