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VOL. 80 PART 1 JANUARY 2022
David J. Handelman was reappointed to the Employment and Assistance
Appeal Tribunal for a term ending October 31, 2023. Michael T. Skinner
was appointed for a term ending October 31, 2025.
With what one can only imagine was a large sigh, the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Fifth Circuit wrote in Stelly v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 804
F.2d 868 (1986) that “despite our earlier warning to the Stellys that they
should ‘throw in the towel,’ they now reenter the ring in this tax dispute.
Undeterred by our imposing sanctions upon them once, the Stellys decided
to try again to show that wages are not taxable as income. Not surprisingly,
the district court did not agree with the Stelly’s contention. In the second
round of what the Stellys apparently would like to make a fifteen round
bout, we affirm and impose further sanctions which will hopefully result in
a knockout punch to this litigation. … The fight is over; the judges’ scorecards
are in; the Stellys have lost.”
According to The Globe and Mail, Albertans recently voted in a referendum
in which they “narrowly rejected a proposal to switch to permanent daylight
time”. We reckon that the Albertan referendum vote will have about as
much impact on the rotation of the Earth as their vote to remove equalization
payments will have on the Constitution.
In Harris County Hosp. Dist. v. Shalala, 863 F. Supp. 404 (1994), the U.S. District
Court for the Southern District of Texas described the parties that had
reached the court “after slugging it out through three administrative levels
of review”. It noted that “in one corner is the acknowledged bureaucratic
heavyweight champion of the world, The United States’ Department of
Health and Human Services. In the other corner is the bureaucratic welterweight
challenger, the Harris County Hospital District. Two issues are
before the court. It is a split decision.” The court noted, regretfully, that
“split decisions generally lead to rematches. These contestants will probably
soon be off to another venue to fight once more.”
Layli M. Antinuk and Sarah E. Orr were appointed as full-time members
of the Civil Resolution Tribunal for terms ending November 1, 2024 and
November 20, 2026, respectively.
Bob Arum, a former lawyer, became a very well-known boxing promoter.
Joseph L. Deuling was appointed as a member of the Agricultural Land
Commission for a term ending December 31, 2024.