LBN Examiner 5/31/2020

*67,000 CRIMINALS RELEASED SO FAR UNDER CORONAVIRUS JAILBREAK

By now, most Americans are familiar with the shocking stories of everyday Americans getting arrested for simply opening businesses that don’t even attract large crowds. However, fewer are aware of the other side of this dystopian and tyrannical equation. As salt-of-the-earth small business owners are being marched into the jails, career dangerous criminals are being marched out of the jails and prisons in astounding numbers. According to UCLA, which is tracking this data, 67,000 criminals have been released throughout the 50 states. The majority of the criminals, 43,000 of them, have been released from the nation’s jails, and 24,356 were released from prisons. Consequently, given that we know the shocking degree of recidivism even among criminals more carefully selected for release, we can add victims of crime due to coronavirus jailbreak as the latest long-term death toll from COVID-19, or at least from the governmental reaction to it.

Just a few hundred deaths have been recorded out of a population of 2.2 million inmates, lower than that of the general population. In most prisons, the overwhelming majority of those who got the virus have been asymptomatic and are now already immune and have been for quite some time. Thus, there is no reason to release large numbers of convicted criminals, most of whom are young and healthy. This has everything to do with accelerating an already dangerous de-incarceration movement, which is why you shouldn’t hold your breath and wait for them to be re-apprehended after the virus burns out.

According to a brand-new report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2018, the combined federal and state incarceration rate in prisons had already dropped to the lowest levels since 1996. Over the past year and half since that data collection, that decline has likely accelerated given the recent sweeping jailbreak policies enacted in so many states. Consider Hawaii. The state has released roughly 38% of the state’s entire jail population. This is a state where there are just 17 COVID-19 deaths overall and no confirmed cases in jails. Yet they emptied them of criminals. In early May, a 20-year-old Hawaiian was arrested for murder just two weeks after being released out of fear of the virus! At the same time, the state has the strictest lockdown in the nation. One man was arrested for posting photos of himself at the beach after the fact!

*WOODY ALLEN CALLS SON RONAN FARROW’S WORK ‘SHODDY’, QUESTIONS ‘CREDIBILITY’:

Woody Allen ripped his estranged son Ronan Farrow’s “shoddy” journalism in light of a recent report calling the Pulitzer Prize-winner’s reporting into question. “Up until a couple of days ago I would have said ‘Gee, this is great, he’s done some good investigative journalism and more power to him, I wish him all the success in the world,” the 84-year-old director said about Farrow. “But now it’s come out that his journalism has not been so ethical or honest.” Allen was referring to a New York Times column from earlier this month that panned Farrow’s work, saying he “delivers narratives that are irresistibly cinematic — with unmistakable heroes and villains … [and] often omits the complicating facts and inconvenient details that may make them less dramatic.”

Farrow — who won a Pulitzer for his reporting on the massive Harvey Weinstein sex scandal — has publicly accused his estranged father of molesting Farrow’s sister, Dylan. “Now, I found him to not be an honest journalist in relation to me at all, but I write that off because, you know, I understand he’s loyal to his mother,” Allen said in the interview, referring to Mia Farrow. “But now people are beginning to realize that it isn’t just in relation to me that his journalism has been kind of shoddy, and I’m not so sure that his credibility is going to last.”
 

*SILVER LINING: 2 IN 5 ADULTS HAVE ‘CHANGED FOR THE BETTER’ THANKS TO LOCKDOWN:

Many people have been using their extra time during the coronavirus lockdown wisely and have adopted new habits to keep themselves busy. In fact, a recent survey of 2,000 British adults reveals that 43% of people feel they’ve “changed their ways for the better” as a result of all the time inside these past few months. Researchers sought to learn how habits and daily lives have changed as a result of the lockdown. Nearly half of those surveyed expect to keep up these new hobbies, skills, and daily habits they’ve taken on after the lockdown restrictions are lifted. Learning new computer skills, creating podcasts, participating in online fitness classes and going for long walks are some of the new activities people have turned to as a new means to occupy their time. The survey, commissioned by LG Electronics, shows that 43% of respondents feel they have “changed their ways for the better” as a result of the lockdown. For example, about two in five feel their new habits have helped their overall well-being. A quarter of adults say these activities have taught them new ways to relax. They hope to continue to be their improved selves once everyone returns to their old routines.

