Pakistan Bans Facebook Due to Everybody Draw Mohammed Event

Facebook Event Sparks National Ban.Pakistani officials ordered all national Internet service providers to ban Facebook and Youtube effective Wednesday, May 19, 2010. The ban was enacted because of a Facebook event entitled, “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”, in which Facebook members were encouraged to draw images of the Muslim prophet Mohammed on Thursday, May 20.

Pakistani Officials Block Access to Facebook and Youtube

According to the BBC, a group called the Islamic Lawyers Movement petitioned the Pakistani high court to request a ban on Facebook and Youtube. The ban was requested because of the group’s resistance to the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Event” in which thousands of Facebook users would draw the Muslim prophet Mohammed. The group insisted on the ban because most Muslim’s believe that any depiction of Mohammed is blasphemous.

The high court granted the ban and ordered the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority to immediately block all access to Facebook and Youtube. The court also instructed the Foreign Ministry to raise the issue of blasphemous caricatures to an international level. Though the sites are currently banned, the court will review the ban at the end of the month and consider if it should stand or be lifted.

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

The current ban resulted from the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” event started by a user on Facebook. Currently, over 80,000 Facebook users have joined the event and committed to drawing Mohammed on Thursday, May 20th. The event was initially created as a response to the censorship of the Comedy Central television show South Park.

During South Park’s 200th episode, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker depicted the Muslim prophet Mohammed in a bear suit. After the show aired, the website Revolutionmuslim.com posted a response to the episode, including a warning that Stone and Parker would end up like Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh. Theo Van Gogh was stabbed to death and nearly decapitated in 2004 by a radical Muslim extremist in reaction to his film “Submission”. The film criticized Islam’s treatment of women.

The Facebook event was created as a reaction to the warnings or death threats received by cartoonists and artists who have depicted Mohammed. The thought behind the page is that if more people draw Mohammed, less people will be singled out for death threats and warnings.

Though thousands have joined the event, many still feel that it is insensitive to those of the Muslim faith. The event page now contains comments, both moderate and offensive, from both sides of the issue. Though many object, the event is still being held today.

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Dallas Lawyer Aubrey Connatser Selected for Top 100 Attorneys in Texas, Top 50 Women Attorneys, Texas Super Lawyers

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dallas divorce lawyer Aubrey M. Connatser has been selected one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Texas as well as one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in the state.

In addition, Connatser made the list of the Top 100 Attorneys in Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas Super Lawyers while fellow Connatser Family Law attorney Mike DeBruin made the list of Texas Super Lawyers for the twelfth straight year. These designations are made by Thomson Reuters from a survey of their fellow lawyers.

Connatser, managing member of the Connatser Family Law firm in the Uptown section of Dallas, was one of the youngest Texas attorneys ever chosen for the Super Lawyer honor, at age 29.

Two years ago, she left the largest family law firm in the southwest to create Connatser Family Law. She was joined in her practice this year by DeBruin, considered one of the top veteran family lawyers in the state. Connatser Family Law now has five attorneys who handle exclusively family law cases.

Both Connatser and DeBruin are board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The firm also has three associates who handle their own caseloads – Christine Powers Leatherberry, Abby Gregory and Alissa Castro.

“We handle family law cases of all sizes and fact situations,” Connatser says. “We have the manpower and experience to handle the largest case involving a huge estate and many business interests. But we also have attorneys who can handle a simple divorce on a cost-effective basis. We set up this firm to accommodate most clients.”

To determine the Texas Super Lawyers honorees, researchers solicit nominations from more than 70,000 lawyers. A blue-ribbon panel of attorneys and the publication’s editors then select the final honorees, who account for less than five percent of all Texas attorneys.

The 2014 Texas Super Lawyers list is published in the October issues of Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines, and is available online at http://www.superlawyers.com.

Connatser Family Law handles complex divorce matters, large-asset settlements, division of business interests, child custody, marital agreements, paternity, modification of divorce orders, collaborative law and other divorce and family law matters.

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Dallas Lawyer Aubrey Connatser Selected for Top 100 Attorneys in Texas, Top 50 Women Attorneys, Texas Super Lawyers

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dallas divorce lawyer Aubrey M. Connatser has been selected one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Texas as well as one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in the state.

