Jeff Sessions moves to further tighten immigration courts as Trump attacks him
- Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions continued his efforts to tighten control of the immigration courts with two quiet moves Tuesday night, even as President Donald Trump said he was "not happy" with Sessions on immigration.
- Under the ruling, only if the Department of Homeland Security decides it no longer wants to pursue the case or the immigrant achieves or proves a legal right to stay in the US can a judge dismiss their deportation case.
- The question Sessions poses is whether an immigration appeals court ruling from 2005 should be overturned, a decision that found that immigrants who pass the first interview threshold to pursue the right to stay in the US under asylum law are entitled to bond hearings and potential release from custody.
Facing sexual assault charges, 3D-printed gun advocate Cody Wilson evades US authorities
- The gun rights activist who waged a very public legal war over the right to freely distribute 3D-printed gun schematics over the internet is facing serious charges that have nothing to do with firearms.
- According to a law enforcement press conference today, Cody Wilson, 30, is believed to have traveled to Taipei after learning that he was under investigation for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old.
- The two continued talking via iMessage and Wilson allegedly identified himself to the victim and mentioned that he was a “big deal,” prompting her to find his name featured in recent news stories.
- The affidavit, published in full on Ars Technica, details how the two met in person on August 15 at a local coffee shop and Wilson then took the victim to a hotel in a vehicle registered to his company, Defense Distributed.
- The victim alleges that the sexual assault took place at Austin’s Archer hotel, after which Wilson paid her $500.
Coinbase hires Fannie Mae exec Brian Brooks as chief legal officer
- Coinbase has made yet another addition to its C-suite.
- The cryptocurrency trading platform has hired Brian Brooks, the former executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Fannie Mae, as its chief legal officer.
- The hiring is part of the company’s effort to expand its legal, compliance and government affairs teams.
- Mike Lempres, who until now held the chief legal and risk officer title, will transition into the role of chief policy officer.
- Brooks joined Fannie Mae in 2014; before that, he was the vice chairman of OneWest Bank and a managing partner at the law firm O’Melveny & Myers.
- The news comes one day after Coinbase announced the hiring of Michael Li as VP of data.
- Li had spent the last seven years at LinkedIn, most recently as its head of analytics and data science.
3D-printed gun pioneer Cody Wilson accused of having sex with underage girl
- Cody Wilson, the 3D-printed gun rights activist, has a warrant out for his arrest, according to an affidavit partially published Wednesday by an Austin-based reporter, Tony Plohetski.
- Further ReadingJudge allows temporary ban on 3D-printed gun files to continueLast month, Wilson convened a press conference at a hotel in Austin where he announced that he would be selling CAD files of firearms for the first time—previously he had given them away on the Internet, until his legal troubles began.
- As Ars has reported, Wilson's company, Defense Distributed, has been involved in a years-long lawsuit with the Department of State over publication of those files and making them available to foreigners.
- None of Defense Distributed's attorneys involved in the Washington case immediately responded to Ars' request for comment.
A foundation for scikit-learn at Inria
- Integration of new features, quality assurances, and releases are best done by developers who can dedicate a large amount of time to the library.
- For many years, we have always had people with dedicated time to support the community.
- It can be a difficult exercise to balance how money is used in a community-driven project.
- We will make sure that the money that the foundation receives is invested for the interest of the community.
- For this, we have an advisory board composed of core contributors of scikit-learn.
- Last, we feel that a foundation targeting specifically scikit-learn can raise money from different people than other foundations.
- We have in mind to make it easy for other foundations to support scikit-learn.
- A strong team of full-time contributors will allow us to do ambitious things with scikit-learn.
Papa John's has a new ad where it teases changing its name to erase its disgraced founder
- Papa John's has a new ad campaign that attempts to replace the voice of its disgraced founder with a more diverse array of perspectives.
- On Tuesday, the pizza chain launched a new campaign that the company says "spotlights the voices and faces that make up the 120,000 strong Papa John's family." The first advertisement in the campaign is a 60 second online spot, featuring 24 people who own and operate Papa John's locations.
- Following the backlash in recent months against Papa John's founder, John Schnatter, and his very public separation from the pizza chain, the company has been plagued with questions about how it will move forward.
- Schnatter kicked off a major crisis for the brand in July, when Forbes reported the then-chairman had used the n-word in a company conference call.
- The company reported that sales fell 10.5% in North America in July.
Canadian cannabis producer Tilray is going bananas after its CEO appeared on Cramer's 'Mad Money'
- Shares were up 41.55% early Wednesday after Kennedy told the host Jim Cramer on Tuesday evening that Canada was just the tip of the iceberg for full legalization when it came to marijuana.
- Big share gains like the one seen Wednesday have been somewhat common for cannabis producers.
- For instance, Tilray shares surged 28.95% on Tuesday on word the company was the first to receive permission to export legal weed to the US; it plans to supply a clinical trial at the University of California at San Diego.
- The cannabis frenzy started in the middle of August, when Canopy Growth received a $4 billion investment from Constellation Brands, the beverage company behind Corona beer and Svedka vodka.
- Tilray shares have gained more than 800% through Tuesday since the company went public in mid-July.
Report: Tesla facing criminal probe over “funding secured” tweet
- Elon Musk's August 7 tweet that he had "funding secured" to take Tesla private has become the subject of a criminal investigation by the Justice Department, Bloomberg reports, citing two anonymous sources.
- While Musk's initial tweet claimed he had "funding secured" to buy out existing shareholders, he soon admitted he didn't actually have anything in writing.
- Further Reading“A huge outlier”: Musk’s Tesla buyout tweet could get him in legal trouble"That's not what anyone in the financial markets thinks of when you say 'funding secured,'" said Stephen Diamond, an expert on securities law at Santa Clara University, in an interview with Ars last month.
- In an interview with Ars Technica last month, securities law expert William Sjostrom said it wasn't common for the Securities and Exchange Commission to refer cases to the Justice Department for possible criminal charges.
ACLU, Labor Union, Allege Facebook's Ad Targeting Discriminates By Gender
- The charges allege that Facebook’s online ad platform lets companies post job ads that are only shown to male users and not to females or those who don’t ascribe to a particular gender, in violation of the Civil Rights Act. Organizations that are alleged to have posted discriminatory ads on Facebook include the auto repair company Rice Tire, business software firm Abas USA, window replacement company Renewal by Andersen, retail company Xenith, and the Greensboro, N.C. police department.
- Considering those recent legal problems and a high-profile 2016 ProPublica article about discriminatory housing ads related to race on Facebook, Sherwin said that it’s “kind of astounding actually that the company has not taken action” to stop employers from targeting ads to a specific gender or by age group.
Energy suppliers mull legal advisers as royal commission feared
- Major electricity and gas suppliers are already considering external legal talent to steer them through a potential royal commission into energy in the expectation such an inquiry could be around the corner whichever party wins next year's general election.
- When announcing the aged care royal commission on Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison left the door open to a similar inquiry into the energy sector, where hikes in electricity and gas prices have stung households and industry.
- After being subjected to exhaustive questioning by the ACCC for its inquiry into electricity prices, the energy suppliers are probably better prepared to face the demands a royal commission would make in terms of the provision of documents than the financial services sector was, sources said.