“The fact that many people are forming productive and healthy new habits is testament to the nation’s ability to adjust,” says Hanju Kim, IT product director at LG UK, in a statement. “The nation is working from home and has an appetite to continue working flexibly even after offices reopen. A big part of this can be attributed to technology keeping us connected.” People have become increasingly reliant on technology during the time spent cooped up at home. Families are spending more time together watching movies, while others are turning to online classes to learn new skills like computer programming or a new language. That said, 54% of respondents feel their laptops are critical to getting by right now, while 64% say their cellphones have become a “lifeline” of sorts. Nearly six in ten (57%) wouldn’t know what to do if they didn’t have their TVs.

*KAMALA HARRIS INTRODUCES RESOLUTION TO CONDEMN THE TERMS ‘WUHAN VIRUS’ AND ‘CHINESE VIRUS’ AS RACIST:

Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris introduced a resolution last week calling on the Senate to condemn the term “Wuhan virus” as racist. The resolution, introduced May 14, describes the terms “Chinese Virus,” “Wuhan Virus,” as “anti-Asian terminology and rhetoric” that “have perpetuated anti-Asian stigma.” The resolution on the Senate to condemn “all forms of anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID–19,” including “all manifestations or expressions of racism, xenophobia, discrimination, anti-Asian sentiment, scapegoating, and ethnic or religious intolerance.”

*ADT EMPLOYEE HAD ACCESS TO HUNDREDS OF HOME SECURITY CAMERA STREAMS:

Hundreds of ADT customers are suing the home-security firm after it admitted that a former employee gained unauthorized access to their systems over the last several years—including the live video streams of their in-home cameras. Two federal class-action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the customers, The Dallas Morning News reports. The employee was able to add his email address to customers’ accounts during home-service visits, according to the company. With his email address added to the accounts, he was then able to use the company’s mobile app to snoop on in-home security cameras. “Moments once believed to be private and inside the sanctity of the home are now voyeuristic entertainment for a third party,” the lawsuits state. “And worse, those moments could have been captured, shared with others, or even posted to the internet.” ADT reportedly fired the employee after discovering the abuse, and said it brought in measures to prevent a similar incident from taking place in the future.

*’SLEEP DIVORCES’ ON THE RISE? 35% OF COUPLES WANT SEPARATE BEDS:

The old time scene of mom and pop sleeping in separate twin-sized beds may just make a comeback, according to a new survey of 1,008 American adults. The vast majority of participants said they struggle to sleep beside their partner, with many admitting that the situation has gotten worse since COVID-19 lockdowns began. In all, 75% believe sharing their sleep space results in poorer sleep quality, and 25% said that sleep has become even harder to attain since the coronavirus arrived on the scene. Another 35% are just about ready to take a so-called “sleep divorce” and buy a separate bed for themselves just to gain some much needed shuteye. In fact, the survey found that about three in five respondents (59%) agree that having a “sleep divorce” helps improve their sleep quality and their relationship.

The research, commissioned by SleepStandards, asked participants what specifically about their partner is keeping them up all night. The number one answer was snoring (53%), followed by different sleep schedules (41%), and constant tossing and turning (36%). Others said they can’t sleep because their partner struggles to sleep (17%), or blamed their insomnia on their partner’s electronic devices (15%). Additionally, 5% can’t sleep due to their partner’s sleep disorder. Besides getting separate beds, other possible solutions respondents are considering for their sleep woes are as follows: buying a bigger bed (48%), using separate blankets (25%), syncing up sleep schedules (24%), and sleeping with pets (13%). Circling back to that separate bed idea, over half (59%) said that whenever they do sleep separately from their partner for any amount of time, both their sleep quality and overall relationship improve.

