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Tuesday 29 Sep 2009

Sean Hayes [International Corporate Practice Group, Joowon Law Firm]: "As most of us in Korea realize, many "peaceful" protests have too often turned violent at night. In the not so distant past, protests over the importation of US beef led to, amongst other things, numerous injuries to police officers, burned [read more]

Monday 28 Sep 2009

Heidi Boghosian [Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild]: "The police response to protests at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh will be remembered as especially brutal, given the debut of military sonic weapons against civilians. Technology used in Iraq, long range acoustic devices (LRADs), are more insidious than other so called less-lethal [read more]

Sunday 27 Sep 2009

Edward Alden [Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations]: "Under normal circumstances, China's decision to appeal a recent World Trade Organization ruling against Beijing's restrictions on the import of foreign films, books and music would scarcely have been noticed. In the 13-year history of the WTO's experiment with [read more]

Sunday 27 Sep 2009

Ben Wizner [Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union]: "The Department of Justice's new policy on state secrets may turn out to be a small step in the right direction. If it results in fewer - and more nuanced - invocations of the state secrets privilege in future litigation, the Department [read more]

Thursday 24 Sep 2009

Jeffrey M. Gamso [Partner, Gamso, Helmick & Hoolahan, on behalf of the Cleveland Coalition Against the Death Penalty]: "Ohio is now uniquely in the position of three badly botched executions in the just over three years. On May 2, 2006, it took some 87 minutes to effect the execution of [read more]

Thursday 24 Sep 2009

Maureen Martin [Senior Fellow for Legal Affairs, The Heartland Institute]: "Former Vice President Al Gore and White House climate change czar Carol Browner, commenting on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision allowing a federal nuisance case to go ahead against six major utilities for emitting carbon dioxide, said such [read more]

Thursday 24 Sep 2009

Sharon Bradford Franklin [Senior Counsel, The Constitution Project]: "On September 23, 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the executive branch has adopted a new policy on invocation of the state secrets privilege - a doctrine which protects against disclosure of national security secrets in litigation. The new policy tightens [read more]

Tuesday 15 Sep 2009

Tim Lynch [Director, Project on Criminal Justice, CATO Institute]: "Lawyers for Ramzi bin al-Shibh are doing what they are supposed to do - representing their client with zealous advocacy. The lawyers are advancing three basic claims. The first is a sweeping attack on the Military Commissions Act. The validity of [read more]

Tuesday 15 Sep 2009

Andy Hull [Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research]: "Both the UK's domestic Security Service (MI5) and its overseas Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) are being investigated by London's Metropolitan Police to see if British agents have been complicit in torture. I am reassured by contacts I trust that no [read more]

Monday 14 Sep 2009

Christina Abraham [Civil Rights Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) - Illinois]: "The newly adopted amendment to Rule 611 of the Michigan Rules of Evidence (MRE 611) is constitutionally questionable. The portion at issue reads:The court shall exercise reasonable control over the appearance of parties and witnesses so as to [read more]

Saturday 12 Sep 2009

Stephanie Toti [Staff Attorney, The Center for Reproductive Rights]: "A state district court in Oklahoma sent a clear message last week when it struck down a law that imposed numerous restrictions on access to abortion services. Enacted in 2008, the law's restrictions included a provision that would have prevented a [read more]

Friday 11 Sep 2009

Steven Emerson [Founder, The Investigative Project on Terrorism]: "Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed a career Federal prosecutor from Connecticut to lead a preliminary investigation into whether criminal laws were broken by US intelligence operatives involved in post-9/11 terror suspect interrogations. In April, President Obama went to CIA Headquarters and [read more]

Wednesday 9 Sep 2009

David Borden [Executive Director, StoptheDrugWar.org]: "The resignation of Mexico's Attorney General in the midst of a veritable war between the government and drug traffickers - and amongst trafficking organizations - is unlikely to change much in the grand scheme of things. Prohibition will continue to divert billions of dollars from [read more]

Monday 7 Sep 2009

Joshua Katz [Legislative Director, Libertarian Party of Connecticut]: "The Libertarian Party of Connecticut joined with the state's Green Party to file a lawsuit [PDF file] in federal court challenging the state's Citizens' Election Program. We maintained that this program was unconstitutional in that it imposed asymmetrical burdens on minor parties [read more]

Sunday 6 Sep 2009

Awzar Thi [Member, Asian Human Rights Commission, Hong Kong]: "A court in Thailand inched closer to its counterparts in neighboring Burma last week when it sentenced an anti-coup protestor to 18 years in prison. The Bangkok criminal court convicted Daranee Chanchoengsilapakul on three counts of lese majesty arising from statements [read more]

Saturday 5 Sep 2009

Barry Steinhardt [Senior Advisor, Privacy International]: "Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have a legitimate power to search for contraband goods crossing national borders. But searching laptops is not a search of goods. It is a search of a storehouse of information - private correspondence, financial and medical records, business [read more]

Saturday 5 Sep 2009

Christopher Huther and Jeremy Keim [Partner and Associate, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP]: "On August 28, 2009, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion in Comcast Corporation v. FCC, which vacated the FCC's 30% limit on the number of subscribers to which a [read more]

Thursday 3 Sep 2009

Sahar Aziz [Pro Bono Counsel, Bill of Rights Defense Committee]: "A recent ruling [PDF file] by a federal district court signifies an encouraging shift for Muslim charities in the United States. For many such non-profits, mere investigation by the Department of Treasury's Office for Asset Control (OFAC) into their humanitarian [read more]

Wednesday 2 Sep 2009

Prashant Bhushan [Convenor, Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms]: "The issue of asset disclosure of judges in India arose out of a Right to Information Application filed by one Subhash Agarwal with the Supreme Court seeking to know if judges of the High Courts and the Supreme Court were complying [read more]

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