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Wednesday 31 Mar 2010

Azizah al-Hibri and William H. Taft, IV [Liberty and Security Committee Members, The Constitution Project]: "Imagine your neighbor had been born and raised in Jamaica. Twenty years ago, he moved to the United States to marry an American woman and start a family. Your neighbor has a good job that [read more]

Tuesday 30 Mar 2010

Stephen M. Hoersting [Vice President, Center for Competitive Politics]: "In SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission, a unanimous federal court struck down FEC regulations that limited the ability of citizens to join together and speak about politics and candidates. Extending the rationale of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Court [read more]

Friday 26 Mar 2010

Stephanie Toti [Staff attorney, US Legal Program, Center for Reproductive Rights]: "The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently struck down an omnibus statute, S.B. 1878, that imposed a host of contradictory restrictions on the provisions of reproductive health care in the State. The law included a provision that would have prohibited a [read more]

Thursday 25 Mar 2010

Daphne Eviatar [Senior Associate, Human Rights First]: "There may be no better example of why so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" are a bad idea than the case of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who a judge on Monday ordered released after seven years in US custody.Prosecutors once insisted that Slahi was "the highest [read more]

Saturday 20 Mar 2010

Johanna Higgins [Barrister, Association of Catholic Lawyers of Ireland]: "Minister Ahern has stated in the past, regarding the constitutional provision on blasphemy: "As a republican, my personal position is that Church and State should be separate. But I do not have the luxury of ignoring our Constitution." This then begs [read more]

Sunday 14 Mar 2010

William J. Snape, III [Senior Counsel, Center for Biological Diversity]: "While it is encouraging that China and India now recognize their important role in reducing world greenhouse pollution, neither their current commitments nor the Copenhagen Accord are answers to the most serious environmental problem the world has ever faced. The [read more]

Friday 12 Mar 2010

Deborah Fleischaker [Director of State Legislative Affairs, Families Against Mandatory Minimums]: "Last week, John Gramlich of the indispensable news site, stateline.org, reported on the political fallout in several states where policymakers have employed early prison release programs to combat overcrowded prisons and rising budget deficits. Several cash-strapped states from Florida [read more]

Wednesday 10 Mar 2010

Kenneth Green [Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute]: "China's agreement to accept the "non-binding" greenhouse gas reduction goals of the Copenhagen Accord is a combination public relations ploy, and an effort to ensure that western wealth continues to flow to China for the construction of low-cost "renewable" energy systems such as [read more]

Monday 8 Mar 2010

Kyu Ho Youm [Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon]: "The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative is a welcome development in the ongoing global movement for press freedom. It deserves serious attention from those who want to expand freedom of the press as a universal [read more]

Saturday 6 Mar 2010

Lawrence Korb [Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress]: "In recent congressional testimony, Army Chief of Staff, General George Casey Jr., argued that the Pentagon should not impose a moratorium on the discharge of military people who have come out or been outed as gay. This is both good news and [read more]

Friday 5 Mar 2010

Dennis A. Henigan [Vice President for Law and Policy, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence]: "I was in the courtroom on Tuesday for the Supreme Court argument [PDF file] in McDonald v. City of Chicago, in which the Court is considering whether the new Second Amendment right, created two years [read more]

Wednesday 3 Mar 2010

Richard Dieter [Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center]: "The United States is often rightly seen as a world leader in human rights. But we have become increasingly isolated from the international community in one respect - our persistent use of the death penalty. The worldwide trend is clearly away from [read more]

Wednesday 3 Mar 2010

Stephen Blanks and Corinne Reichert [New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties]: "In February 2010, the NSW Supreme Court sentenced five Australian citizens who were found guilty of conspiracy to do acts in preparation for a terrorist act or acts to terms of imprisonment ranging from 23-28 years. The offenders [read more]

Tuesday 2 Mar 2010

Nathaniel Burney [Associate, Quadrino Schwartz]: "If you are under arrest, and the police are interrogating you, they have to stop questioning when you ask to speak with a lawyer. So long as you remain in custody, they can't keep asking you to waive your right to have a lawyer present. [read more]

Tuesday 2 Mar 2010

Barbara Coombs Lee [President, Compassion and Choices]: "The prosecutorial guidelines provide a bit of comfort and security for those citizens of the UK who would like to accompany a loved one to Switzerland if they chose to die at a clinic there. These family members embody the criteria making prosecution [read more]

Monday 1 Mar 2010

Joshua L. Dratel [Senior Fellow for Legal Research, Center on Law and Security, NYU Law School]: "The advantages of federal criminal trials over military commissions for terrorist prosecutions are certainly too numerous to list in a few short paragraphs. However, seeking to avoid redundancy, there are three that merit mention, [read more]

Monday 1 Mar 2010

Claire Kaplun [Public Information Officer, UN Human Rights Council]: "The Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council is an innovative mechanism under which each of the United Nations 192 Member States is periodically (once every four years) reviewed. At this occasion, the fulfillment of the concerned country's obligations and [read more]

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