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(Free) Technical Resources on Information Retrieval

Posted by rjbiii on July 8, 2009

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Eighth Circuit Remands Case and Reassigns Judge who Imposed Sanctions

Posted by rjbiii on July 8, 2009

“That’s it. I’m done. I’m granting the defendant’s motion to dismiss this case for systematic abuse of the discovery process. [Defense counsel], I direct you to prepare a proposed order with everything you’ve put on that presentation. I’ll refine it and slick it up. [Plaintiff] has abused this court, has misled you, has lied in his deposition. It’s obvious he’s lying about that e-mail. This case is gone. I’m dismissing it. What a disgrace to the legal system in the Western District of Missouri. Prepare the proposed order. We’re done. We are done, done, done. What a disgrace. It’s not your fault, it’s your client. He’s coached, he’s ducked, and he’s hid documents. We’re done. Be in recess.”

An outburst from the bench from a Judge reaching the end of his patience has led the Circuit Court to remand the case, reassign the judge presiding over the matter, and vacate the dismissal that that judge had imposed. The Circuit Court did, however, express some empathy for their exasperated colleague while doing so:

The Eighth Circuit vacated the order of dismissal, but not without expressing sympathy for the judge’s position, noting that the parties “provoked” him. The majority was critical of both the plaintiffs’ “evasive” behavior and the defendants’ “fanning the flames of the district court’s discontent.”

The Circuit Court’s opinion may be found here (pdf).

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Cell Phone Data becoming a Factor in the Court Room

Posted by rjbiii on July 8, 2009

From the New York Times:

The pivotal role that cellphone records played in [] two prominent New York murder trials this year highlights the surge in law enforcement’s use of increasingly sophisticated cellular tracking techniques to keep tabs on suspects before they are arrested and build criminal cases against them by mapping their past movements.

But cellphone tracking is raising concerns about civil liberties in a debate that pits public safety against privacy rights. Existing laws do not provide clear or uniform guidelines: Federal wiretap laws, outpaced by technological advances, do not explicitly cover the use of cellphone data to pinpoint a person’s location, and local court rulings vary widely across the country.

H/T: Slashdot

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Google Unveils Plans for New O/S

Posted by rjbiii on July 8, 2009

The BBC has posted an article announcing that Google will extend its offerings to a new operating system for PC’s:

Google is developing an operating system (OS) for personal computers, in a direct challenge to market leader Microsoft and its Windows system.

Google Chrome OS will be aimed initially at small, low-cost netbooks, but will eventually be used on PCs as well.

Google says that the new o/s will have, as its “key aspects:” speed, simplicity, and security. One industry expert comments on the import of this development:

“Google is coming at this fresh and, because it is based on a set of services that reside on the web, it is the first really post-web operating system, designed from the ground up, and reconceived for a web world,” Mr Enderle told the BBC.

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