Moot points

first_imgU.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. ’76, J.D. ’79, joked with a crowd in Austin Hall that he determined from the start of his time at Harvard Law School (HLS) to be part of its historic moot court event.“I decided very early on in my first semester that I wanted to participate in an Ames final,” said Roberts, “and I decided the easier way would be to get appointed chief justice.”The HLS alumnus made good on that decision Tuesday evening (Nov. 16) as one of three judges presiding over the final of the rigorous competition for third-year HLS students. The two other federal judges of the competition were Julia Smith Gibbons of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and Diana E. Murphy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.Established in 1911, the Ames Moot Court Competition unfolds in three rounds over the course of two years and challenges students to develop briefs and oral arguments addressing legal issues that the Supreme Court has not addressed or answered on-point.Two teams of six advance to the final of the competition, where two HLS students from each team argue a case before a panel consisting of three distinguished judges.This year’s final hypothetical case concerned the plight of Kermit McBride, a disgruntled blogger turned hacker. The defendant was found guilty of sabotaging the computer screens and ticker on the trading floor of the “Ames City Exchange,” with the message “The Taxpayers Demand a Refund. Or Else …”After he was charged, it came to light that evidence discovered by a local police officer in McBride’s home, which the officer then fed to the FBI, was not obtained with a search warrant. The district judge refused to suppress the evidence that was later found by the FBI with a legal warrant, but that had been based on the tip from the local officer. In addition, upon sentencing, the district judge required that McBride be barred from using computers for a period of three years.The case explored whether the evidence obtained by the FBI should have been admissible when the evidence supporting the issuance of the warrant was obtained during a warrantless search, and if the district judge overstepped by imposing a ban on McBride’s use of computers during a three-year, supervised release.The moot proceedings offered insight into the judicial thought process, as well as an idea of the vast knowledge needed to argue a case at the circuit and Supreme Court levels. Not to mention an appreciation of the nerves of steel it takes to argue before the nation’s highest courts, where, if the moot court was any indication, arriving unprepared is simply not an option.The justices were quick to interrupt each oralist, challenging and countering the students’ arguments with probing questions and references to previous cases and opinions pertinent to the one before them. They effortlessly took both sides of the issues being argued.“Here we leave to the discretion of the district judge whether to sentence this person for six months or 10 years, right? Why don’t we leave to the discretion of the district judge the much less significant question of whether to cut off his computer access for one year or three years?” Roberts asked HLS student Jason Harrow.Later Roberts took the other side of the argument, challenging the length of the district court’s decision, noting that the district judge never gave an explanation for why it imposed a computer ban during the three-year term of supervised release.Before delivering the panel’s decision, Roberts praised the competitors. “We were very, very impressed by the briefs and the advocates,” he told the audience of HLS students, staff, and faculty.Roberts commended the students for effectively using language from actual Supreme Court opinions, “controlling the argument,” not getting “dragged into a detour” with arguments irrelevant to the case at hand, and even correcting him at one point when he misspoke about a particular statute.Bringing some humor to the proceedings, Roberts lauded HLS student David Denton, a member of the team representing the United States, for using Roberts’ own wording in answer to a question from the chief justice.“It was done beautifully. A little bit more intonation in your voice and it would have been offensive. I don’t mean that facetiously at all — it wasn’t,” Roberts said, over a roar from the crowd, adding, “It was very effective.”The judges gave the best brief award to the petitioner (those arguing for McBride) and the best oralist award to Denton.“As you might imagine, given that division, it was a very difficult call for best overall team,” Roberts said, “but we decided that that title goes to the petitioners.”last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale to See Josh Groban in The Great Comet

first_img Josh Groban View Comments Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Related Shows Here’s your chance to catch Josh Groban in his Broadway debut! Tickets are now available for Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, starring Groban and Denée Benton. Performances will begin on October 18 at the Imperial Theatre, where it is set to open officially on November 14.In addition to Groban and Benton, the cast will include Brittain Ashford as Sonya, Gelsey Bell as Princess Mary, Nick Choksi as Dolokhov, Amber Gray as Helene, Grace McLean as Marya D and Paul Pinto as Balaga.Directed by Rachel Chavkin and featuring a book and electropop score by Dave Malloy, the show draws inspiration from a 70-page portion of Leo Tolstoy’s Russian masterpiece War and Peace. It follows Natasha (Benton), a young girl who forms a relationship with the attractive rebel Anatole (Lucas Steele) while her betrothed Andrey (Nicholas Belton) is off fighting. Andrey’s best friend Pierre (Groban) remains on high alert as the new romance blossoms.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 3, 2017 Star Files ‘The Great Comet’last_img read more

