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Category: Legal Affairs

Stand with Rand

by Lou Dubose | Jul 21, 2014 | Legal Affairs

  Fifty-two democratic senators voted in May to confirm Harvard Law Professor David J. Barron to a seat on the First Circuit Court of Appeals (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island). Barron has had a distinguished career, moving back and forth between teaching and assignments with the executive branch and the Senate. […]

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Crime in the Punishment

by Elizabeth Gaynes | Jun 23, 2014 | Legal Affairs

  Thomas Mott Osborne—the 19th-century prison reformer who became the warden of Sing Sing prison—asked a question that still begs an answer: “Shall our prisons be scrap heaps or human repair shops?” The association he founded more than 80 years ago continues to answer that question by providing rehabilitation services and advocacy for individuals who […]

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David Brooks Smoked Weed So You Didn’t Have To

by Samir Chopra | Jan 3, 2014 | Legal Affairs

David Brooks put down his bong a long time ago: For a little while in my teenage years, my friends and I smoked marijuana. It was fun. I have some fond memories of us all being silly together. I think those moments of uninhibited frolic deepened our friendships. But then we all sort of moved […]

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NSA Ruling Cites 9/11 Report That Doesn’t Support Ruling

by Justin Elliot | Jan 2, 2014 | Legal Affairs, National Security

In a new decision in support of the NSA’s phone metadata surveillance program, U.S. district court Judge William Pauley cites an intelligence failure involving the agency in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks. But the judge’s cited source, the 9/11 Commission Report, doesn’t actually include the account he gives in the ruling. What’s more, experts […]

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Johns Hopkins and the Case of the Missing NSA Blog Post

by Jeff Larson | Sep 10, 2013 | Legal Affairs, National Security

Citing concerns about linking to classified material, Johns Hopkins University asked a professor this morning to remove a blog post discussing  last week’s revelations about the NSA’s efforts to break encryption. The post had linked to government documents published by ProPublica, the Guardian, and the New York Times. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins, which is short drive from the […]

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