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Hertz paid out millions of dollars in bonuses to its executives just before its bankruptcy — and a month after it started laying off thousands of employees. Retention bonuses are typical for bankrupt companies that want to prevent their management from abandoning ship. But they’re always awkward: the company can’t pay its employees or its debts to lenders, but it prioritizes payments to its already handsomely paid bosses. Hertz (HTZ) paid a total of $16.2 million to 340 executives on May 19 as part of a plan to keep them in place while the company attempts to reorganize, the company announced in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The executives will be required to return the money should they leave Hertz on their own before March 31, 2021. Paul Stone, who was just promoted to CEO three days before the retention bonuses were awarded, got $700,000 under the plan. Chief Financial Officer Jamere Jackson got $600,000, while Chief Marketing Officer Jodi Allen got about $190,000.

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*WOW POLL: NEARLY 30% OF DEMOCRATS WANT TO REPLACE JOE BIDEN

Barely more than half of Democrats are satisfied with former Vice President Joe Biden as the party’s presidential nominee, a new poll finds. The poll also indicated that nearly a third want to replace him. Only 54% of Democratic voters want the party to keep Biden at the top of its presidential ticket, while 28% want to replace him with another candidate, and 18% remain undecided, according to a poll published Tuesday by Rasmussen. The conservative polling service also found that 92% of Democrats think it’s likely that Biden will remain their nominee and face President Donald Trump in November. The poll was conducted May 10-11 among 1,000 likely voters, and has a margin of error of roughly 3%.  Rasmussen’s survey is one of the latest polls suggesting that the Biden campaign may suffer from a lack of enthusiasm, especially among the party’s base. An ABC poll conducted in late March found Biden trailing Trump by 29% among voters who were enthusiastic about supporting their candidate.

*MASSIVE HIT! INDIA’S ECONOMY TO SHRINK BY 45% THIS QUARTER:

India’s economy is set to contract by 45 percent in the second quarter, Goldman Sachs has forecast in a new report. The world’s biggest democracy has been hammered by a total lockdown, which brought virtually all economic activity to a shuddering halt and saw millions of migrant day-rate workers forced to walk hundreds of miles from big cities back to their villages. Goldman predicted India’s economy would probably rebound strongly as restrictions ease in the coming months, but forecast that India’s gross domestic product will contract by 5 percent over the financial year, which would mark the deepest recession that India has ever recorded. Despite tough lockdown measures, India’s infection rates have continued to escalate as the virus spreads through densely populated slums and working class neighborhoods.

*BORIS JOHNSON THINKS CORONAVIRUS HOSPITALIZED HIM BECAUSE HE’S CLINICALLY OBESE:

Boris Johnson has reportedly had a revelation since he got out of intensive care: He has to lose some weight. The British prime minister is apparently convinced that the reason he was hit so hard by his coronavirus infection is because he’s very overweight. The Times of London reports that he’s shared his theory with friends since he left hospital, saying that he was around 17 and a half stone (around 245 pounds) at the time of his infection. At 5 foot 9, that would put his body mass index at around 36, meaning he soars above the point at which adults are deemed clinically obese. When discussing the disease, Johnson has reportedly been heard to say: “It’s all right for you thinnies.” The prime minister now believes that Brits need to lose weight to avoid his fate, with a source telling the newspaper: “This virus is here to stay and we’re going to have to live with it. If obesity is the biggest driver after age, we need to be doing more right now to deal with it.”

*WTF? – CANNIBAL PORN STAR FEATURED IN NETFLIX’S “DON’T F**CK WITH CATS” WHO HAS BEEN  IN PRISON IN CANADA FOR FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND KILLING KITTENS COULD BE RELEASED DUE TO COVID-19 OUTBREAK:

Cannibal porn star Luka Magnotta is being held at a maximum security prison where an outbreak of COVID-19 could result in inmates being released. The Netflix killer, who was found guilty of first-degree murder for the death of his lover Jun Lin along with charges for killing of cats in 2014, is being held at Port-Cartier prison in Quebec, Canada. 10 inmates have fallen ill with the deadly virus at Port-Cartier where social distancing is almost impossible, while 16 officers are also confirmed to have tested positive with COVID-19, bringing the total cases to 26.  Magnotta, 37, who gained newfound international attention after the Netflix hit crime documentary “Don’t F**k With Cats” premiered last year, had boasted about living the high life behind bars at the facility, claiming it was more like being on a college campus.

