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Marjorie Cohn
Marjorie Cohn

Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild. Professor Cohn has authored...

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Death to the Death Penalty in California

Voters will be confronted with competing death penalty proposals on the November ballot: the praiseworthy Proposition 62 and the defective Proposition 66.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Numbers in Obama’s Drone Deaths Report Just Don’t Add Up

The administration’s tally is at odds with those of leading nongovernmental organizations, and its lack of transparency makes it impossible for the public to assess its claims.

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The Racial Divide Between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump

“In the year 2016, the American people will not accept a bigoted president,” the Democratic presidential candidate said of his Republican rival.

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Michael Ratner’s Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice

The human rights lawyer “knew that when you sue the powerful, you will often lose,” The Nation wrote. “But he also understood that such suits could prompt political action, and that … was often more important in achieving justice than the litigation itself.”

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton: The Palestinian Defender vs. the Israel Apologist

Some critics say Sanders’ fervent support of Palestinian rights is naive. But Clinton’s inflexible defense of all things Israel is no path to peace in the historical Holy Land.

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Hillary Clinton’s Link to a Nasty Piece of Work in Honduras

Her support as secretary of state for the 2009 coup that ousted the democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya helped create conditions that caused thousands of children to flee for their lives. Now, unlike Bernie Sanders, she wants to send them back.

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Occupy Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street Speeches

Why do voters need to know what Hillary told the banks? Because it was Wall Street that was responsible for the 2008 recession, making life worse for most Americans. We need to know what, if anything, she promised these behemoths.

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Marjorie Cohn
Marjorie Cohn

Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild. Professor Cohn has authored “Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law”, has co-authored “Cameras in the Courtroom: Television and the Pursuit of Justice, and Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent” as well as edited and contributed to “The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse, and Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues.” Her articles are archived at http://www.marjoriecohn.com

Cohn lectures throughout the world regarding international human rights and U.S. foreign policy. She has also been a news consultant for CBS News and a legal analyst for Court TV, and has provided legal and political commentary on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and Pacifica Radio.Her articles have appeared in numerous journals such as Fordham Law Review, Hastings Law Journal and Virginia Journal of International Law, as well as The National Law Journal, Christian Science Monitor and Chicago Tribune. Professor Cohn is a contributing editor to Jurist and National Lawyers Guild Review, and her frequent columns appear on Truthdig, Huffington Post, Truthout, CommonDreams, Counterpunch, OpedNews, ZNet, and GlobalResearch.

She has been a criminal defense attorney at the trial and appellate levels for many years, and was staff counsel to the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Professor Cohn is the U.S. representative to the executive committee of the Association of American Jurists and is deputy secretary general of the Bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.

Professor Cohn as been recognized with multiple awards such as the San Diego County Bar Association’s 2005 Service to Legal Education Award, Esq,  the Excellence in the Teaching of the Law by the San Diego Law Library Justice Foundation award, the 2007 Bernard E. Witkin award, and and was recognized as one of San Diego’s Top Attorneys in Academics for 2006, 2008 and 2009. She also received the 2008 Peace Scholar of the Year Award from the Peace and Justice Studies Association, the 2009 Amnesty International-San Diego Digna Ochoa Human Rights Defender Award, and the 2010 Alumni Achievement Award from the Santa Clara University School of Law.

Professor Cohn is part of the board of directors of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign, the advisory board of Veterans for Peace, and is a civilian member of the board of GI Voice. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the American Constitution Society – San Diego Chapter. Professor Cohn testified in 2008 about government torture policy before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and she has testified at military courts-martial about the illegality of the wars, the duty to obey lawful orders, and the duty to disobey unlawful orders. Cohen was legal observer in Iran on behalf of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers in 1978 and has participated in delegations to Cuba, China and Yugoslavia.

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