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Category: Legal Affairs

Sex Crimes and Criminal Justice

by Barbara Koeppel | May 4, 2018 | Legal Affairs, Politics

Responding to several highly publicized sex crimes and public fears, legislatures across the country have adopted statutes that allow the continued imprisonment of sex offenders after they have completed their sentences. Veteran investigative reporter Barbara Koeppel has spent the past 12 months reporting on this third rail of the criminal justice system. Here are her […]

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Trump Justices

Dysfunction Hobbles Trump Justice Initiatives

by Andrew Cohen | Feb 20, 2018 | Legal Affairs, Politics

As we enter Trump’s second year in office, our “tough-on-crime” president and his attorney general have failed or refused, in their first year in office, to fill six key Justice Department posts with Senate-confirmed picks. Vital federal law enforcement agencies—the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the U.S. Marshals […]

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Donald Trump

A Wolff at the Door

by Mort Rosenblum | Feb 14, 2018 | Books, Culture, Legal Affairs, Politics

It seems pretty clear watching the reaction to Michael Wolff’s neutron bomb, Fire and Fury: We Americans, collectively, have gone out of our flipping minds. How can we let this fake president continue to personify us? The book, if hardly a literary masterwork, spills enough beans to bury Donald Trump, his clown-car inner circle, and […]

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Rein in the Prosecutors

by Don Siegelman | Feb 12, 2018 | Legal Affairs, Politics

As a loyal Democrat, I might be the last person to argue that President Trump has gotten something right, even inadvertently. Still, in raising a possible bias by the FBI in the Russia collusion investigation, he has landed on a troubling issue. Based on my personal experience and observations, federal and state investigators and prosecutors […]

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High Court

High Court Shift to Right Favors Corporate Goals

by Andrew Cohen | Jan 29, 2018 | Legal Affairs, Politics

On March 16, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Federal Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. And nearly 13 months later, on April 7, 2017, the Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick, Federal Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch, to take Scalia’s seat. The extraordinary events of […]

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