Author Archives: Michael Froomkin

Planning Ahead

Things to Keep in Mind When You Read the Torture Report – Dan, at The Intercept.

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First Amendment Note Topic

American Airlines claims it can ban photos of its staff at the airport.  I get that federal law requires passengers to obey staff while on board the plane, but what authority could there be for this on the ground?  Is it contractual?  If so, why is it enforceable?  Does it violate a public policy?

Also, some airports are owned by public bodies.  Is there a heightened First Amendment claim in those spaces?

 

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It’s That Time of Year Again

…when I ask you to vote for Jotwell at the ABA Law Blog 100 competition (look under “profs”). Mom – you don’t have to be a lawyer to vote.

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Nice Surprise

CameraZOOM-20141124151542845Someone sent me this via a student-run candygram service today.

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My Email is Down

Email to my usual UM Law address has been down for the last 24 hours due to multiple hardware failures of the law school’s network hardware. Barring miracles, latest projections don’t have it up until Monday if then.

If you need to reach me, or have tried recently to reach me, please use the following formula until further notice:

myfirstname.mylastname@gmail.com

where you make the appropriate substitutions for “myfirstname” (michael) and “mylastname” (starts with an “f”).

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DETEKT

EFF and other fine groups announce DETEKT, a spyware detection tool. It’s a joint project with Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, and Privacy International. Read the disclaimers and instructions carefully.

Note also that they seem to be on a very short release cycle: I downloaded version 1.1 at work yesterday (nothing detected), and just downloaded version 1.3 at home today.

Disclosure: I’m a proud member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation Advisory Board.

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Why Obama’s Immigration Plan is Legal

Here, via Marty Lederman, is the opinion of the Office of Legal Counsel underlying President Obama’s new ‘deferred action policy’ on certain classes of undocumented immigrants.

Spoiler alert: the President is exercising powers delegated to him by Congress plus a dose of prosecutorial discretion. This really isn’t as if a future President were to say, “we will not enforce the estate tax.”

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