In addition, Connatser made the list of the Top 100 Attorneys in Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas Super Lawyers while fellow Connatser Family Law attorney Mike DeBruin made the list of Texas Super Lawyers for the twelfth straight year. These designations are made by Thomson Reuters from a survey of their fellow lawyers.

Connatser, managing member of the Connatser Family Law firm in the Uptown section of Dallas, was one of the youngest Texas attorneys ever chosen for the Super Lawyer honor, at age 29.

Two years ago, she left the largest family law firm in the southwest to create Connatser Family Law. She was joined in her practice this year by DeBruin, considered one of the top veteran family lawyers in the state. Connatser Family Law now has five attorneys who handle exclusively family law cases.

Both Connatser and DeBruin are board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The firm also has three associates who handle their own caseloads – Christine Powers Leatherberry, Abby Gregory and Alissa Castro.

“We handle family law cases of all sizes and fact situations,” Connatser says. “We have the manpower and experience to handle the largest case involving a huge estate and many business interests. But we also have attorneys who can handle a simple divorce on a cost-effective basis. We set up this firm to accommodate most clients.”

To determine the Texas Super Lawyers honorees, researchers solicit nominations from more than 70,000 lawyers. A blue-ribbon panel of attorneys and the publication’s editors then select the final honorees, who account for less than five percent of all Texas attorneys.

The 2014 Texas Super Lawyers list is published in the October issues of Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines, and is available online at http://www.superlawyers.com.

Connatser Family Law handles complex divorce matters, large-asset settlements, division of business interests, child custody, marital agreements, paternity, modification of divorce orders, collaborative law and other divorce and family law matters.

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What You Post on Facebook May Come Back to Haunt You

A November 20, 2011 article in the New York Post reported that in the midst of a bitter divorce and custody battle, the judge presiding over the case ordered both the plaintiff and defendant to exchange Facebook and online dating site passwords.

One has to wonder from this article is how often this has happened in a family court matter in the past. It also makes sense that if a judge thought that the couples activity on Facebook and social networking sites would be relevant to the well being of the children involved in the case, then perhaps the ruling is justified.

What happened to privacy, or a persons human rights?

Where do we draw the line when it comes to privacy? It is illegal to access another persons accounts on the internet without their permission. At least it is in Australia, where I live. The Volokh Conspiracy, a blog operated mostly by law professors have suggested that this ruling is a federal offence. When it comes to the law in the US, it is not black and white. If a person gives permission for another to access their Twitter/Facebook account for example, then this is not an offence, however if the owner of the account refuses, then accessing the said account could be construed as a federal offence.

In the case reported in the New York Post the husband expressed concern about his wifes posts on Facebook and various dating sites and was concerned that she had photos of their children on her profile. Not a smart thing to do; however the only person that should have been given access to her Facebook and dating site accounts is the judge presiding over the case. The husband in this case should not have the right to read her personal material online. Where does the law of privacy come into this scenario?

Could this kind of court decision happen in Australia?

According to Nick Rodda, a partner at OSullivan Davies lawyers, a law firm in Perth, Western Australia says that this could occur. What you say or do on social networking/dating sites may have to be disclosed. This may be the case, however violating someones privacy is not to be taken lightly and should only happen when there is very strong evidence that revealing someones activity on these websites is relevant. Therefore opening this can of worms had better be based on more than a whim on either partys side.

So the moral is simple. Be very careful what you put out there when communicating with others on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter. You may not be involved in some kind of legal issue before a court. But one day you might be and what you put out there could hurt you later on in life.

And for the sake of safety, do not post photos of your kids online.

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New York Post 

The Volokh Conspiracy

OSullivan Davies lawyers

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Surviving Your In-Laws During Christmas

Chicago: Daley PlazaSo, you have a set of in-laws that you are not so fond of and your marriage gets hit with a lot of unneccessary stress every year at Christmas time. While your marriage may be strong and secure, just the presence of your in-laws during the holidays causes bad feelings between you and your husband. Because of this, it seems as though the holidays never go off without a hitch.

Maybe the relationship with your in-laws was shaky from day one. Or maybe it evolved over time into a general dislike. Whatever the scenario, it seems as though your in-laws never fail to bring drama into your house during the holidays and it always seems to put you and your husband at odds. You wish you could just not invite them this year, but that would cause even more drama in the family. So, you resign yourself to a built-in Christmas shambles with your in-laws.

