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Wednesday 28 Apr 2010

Brad Tupi [Allied attorney, Alliance Defense Fund]: "Christian Legal Society v. Martinez is another example of the conflict between secular morality and religious morality. In secular morality, homosexuality is a wholesome lifestyle choice and should not be the subject of criticism or discrimination. In religious morality, homosexuality is sinful conduct. [read more]

Friday 23 Apr 2010

Scott Ballenger [Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP]: "The Supreme Court's decision [PDF file] in United States v. Stevens is remarkably narrow. The Court did not say that depictions of extreme animal cruelty are protected by the First Amendment. The Court's majority held only that the present federal depictions law was [read more]

Thursday 22 Apr 2010

Matthew Liebman [Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund]: "The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus brief in defense of 18 U.S.C. Section 48, so we are obviously disappointed by the Court's opinion [PDF file] in United States v. Stevens. Nevertheless, we are heartened by Justice Alito's dissent and the [read more]

Wednesday 21 Apr 2010

Jeffrey S. Kerr [General Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Affairs, The PETA Foundation]: "Crush fetish videos, which this law was enacted in 1999 to prohibit, are made for a niche market of individuals who derive sexual satisfaction from watching animals being tortured and slowly killed. The intent of the [read more]

Wednesday 21 Apr 2010

Agnieszka Bienczyk-Missala [Lecturer, Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw]: "On 10 April 2010 one of the most tragic events in Polish post-war history happened. Polish president Lech Kaczyński died in a plane crash on his way to Smolensk in Russia for a Katyn commemoration ceremony. 70 years ago at [read more]

Tuesday 20 Apr 2010

Leili Kashani [Education and Outreach Associate, Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative, Center for Constitutional Rights]: "On April 14, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder appeared at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer a range of questions about the Department of Justice. While CCR was glad to see that Holder [read more]

Monday 19 Apr 2010

Thomas Moran [Consultant, Canon Law Consultations]: "In order to better appreciate the recently published "Guide to Understanding Basic Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) Procedures concerning Sexual Abuse Allegations," some background information might prove helpful. The Apostolic Constitution Pastor bonus (June 28, 1988) established the CDF as the [read more]

Sunday 18 Apr 2010

Bob Donnorummo [Former Associate Director, Center for Russian & East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh]: "On April 10, JURIST reported the crash of the Polish presidential jet killing President Lech Kaczynski, two deputy speakers and 12 members of parliament, two senators, three deputy ministers, National Bank President, all the chiefs [read more]

Friday 16 Apr 2010

Elizabeth Zitrin [International Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Death Penalty Focus]: "The United States of America, proud of its commitment to fairness and justice, is being left behind on one of the most important international human rights issues of our age. We are way behind the curve. Surpassed in human rights [read more]

Wednesday 14 Apr 2010

J. Michael Ritty [Partner, Canon Law Professionals]: "Any sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric is a terrible crime both in canon law and in secular law. At the same time, the presence of a charge of sexually abusing a minor does not mean that an accused cleric loses [read more]

Monday 12 Apr 2010

Piotr Maciej Kaczyński [Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies]: "On the tragic morning of the Black Saturday, 10 April 2010, the President of Poland Lech Kaczyński travelling with his wife Maria and 94 other persons were killed in a plane crash near Smolensk, Russia. They were going to Katyń, [read more]

Thursday 8 Apr 2010

Jérémie Zimmermann [Co-founder and spokesperson, La Quadrature du Net]: "The recent decision from the US Court of Appeals is a blow to the defense of a free, open, and therefore neutral Internet, but it is not definitive. The FCC can and should reconsider its policy and reclassify broadband providers so [read more]

Saturday 3 Apr 2010

Neil P. Reiff [Founding member, Sandler Reiff & Young]: "Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, sitting en banc, issued a significant, yet unsurprising decision [PDF File] in Speechnow.org. v. FEC. In Speechnow.org, the Circuit Court ruled 9-0, that a federal political committee [read more]

Thursday 1 Apr 2010

Heidi Beirich [Director of Research, Southern Poverty Law Center]: "The arrests this past weekend of nine members of the Hutaree Militia in what federal authorities are describing as a plot to murder a law enforcement officer in Michigan and then attack other officials who gathered for the funeral is another [read more]

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