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Incentives Often Skew Justice in the American Courts, Study Finds

In a disturbing new report, two academics argue that incentives—from career gains to lab test payments—may be leading to high numbers of false convictions in American courts. They call for more study, but also for a systemic overhaul.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Michele Bachmann Subject of Congressional Ethics Probe

It’s been more than a year since she stopped her White House run, but the disastrous, slow-moving train wreck that constitutes the congresswoman’s failed 2012 presidential bid is still going.

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 READ MORE



Flickr/Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader vs. the FEC

Nader is suing the Federal Election Commission for not investigating the law firms that allegedly worked on behalf of the Democratic National Committee in a coordinated effort to obstruct his bid for the presidency in 2004.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Flotilla Raid Deemed Legal

In a result sure to spark intense debate, Israel’s attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last May has been declared by a government commission to be a legal use of force for self-defense. Israeli commandos killed nine activists attempting to break the blockade on the impoverished Gaza Strip.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE


Former Vice President Al Gore addresses the American Constitution Society on the threat to the Constitution from President Bush's domestic wiretap policy, Monday, Jan. 16, at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.
AP / Susan Walsh

Breaking the Law for the Environment

“Illegal protest” can count a new baritoned bedfellow. In an interview ahead of the Copenhagen climate change conference, former Vice President Al Gore pronounced civil disobedience to be justified, believing that the global warming crisis requires more forceful methods of political activism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE


Souter Painting
np.edu.sg

Souter Is Outer

U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter is reportedly planning to retire from the bench at the end of the court’s current term. Souter’s decision to leave will likely not affect the political balance of the court, as his replacement by President Obama will likely be another liberal-minded justice.

Posted on Apr 30, 2009 READ MORE


John Yoo
Washington Post / Karen Ballard

Torture’s Poet Laureate

A recently declassified memo shines the spotlight once again on John “Take Them to the Point of Death” Yoo, a UC Berkeley law professor and once deputy legal counsel in the Justice Department.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


Highway 443
nytimes.com

You Take the High, Palestinians Take the Low

An interim decision by the Israeli Supreme Court on Wednesday marked the beginning of what could become a two-tiered road system in the West Bank. With two separate legal systems for Palestinians and Israelis already in operation, critics fear segregated roads would lead toward further institutionalization of apartheid in the occupied territories.

Posted on Mar 28, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton

Clinton’s Soft Money Boost

Hillary Clinton has had difficulty keeping pace with Barack Obama’s fundraising, which could explain the launch of a new pro-Clinton 527 group called “American Leadership Project” that already has a commercial it plans to run in Ohio. The group is not subject to the same rules as the campaign and can theoretically raise unlimited amounts of money.

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 READ MORE


Coulter voter registration form
from Bradblog.com

Ann Coulter’s Growing Legal Troubles

You may recall that right-wing hate-monger Ann Coulter was accused of voter fraud not too long ago, for registering to vote using her real estate agent’s address. Now it turns out she may have used the same address to register a driver’s license—meaning Coulter could be charged with two third-degree felonies and one misdemeanor, if only someone would prosecute the case.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


U.N. Denounces Israel for Use of Cluster Bombs

U.N. experts have found over 100,000 unexploded cluster bomblets throughout Lebanon. The cluster bombs, most of which were dropped in the last 72 hours of the conflict, continue to injure and kill Lebanese civilians. (Also: What is a cluster bomb? )

Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


AP Exposes ‘Reverse Robin Hood’ Degenerates

From the AP: “The federal program that provides legal help to poor Americans turns away half of its applicants for lack of resources. But that hasn’t stopped its executives from lavishing expensive meals, chauffeur-driven cars and foreign trips on themselves.”

Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


Nothing to Google here
From topwebnews.com

Google Warns Against Using Its Name as Verb

The search engine company, which tries to affect an air of youthful nonconformity, legally admonished the Washington Post for using the word “google” as a generic verb to describe Internet search in general.

  • Online expert Steve Rubel calls it “one of the worst PR moves in history.”

    Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


  • Gay Marriage Ban Punishes Children

    Salon’s Sara Miles writes an excellent personal essay on the N.Y. gay marriage ruling—explaining that the gay marriage ban hurts the children it claims to protect. (Ad wall)

    Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


    David Addington
    From MSNBC

    Cheney’s Legal Hit Man

    He’s been described as “the most powerful person you’ve never heard of,” and “Cheney’s Cheney.” He’s David Addington, the vice president’s chief of staff, and he’s behind the legal arguments to support presidential-sanctioned torture, the attempt to discredit Joe Wilson, and the bogus Niger uranium story. The New Yorker has a must-read profile.

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Prosecutor Puts Bush in the Spotlight

    Patrick Fitzgerald writes in a legal briefing, “It is hard to conceive of what evidence there could be that would disprove the existence of White House efforts to ‘punish Wilson.’ ”

    Also, Bush formally admits to declassifying the intelligence later leaked by Libby to reporters.

    Posted on Apr 11, 2006 READ MORE


    oreilly_olbermann
    MSNBC via Crooks and Liars

    Olbermann Returns Jab in O’Reilly Grudge Match

    After Bill O’Reilly threatened one of his callers with legal action for merely mentioning Keith Olbermann, the MSNBC host brings on a former state prosecutor to confirm that the only person in legal jeopardy is O’Reilly himself.

    Posted on Mar 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush: Torture Ban Not Valid at Gitmo

    Truly shocking: White House lawyers are arguing that the new law banning cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees does not apply to people held at Guantanamo.
    Of course, we should have seen this coming when Bush, upon signing the law, brushed off Congress and America by reserving the right to ignore the law under his powers as commander in chief.

    Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE



    From thinkprogress.com

    Sen. Specter to Gonzales: ‘That Just Defies Logic and Plain English’

    That’s the Republican chair of the Judiciary Committee reacting to the attorney general’s attempts to explain how spying without warrants is, in fact, legal. Check out the AG’s explanation of why Bush earlier said that spying without warrants is, in fact, illegal: “The President is not a lawyer.”

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Blair OK’d Iraq Invasion Before U.N. Resolution, Book Says

    The new edition of a book by a London University professor claims that the prime minister was prepared to join the war even before the second U.N. resolution in January 2003. | story
    We’re shocked, SHOCKED to learn that the U.N. gambit was apparently a ruse. 

    Posted on Jan 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Google Agrees to Censor ‘Forbidden’ Words in China

    The company’s motto is “Don’t be evil,” but analysts say Google’s cash-motivated actions translate into Chinese as “Don’t be poor.” | story

    Posted on Jan 25, 2006 READ MORE


    President Bush addresses the crowd during the 142nd Landon Lecture Monday, Jan. 23, 2006 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
    Charlie Riedel / AP

    Bush Disingenuously Re-Brands Spying Program

    The president is now calling it the “Terrorist Surveillance Program.” | story
    OK, Mr. Bush, but what about the non-terrorists being swept up in your nets? Not that we’re surprised by the new moniker; this is the guy who legalized an increase in air pollution and called it “Clear Skies,” and labeled a tree-slashing program “Healthy Forests.”

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Alito Proves His Conservative Mettle

    Profile of rise through right-wing ranks; “Constitution does not protect a right to abortion.” | more
    Also: Check out our extensive paper trail on the nominee. | link

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Report Rebuts Bush on Warrantless Wiretaps

    Congressional research arm says spy program conflicts with existing law, hinges on weak arguments | more

     

    Posted on Jan 8, 2006 READ MORE


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