The pros and cons of local vs. corporate ownership of news organizations has been debated forever, it seems.The San Diego Union-Tribune has been smack in the middle of it for the last decade, with owners of each stripe.The next one is neither.It may take some time to learn what Los Angeles biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s ownership will mean to the Union-Tribune, and to San Diego as well.Soon-Shiong has reached deal to buy the Los Angeles Times and Union-Tribune from their parent company, Tronc, which owns several news organizations from coast to coast.UPDATE: The sale to be announced Wednesday.The focus, and Soon-Shiong’s keen interest, is on The Times, as it should be. It’s one of the biggest, most prestigious newspapers in the country, which has had a dysfunctional relationship with Tronc, a drama that has been on full display in numerous national news stories.Soon-Shiong has been trying to buy The Times for a while. His investment in Tronc made him a … [Read more...] about What does sale mean for the Union-Tribune’s independence?
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Michael Dukakis, the former Massachusetts governor who lost to George H.W. Bush in the 1988 presidential election, is urging potential 2020 candidates to come up with a “carefully thought-out strategy” or face failure. “Don’t do what I did,” Dukakis said in an interview with the Boston Herald, as he warned Bay State politicians mulling 2020 runs to plan ahead. “You better develop a carefully thought-out strategy to turn them into character issues for the man saying them, and you better do it soon.” Dukakis’ run was hurt badly by Bush’s portrayal of him as a "card-carrying member of the ACLU" – and whose liberal policies as governor resulted in the release of convicted murderer Willie Horton, who committed a rape and assault in Maryland after being furloughed. Dukakis believes the repeated bashing of his state’s liberal policies by President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a calculated strategy to rally … [Read more...] about Michael Dukakis to White House Hopefuls: ‘Don’t Do What I Did’
Donald Trump regarding Hillary Clinton. During his campaign, he vowed to go after Clinton for her private email server, riling crowds at his rallies into chanting “Lock her up!” After he won the election, Trump backed off from that completely, saying that he no longer intends to push for criminal charges against his former opponent. Now, the very Justice Department that Trump called on to prosecute Clinton in 2016 may have to answer for her actions in 2017.Even if the criminal investigation of Clinton is over, the former Secretary of State is still dealing with civil lawsuits related to her private email use. Watchdog groups like Judicial Watch have brought the fight to Clinton by suing the U.S. State Department over their handling of records and the former Secretary’s emails.Judicial Watch sued current Secretary of State John Kerry in 2015, claiming his office did not comply with the Federal Records Act by not taking sufficient action in … [Read more...] about Trump Administration May Soon Take Clinton’s Side in Email Lawsuits
On December 10, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied a request for a rehearing en banc in United States v. Olsen, 2013 WL 6487376 (9th Cir. 2013) (ord. denying reh’g en banc). The defendant, Kenneth Olsen, sought to vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence on grounds that the Government had committed a Brady violation by failing to divulge evidence that called into question the integrity of the lab analyst who determined that Olsen had laced allergy pills with ricin. The Government had used the lab analyst’s testimony to convict Olsen of developing ricin for use as a weapon in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 175.The U.S. Supreme Court held in Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963) that a prosecutor violates due process when he suppresses evidence that is favorable to the defendant when that evidence is material to guilt or innocence. This includes any evidence that speaks to the credibility of a … [Read more...] about Chief Judge Kozinski’s Ninth Circuit Dissent in U.S. v. Olsen Offers Hope that Courts Will Keep Prosecutors Honest