The intermittent musings of a pedantic public defender...
A stimulating and stunning op ed piece in Sunday's LA Times about a law suit initially heard in the Southern District of NY. In June of 2007, the court concluded Therefore plaintiff's motion for summary judgment on defendant's counterclaims is GRANTED to the extent that it implicates arbitration in New York; the Court GRANTS plaintiff's request for a permanent injunction of the arbitration in New York; and the Court DENIES defendants' motion for summary judgment on the permanent injunction. Perhpsa this might be the subject matter of a new exercise by Mr. Feige, since there is literature about the manner and methods employed by large multinational companies, often based in the US that have caused havoc throughout Central and South America in the name of promoting democracy and exporting proper business.
Pay restored to Oregon prosecutor with national reputation4/24/2008, 12:31 p.m. PDTThe Associated Press ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — District Attorney Josh Marquis has a paycheck made whole.After a long political quarrel, the Clatsop County commission has voted to restore the local supplement to his state salary.Marquis is a prosecutor with a national reputation as a death penalty advocate. His speeches and articles have brought him to the attention of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who cited him in a 2006 death penalty case. Last year, the county commissioners voted to cut the local money augmenting the $84,360 in state pay for district attorneys in the 27 Oregon counties with populations of less than 100,000.A ballot measure followed, sponsored by his allies to restore a supplement. It narrowly failed.After that, commission Chairman Richard Hill, a foe of Marquis, was ousted in a recall election.The spat had a history.In the mid-1990s, Marquis unsuccessfully prosecuted Lee on a charge of violating dog licensing requirements at a breeding operation. In 2006, Marquis' wife ran unsucessfully against Lee.In the pay debate, Lee cited Marquis' activity outside the county and pressed him to set performance measures.On Wednesday, the commission voted to restore $13,500 in county funds to the base salary.Commissioner Ann Samuelson said Marquis has provided performance-based budget measures, so she could support the local stipend.The vote was 3-1, with commissioner David Hazen saying he continued to believe that the state government should provide all the pay for prosecutors.Many counties add a local stipend to their prosecutors' salaries, although some have been cutting them as a response to budget pressures."I'm very pleased with this," Marquis said. "It was a very unwelcome distraction for everyone."Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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