*MARK CUBAN SAYS HE HIRED SECRET SHOPPERS TO SEE HOW DALLAS BUSINESSES WERE REOPENING: “IT’S NOT GOOD” 96% OF THEM WERE ‘NON-COMPLIANT’

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who’s made national headlines for his charitable work and his opinions during the coronavirus pandemic, says he wanted to see just how Dallas was reopening its economy after retail stores and restaurants were given the go-ahead from Gov. Greg Abbott last week. Those types of businesses, which also included malls and movie theaters, were allowed to reopen last Friday after Abbott issued an executive order. The businesses had to follow certain restrictions, such as opening at a 25% capacity, and social distancing guidelines. However, questions like which businesses would choose to reopen and if they would actually practice social distancing remained for Texas residents. On his Blog Maverick website, Cuban said he looked to answer some of those questions by working with ShiftSmart in order to investigate business reopenings in Dallas using “secret shoppers.”

To put it simply, Cuban said: “It’s not good.”For this project, Cuban said they called about 1,000 retail and restaurant locations based on their popularity on Yelp to see how many businesses were actually reopening that weekend. Of those 1,000 locations, Cuban said ShiftSmart workers performed “physical audits” at about 300 of them to see if they followed the reopening guidelines.From the 300 businesses that were visited, the data Cuban reported shows that about 96% of them were “non-compliant” when it came to mandatory protocols. He said about one-third of those businesses were less than 50% compliant with the protocols.

*MEXICO’S PRESIDENT ORDERS MILITARY ON STREETS TO CURB RISING VIOLENCE:

Mexico’s president has ordered the armed forces to tackle security on the streets for another four years, extending a policy he had previously criticized as the government struggles to curb runaway violence. In a notice published in the Official Gazette, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ordered that the Armed Forces (FA) participate “in an extraordinary, regulated and complementary manner with the National Guard” in public security tasks. The armed forces will be under the command of the National Guard, the notice said, a military police created after Lopez Obrador came to the presidency on Dec. 2018. The order will last until March 2024. The decree means the armed forces will be on Mexican streets until almost the end of the presidency of Lopez Obrador, a political veteran who often criticized former President Felipe Calderon for deploying sailors and soldiers for public security. “His security strategy is not working and that is why he has had to order with this decree for the Armed Forces to support public security,” security specialist Juan Ibarrola told the Milenio newspaper. Lopez Obrador won office in 2018 vowing to adopt a more conciliatory security strategy focused on the root causes of crime, in particular by reducing poverty and corruption.

But the violence has ground on during his first year and half in charge, with a record 34,582 people murdered in 2019.Some 3,000 homicides were recorded in March this year, the second-highest monthly murder tally ever, and the biggest since Lopez Obrador assumed power.

*BEVERLY HILLS RHINOPLASTY SPECIALISTS, ROBERT KOTLER, SCOOPS COVID-19 SCIENTISTS:
 

As early as March 27,  after consulting with medical colleagues, Dr. Kotler advised his patients that  “plain, old soap and water” as a nasal “ wash or rinse”  could hopefully destroy the CV at its entry point into the body. Dr. Kotler, a UCLA faculty member and former Major, Medical Corps, US Army, likened the struggle with the invading virus to warfare. “Should we not be attacking the enemy in its first hiding place? Here is where we need to establish an accessible first line of defense”, asks Kotler, the inventor of a popular FDA-approved, patented device that allows the patient’s having any nasal and/or sinus surgery to breathe clearly immediately after surgery. 

“We may be missing a safe, simple and practical opportunity to destroy the virus before it causes the worst consequence, destruction of the lungs and death. All scientists agree that handwashing with soap works to reduce the likelihood of the virus taking hold in the body. Might soap perform equally well inside the nose?”  Soap is effective because each Coronavirus-19 virus wears a fat-laden outer covering.  Soap destroys the fatty layer; the virus is disabled and dies. Besides the hands, it can work its magic elsewhere.

“The concept of washing the inside of the nose with soap may seem peculiar to many, but for not for nasal surgeons.  It’s routine, as part of the preparation for cosmetic and breathing operations to reduce the chance of infection. Soap causes no damage to the nasal interior. Soap is to viruses what antibiotics are to bacteria.”

