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

NBA trade rumors: Celtics shopping Aron Baynes, looking to clear cap space

first_imgThe Celtics’ 2019 offseason has already been a rocky one, but the team’s front office is trying to salvage what it can.Boston is actively looking to trade veteran center Aron Baynes in order to clear cap space, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Baynes exercised his $5.4 million player option earlier this month. Boston has offered center Aron Baynes — $5.4M expiring contract — into salary cap space elsewhere, league sources tell ESPN. Without Kyrie Irving and Al Horford on the books, moving Baynes without taking back salary could get the Celtics to $23M in space.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019Baynes is apparently on board with the plan now that the Celtics are unlikely to be title contenders in the near future.To clear something up with news that Aron Baynes could be traded by the Boston Celtics for cap space: This is a mutual thing. Baynes wanted to stay in Boston, if the Celtics were also going to be contenders. As some things have changed, Baynes and Boston are looking for trades.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 20, 2019With Kyrie Irving and Al Horford each declining their respective player options and electing to test the market, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is doing everything he can to position Boston to be a viable destination for other free agents this summer.The departures of Horford and Baynes would leave a huge void in the frontcourt, so the Celtics will have to aggressively pursue centers when free agency [email protected] on @SiriusXMNBA earlier today: “The Celtics are going to prioritize getting a center, maybe someone like (Nikola) Vucevic. … They’re fully operating under the belief that those two guys (Kyrie and Horford) are walking.”— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) June 19, 2019 NBA DRAFT RUMORS: Celtics have interest in trading up to No. 4last_img read more

Emina Hadžiahmetović: I Proved That I Can Still Achieve More

first_imgYoung BiH table tennis player, one of the most talented local athletes, had another excellent performance. At the Balkan Junior Championship in Kikinda she won third place in the doubles tournament with her partner Aneta Maksuti from Serbia.In an interview with Radio Sarajevo, she said that she is especially pleased with her performance, especially since in the last few months she missed a number of tournaments.“It was good and I am satisfied. It is difficult to mentally return to competing after several months of not competing, but I have shown that I could. I was able to convey good rhythm in the individual competition’’, said Emina.The young woman from Sarajevo is expected to perform at the European Junior Championship in Ostrava.“The expectations are very high, and following a good performance in Kikinda I feel that I can do it. Medal? Everything is possible, but I do not see this tournament as the most important because the top 10 tour in Sarajevo will follow, and I will try to be in form for that’’, said Emina.“I love this sport and I look forward to every competition. I want to continue to win and to continue my path towards the top’’, said Emina at the end of her interview with Radio Sarajevo.(Source: read more

Wenger regrets Arsenal not seeing out victory over Manchester City

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger expressed regrets with his side’s shoddy marking in letting Manchester City steal a point through Martin Demichelis’ late header.The Gunners looked on course for an impressive victory after they overcame Sergio Aguero’s opener to go 2-1 up through second half goals from Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez.But with seven minutes remaining Demichelis was gifted the freedom of the box to head home easily.And Wenger said after the game: “I’m pleased by our performance but not by the result. It shows that we have top quality today. We’ve shown we’ve got tremendous pace, explosive power to go forward and create chances but as well we have some room for improvement.“When you are 2-1 up, ten minutes from time, to concede a goal from a corner where no one jumps for the ball is, of course, not good enough.“There’s a feeling we should have won the game so we have many regrets. It’s never easy to be 1-0 down and then go 2-1 up after putting so much effort in, then just give a goal away because we didn’t jump on the corner.“It’s very frustrating but, overall, there’s a lot of positives as well.”Wenger also offered an update on Mathieu Debuchy after the Frenchman was worryingly stretchered off having rolled his ankle.“He’s badly sprained his ankle. I’m not sure how long he will be out for. It’s just a sprain, there’s no broken bone,” the Gunners boss added.“But how bad is the sprain? At the moment the medical people are cautious and that’s not good news.”last_img read more