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Incendiary Trump Rhetoric Shapes Court Decisions

by Andrew D. Cohen | Jul 11, 2017 | Legal Affairs, Politics

“Other presidents have lost arguments on the law. Nixon on tapes. Clinton on attorney-client privilege. But not credibility. No case turned on an alleged discriminatory motive of the president.”–Law professor Stephen Gillers With varying degrees of fanfare, President Donald Trump has signed approximately 100 executive orders, directives, and proclamations in the four months since he […]

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Deforming the Law

by Lou Dubose | May 17, 2017 | Legal Affairs, Politics

In an urgent phone call, Ralph Nader described a Republican tort law package that is being “rammed through the House” without proper hearings and almost no attention from the press. Any hearings on the bills have been pro forma, at best. But there has been some notable reporting, in the The Washington Post and Bloomberg […]

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A Global Policing Crisis

by Aaron Cantú | Jun 17, 2016 | Legal Affairs, Politics

Photo Credit: Jamie Kenny   A police state of nightmares may look like a phalanx of gas-masked officers marching down the street. But a more accurate image of today’s existing police state looks like multiplying numbers of beat cops standing on a corner. Police forces have increasingly “saturated” cities across the country by taking on […]

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FBI and CIA Bungling Impedes Justice in Guantánamo

by Washington Spectator | Apr 13, 2016 | Legal Affairs, National Security, Politics

  Photo Credit: Gino Reyes Since 2012, a team of attorneys and support staff led by Brigadier General Mark Martins has been working within the constraints of the Military Commissions Act to prosecute the alleged orchestrators of the worst act of terror and largest mass murder ever committed on U.S. soil: the 9/11 terror attacks. Martins’s […]

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End the Shame of the Guantánamo Prison

by Lou Dubose | Apr 11, 2016 | Legal Affairs, National Security, Politics

  Photo Credit: Garry Knight The plan President Obama released in February, to close the 14-year-old prison at Guantánamo, leaves in place some of the most egregious practices devised during the Bush-Cheney administration. Under Obama’s plan, there will be no end to military commissions, although the ongoing war-court trial (actually pre-trial) of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and […]

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