Weekly News Update

weekly-news *News of Rick Perry’s recent indictment has added him on the list of three possible 2016 GOP presidential contenders with home-state controversies. What are some possible consequences of Perry’s indictment on Chris Christie who is one such candidate? [NJ.com]

*Governor Cuomo is throwing in the towel when it comes to trying to get one of his Democratic primary opponents kicked off the ballot. It means Cuomo will face Teachout on primary day. Now the Governor needs to decide whether he will also face her in a debate on Time Warner Cable News beforehand. [Times Warner Cable News]

*Late last week, Silicon Valley congresswoman Anna Eshoo launched a contest on Reddit to “rebrand” net neutrality. “All the jargon about net neutrality rules,” Eshoo wrote, “is making it difficult [for users] to know what box to check that advances their best interest.” Rep. Eshoo is certainly correct that the term has lost all meaning — if it ever had any in the first place. [The Washington Post]

*Bronx defense lawyers are celebrating Manhattan federal Judge Shira Scheindlin, who struck down the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics only to be booted from the case over concerns about her impartiality. The Bronx County Bar Association plans to honor her with its President’s Award at its annual fund-raising bash Sept. 18. [New York Post]

*The state-run Public Access to Court Electronic Records (Pacer) service deleted numerous court documents deemed incompatible with a software upgrade. These included appeals heard by Justice Sonia Sotomayor prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court. [BBC]

*The Internet might be a useful tool for activists and organizers, but overall, it has diminished rather than enhanced political participation. According to new data, social media,like Twitter and Facebook, has the effect of tamping down diversity of opinion and stifling debate about public affairs. [NY Times]

*Police in Missouri and elsewhere have ordered people to stop recording video, and seized and even destroyed data. Yet police acting in public have no “right to privacy.” Such seizures violate the First and Fourth amendments. [The Daily Telegram]

*In a first-of-its-kind ruling, a Brooklyn appeals court has determined that a killer can’t indirectly inherit his victim’s fortune. Long Island druggie Brandon Palladino was trying to get his hands on more than $250,000 from his mother-in-law’s estate, despite spending 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. [NY Daily News]

*Data on New York City’s stop-and-frisk policing program during the reign of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg show the policy, which disproportionately targeted minorities, was not effective in reducing shootings and murders, according to a new report. [RT.com]