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According to responses to the 2024 ABA Survey of Civic Literacy, 74% of individuals surveyed said that U.S. democracy is weaker than it was five years ago. Most blamed misinformation, disinformation, and political parties for contributing to this result. The survey is released each year to mark Law Day, observed annually on May 1. The responses are from a nationally representative telephone survey of 1,000 respondents from March 4-9. Here is an overview of some of the results as reported by the ABA on their website: followed by a link to the full text of the survey.

Democracy “A large majority — 74% — said U.S. democracy is weaker today than it was five years ago. Only 13% said it is stronger. Among those who said our democracy is weaker, nearly 1 in 3 (31%) said the primary cause is misinformation and disinformation. Nearly as many (29%) blamed the political parties. Less than 10% blamed social media or lack of civility. The survey also asked who should be primarily responsible for safeguarding our democracy. More than a third (37%) said it is mainly the responsibility of the general public — yet half of all respondents (exactly 50%) said the general public is not very informed about how democracy works.
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During the week ending April 26, 2024) we have received listings of 64 Government and Administrative Law Summaries,  39 Constitutional Law summaries, 112 Criminal Law Summaries, 1 White Collar Summary,  6 Intellectual Property case summaries. 1 Copyright Summary, 3 Internet Law Summaries, and  5  Medical Malpractice Summaries. We plan is to continue posting opinion summaries, under corresponding areas of law, weekly whenever possible in order to keep blog readers updated.  To gain access to these case summaries, click on the corresponding links below:

Opinion Summaries Posted for Week Ending  April 26. 2024:

Criminal Law Opinion Summaries

During the week ending April 19, 2024) we have received listings of 4U.S. Supreme Court Cases.  22 Constitutional Law summaries, 37 Criminal Law Summaries,  We plan is to continue posting opinion summaries, under corresponding areas of law, weekly whenever possible in order to keep blog readers updated.  To gain access to these case summaries, click on the corresponding links below:

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According to Medicare,” Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs, are all about providing the best types of care for patients with Medicare, while simultaneously helping to lower the cost of healthcare. They consist of a coordinated group of doctors, hospitals and various types of medical providers who work together for the benefit of the patients they serve, allowing them to get the right care when they need it.” Additionally, their mission is to help control the amount of waste in the Medicare system. This includes patients seeing more than one specialist for the same condition and undergoing the same tests, as well as excessive visits. For additional information related to controlling waste and fraud in the Medicare system see my earlier posting  Combating Fraud and Deception: Medicare’s Strategies and Initiatives .

On April 16, 2024, the Congressional Budget Office  (CBO)*  issued a report, Medicare Accountable Care Organizations: Past Performance and Future Directions, which summarizes recent research findings about Medicare accountable care organizations and the factors that have contributed to or limited their ability to achieve net budgetary savings for the Medicare program. The remainder of this posting includes a summary of this report prepared by the CBO and links to both the complete text of the report and to other publications related to it.

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During the week ending April 12, 2024) we have received listings of 23U.S. Supreme Court Cases. 21 Government and Administrative Law Summaries,  14 Constitutional Law summaries, 37 Criminal Law Summaries, 1 White Collar Summary,  2 Intellectual Property case summaries. and 1 Medical Malpractice Summary. We plan is to continue posting opinion summaries, under corresponding areas of law, weekly whenever possible in order to keep blog readers updated.  To gain access to these case summaries, click on the corresponding links below:

Opinion Summaries Posted for Week Ending  April 12. 2024:

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This posting includes  the Summary and a link to the full text  of CBO’s Director, Phillip Swagel’s testimony before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch. A supporting mission statement is included.

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Chairman Amodei, Ranking Member Espaillat, and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to present the Congressional Budget Office’s budget request. CBO requests appropriations of $73.5 million for fiscal year 2025: About 89 percent would be for pay and benefits; 7 percent would be for information technology (IT); and 4 percent would be for training, expert consultant services, office supplies, and other items. The request amounts to an increase of $3.5 million, or 5 percent, from the $70 million that CBO received for 2024. That increase would address increased costs brought about by inflation, sustain investments in IT infrastructure, and enable CBO to expand its staff in key areas.

During the week ending April 5, 2024) we have received listings of 22 Government and Administrative Law Summaries,  20 Constitutional Law summaries, 48 Criminal Law Summaries, 3 Intellectual Property case summaries, 1 Copyright summary, 2 Medical Malpractice Cases, 1 Internet Law case summary, and 2 White Collar Crime Case Summaries. We plan is to continue posting opinion summaries, under corresponding areas of law, weekly whenever possible in order to keep blog readers updated.  To gain access to these case summaries, click on the corresponding links below:

Opinion Summaries Posted for Week Ending  April 5,2024:

Criminal Law Opinion Summaries

Thinking back on my fifty plus years as a practicing law librarian, I have come to believe that criminal law is one of the more humanistic of legal disciplines because it can reach people at such a personal level. Paul H Robinson* and Sarah M Robinson capture this thought in their book, “American Criminal Law: Its People, Principles, and Evolution” (Routledge 2022). It offers a refreshing take on this complex subject.

This book breaks away from dry legal jargon and  instead weaves a compelling narrative that explores the history, core concepts, and ongoing debates within American criminal law. The authors write, “Criminal law is one of the most interesting perspectives on the human adventure,… it requires us to examine how we want people to act, what we will do when they act improperly, and how we decide what we can reasonably expect of people. And to do this, we must assess what makes a successful society, what citizen protections and obligations a society should enforce, as well as the principles of justice that the community shares.”

The authors’ strength lies in their engaging, approach. Each chapter delves into a specific principle, like legality or culpability, by presenting a historical case that illuminates its foundation. This is then contrasted with a modern case, highlighting the evolution of the concept. This back- and- forth through time keeps the reader engaged and demonstrates how the law adapts to societal changes.

During the week ending March 29, 2024) we have received listings of 35 Government and Administrative Law Summaries,  18 Constitutional Law summaries, 48 Criminal Law Summaries, 5 Intellectual Property case summaries, 2 Copyright summaries, 1 Medical Malpractice Case, and 1 Internet Law case summary. We plan is to continue posting opinion summaries, under corresponding areas of law, weekly whenever possible in order to keep blog readers updated.  To gain access to these case summaries, click on the corresponding links below:

Opinion Summaries Posted for Week Ending  March 29. 2024:

Criminal Law Opinion Summaries

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