Well, let’s see if we can soothe your problem and maybe even make Christmas a little bit more pleasant this year. Here are four tips for handling your in-laws during the holidays.

Christmas Survival Tip#1: Communicate with Your Husband

You need to make sure that you are and your husband are effectively communicating about the battle that is about to take place. While your husband is likely aware of the tension between you and your in-laws, he may be feeling stuck in the middle and prefer to turn away from the situation.

That is completely acceptable; however, it should be well communicated to your husband that it is not as easy for you to ignore the situation. Because the digs and insults are always directed at you, you have no other choice but to defend yourself.

Try making it clear to your husband that you don’t expect him to get involved in the holiday drama, but you do expect him to stay out of the way when you handle it the way you feel is best. Be sure to remind him that you still love and care for him and that your feelings for his parents are in no way a reflection of your feelings for him.

Christmas Survival Tip# 2: Go to the Spa Before Your In-laws Arrive

You know that your in-laws are going to be sitting around the dinner table with you this year. And since you know that this holiday season promises to be a most stressful time for you, your best line of defense against this tragedy is a good offense.

In order to handle this mess, you are going to need to mentally cleanse yourself and prepare for the inevitable borage of comments and indecencies which will inevitably come up. In light of this, you should try a nice, relaxing day at the spa prior to your Christmas dinner.

Understandably it is Christmas time and cash funds are low. But don’t skimp on this one vital necessity. A day at the spa means the full works; a manicure, a pedicure, a back massage; a cut, trim and style, as well a soothing facial massage.

Getting in your day at the spa can most definitely make you feel like you are on top of your game. It will make you feel gorgeous inside and out; no matter how much your in-laws try to make you feel like a wildebeest. So, make sure that you take the time, and the money, to get yourself into the spa so that you can rejuvenate.

Christmas Survival Tip 3: Surprise Your Mother-in-law with Kindness

If you have one of those mothers-in-law that like to waltz into your home and pretend you are not even a sharing partner in the ownership of the home, then this tip is most definitely for you.

When your mother-in-law walks through the door, offer to take her coat and bring her a cup of coffee. The shocked look on her face will probably be worth a thousand words. And as long as you employ this technique for the rest of the night, you can manage to stay one step ahead of her.

Christmas Survival Tip #4: Use Your Mother-in-law’s Recipe for Christmas Desserts

This is the greatest and most hilarious trick of all. If you have one of those mothers in-law that love to criticize your food and are constantly telling their son that he might as well come home every night for supper because you simply can’t do it right, then you most definitely need to try some reverse psychology.

Of course your mother-in-law probably thinks that no one can cook as well as she does, and no one can possibly care for her son like she could. Well, this year you can turn the tables on her by serving a dish made by using her recipe.

She will probably eventually either make some negative comment about the dish or be sure to stay far away from it, knowing that you made it. If she does decide to try the dish, make sure to tell her that you used her recipe to make it. Simply explain to her that her recipe was the best of all and that you wanted to use it at Christmas this year.

If on the other hand she decides to steer clear of the concoction, be sure to invite her to try the dish and let her know that you made from her exact recipe. If everyone at the dinner table is aware of the palpable tension between the two of you, this is sure to get some laughs.

So, you see, Christmas dinner does not have to be a nightmare. You simply have to learn how to handle your mother-in-law. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t have chosen her out of a line up. So why not try some good old zingers and reverse psychology on her this year and leave her stumbling in her tracks?

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Requirements to Become a Lawyer

A lawyer’s career can be both challenging as well as rewarding and it also offers a wide scope of practice. A lawyer can have his or her own private practice, can work with a law firm or in a corporate firm, can be employed with the government or even pursue a career as a political leader. However, getting to this very lucrative career requires a lot of time and dedication towards the purpose. In fact, it is said that obtaining a lawyer’s degree is tougher than obtaining a medical degree. It involves pursuing high level of education and qualifying various examinations, even after obtaining the degree. Those wanting to become a lawyer, must understand that they need to focus on their educational goals, all throughout. So, what are the qualifications to be a lawyer? Listed below are the requirements to become a lawyer.

