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Comment Re: Harm vs punishment (Score 1) 126

Was MegaUpload itself responsible for the $400M damages, or did it just knowingly profit from the infringement? Was this defendant largely responsible for MegaUpload's share of the damages, or did he just aid and abet the principals of the scheme? As I see it, he is at least two layers removed from the full damages that he "acknowledged" as part of his plea agreement.

Comment Re: landlords aren't legally allowed to consider (Score 1) 371

Who determines what convictions are related to the job someone is applying for? The police? They're not going to understand the details of the job or the applicant's history and current situation. They're not going to take responsibility for answering that yes/no question wrong. The authority to answer that question needs to stay with the responsibility for answering it incorrectly.

Comment Re: landlords aren't legally allowed to consider (Score 2) 371

Yes, that is what "ban the box" is about. Ask these people what policies they push.

Ban-the-box laws typically make it illegal for employers to inquire about an applicant's criminal history before an interview or job offer (the details about which one varies by state; the activist group I linked to above wants to only allow it after a conditional job offer is made). They limit the kind or age of convictions that can be considered, and the categories of employers or where convictions can be considered at all. States like Hawaii (the first state to ban the box for both public and private employers) also prohibit consideration of arrests and other parts of a criminal record beyond convictions.

"Ban the box" absolutely is about putting strict limits on what employers can do with criminal record checks.

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