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Why It Now Costs So Much to Renounce Your Citizenship

blogs.wsj.com — For the foreseeable future, Americans who want to renounce their citizenship will have to pay more than $2,000 for the pleasure. The State Department made waves about a year ago when it increased fees to $2,350, more than five times the old charge of $450, via an interim rule subject to public input.

Rule Would Impel Big Funds to Strengthen Controls

wsj.com — Treasury proposal would force some hedge funds and other big money managers to adopt money-laundering requirements The Treasury Department will soon propose rules that would force some hedge funds and other big money managers to adopt money-laundering controls, a shift that would open the firms to regulatory costs and scrutiny that have weighed heavily on banks in recent years.
Aug 08, 2015

Hedge funds, other money managers, will soon need to adopt money-laundering controls on.wsj.com/1IrYLj2 via @WSJ

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Appeals Court Ruling Sets Higher Bar for Cellphone Searches

wsj.com — Federal agents violated suspects' rights in obtaining records without a warrant Federal agents violated the Fourth Amendment rights of armed-robbery suspects when they obtained their cellphone records without a warrant, a federal appeals court in Virginia ruled on Wednesday. The ruling by the Richmond-based Fourth U.S.
Aug 05, 2015

Appeals court ruling sets higher bar for cellphone searches on.wsj.com/1M60Pj6 via @WSJ

Aug 05, 2015

RT @joe_palazzolo: Appeals court ruling sets higher bar for cellphone searches on.wsj.com/1M60Pj6 via @WSJ

Study: ‘Fair Sentencing’ Law Leads to a Decrease in Crack Prosecutions

blogs.wsj.com — A federal law that closed the gap in sentence severity for offenses involving crack cocaine and those involving powder cocaine has led to fewer federal prosecutions and a reduction in the federal prisoner population, according to a new report from the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Aug 03, 2015

Study: ‘Fair Sentencing’ Law Leads to a Decrease in Crack Prosecutions on.wsj.com/1HmjBMQ via @WSJ

Obama’s Plan to Restore Grants for Prison College Programs Gets Mixed Reviews

wsj.com — Some lawmakers bristle funding while inmate advocates say it will reduce criminal lapses WASHINGTON-The Obama administration's plan to restore funding for in-prison college programs won praise from inmate advocates Tuesday, alongside allegations that officials are ignoring the will of Congress and eschewing the needs of law-abiding students.
Jul 28, 2015

Obama’s plan to restore grants for prison college programs gets mixed reviews on.wsj.com/1IpxRFt via @WSJ

Jul 28, 2015

Inmate advocates see pilot program as breakthrough; critics see overreach on.wsj.com/1IpxRFt via @WSJ

Jul 28, 2015

Obama’s plan to restore Pell grants for prison college programs is getting some mixed reviews on.wsj.com/1IpxRFt

Jul 29, 2015

A top House Repub said he's open to debate on student aid for prrisoners but accused Obama admin of stifling debate on.wsj.com/1IpxRFt

Jul 29, 2015

Obama’s plan to restore Pell grants for prison college programs gets mixed reviews on.wsj.com/1IpxRFt via @WSJ

Reversing the Decline of the Civil Jury Trial

blogs.wsj.com — If you've been to a federal courthouse lately, you might have been struck by the pin-drop silence. Fewer than 1% of federal civil cases are resolved by juries these days, down from 5.5% in the 1960s. The picture is the same in state courts. The 75 largest counties in the U.S.
Jul 28, 2015

Stephen Susman has jump started an @nyulaw program to research the decline of the civil trial, giving $2 million blogs.wsj.com/law/2015/07/28…

Philanthropists, Lawmakers Behind New Push for College Education in Prison

wsj.com — Philanthropy groups and lawmakers are giving college education for prisoners a fresh look, as criminal-justice policies around the country place greater emphasis on preparing inmates for life beyond bars. Public funds for college education largely dried up in the 1990s, when Congress rendered prisoners ineligible for federal grants.
Jul 27, 2015

Philanthropists, lawmakers push to get college education back on prisoners’ agenda on.wsj.com/1InLjJT via @WSJ

Jul 27, 2015

Philanthropists, lawmakers push to get college education back on prisoners’ agenda on.wsj.com/1InLjJT

Jul 27, 2015

RT @WSJ: Philanthropists, lawmakers push to get college education back on prisoners’ agenda. on.wsj.com/1JM42Qa pic.twitter.com/pYkFH4WXDp

Jul 27, 2015

Philanthropists, lawmakers push to get college education back on prisoners’ agenda on.wsj.com/1InLjJT via @WSJ

Jul 28, 2015

Hed doesnt do story justice ... Philanthropists, lawmakers push to get college education back on prisoners’ agenda on.wsj.com/1InLjJT

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Why the Prison Population Is Graying

blogs.wsj.com — Inmates aged 50 years and older represent the fastest growing population in federal and state prisons. In January, The Wall Street Journal highlighted research that attributes much of the growth to more middle-age offenders entering prison. Jeremy Luallen and Chris Cutler of research firm Abt Associates Inc.

Criminal Records Haunt Hiring Initiative

wsj.com — Employers face growing pressure to give Americans with criminal records a chance to compete for jobs. But such efforts have run into a bedrock underwriting principle that still guides business insurers: Someone who has been dishonest in the past is more likely to be dishonest in the future.

Car-Repair Notices Feed Lawsuits

wsj.com — Purported class actions quick to make use of service bulletins sent to dealers by auto makers Class action lawyers are seizing on service bulletins as they look for new cases to bring against auto makers, raising the risks for manufacturers when they notify dealers of possible vehicle problems. The so-called technical service bulletins have surfaced in purported class action lawsuits accusing BMW AG of leaky roofs; Honda Motor Co.
Jul 05, 2015

Car-repair notices feed lawsuits. Auto makers use bulletins to inform, plaintiffs turn tables on.wsj.com/1JHUrzi pic.twitter.com/Kk1d1ITFiR

Jul 06, 2015

Purported class actions quick to make use of service bulletins sent to dealers by auto makers on.wsj.com/1JHUrzi

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Aug 27, 2015

RT @bencasselman: And NOLA's recovery has, to a troubling degree, left behind the city's black majority. (2/2) 53eig.ht/1i4pl9f pic.twitter.com/PrJ2fBi1lO

Aug 27, 2015

RT @bencasselman: New Orleans has seen a strong recovery in jobs, but less so in incomes. (1/2) wsj.com/articles/the-n… pic.twitter.com/wioUgHdVFA

Aug 27, 2015

Pioneers: Associates are losing offices and gaining cubicles at the New York location of this biglaw firm. blogs.wsj.com/law/2015/08/27…

Aug 26, 2015

RT @kate_linebaugh: Wal-Mart to Stop Selling Semiautomatic Rifles, Citing Declining Demand on.wsj.com/1Ih1F6O via @WSJ @pziobro

Aug 26, 2015

"Chicken, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and mayonnaise on a bun...is quite plainly not a copyrightable work." abajournal.com/news/article/c…

Aug 26, 2015

Here's something you don't see every day: New trial granted on a suppression error media.ca1.uscourts.gov/pdf.opinions/1… #4A

Aug 24, 2015

RT @brkend: The 3rd Circuit isn't a fan of Wyndham's challenge to FTC powers on corporate cybersecurity. on.wsj.com/1JrFSdh pic.twitter.com/fpXNy6blnd

Aug 24, 2015

Why It Now Costs So Much to Renounce Your Citizenship on.wsj.com/1EeFyCC


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