Requirements To Be a Lawyer

There are three main lawyer requirements. The first requirement is that you should have studied for four years and achieved a bachelor’s degree. After that to get enrolled into a law school you will need to pass the law school admission test. Once, you are done with this you will study in the law school to get another degree. Finally, to get the license to practice law, you will have to appear and pass the bar exam.

Bachelor’s Degree

Obtaining a bachelor’s degree is the first requirement to be a lawyer. There is no specific course that you need to pursue at this level. You can pursue a course of your choice, provided you do well in it. College grades will matter a lot, while seeking admission into a law school. When in college, you can start training yourself for law school. You will need to develop your communication skills, analytical and logical thinking, writing and researching skills. You can also take up additional courses in foreign languages, history, philosophy, public speaking, etc. Also, you can enroll for preparatory courses for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), as it is crucial in obtaining admission into a good law school.

Law School Admission Test

The law school admission test is an entrance exam for law schools, conducted four times in a year by the Law School Data Assembly Service. It mainly evaluates verbal reasoning and reading skills. Its grades are important in determining the law school, you would be enrolling into. The law schools that fall under the jurisdiction of the American Bar Association, require their applicants to qualify the LSAT. Law schools consider the applicant’s LSAT scores, college grades, undergraduate school quality and if required, may also conduct a personal interview before accepting the applicant. You will also need to send your certified transcripts and college grades to the Law School Data Assembly Service, which then forwards the same to the law schools.

Law School

The first year of law school involves the study of courses such as legal writing, contracts, property law, civil procedure, constitutional law and torts. In the remaining two years, you would be pursuing specialized courses, like corporate law, tax or labor law. The three years in law school would also include activities, like moot court competitions, practicing in legal clinics and practicing under experienced judges and lawyers. At the end of the three years, successful students obtain the ‘juris doctor’ degree.

Those who would like to teach or research in the field of law, would need to acquire advance law degrees. Others can become accident lawyers, bankruptcy lawyers, divorce lawyers, etc.

Licensing

A law school pass out, holding a ‘juris doctor’ degree, would need to get licensed before he/she can practice in a court of law. Getting licensed would mean being admitted to the bar of the State, under the rules established by the State’s highest court. For this, you would have to qualify a written examination conducted by the bar and also a written ethics examination. The criteria for qualifying these examinations is – that the applicant should be a graduate from an American Bar Association accredited law school and should hold a valid college degree.

These requirements to be a lawyer, will help you obtain the degree required, but to be a successful lawyer you would need certain qualities like perseverance, the ability to reason appropriately and effective communication skills with the clients. These were the requirements to become a lawyer in United States. However, the requirements to be a lawyer change slightly from country to country.

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Why did San Diego Unified acquire an armored vehicle?

San Diego Unified School District recently acquired a tank.

Well, it’s as big as a tank, and it’s in SDUSD’s transportation center in Kearny Mesa.

It’s actually a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP). The U.S. military has used these vehicles in their occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. They’re capable of withstanding improvised explosive devices and smashing through barricades. Police departments around the country use similar vehicles for SWAT team deployments.

The school district got the MRAP for free as part of the Department of Defense’s Excess Property Program. The program, commonly referred to as the 1033 Program, sends unneeded military equipment like weapons and body armor to local police forces for no cost.

The program attracted national attention in the days following the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Television audiences were shocked by scenes of local cops decked out in military equipment facing down peaceful protesters. Much of that equipment was provided through the 1033 Program.

Several local police departments have received equipment through the program. The single most expensive piece of that equipment by far is the school district’s MRAP.

Equipment provided to San Diego County law enforcement through the Department of Defense’s 1033 Program

So, why does the San Diego Unified School District Police Department need an MRAP? Is it worried about an ISIS invasion?

Not so much, says Joe Florentino, a captain with the department.

The district intends to deploy the MRAP solely as a rescue vehicle.

“When we have an emergency at a school, we’ve got to get in and save kids,” Florentino said.

“Our idea is ‘How can we get in and pull out a classroom at a time of kids if there’s an active shooter?’ said Florentino. “‘If there’s a fire [or] if there’s an earthquake, can we rip down a wall?’ Stuff like that.”

The district had been looking for an armored vehicle to use in such situations. When the MRAP became available through the 1033 Program, the district grabbed it.

The vehicle’s worth about $730,000, but like all equipment in the 1033 program, it was free. San Diego Unified spent about $5,000 to ship it from storage in Texas to San Diego.