Crock Pot Apple Pie Amaranth Porridge

first_imgYield: 8 Serving Size: 1/2 cupIngredients5 medium apples (sweet or tart), cored and cut into 1 inch cubes15 large dates, pitted1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg1 Tablespoon vanilla extractJuice of 1 orange (about 4 Tablespoons)2 cups amaranth1 cup milk2 1/2 cups waterPossible toppings:chopped nutsraisinshoneydried cranberriesInstructionsAdd all of the ingredients in the order listed to your crock pot, except for the toppings.Cook over low heat overnight, at least 8 hours.Serve warm with your favorite toppings.last_img

Liverpool destroy Man City to boost hopes of historic title triumph

first_imgCity’s defensive deficiencies have been much publicised without the injured Aymeric Laporte so far this season and they crumbled as Liverpool scored with their first two attacks of the game.But the visitors were furious with some justification at the move that led to the opening goal when a dangerous foray into the Liverpool box ended with the ball striking Trent Alexander-Arnold on the arm.Instead of City being awarded a penalty, the hosts broke down the other end and the ball fell to Fabinho on the edge of the area.The Brazilian is not renowned for his goalscoring, but when invited to shoot by a hesitant City back line, he arrowed a strike beyond stand-in goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.“Ask to the referees, don’t ask me,” said City boss Pep Guardiola on the controversial opener. “I would like to talk about our performance. It was one of my proudest performances as (Man City) manager.”The visitors had more of the ball and plenty of chances even in between Liverpool’s early blitz as Raheem Sterling headed wide Kevin De Bruyne’s in-swinging free-kick.But it was Liverpool who were ruthless as a pinpoint cross by Andy Robertson was headed home on the bounce by Salah.“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a goal like it,” said Klopp of his side’s second. “It was wild, intense from the first second. Liverpool Man City Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool took a huge step towards a first league title in 30 years by beating defending champions Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the table.Two goals in the first 13 minutes from Fabinho and Mohamed Salah gave the European champions a dream start before Sadio Mane’s diving header early in the second half sealed City’s fate.Bernardo Silva pulled a late goal back, but a third defeat in eight league games leaves City down in fourth, nine points behind Liverpool, and with a mountain to climb if they are to claim a third straight league title.“It’s nine points but there is a long way to go,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.“It’s not important. Who wants to be first in early November? It’s important to be top in May.” “You could sense it was really important for both teams. We scored two incredible goals, but we had to suffer in moments because of the way City played.”– Damage done –City went on to enjoy the better of the play in the remainder of the first half, but the damage was already done.A purposeful burst forward by Angelino saw his deflected shot come back off the post before Sergio Aguero then dragged City’s best chance of a reply before the break wide after great work by De Bruyne.Any hope of a City comeback was eliminated six minutes into the second half when Jordan Henderson’s teasing cross was met with a diving header by Mane, although Bravo could have done better to stop the ball creeping over the line.RT if you feel like @VirgilvDijk right now— LFC USA (@LFCUSA) November 10, 2019Guardiola’s mood was not improved when another VAR check went against his side after Sterling went down in the area under pressure from Mane.City finally got the goal much of their approach play had threatened when Bernardo Silva swept home Angelino’s cross 12 minutes from time, but it was too little, too late.“Today we showed in the most difficult stadium in the world the reason why we are champions,” said a defiant Guardiola.“There are three teams in front of us that have more chances to win the Premier League than us, but hopefully we can sustain this mentality and try it.”Liverpool agonisingly missed out on the title by a solitary point last season as City ended the season on a 14-match winning run to edge a titanic tussle.Guardiola’s men will need to produce something similarly spectacular in the months to come, but after quickly making up for the disappointment of the title race by wining the Champions League last season, Liverpool look destined to go one better this time round.Salah and Mané were both on the scoresheet vs Man City, but the intelligence and intensity of the defensive work carried out by the front three was integral to Liverpool’s [email protected]_archie breaks down how they did it. #LFC— (@Liverpoolcom_) November 10, 2019Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Miracle escape

