"The procedural context of the case now shifts initially to Flynn to show a "fair and just reason" for his request to withdraw his plea."
"These bills, introduced in the House and Senate, respectively, seek to “protect” transgender students by decimating the issue of compelled use of preferred pronouns, bathroom and locker room use, sports team participation, and alteration of records to reflect “gender identity” in one fell swoop."
"Reflecting on the scale of police evidence collection, and the manner in which a warrant was obtained and phones were searched, Mok is in no doubt that it amounted to a ‘fishing’ operation, and that failure of legal protection in this instance may well point to broader abuse of existing legal protections."
"Despite the fact that the Amish community’s choice to live in traditional ways causes no harm to themselves or anyone else, the Lenawee County Health Department has condemned their homes and is now asking a court to authorize the demolition of their property, unless the Amish community abandons its religious beliefs."
"The U.S. population is set to grow by 100 million more people over the coming decades, raising the pressure on limited U.S. land and natural resources. This pressure will be felt everywhere, from dense urban land to agricultural farmland."
"The real catalyst for change, however, came on 3 September. Twenty-one ultra-Remainer Conservative rebels supported an emergency motion taking control of the Commons timetable, to pass a bill blocking a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. ... Johnson promptly responded by withdrawing the Conservative whip from the twenty-one."
"When our own government no longer sees us as human beings with dignity and worth but as things to be manipulated, maneuvered, mined for data, manhandled by police, conned into believing it has our best interests at heart, mistreated, and then jails us if we dare step out of line, punishes us unjustly without remorse, and refuses to own up to its failings, we are no longer operating under a constitutional republic."
"When, after eighteen years, Roger stopped being Editor, he recalled in a Spectator article the sacrifices he had made for going against the grain: the constant harassment, death threats and unpleasantness from academic colleagues. And of course, in normal times, an Oxbridge chair would have surely been his. But he concluded it was worth it."
"The reforms, touted by Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo, are meant to mimic those passed recently in New Jersey. They fail, however, to note the fact that New Jersey’s bail reform maintained a key element: the discretion of the judge to consider public safety in determining whether or not an alleged perpetrator can be released without bail."
Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Hurley noted that many teenagers feel the same way about an unplanned pregnancy but do not commit violent crimes as a result. "It became apparent," she told Trejo, "you had so many other options."