The guns outside election offices are bad enough, but Barr wants guns inside the counting process

first_imgNote the wide range of activities suggested in this letter. It’s not just that you can send someone with a gun down to “investigate” the not-so-violent crime of potential voter fraud, you can send an armed federal agent to “prevent” crimes that haven’t happened. In other words … you can stand someone in to fiddle with the safety on their Glock while the elderly woman in front of them tries to decide if that mark for Joe Biden is dark enough to count. Do you think so, ma’am? Do you really think so?The raft of frivolous lawsuits being cranked out by Trump are being thrown out of court left and right, but Barr doesn’t need to go before a judge to make a request for adding some real heavy metal to the voting process. By a complete coincidence, the letter telling federal prosecutors to send forth their troops came just before Trump issued a statement saying: “We want all voting to stop.” When someone asks why the process is going so slowly, the answer might be that it’s difficult to work when you’re genuinely “under the gun.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – As The New York Times reports, Barr’s Wednesday letter practices some very careful lawyering. Election law actually does prohibit the positioning of armed federal officers at polling stations, because legislators rightly perceived that having someone in uniform standing over voters with a rifle lent things a very developing-world appearance. In addition to looking bad, it’s simply bad.But the hairsplitter general determined that just because you can’t direct a barrel at voters when they’ve got their pens over a ballot doesn’t mean you can’t wring some sweat out of the person trying to read the ballot. As the Department of Justice letter notes, election law “does not prevent armed federal law enforcement persons from responding to, investigate, or prevent federal crimes at closed polling places or at other locations where votes are being counted.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Former football player wins wrongful expulsion lawsuit

first_imgMatthew Boermeester, pictured above in his appearance at USC’s 2017 Rose Bowl win, filed a lawsuit in March 2019 alleging the Title IX investigation involving sexual misconduct damaged his academic and athletic careers. (Daily Trojan file photo) “[The case] involves violence toward a girlfriend, not sexual misconduct,” the statement read. “It is not a case where ‘credibility of witnesses is central to the adjudication of the allegation,’ another requirement for having a live hearing as part of an investigation of a sexual misconduct case. It is a case of violence, perpetrated in public, witnessed by numerous people and caught on video camera.” Both Boermeester and Katz denied the presence of foul play in the January 2017 incident during which Boermeester put his hand on Katz’s neck and pushed her against a wall. Boermeester filed a lawsuit in March 2019 alleging that his subsequent expulsion ruined his academic and athletic careers.  “We are very pleased that the Court of Appeal has again recognized that accused students under Title IX must have a meaningful opportunity to cross-examine critical witnesses at an in-person hearing,” said Boermeester’s attorney Mark Hathaway in a press release Thursday. The California Court of Appeal overturned a court decision Thursday involving former USC kicker Matthew Boermeester, who was expelled from USC in 2017 following a Title IX investigation into an intimate partner violence incident with girlfriend Zoe Katz.  Earlier this month, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made changes to the department’s Title IX regulations, which, among redefining sexual assault, include the right to cross-examine evidence in a live hearing.  In an interview with the Daily Trojan, Hathaway said he hopes USC abides by the reversed decision and previous rulings regarding the University’s disciplinary proceedings.  According to Hathaway, Boermeester was expelled after the Title IX Office presented security footage that depicted the two “clowning around and celebrating” in an alleyway. Two students witnessed the event.center_img ”Nothing happened that warranted an investigation, much less the unfair, biased and drawn out process that we were forced to endure without speaking publicly,” Katz said in court documents.  In a 2017 statement, Katz maintained that she was not mistreated by Boermeester.  The decision also cited Doe v. Allee, a case regarding sexual misconduct allegations against former USC football player Bryce Dixon that resulted in Dixon’s expulsion, as precedent for extending cross-examination to third-party witnesses. The trial court ruling was reversed in January 2019 when the California District Court of Appeal court concluded that USC’s disciplinary proceedings neglected to provide a fair trial by failing to allow the cross-examination of key witnesses. According to court documents, the Title IX investigation also denied a live hearing involving cross-examination for Boermeester’s trial.  USC did not comment on the situation following the court’s choice to reverse the decision.     USC is still reviewing the appellate court’s decision, the University told the Daily Trojan. At the time of oral argument before the California District Court of Appeal in early March, the University maintained that its disciplinary proceedings were fair and that the process of sexual misconduct did not apply in Boermeester’s case.  “The court set forth the requirements for a fair hearing in a number of cases involving USC … all of which pointing out that USC’s process for student discipline is fundamentally flawed and has been lacking in due process,” Hathaway said.last_img read more

DreamTeam announce partnership with StarLadder

first_imgDreamTeam, the esports and gaming recruitment and management network founded by Alexander Kokhanovskyy has announced its second big partnership in the space of a week, this time with StarLadder. For those unaware of DreamTeam, Founder and CEO Alexander Kokhanovskyy told ESI last week a little more about the company. He stated: “Our ultimate vision is to build a multi-billion-dollar ecosystem on the DreamTeam platform thorough media right sales, sponsorships, players salaries, and prize money, all of which will be paid in DreamTeam Token. Blockchain technology, specifically smart contracts will ensure the highest possible security, on-time payments, automated obligations control, and anti-fraud system enforcement. This is an ambitious vision, but I believe we are the team to make this happen. The first step is to provide an all-in-one solution for gamers who want to build, grow, manage and monetize their team”. The partnership will see StarLadder add to last week’s IEM Oakland deal as DreamTeam continues to line up partnerships that will pave the way for the management platform to grow and engage users. In a release, Kokhanovskyy said “DreamTeam’s goals are aligned with Starladder’s. We expect this partnership to kickstart the Esports and Gaming, and together we are set to appeal to the wider community of players and fans with our knowledge-sharing. StarLadder will get a priority access to all new DreamTeam features, as we welcome their advice, crowd tests and other general input that can help make our platform even greater for gamers across the board”. Stephan Shulga, Producer of StarLadder commented: “Putting together a great team is a top priority for a player who wants to be successful in Esports. I believe that through our expertise and a wide pool of gamers gathered on StarLadder coupled with DreamTeam new platform this task will be easier than ever.”Esports Insider says: Another big partnership in the space of a week from Alex & DreamTeam, showing they clearly mean business. It’s not long now until we see the first partnership in action.last_img read more