first_img“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them under control. I trust you are not in too much distress.”The chilling address delivered calmly by Capt. Eric Moody over 30 years ago has become the greatest airline passenger announcement of all time and is brought back to life by the eruption of yet another Indonesian volcano.For the 263 passengers and crew aboard flight BA9, a British Airways 747 flying through a moonless night from Kuala Lumpur to Perth on June 24, 1982, death was only a matter of time.Initially, they were in awe of the strange, static electrical light show outside but that quickly turned to terror as the jet’s four engines glowed white, spurted flames and halted. It was 9.43pm.“Horrific, ” is how passenger Arthur Ewen, of Scarborough, described the feeling in this 2012 interview. “It still affects me and Shirley today. The cabin was quiet, people were praying. We just hugged and held hands.”The 747 had blundered into the ash cloud from the sudden eruption of Mt Galunggung, 110km south of Jakarta.The passengers and crew faced an agonising 42 minutes before the 747 touched down in Jakarta.Capt. Moody was on his way to the toilet.“Suddenly I was summoned back to the cockpit, ” he told Australian Aviation. “On the way back, I noticed puffs of smoke billowing out of the floor vents and there was an acrid smell or ionised electrical smell.”When Capt. Moody entered the flight deck, he saw the most intense display of St Elmo’s fire — a blue-glowing form of atmospheric electricity — dancing across the windshield.Senior First Officer Richard Greaves and Senior Engineer Barry Townley-Freeman were already taking action.“Richard pointed out the glow from the engines and what could only be described as tracer bullets streaming towards the cockpit, ” Capt. Moody said.What worried Capt. Moody — and terrified the passengers — was the smoke billowing out of the air-conditioning system.The air was then punctuated by a chilling call from the engineer: “Engine failure number four.”Within seconds the problem became worse. “Engine failure number two, three’s gone . . . they’ve all gone.”The crew was faced with a bewildering array of confusing dials and amber caution lights. They noticed a slowing of airspeed and put the 747 into a slow descent.Capt. Moody instructed FO Greaves to put out a mayday call: “Jakarta, Jakarta, mayday, mayday, Speedbird 9. We’ve lost all four engines.”But it took some time for the full gravity of the message to get through because the static around the 747 was interfering with radio transmissions. “We had absolutely no idea what had happened, ” Capt. Moody said. “We had to think outside the box — it was so confusing.”At 26,000ft, the cabin pressure warning sounded and the crew donned their masks. But the FO’s mask fell apart in his hands, forcing Capt. Moody into an emergency descent.Mr Ewen remembers the passengers were numb with fear, which turned to horror as repeated failed attempts to restart the engines sent fuel spewing out the back, which was then ignited by the St Elmo’s fire dancing over and around the wings.As the 747 reached 14,000ft, Capt. Moody said he started to consider a water landing. “I think we had another 10 minutes of glide left. My pondering was broken by the jubilation of the rest of the crew as number four started.”Within 90 seconds the other three engines had come back to life.Speedbird 9 was cleared to Jakarta but there was a complication Capt. Moody recounts.“We had great difficulty picking up the lights and what we didn’t realise is that the front windows were almost opaque from the ash.”The landing — despite many problems — was smooth and was greeted with “thunderous applause and cheers from the passengers”, Mr Ewen said.Reflecting on the incredible events Capt. Moody mused: “When I learnt to fly in the 50s, flying was dangerous and sex was safe. “When I retired in the 90s, that had gone the other way around!”last_img read more