The district plans to store $20,000 to $30,000 worth of medical supplies donated by partners in the medical industry in the vehicle.

The MRAP arrived in April and students at Morse High School’s Auto Collision and Refinishing Program got to work painting it.

San Diego Unified hopes to unveil the vehicle at a press conference in October.

Florentino understands that — particularly following the scenes in Ferguson — the public is concerned about police militarization.

“I can totally see people thinking ‘Oh, my God. Are they going to be rolling armored vehicles into our schools and what the hell’s going on?’,” Florentino said.

“Hopefully, we’ll never have to use it for the real deal.”

Six other local agencies also received equipment through the program:

The San Diego Police Department received 77 M-16A1 assault rifles and an armored truck.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department received 10 M14 battle rifles.

The San Diego Unified Port District Harbor Police received one infrared illuminator.

The El Cajon Police Department received 10 M-16A1 assault rifles.

The Escondido Police Department received 25 M-16A1 assault rifles, four M14 battle rifles and an armored truck, among other equipment.

The National City Police Department received 17 M14 battle rifles.

Update (9/10/14): This story has been corrected to indicate that the vehicle is stored at SDUSD’s transportation center in Kearney Mesa.

We’ll let you know when big things happen.

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How to Obtain Basic Legal Advice Before Finding Lawyers by Tim Bishop

Before instructing a solicitor have a think about whether or not your legal query could be answered by a free volunteer run advisory service? Although these types of services cannot offer you legal advice, then can give you some fundamental pointers into what your rights are or what the best cause of action would be. Once this free advice is sought you will be in a better position to know whether or not you need professional legal advice.

Citizens Advice Bureau (‘CAB’)

This is one of the most prominent advice bodies in the UK. It is entirely composed of trained volunteers and can offer free, independent and confidential advice. Its main areas of advice are on debt, housing and employment rights. These areas are not definitive as the CAB has access to a huge amount of resources. In light of this, it is a great place to start if you have any problem, which you want some basic information about. Often the CAB will be able to inform you if you have legal grounds on which you can bring a claim. The you can get legal advice with more security.

Pro Bono Legal Surgeries

Many lawyers offer free legal advice surgeries. This is called pro bono (‘for the greater good’) work. These surgeries are a fantastic opportunity for people to spend 15-30 minutes with a lawyer. For example people use this time to establish whether or not they have a legal case to bring or if they have incurred a civil or criminal liability. At the end of the session you will be more informed to whether or not it is worth spending money on appointing lawyers to take on your case.

Pro bono is not only offered by law firms. Many university law schools or professional training providers use the expertise of their students and law professors (of which will have practiced law prior to teaching) to offer free legal advice to the local community. Enquire at your local university or closest professional studies provider for more information.

Free telephone advice from lawyers

Many law firms are happy to provide brief initial advice over the phone without charge. The best way of finding this advice is to go online and search for those lawyers who offer such free advice on their website.

Financial Services Ombudsmen

This service is a branch of the Financial Services Authority (‘FSA’). The ombudsmen help deal with complaints from consumers or businesses concerning financial services. They are an independent and impartial body, which look at cases and provide expert opinions. Not only this but they have the authority to order any business providing financial services to settle a dispute with a consumer. If you are not happy with the opinion of the ombudsmen then you do not have to accept their advice or order, you are always free to seek legal advice. However, if you choose not to accept this order the you consequently become bound by this decision. If you believe that a business providing financial services has broken a rule or regulation provided by the FSA then this must be taken up with a different regulatory body.

Local Government Ombudsmen

If you have a complaint about a public service such as provided by your local council, then you should contact your local government ombudsmen (‘LGO’) to attempt to resolve the problem. The LGO have the job of looking into complaints made against councils. It is however not under an obligation to investigate all disputes, so it can pick and choose those, which it feels, are worth perusing. The LGO offers independent, impartial and free advice. It also has the same powers as the High Court when it comes to disclosure and investigation of a local authority.

Finally, depending on your financial circumstances and the kind of case you’re involved in, you may be eligible for legal aid [or public funding as it is now known]. Nevertheless, many solicitors will refuse legal aid work and in some circumstances you may in fact be liable to repay costs to a legal aid lawyer.