The First Big Clue To Confirm Dr. Kotler’s Thesis: Loss of Smell. The Olfactory Bulb Transmits Smell to the Brain To Kotler, the first clinical evidence to validate his concept that the virus needed to be attacked at the source of entrance and nesting, the nasal cavities, was the reported loss of smell and taste as early symptom. Learn more Here. On April 22, a medical journal research paper confirmed the observation. Further study and research-supported Kotler’s thesis that flushing the nasal passages could destroy the virus and, at the least, weaken the attack on the body. 

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  • A Facebook survey showed 31% of small businesses shut down in the last three months.
  • Apple stores are reopening around the country, but you’ll need a face mask and temperature check to enter.
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*ENOUGH? – 44% OF AMERICANS SAY THEY TALK ABOUT CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK MOST OR ALMOST ALL OF THE TIME:

Most Americans say they need to take breaks from COVID-19 news. But that doesn’t mean they are avoiding the topic completely. In fact, 44% of U.S. adults say they are discussing the coronavirus outbreak with other people most or almost all of the time, whether online, in person or over the phone, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted April 20 to 26. The outbreak has had far-reaching effects on daily life in the United States, so it may not come as a surprise that it is such a frequent subject of discussion for many Americans.

In early April, more than four-in-ten adults (43%) said they or someone in their household had lost their job or taken a pay cut due to the outbreak, while around a quarter (24%) said they were very concerned about contracting the virus and requiring hospitalization. The widespread stay-at-home orders that have resulted from the outbreak have upended more regular aspects of life, too, from the way Americans worship to how they shop for food and socialize with their friends and family. Overall, 31% of adults say they are discussing the outbreak with other people most of the time, while another 13% say they are talking about it almost all the time, according to the late April survey, which was conducted as part of the Center’s American News Pathways project. The largest share of Americans (45%) say they sometimes discuss the coronavirus outbreak with other people, while 11% say they hardly ever or never discuss it with others.

*ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS IN THE U.S. HIT 40-YEAR HIGH:

The year 2019 saw the most anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. in at least four decades, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League. The report cites “more than 2,100 acts of assault, vandalism, and harassment” last year—more than any year since the ADL started tracking such incidents in 1979. The figure marks a 12 percent increase over 2018, and a 56 percent increase in physical assaults. Thirteen percent of those incidents were directly attributable to extremist groups or people who espoused those groups’ ideologies. That figure included a deadly white-supremacist attack on a synagogue in Poway, California. “This was a year of unprecedented anti-Semitic activity, a time when many Jewish communities across the country had direct encounters with hate,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement. “This contributed to a rising climate of anxiety and fear in our communities. We are committed to fighting back against this rising tide of hate and will double down on our work with elected leaders, schools, and communities to end the cycle of hatred.”

*U.S. SEEKS TO THWART CHINESE HACKERS IN RACE FOR CORONAVIRUS CURE:

In the global race to develop a vaccine and an effective treatment for the coronavirus, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have uncovered evidence that Chinese hacking groups are intent on stealing American research, The New York Times reports. American intelligence sources reportedly indicate that the Chinese hackers are working to obtain proprietary research into efforts to mitigate the pandemic. According to drafts of the impending warning by the nation’s top security agencies to Americans, Chinese “nontraditional actors” are seeking “valuable intellectual property and public health data through illicit means related to vaccines, treatments and testing,” the Times reports. “China’s long history of bad behavior in cyberspace is well documented, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone they are going after the critical organizations involved in the nation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Christopher Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told the Times.

*SAN FRANCISCO CHURCH SUES ZOOM AFTER ‘SICKENING’ PORN SHOCKS BIBLE CLASS:

An online Bible class run by one of San Francisco’s oldest churches turned sour when it started showing porn—and now the church is suing Zoom, where the meeting was being hosted. The administrator of Saint Paulus Lutheran Church believes a hacker broke into the virtual room to show the shocking images. “The footages were sick and sickening—portraying adults engaging in sex acts with each other and performing sex acts on infants and children, in addition to physically abusing them,” according to the complaint filed Wednesday. The suit says the room was shut down immediately and the administrator contacted Zoom for help, “but Zoom did nothing.” Saint Paulus said its class was hacked by a “known offender—one who has been reported to the authorities multiple times”—and claimed the other people in the class have their computer controls frozen during the attacks. Zoom hasn’t commented on the lawsuit.

