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Lehman Execs May Escape Charges

Officials at the SEC have begun to doubt that the agency can prove that executives of the now-defunct Lehman Brothers investment bank broke the law after the company allegedly moved billions of dollars off its balance sheet.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 READ MORE


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Obama Punts on Guantanamo

Military trials will resume at America’s notorious island gulag. The president failed during the last two years to shut down the detention facility, which he says helps America’s enemies recruit, and move trials to the civilian justice system. (more)

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE


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Activist Judges Strike Again

The Constitution is rooted and understood in terms of its history; without that, it is merely an isolated document, portraying a moment in 1787. We can do without the arriviste Michele Bachmann to tell us exactly what its words mean.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Illinois Is One Signature Away From Ending the Death Penalty

If Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, signs off on the legislation, Illinois will become the 16th state to eliminate the death penalty. The state has not executed anyone since 1999, after it was discovered that innocent convicts had been put to death.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE


Defusing a Sociological Bomb

Race still matters in America and justice is not completely blind. Anyone who believes otherwise should examine the case of Cornelius Dupree Jr., who was ruled innocent Tuesday after spending 30 years in prison.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE



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How America Exiles Unwanted Teenagers

Gulet Mohamed is an 18-year old American citizen who was effectively exiled while traveling abroad for the apparent crime of exploring his Muslim heritage. While in Kuwait, Mohamed was added to the no-fly list, arrested, beaten and threatened with torture. Glenn Greenwald has posted a 50-minute conversation with Mohamed.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Top Court Mulls Video Game Violence

The first day of deliberation in the Supreme Court about that perennial legal favorite, violence in video games, brought debate Tuesday about the potential damage done by minors’ exposure to sex versus violence ... and a Founding Fathers joke from Justice Samuel Alito.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Stevens v. Scalia

Now that retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens no longer has to see his former colleague Justice Antonin Scalia in the lunchroom every day, he’s free to tell tales out of the top court, which he did earlier this month in a speech criticizing Scalia’s handling of a case from 1991.

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Weighing Free Speech Against Hate Speech

What do you get when you mix issues regarding a fallen soldier, free speech, homophobia and gays in the military and throw in hatemonger pastor Fred Phelps and Larry Flynt’s famous court battle with Jerry Fallwell?

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE



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America Prefers to Execute Men, Apparently

Teresa Lewis is scheduled to be executed this month, the first woman to be officially killed by the state of Virginia in nearly a century. In the five years since a woman was last executed in the United States, the government put 220 men to death, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE



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HIV-Positive Pop Star Could Go to Prison

Twenty-eight-year-old German singer Nadja Benaissa faces prison time for allegedly having unprotected sex with multiple partners without informing them that she has the virus that causes AIDS.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Elena Kagan Gets Her Robe

The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan on Thursday by a vote of 63-37. She will be the nation’s 112th Supreme Court justice and Barack Obama’s second appointment. Once she takes her oaths, it will be the first time, despite her impressive résumé, that Kagan has ever been a judge.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Kagan’s Confirmation Looks Likely

Elena Kagan is almost through the wringer, awaiting a Senate vote later this week on her Supreme Court nomination. Hers has been a fairly uneventful vetting process, and judging by the mood on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, she’ll soon be sporting a black robe.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE



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BART Cop Convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter

The Los Angeles jury hearing the case of the BART cop who killed an unarmed Oakland man on New Year’s Day 2009 went with the least serious of three possible charges, convicting the former officer of involuntary manslaughter. He faces two to four years in prison.

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Top Court Revamps Life Sentence Rules for Underage Criminals

The U.S. Supreme Court changed the future fortunes of minors accused of less severe crimes than murder on Monday, ruling in a 6-3 decision that doling out life sentences with no chance of parole in those cases would amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Alex Brandon

Kagan Goes A’Courtin’ on Capitol Hill

On Thursday, Supreme Court hopeful Elena Kagan observed the nominee tradition of making the rounds on Capitol Hill by dropping in on key senators from both sides of the aisle, and it seems she made some key gains—even Scott Brown might vote to confirm her!

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: Elena Kagan May Not Enjoy Bratwurst

Since conservative pundits are slacking in their duty of tearing apart Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan before she can clinch her lifetime position, Stephen Colbert is on hand to step in and grasp at straws, literally, in an effort to besmirch her sparkling reputation.

