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BEN WILLIAMS – The U.S. Supreme Court and sexual orientation

At 9 a.m. CST, Monday, June 15, 2020, 21 days into a reenergized civil rights movement, the Supreme Court of the United States released its opinion in Bostock v Clayton County, Georgia. Under neoteric COVID-19 procedures, disseminations of the ruling occurred online rather than being nobly announced by the Justice-author from the Court’s winged, mahogany bench. Bostock proclaimed a ginormous ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — U.S. Supreme Court takes on Insanity

On March 23, 2020, while the average American pointed fingers over the spread of COVID-19 and reassessed his or her own mortality, a sequestered U.S. Supreme Court quietly released four opinions.  In keeping with the times and deviating from tradition, the opinions appeared only online rather than being first announced ceremoniously in a robed ritual. One opinion, Kahler v. Kansas ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — An Unofficial 2020 Tesla Model 3 Review

The 2020 Tesla Model 3 clicked past 3,000 miles with the AutoSteer engaged, the Traffic-Aware Cruise Control clocking 75 mph, and Old Dominion’s One Man Band blaring from the stellar sound system. For those in the market, here is an unofficial, unsanctioned 3,000-mile review. Ordering the Model 3 The Tesla Model 3’s relatively low price, AutoPilot, liberal return policy (7 ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — You only thought no man was above the law

The use of that misleading axiom “no man is above the law” should be restricted to political rallies and bars. Our Orwellian laws make some men (and women) more equal than others. The aspirational maxim may conjure an image of a blindfolded, toga-clad Lady Justice, holding antiquated scales in her right hand and a quick sword in her left.  That ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — The One 2019 U.S. Supreme Court Opinion to Read

Prior to the start of their 2019 summer recess, the nine Justices on the Supreme Court of the United States released the last of their 72 merit opinions. The opinions both affirmed and defied ideological stereotype. SCOTUSblog’s crackerjack Final Stat Pack sorts and analyzes the rulings. Of the 72 opinions, 28 (39%) were unanimous. On 20 occasions (28%), the Court ...

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BEN WILLIAMS – Summer Recess 2019: PowerScoring Trump’s judicial confirmations

The U.S. Senate concluded business on August 1, 2019, and the Senators left town to enjoy their traditional summer recesses. To date, Congress’ upper chamber has confirmed 146 Article III federal judges nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump. Some news outlets, including CNN, contend Trump is packing the federal bench in an unprecedented fashion. A front-page The New York Times ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — The project equity morass

Ample equity is to project construction what grain is to whiskey. Equity can jumpstart a project and satisfy a critical lender financing requirement.  But just how much equity, from where, and at what price? Our hypothetical project is a 120-unit, to-be-constructed apartment complex on land under contract. Our developer has, wisely, formed a new single purpose entity, which we will ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — 100 Federal Judges

On May 2, 2019, President Trump reached (and passed) the 100-judge mark of Article III federal judicial confirmations. Article III judges are appointed for life. The alarums and excursions surrounding the subpoena-feuds, Mueller Report, and U.S. Attorney General Barr’s testimony (and non-testimony) muted recognition of the judicial milestone. It took Trump 832 days (2.3 years) to place 100 federal judges ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Swapping a floating rate for a fixed rate

In the commercial loan world, pricing is frequently tied to a floating (variable) rate index, which places the risk of a rising interest rate squarely on the borrower.  Depending on the term and size of the loan, the underlying financial strength of a borrower, risk aversion, and soothsaying predictions about the direction of interest rates, a borrower might want to ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — A cocktail party guide to Presidential pardons

Our Cocktail Party constitutional law series continues with an overview of presidential pardons. We attempt to introduce a modicum of objectivity into the discussion to temper the propaganda flowing from CNN. Why the interest? Despite innuendo from the liberal press, President Trump’s use of the pardon pen has been uncharacteristically restrained. After more than two years in office, he has ...

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