    *BIL GATES HAS REGRETS:

Five years ago, Bill Gates warned that the biggest potential killer the world faced wasn’t war, but a pandemic. The billionaire spent hundreds of millions of dollars to find faster ways to develop vaccines and create disease-tracking systems. He urged world leaders to build national defenses against new infectious diseases. Looking back, Mr. Gates said, “I wish I had done more to call attention to the danger.” The Microsoft Corp. co-founder is now squaring off against the scenario he sought to forestall. “I feel terrible,” he said in an interview. “The whole point of talking about it was that we could take action and minimize the damage.”

In his second career as philanthropist and co-chair of one of the wealthiest foundations dedicated to global health and American education, Mr. Gates, 64 years old, has put himself at the center of the Covid-19 pandemic that has killed more than 283,000 people and crashed the world economy. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pays for researchers seeking treatments, and it is working with pharmaceutical executives and governments to produce billions of doses of promising vaccines while they are being tested so they can be dispensed as soon as regulators approve them. The foundation has helped reserve space in a manufacturing plant so production of the most effective new medicines can begin quickly. Mr. Gates questions pharmaceutical company chief executives, digging into the details of vaccine production. “Every day, it’s, OK, are we going to run out of glass vials?” he said. “You may think that’s a simple part of it, but nobody’s ever made 7 billion vaccines.”


*THE CASE THAT COULD SAVE THE U.S. ECONOMY:

The unprecedented global pandemic threatens to trigger the worst depression in world history, and evidence indicates China is to blame both for releasing the deadly virus and for concealing crucial information about its release to the rest of the world. There are now at least 7 class-action lawsuits filed against China and Chinese entities, as well as lawsuits filed by the states of Missouri and Mississippi. However, China has stated that it will move to dismiss any such lawsuits due to the doctrine of sovereign immunity, and many experts, law scholars and law professors think they will succeed. Sovereign immunity is a doctrine of international law, put forth in America’s Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), that prevents lawsuits from proceeding against nations such as China. Throughout history, there have been very few cases testing the limits of sovereign immunity and those that did exist have almost all been dismissed in favor of the sovereign or foreign official.

One case at the doors of the U.S. Supreme Court may provide a proper analysis of sovereign immunity as well as its related doctrine, foreign official common-law immunity. The case is Mireskandari v. Mayne, et al., and its resolution in the Supreme Court will have resounding ramifications for the lawsuits involving China because it raises the very same issues that seem likely to plague the COVID-19 litigation. A petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the Mireskandari case will be filed later this month. According to the lawyers on the case, their success can allow the U.S. and its citizens to sue China for all its damages. Sean Mireskandari is a U.S. citizen who studied law in the U.S. and the United Kingdom and became one of the most highly acclaimed, prominent lawyers in England. Mireskandari’s lawyers, Becky James and Thomas Mesereau, say they are now taking the case to the Supreme Court. According to James, the Ninth Circuit’s interpretation of sovereign and common law immunity in Mireskandari is “surprisingly overbroad” and “has sweeping ramifications for the recent China litigation. If the Ninth Circuit is correct that so-called immunity protects such egregious conduct by foreign governments and even non-governmental foreign entities and individuals, as in the Mireskandari case, then the China litigation will never get off the ground.”

Now the U.S. Supreme Court has the opportunity through the Mireskandari case to address and remedy that. “This is the right case at the right time—a tremendous opportunity,” says Mesereau. According to James, the case “will provide the opportunity for the Court to correct the misinterpretation of sovereign immunity and common law immunity and allow for lawsuits such as those against China involving COVID-19 and others where foreign governments or agents have committed crimes on U.S. soil.” The lawyers say they have heard from various organizations that want to file amicus briefs in the case because of its potential value in the litigation effort against China. The pending class action lawsuits will take years to work its way up to the Supreme Court, but through Mireskandari, the Supreme Court will have the opportunity to shape the interpretation of sovereign and common law immunity in a matter of months. If the Supreme Court agrees, the case could be an essential step in saving the U.S. economy by requiring China to pay for the untold damage that has been caused by the unleashing of the deadly coronavirus.

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