Posted on May 12, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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SCOTUS Strikes Down Animal Cruelty Law

Pointing to the First Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday nixed a federal law from 1999 that made the creation, possession or sale of depictions of animal cruelty illegal, despite the Obama administration’s request that the top court consider the animal rights angle in its decision.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE



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Stevens Will Hang Up His Robe

Liberal Justice John Paul Stevens has announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court. The 89-year-old will step down when the court’s term ends in June or July, giving President Barack Obama the opportunity to make his second appointment to the high court.

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Judge Rules That Bush’s Illegal Wiretap Program Was Just That

Lagging a few years behind the liberal media, public opinion and common sense, the justice system has come to the conclusion that President George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program broke the rules. (continued)

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE


Rachel Corrie’s (Posthumous) Day in Court

An unusual trial begins in Israel this week, and people around the world will be watching closely. It involves the tragic death of a 23-year-old American student named Rachel Corrie. On March 16, 2003, she was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE


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SCOTUS Considering Change in National Gun Ownership Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court may be ready to change the scope of the Second Amendment, as five of the top court’s justices (guess which ones?) have signaled their opinions about American citizens’ rights to bear arms and appear ready to take steps that could override some local and state gun rules, with Chicago as a potential starting point.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE


Zazi Case Vindicates Traditional Methods

Before Najibullah Zazi is finally dispatched to a secure cellblock for good, it is important to remember how the taxi-driver-turned-terrorist was brought to justice—and why the critics who jeered his civilian prosecution were dead wrong.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE


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John Yoo Takes Credit for ‘Saving’ Obama Presidency

John Yoo’s Op-Ed in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, in which he says he helped save Barack Obama’s presidency by “winning a drawn-out fight to protect his powers as commander in chief to wage war and keep Americans safe,” doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but then this is the dingbat who gave the legal thumbs up to torture.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE


Don’t Ask, Don’t Judge?

No one would question an African-American judge’s capacity to preside over a race discrimination lawsuit or a female jurist’s handling of a sexual harassment case. Does it matter if the judge hearing the lawsuit challenging California’s ban on same-sex marriage is gay?

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE



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The Terror-Industrial Complex

The conviction of the Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui in New York last week of trying to kill American military officers and FBI agents illustrates that the greatest danger to our security comes not from al-Qaida but the thousands of shadowy mercenaries, kidnappers, killers and torturers our government employs around the globe.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 27, 2010 ENLARGE    


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O’Connor Obliquely Critiques SCOTUS Campaign Finance Ruling

Granted, Sandra Day O’Connor is retired from the U.S. Supreme Court, to which she was a Ronald Reagan nominee, but during a law school conference Tuesday at Gerogetown, the former justice still made concerned noises about the top court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE


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European Human Rights Group, U.S. Media Decry SCOTUS Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to loosen corporate restrictions on campaign finance didn’t sit well with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, an international human rights coalition of 56 European nations, but somehow we doubt that the top court’s conservative justices are going to lose sleep over that particular critique.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

A Supreme Victory for Special Interests

The conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court, none of whom has been elected to anything, ever, has given a monumental victory to special interests.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Battlefield in the War of Ideas

If killing a terrorist in Kandahar creates one in Killeen, we’ll never make progress.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE


What Is So Patriotic About Hysteria?

The loudest voices on the right never tire of telling us that they are the truest patriots, but when did fear-mongering in a time of war become an act of patriotism?

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


The Tortured Logic Continues

“Extraordinary rendition” is White House-speak for kidnapping. Just ask Maher Arar. He’s a Canadian citizen who was “rendered” by the U.S. to Syria, where he was tortured for almost a year.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



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Louisiana Judge Steps Down Amid Interracial Marriage Controversy

We can’t be certain why Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell quit his post Tuesday because his one-sentence resignation doesn’t say, but we can guess it has something to do with his refusal to preside over an interracial marriage—and the public outcry that soon followed.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The Best Justice That Money Can Buy

It is somewhat late in the day to lament the politicization of the judiciary, a condition that has always existed, but extravagant campaign contributions have now perilously altered the landscape.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



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A Cruel and Unusual Waste of Money

Executing people is expensive. A new report by the Death Penalty Information Center says California is spending more than 10 times as much on capital punishment—$137 million a year—as it would on an alternative life-without-parole system. New York and New Jersey repealed ...

