Treasury recently issued proposed regulations that tell us whether an entity is a “political subdivision” that can issue tax-exempt bonds on its own behalf. One requirement is that an entity must serve a “governmental purpose” to be a political subdivision. The proposed regulations say that an entity is only organized for a governmental purpose if the entity operates “in a manner that provides a significant public benefit with no more than incidental benefit to private persons.” As support for this statement, the proposed regulations contain this citation: “Cf., Rev. Rul. 90–74 (1990–2 CB 34).”This year marks the 90th anniversary of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, and last year, the 20th edition of the text was published. The Bluebook is written by law review editors at several top-tier law schools. Depending on your perspective, it is either what it purports to be (a … [Read more...] about The Proposed Political Subdivision Regulations: A Puzzling Reference Impacts Legal Framework of Official Legal Signals
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The Florida Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a murder defendant because his lawyer had to use a peremptory challenge to remove a prospective juror who should have been excused for cause.The court ruled in the case of Rafael Matarranz, who was convicted of murder and burglary for allegedly strangling a Miami Lakes woman after breaking into her home. CBS Miami, the Associated Press and the Miami Herald have stories. The court began its 5-2 ruling (PDF) by quoting Atticus Finch’s closing argument in To Kill a Mockingbird: “A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.”The prospective juror had initially said she couldn’t be impartial because of the burglary of her home during on Christmas day when she was 8. The judge and the prosecutor in the case questioned the woman further about her ability to follow the law and to put aside her feelings. The possible juror agreed she could do so although “maybe I … [Read more...] about Wasted peremptory on juror who should have been excused for cause warrants new trial, court says
POLITICS 06/07/2018 06:00 pm ET After Trump said he could pardon himself, HuffPost asked every GOP House member if they'd support impeachment if he did so. By Ryan J. Reilly, Arthur Delaney, and Matt Fuller WASHINGTON ― Four days before Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, the Justice Department told the 37th president that he couldn’t pardon himself. Three days ago, President Donald Trump tweeted that he knows better. Because it has the power to impeach the president, Congress might be the final backstop if Trump did pardon himself ― the U.S. Constitution says the president has full power to pardon “except in cases of impeachment.” So after Trump’s tweet, HuffPost attempted to get comment from the offices of all 235 Republicans in the House, where the impeachment process would start. We asked a simple question: If the president pardoned himself, would they support impeachment? We didn’t get many yes or no responses to our survey … [Read more...] about What Will House Republicans Do If Trump Pardons Himself? We Asked Them.
close Video State Department briefing: 9/11/18 On the roster: The lesson of 9/11 we didn’t really want to learn - Dubya hits the trail in Florida - New Hampshire Dems face bumper crop of candidates - Romney breaks ranks, calls out republicans on debt - Hambezzlement THE LESSON OF 9/11 WE DIDN’T REALLY WANT TO LEARNWe are now about as far from the events of Sept. 11, 2001 as the Americans who elected Bill Clinton president in 1992 were from the end of the Vietnam War. That conflict, our nation’s first significant military defeat, claimed the lives of 58,220 troops, almost a third of whom were draftees. In the almost 20 years of the American military presence in that country, the federal government lied repeatedly, terribly mismanaged the war effort and in nearly way imaginable abrogated its duty to the public. Just three decades before, our republic had defeated the Axis powers in a conflict that spanned the globe and only asked in … [Read more...] about The lesson of 9/11 we didn’t really want to learn
President Donald Trump should not have called porn star Stormy Daniels “horseface,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said during an interview with “CBS This Morning,” telling the news outlet “there’s no place for that kind of language.” Ryan made an appearance on the show with fellow Republican Elise Stefanik, who he is campaigning for. Stefanik is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Trump on Tuesday called Daniels “horseface” after a judge dismissed a defamation suit she filed against him. Daniels claimed to have had an affair with Trump, and was suing the president over a tweet he posted in April accusing her of “a total con job.” "Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees.” @FoxNews Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas. She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!” … [Read more...] about Ryan: ‘No Place’ for Trump’s ‘Horseface’ Comment