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Court Returns Inquiry Into Walker’s Finances to Wisconsin

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An appeals court reversed a decision stopping an inquiry into the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker. Credit John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal, via Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — A federal appeals court on Wednesday removed an injunction halting an investigation into whether the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker illegally coordinated with conservative groups on fund-raising and spending as he sought to overcome a recall effort two years ago.

The decision by a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit raised the prospect that prosecutors could eventually resume the investigation even as Mr. Walker, who has been mentioned as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, is engaged in a tight battle for re-election.

But now the matter returns to Wisconsin’s courts, where a state judge had in effect stopped the inquiry in an earlier ruling, saying he had found no basis for pursuing an inquiry into campaign finance violations.

The investigation began in 2012 and took place in five counties. While details have trickled out, much remains unknown about it, largely because it falls into a category of inquiries used in Wisconsin — so-called John Doe investigations — in which those involved are generally barred from speaking publicly.

No one has been charged.

Documents from prosecutors have suggested a theory in which Mr. Walker’s campaign aides helped direct political spending by outside groups, some of them nonprofits, as part of a “criminal scheme.” Among these was the Wisconsin Club for Growth. Officials have said that Mr. Walker was not a target of the investigation. Still, the matter has clouded Mr. Walker’s political prospects and has been a matter of discussion in his race for re-election against Mary Burke, a Democrat and former Trek bicycle executive.

At a campaign event with veterans Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Walker said the federal appeals court decision changed little. “That doesn’t alter the status where we’re at,” Mr. Walker said. “It’s still something that a respected judge here in the state of Wisconsin at the state level, who has no political ties to me or anyone I’m affiliated with, has said should not go forward.”

David B. Rivkin Jr., a lawyer for the Wisconsin Club for Growth, issued a statement describing the decision as disappointing, but noting that it did not revive the investigation. “And it does not alter our resolve,” he said. “We will ask the Seventh Circuit to correct today’s mistaken decision, and we will continue to fight this abuse of government power.”

Writing for the federal appeals court panel, Judge Frank H. Easterbrook asked broad questions raised by the case about what sorts of behaviors are permitted between campaigns and outside groups.

“The Supreme Court has yet to determine what ‘coordination’ means,” he wrote. “Is the scope of permissible regulation limited to groups that advocate the election of particular candidates, or can government also regulate coordination of contributions and speech about political issues, when the speakers do not expressly advocate any person’s election? What if the speech implies, rather than expresses, a preference for a particular candidate’s election? If regulation of coordination about pure issue advocacy is permissible, how tight must the link be between the politician’s committee and the advocacy group?”

Sending the matter back to Wisconsin, the judge added, “Uncertainty is a powerful reason to leave this litigation in state court, where it may meet its end as a matter of state law without any need to resolve these constitutional questions.”

The decision rejected the finding in May by Rudolph T. Randa, a federal judge, who granted a preliminary injunction to halt the inquiry. Earlier this year, Gregory A. Peterson, a state judge overseeing the investigation, quashed subpoenas in the case, saying he had found no probable cause of campaign finance violations.

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Rima Fakih, ex-Miss USA, was two times above legal alcohol limit when arrested for drunk driving 

DETROIT — Former Miss USA Rima Fakih was driving with a half-empty bottle of champagne and a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when she was arrested on a drunken driving charge in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park, according to a police report released Tuesday.

The report obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request says the 26-year-old from Dearborn was pulled over early Saturday going 60 mph, weaving in heavy traffic and changing lanes with a turn signal.

A police officer whose name was given only as R. Kalis said the traffic stop happened about 2:15 a.m.

The report says she was driving a black 2011 Jaguar.

Kalis reported asking for the driver’s license said the “driver immediately identified herself as Miss USA and stated that she was driving a friend’s car.”

Kalis said Fakih “appeared disoriented and had very slurred speech while fumbling for her purse.” Kalis asked Fakih if she had been drinking, and she said, “No, not at all.”

In the report, officers said they found an open and half-empty bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne on the floorboard behind the driver’s seat.

“I swear, I didn’t know it was open,” Fakih told Kalis, according to the report.

Two breath tests showed a 0.19 percent and a 0.20 percent blood-alcohol level. Michigan law defines drunkenness at a level of 0.08 percent.

The report said Fakih was handcuffed and taken to a police station. It said she was placed in a cell “until she was sober for her safety and the safety of others.”

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