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE



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High Times for States’ Rights

The Justice Department is officially going to quit harshing the mellow of the 13 states that have medical marijuana laws on the books. Dispensaries and patients will no longer have to worry about federal raids—unless they’re “drug traffickers who hide behind claims of compliance with state law.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE


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SCOTUS Ponders Dog-Fighting Videos, ‘Human Sacrifice Channel’

Sometimes when making a legal argument, it’s useful to go to hyperbolic extremes to illustrate the ideological flaws or possible outcomes associated with a potential ruling, which is why the conversation in the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday ranged from dog-fighting videos to a (hypothetical) cable channel for human sacrifice enthusiasts.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE



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Justice to Tackle Federal Secrecy Abuses

How about that Eric Holder? The Justice Department plans to make it harder for the government to hide behind “national security” in legal cases—a process that has been abused since a highly flawed Supreme Court decision first allowed wide latitude in such matters.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE



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Remembering Sacco and Vanzetti

Eighty-two years ago Sunday two Italian immigrants were executed after a dubious trial for murders someone else later confessed to. Whatever really happened, Ferdinando Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti have come to stand for the greater inequities of American justice. (Howard Zinn explains, after the jump.)

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 READ MORE



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Troy Davis and the Meaning of ‘Actual Innocence’

Remarkably, the Supreme Court has never ruled on whether it is unconstitutional to execute an innocent person.

Posted on Aug 18, 2009 READ MORE


Sotomayor sworn in
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

What Lies Ahead for Justice Sotomayor?

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has made history after successfully navigating the grueling confirmation process by finally being sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts at a ceremony at the court’s headquarters Saturday. However, the partisan politics that played out during the grilling phase are just a taste of things to come, according to The Christian Science Monitor’s Brad Knickerbocker.

Posted on Aug 8, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Ron Edmonds

Sotomayor Makes the Senate Cut

The U.S. Supreme Court just got a little wiser. On Thursday, the Senate voted 68-31—split largely along party lines—to confirm Sonia Sotomayor as the first Latina Supreme Court justice and only the third woman to serve on America’s top court.

Posted on Aug 6, 2009 READ MORE


Sotomayor
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

A Judge With a View

The struggle over Sonia Sotomayor’s viewpoint and voice has important ramifications for legislative politics and identity politics in our country.

Posted on Aug 6, 2009 READ MORE


Two Standards of Detention

Nonviolent activists and Muslims are held in draconian conditions, while the man charged with killing Dr. George Tiller trumpets from jail the extreme anti-abortion movement’s campaign of intimidation, vandalism, arson and murder.

Posted on Jul 8, 2009 READ MORE



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The Crooks Get Cash While the Poor Get Screwed

If you have defrauded banks and customers and investment firms of billions of dollars, as AIG or Citibank has, you get taxpayer money. If you are moral scum in America we take care of you. But if you are poor, if you are, say, Tearyan Brown of Trenton, N.J., you are in trouble.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 READ MORE



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America’s ICE Backwards Approach to Immigration

While the nation’s understaffed immigration courts strain under a backlog that has grown to more than 200,000 cases, thousands of new border agents have been hired and the number of government attorneys who argue for deportation has increased by 35 percent, pushing more cases onto an already overburdened system.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009 READ MORE



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Gays Losing Patience With Team Obama

Signed by Bill Clinton, the Defense of Marriage Act keeps the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages and allows states to refuse to recognize such marriages performed in other states. Barack Obama’s Justice Department has just issued a defense of DOMA, even though the president has said he’d like to see it overturned. The gays who voted for these Democrats, meanwhile, are losing patience.

Posted on Jun 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Fighting Crime by Reforming Juvenile Hall

This week on the podcast: Sheerly Avni and Omar Turcios from The Beat Within, a magazine written by and for the troubled kids in juvenile prisons. Such facilities could be “recruiting grounds for crime fighting,” argues Avni, and that’s in our self-interest. “If you want to stop crime—very simple. You look at a bunch of 5-year-old kids in the ghetto. Ask yourself: ‘Do I want them to be criminals or not in 10 years? What’s that going to do to the value of my home?’ ”

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


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