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Interesting: "Sep 29 2016 Order extending time to file response to petition to and including November 2, 2016."

Context: this is re my cert petition on interlocutory appealability of orders denying counsel — see https://s.ai/tsa/legal/ifp or read the petition at either link.

Last time (https://s.ai/ifp) they didn't respond until the Court requested a brief in opposition (BIO). This time perhaps they're taking it more seriously? It's a pity that SCOTUS doesn't post filings, just orders, so it's a bit inscrutable.

In theory, it's public record of course… you can read it if you go there in person and ask nicely. (Yes, really. On paper only.) If you feel like stopping by and asking to read/scan the applications/motions in No. 16-287, do let me know. ;-)
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A transgender man — granted asylum in the US due to persecution in Mexico for being trans — was prohibited by Indiana from changing his legal name to match his (already legally male) gender, due to state law requiring proof of citizenship to change name. He's suing the state to change this, through its governor (and Republican VP candidate) Mike Pence.

Complaint filed, Doe motion filed and granted, summons served, no response yet. All major legal filings to date are attached. He's represented by TLC & MALDEF. See also http://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/13286
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Dear journalists covering legal matters: please run your story (and sources) by someone who knows even minimal amounts of law before you post. The recent coverage on Romine / Digital Homicide v Does claims that the court granted Romine a subpoena. Wrong. That's just a proposed order (like it says on the docket), required in most courts as an attachment to a motion. The court hasn't ruled on it either way.

Incorrectly publishing that there's an active subpoena out to de-anonymize 100 people is very irresponsible journalism — and demonstrates that you don't know really basic legal procedure, like whether a document is issued by the court vs the plaintiff. (Or that you couldn't be bothered to do a 15-second check.)
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+David Formosa It's not mandated that I know of. I've not seen many multi-Doe suits, though, so I don't know what's typical to plead for an unknown number of defendants. But here I'm not aware of any justification for claiming there's an unknown number; seems like he was just too lazy to enumerate the alleged defamatory comments.
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+Filip H.F. Slagter Sign of any good satire.
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This is the first time opposing counsel has even attempted to gender me properly. A+ for actual effort to be respectful. :-) (See p. 2 n. 1.)

B- for capitalizing pronouns — I'm not a god o.o — and for scarequoting and "going by"-ing my name.

I think I'll start putting a note on pronoun usage in my opening footnote (where I typically say that "Sai" is my full legal name, to avoid confusion).
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+Filip H.F. Slagter Have you ever heard the phrase "goes by" used for something other than a pseudonym or the like? It's inherently derogatory. There's no legitimate reason to emphasize my name in the first place; they could simply have said "Sai is seeking leave to intervene…" like they would for anyone else.

And neh, my pronoun preference is mild. It's nice when people do, but I don't take offense to male pronouns (or female, for that matter, though that's pretty rare).
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Anyone in the Boston area willing to drive a rental truck to the middle of CT and back, so I can get my stuff out of storage? If yes, please ping me privately.
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+Edward Morbius Yes, I'm in the Boston area. I expect to go back to London in January, until around August, when it'll be law school time. Hopefully. I don't anticipate much other travel in the meantime.
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If anything, I think +Ken Popehat is far too lenient in this post. I'd say that such a policy is statistical manslaughter.

I would not wish upon anyone to learn what it is like to have suicidal thoughts, nor to have to hear others' — but it seems that those who made this policy would uniquely benefit from having the experience that they wish to silence in others.
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What's the first piece of advice on every anti-suicide campaign website front page? They may as well ban all "drugs", including prescription meds D:

http://www.suicide-prevention.org.uk
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Anyone familiar with AR-15s: was that starting from a full field-stripped breakdown?
 
In badass 30 seconds, Democratic candidate assembles AR-15 blindfolded, explains “I also believe in background checks, so the terrorists can’t get their hands on one of these.”

“I’m Jason Kander. Senator Blunt has been attacking me on guns. Well, in the Army, I learned how to use and respect my rifle,” the blindfolded Kander says to the camera as he assembles the weapon.

“In Afghanistan, I’d volunteer to be an extra gun in a convoy of unarmored SUVs. And in the state legislature, I supported Second Amendment rights.”

“I also believe in background checks, so the terrorists can’t get their hands on one of these.”

“I approve this message, because I’d like to see Senator Blunt do this.” [as he clicks the final piece in place]
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+Peter N. Steinmetz Overall accident death rate is another matter entirely of course; most of that is from traffic, IIRC (if you count that as 'accidental'). And yes, suicide is roughly 2x homicide.

Anyway, I think we probably agree on the basic premise that gun regulations should have, as a major factor, the likely change in frequency of death/injury.

For background checks, obviously that only affects people who go through acquisition routes that don't avoid them in the first place.

For things like mandatory safeties, locks, home safes, training, etc, it means comparing accidents, hitting unintended targets, unintended use generally (e.g. kids), etc vs avoidable death/injury from impaired access (which in turn requires knowing statistical effectiveness of defensive firearm use, including threat of use).

I don't have the empirical data to answer those questions; gun laws aren't really my area of interest. I do believe that people should take empirical views of it where possible, and policies should be tailored to reduce the total number of deaths/injuries from any cause. (In general, I believe policy should be based on empirical data as much as possible.)
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Hi! My full name is Sai; my handle is saizai.

Right now, I'm primarily working on Make Your Laws (G+), a practical liquid democracy project. I also have CogSai (G+), a YouTube channel about cognitive science.

- I was twice suspended :-/

MYL disclaimer: things I post to my own stream are my own musings, not official positions on behalf of Make Your Laws. If I don't mention MYL, they're not even that, they're just my own personal political beliefs — something I do not mix with the non-partisan, systemic PoV I take with MYL. If you're reporting on MYL, please respect the difference; I do not want to be a public figure, and my personal political beliefs are not relevant.

If I know you outside G+, or if you have something interesting for us to talk about that hasn't come up in comments, please send me a private message. Unfortunately, I just get too many adds to track them. If I don't add you back, that's only a comment about my lack of mental bandwidth, not about you; I still enjoy good crunchy conversation, though.

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I'm interested in lots and lots of things; this is only a small part of them. See my website for more: http://s.ai

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