Author: Rachael Amato

By Phil La Duke We live in charmed times. With the wealthiest man in the world, Elon Musk, purchasing Twitter the cries go up at the threat to the freedom of speech.  These waterheads speak with the authority of Clarence Darrow and the wisdom of Yogi Berra. The assertions that Elon Musk charging for Twitter is an abridgment of free speech is so baseless and mindless that I honestly don’t know if I feel like slapping these people for perpetuating stupidity or patting them on the head to reassure the simpletons that everything is going to be fine. Where do…

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The ultimate path that precision medicines will take is unclear, although it is already apparent that diseases that hitherto were classed as ‘untreatable’ can potentially be treated (and, in a few cases, are being treated). These conditions are genetic diseases and certain cancers. While scientific thinking has advanced and technologies have followed suit, the ethical issues that stem from these innovations are lagging. These ethical issues relate to privacy, data security, and law. To tailor treatments for patients requires the capture and analysis of vast amount of patient-centric data. However, doubts are being expressed as to how well-equipped global health…

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Is Affirmative Action Done? Monday’s Supreme Court oral arguments in two affirmative action cases in higher education, one involving Harvard and one involving UNC. In both cases, after oral arguments that ran well over their set time, the Supreme Court seems ready to overturn race as a permissible factor in the higher education admissions process. The effect of these decisions won’t be limited to higher education. Attorney Dayle Lopez observed in an interview with me on Monday: “We shouldn’t delude ourselves into believing that the impact of these two affirmative action cases ends with higher education. If the Supreme Court…

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The Musk Era Begins at Twitter  From the time many of us went to bed on Thursday until we woke up on Friday, Elon Musk completed his $44 billion deal to acquire Twitter. Musk immediately fired CEO, Parag Agrawal, and CFO, Ned Segal. Vijaya Gadde, the head of legal, who was ultimately responsible for former President Trump’s ouster from the site, was also immediately fired. While Musk told Twotter advertisers earlier this week that Misk-era Twitter would not become a “hellscape,” Twitter is poised to become, well, a hellscape. As attorney Jason Matzus points out: “Twitter is a massive social…

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Elizabeth Holmes Don’t Like Mondays Not much to say, really, if you’re one of Elizabeth Holmes’s lawyers. Monday was a Hail Mary pass to eclipse all Hail Marys (“Maries”?) as counsel for the Theranos founder/CEO argued in court on Monday that she should be given a new trial because one of the lead prosecution witnesses is “remorseful.” Nope. Sentencing, which was supposed to happen this month, will move forward as quickly as is practicable. What Holmes actually ends up getting is anyone’s best guess. The judge would be justified in an aggressive sentence but, as Holmes really has been through…

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The Supreme Court and the Orange Prince The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in four cases this week. Deviating from the usual Monday/Tuesday schedule because of the holiday, the Court hears cases on Tuesday and Wednesday. The most interesting case involves Prince and Andy Warhol. The Justices heard arguments on a Warhol creation known as Orange Prince, one of a set of 16 Prince images he created in 1984 based on a photograph of Prince taken in 1981 by photographer Lynn Goldsmith. While the key legal issue is whether Warhol’s work was a “transformative fair use,” Nancianne Aydelotte, a New…

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By Aron Solomon Allyson Felix arrived in Tokyo, a member of the United States Olympic Team, and spent her time there absolutely crushing it. While ending her fifth Olympic appearance as the most decorated track athlete in Olympic history should be no surprise to those who follow the sport, things looked significantly less red white and blue in 2019 for this amazing Olympic champion. Two years ago, coming off a remarkably complicated pregnancy that nearly killed her and her baby, Felix approached her main sponsor, Nike, to renegotiate her contract. As is often the case with athletic endorsements, Felix’s compensation…

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