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The Ordeal of Stanley L. Cohen: Justice as Farce

The government campaign to imprison the few activist attorneys who defend those defined as America’s enemies is exemplified by the persecution of Stanley L. Cohen.

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New York AG Forces McDonald’s Franchise Owner to Pay Up for Violating Wage Laws

Richard Cisneros, owner of seven McDonald’s franchises in Manhattan, is now obliged to pay nearly $500,000 to workers at his fast-food restaurants.

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Legalizing Oppression

The disbarring and imprisonment of Lynne Stewart, one of the nation’s most courageous civil rights lawyers, is a window into the collapse of our judiciary.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Stephen F. Downs

It’s safe to assume that Big Brother would still have prevailed over Winston Smith had the ill-fated protagonist of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” been helped by public defender Stephen Downs. But we have reason to believe that Downs, who represents Muslim activists in trials that amount to little more than terrorist witch hunts, would not have backed down.

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Zimmerman’s Lawyers Quit His Case

George Zimmerman’s legal team decamped Tuesday, saying in a news conference that day that they had had trouble getting through to their client, first because he hadn’t been taking their direction and then because he dropped out of contact with them as of last weekend.

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Rove Subpoenaed in U.S. Attorney Firing Case

Add Karl Rove to the mix of White House bigwigs whose feet may be put to the fire by the Senate Judiciary Committee in relation to the U.S. attorney firing scandal, which has jeopardized Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (even though his cronies continue to support him). 

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


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White House Blasted Justice Officials for Revealing Rove Cronyism

An e-mail contained in a batch of documents released to the Senate on Tuesday exposed a searing rebuke from then-White House political affairs director Sara Taylor, who criticized Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty for revealing that a U.S. attorney in Arkansas was fired to make room for a Karl Rove protege, not because of performance.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


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Worse Than Watergate, Part II

If Attorney General Alberto Gonzales wasn’t in enough trouble already, he now has to deal with the fallout from his disgraceful behavior in John Ashcroft’s hospital room in March of 2004, when Gonzales attempted to strong-arm Ashcroft into reauthorizing the domestic surveillance program implemented by the White House after 9/11—as Ashcroft lay ailing on his sickbed.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


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California Sues Auto Industry

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer went after the six biggest U.S. and Japanese automakers on Wednesday, filing a lawsuit that cites greenhouse gas emissions as a public nuisance.  Lockyer blamed the carmakers for millions of dollars worth of damage, and said he was out to get the taxpayers’ money back.

Posted on Sep 21, 2006 READ MORE


Gonzales: We May Prosecute Journalists

Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales says that the Bush White House may go after journalists who report on national security-related matters. “There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility.”
Funny: There are lots of FISA statutes that you don’t have to read particularly carefully to learn that spying on Americans without warrants is illegal.

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What Are They Teaching in Journalism Schools?

The news that a Time magazine reporter plotted with the attorney for Karl Rove is a window into the den of iniquity that is Washington journalism. As the late great Washington journalist I.F. Stone once put it, “Better to stay in your bathtub reading reports than to have that sort of corrupting access.”

 

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