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How the DC Circuit Mangled Mandamus in the Flynn Case
Wednesday's decision by the D.C. Circuit granting General Mike Flynn's petition for mandamus is a dangerous precedent. In directing US District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan to grant DOJ's motion to dismiss the false statement charges against Flynn, the (More)
Danger and "Officer Safety" Shape Police Socialization, Practice and Policy
In the weeks since Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests have spread across the United States. An endless stream of online videos shows officers pushing, beating, pepper spraying, tear gassing, and shooting “less lethal” munition (More)
Flynn Argument in D.C. Circuit: Is the Ball Back in Judge Sullivan's Court?
The D.C. Circuit held oral argument on Friday on General Mike Flynn's mandamus to Judge Emmet Sullivan to grant the Department of Justice (DOJ) Motion to Dismiss false statement charges against Flynn (see my preview, discussed here). A majority of th (More)
Former Secretary of State: Trump has 'drifted away' from Constitution
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that President Donald Trump has "drifted away" from the Constitution.Powell, a Republican who served in George W. Bush’s administration, endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the i (More)
For What It's Worth: Homage to George Floyd
1.  There's something happening here; What it is ain't exactly clearOn Sunday, May 31, 2020, I posted on my Facebook that we should expect the repression to come soon. And almost like predictable clockwork, the repression started the next day. We (More)
Crimes Against African Americans
The world has seen shocking videos of U.S, police officers, and private citizens perpetrating crimes against African Americans. Relentlessly, the socio-legal system brings about the death, imprisonment, torture, and degradation of African American me (More)
UN rights expert: US assassination of Iranian official violated international human rights laws
In response to Thursday night's drone strike that killed Iranian General Qassim Soleimani, UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-judicial Executions Agnes Callamard said that the assassination likely violated international human rights laws.Late Thursda (More)
Donald Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban: The United States' Political, Legal, and Moral Responsibility
In what may have been one of the most consequential decisions since the notorious Korematsu case of 1944, when the Supreme Court upheld the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II, the Court (in June 2018) voted 5-4 vote to uphold Pre (More)
US issues sanctions against three DRC officials
The US Department of the Treasury sanctioned three senior officials from the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Thursday. The sanctions were permitted by an executive order signed by former president George W. Bush that authorizes sanctions on " (More)
Access to Health Records: New Rules Another Step in the Right Direction
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued proposed regulations that could enhance the value of electronic health information. Specifically, the proposed regulations focus on the areas of interoperability and patients’ access t (More)
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