Monthly Archives: July 2010


Posted 4 years ago in Criminal Law by Arthur Buono  
NM Governor May Pardon Billy the Kid

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is thinking about granting a pardon to gun slinging wild west icon Billy the Kid. The Kid’s been dead for almost 130 years, so this won’t affect his rights, and probably not his legacy either. For the living, a pardon means a lot more.   Billy the Kid’s legacy not free of doubt Pardon the right of governor or president to absolve person of offense Expungement of record an option available to more people   …

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Posted 4 years ago in Uncategorized by Arthur Buono  
Republicans Stymie Small Business Loan Bill

A Democrat-sponsored bill to stimulate up to $300 billion in lending to small businesses has been mired in a game of political football. Republicans refused to allow the bill to go to a Senate vote. The reason: Democrats refused to consider Republican amendments to extend tax breaks and cap federal spending.   $30 billion in federal money to fund $300 billion in loans Republicans wanted to add tax and spending cuts Small businesses turn to SBA and unconventional sources for …

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Posted 4 years ago in Uncategorized by Arthur Buono  
Florida Senator to BP: No Tax Benefits for You!

Florida Senator Bill Nelson announced Wednesday an inquiry into BP’s intention to deduct the costs of the Gulf oil spill cleanup from its federal income tax. The company lost $32 billion last quarter. The cleanup costs, although not any related fines and penalties, would normally be deductible.   BP cleanup costs a deductible ordinary and necessary business expense PR savvy firms waive deducting notorious expenses Senator proposing tax relief for spill’s harm to area taxpayers   Oil Spill Cleanup Costs …

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Posted 4 years ago in Criminal Law by Arthur Buono  
Congress Narrows the “Crack” in Cocaine Sentencing

Give it up for Congress. On Wednesday lawmakers of both parties agreed to right a wrong and narrow the spread between the penalties for possessing crack and powder cocaine. The extremely harsh sentences for possessing crack have been on the books 25 years. If the injustice was so clear, what took so long? And why did judges go along with it?   Sentences for crack possession brought closer to those for powder cocaine Criminal justice requires sentence to fit the …

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Posted 4 years ago in Internet Law by Arthur Buono  
Fired USDA Employee to Sue Blogger for Defamation

Shirley Sherrod, who was fired last week from her post in the Agriculture Department, said today she will sue Andrew Breitbart, the blogger who triggered her firing. The case highlights once again the limits to free speech even in the free-wheeling internet sphere. The Constitutional defenses to defamation claims should feature prominently.   Edited video of speech triggered Sherrod’s firing Clip did not tell the whole story Internet postings the cause of lawsuits, firings, divorce   Blogger Edited Speech, Cast …

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