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Virginia E. Sloan founded The Constitution Project in 1997 and is now its President and serves on its Board of Directors. Ms. Sloan previously served as Executive Director of the Task Force on Gender, Race and Ethnic Bias of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. For 14 years, she was a counsel to the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, including several years as counsel to the Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights.

The Constitution Project is a politically independent think tank established to promote and defend constitutional safeguards. More information about the Constitution Project is available at constitutionproject.org.

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Court Misses Opportunity to Rule on Lethal Injection Secrecy

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 4:55 PM

On Tuesday night, the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed Texas' scheduled execution of Robert Campbell. The court based its stay on evidence of Campbell's intellectual disability, which Texas prosecutors knew of, but failed to disclose to Campbell's attorneys.

A day earlier, the Fifth Circuit had...

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Criminal Discovery Reformers Honored as Constitutional Champions

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 1:42 PM

In April 2009, less than six months after a jury found Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) guilty of making false statements, a federal judge set aside that guilty verdict and dismissed all charges against him. The judge in the case felt compelled to take these extraordinary measures...

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Watchdog Group Calls AP's Pruitt a "Constitutional Champion"

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 8:58 AM

Because of his strong leadership against government intimidation of the media, The Constitution Project, a bipartisan legal watchdog group, is honoring Gary Pruitt, the President and CEO of the Associated Press, as one of its 2014 Constitutional Champions. Pruitt will receive the award at TCP's annual gala on...

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Will More Video Surveillance Cameras Make Us Any Safer?

(13) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 7:04 PM

In the wake of the Boston marathon bombing, Boston Police Commissioner Davis has called for more surveillance cameras, and press accounts report new calls for cameras from Richmond, Virginia to San Francisco. Mayor Emmanuel has said Chicago will keep adding cameras, and Mayor Bloomberg is warning New York City residents...

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House Cybersecurity Bill Threatens Privacy and Civil Liberties

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 1:35 PM

President Obama recently stated that "the cyber threat to our nation is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face." This past fall, then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned of a "cyber Pearl Harbor," an attack on our nation's critical infrastructure that...

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Senate Should Not Rubber Stamp Foreign Surveillance Extension

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 3:11 PM

This week, the Senate is expected to vote on extension of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA). This is the law that was passed in 2008 to legalize a form of the National Security Agency's (NSA) warrantless wiretapping program. Unless Congress renews it, it will expire on December 31.

Under...

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New Cybersecurity Bill Provides Significantly Improved Privacy Safeguards

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 8:38 PM

Last Thursday, Senators Lieberman, Collins, Rockefeller, Feinstein, and Carper introduced a new version of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S. 3414), designed to protect America's computer networks from hackers and other cyber attacks. In his op-ed in Friday's Wall Street Journal, President Obama calls for immediate...

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Raising Arizona: Supreme Court's Immigration Decision Creates More Questions Than It Answers

(15) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 5:01 PM

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Arizona v. United States, a closely watched case in which the federal government challenged Arizona's controversial immigration law, SB 1070. The decision and its impact has since been dissected in both legal and media circles. Perhaps more than anything,...

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Justice Department Should 'Step Up' on Flawed Forensic Evidence

(5) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 1:53 PM

Last month, a series of investigative reports in the Washington Post revealed that a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) task force had spent nine years reviewing cases in which it was alleged that some forensic evidence prosecutors used in obtaining convictions was flawed. Despite warnings that problems were potentially widespread,...

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Congress Must Act to End Prosecutorial Misconduct

(5) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 12:41 PM

When federal prosecutors charged the late Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) with failing to report more than $250,000 in illegal gifts and home renovations, they knew the stakes were sky high. Stevens, after all, was only the 11th senator in history to be indicted while in office. In 2008, the prosecutions...

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Obama Must Veto Defense Authorization Bill

(87) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 4:04 PM

Policymaking in the fog of war can lead to regrettable choices. One need only consider the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II or passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. Ten years ago, in the anxious days after the attacks of 9/11, we witnessed a rush to...

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Proposed Legislation Providing Consular Access Holds Lives in the Balance

(4) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 5:24 PM

Tuesday, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Consular Notification Compliance Act, a long-awaited bill aimed at protecting the consular access rights of foreign nationals in U.S. custody who are charged or convicted of capital crimes. The act provides for judicial review of alleged violations of Article 36 of...

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Habeas Works

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 2:15 PM

Two years ago, the U. S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the landmark case Boumediene v. Bush. The Court ruled that the constitutionally guaranteed right of habeas corpus review applies to the Guantánamo detainees, enabling them to challenge their detention in federal court. Through the ruling,...

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Beyond Politics, Beyond Guantanamo: 9/11 Trials Should Not be Construed as a Partisan Issue

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 5:45 PM

For far too long, the national discussion around how and where to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other suspected 9/11 conspirators has been wrongly framed as a partisan dispute. It is simply wrong to believe that national security issues pit Democrats against Republicans, conservatives against progressives, or even, as...

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Immigration Detention: Give Detainees Fair Hearings

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2009 | 6:09 PM

Earlier today, the Constitution Project and Human Rights Watch co-hosted a panel discussion on immigration detention and access to counsel at the National Press Club. Two new reports, Recommendations for Reforming our Immigration Detention System and Promoting Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings by the Constitution...

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Prominent Illinois Former Prosecutors and Judge Declare U.S. Prisons Fit to House Guantanamo Detainees

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2009 | 2:50 PM

Earlier today, in an effort coordinated by the Constitution Project, three signatories to Beyond Guantanamo: A Bipartisan Declaration sent an open letter to the Illinois congressional delegation and the state's public officials supporting the use of federal and state prisons, including the Thomson, Illinois facility, to house...

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Beyond Guantanamo

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2009 | 4:25 PM

Today, over 125 prominent Americans, including former members of Congress, diplomats, federal judges and prosecutors, high-level military and government officials, and bar leaders, endorsed Beyond Guantanamo: A Bipartisan Declaration. Coordinated by the Constitution Project and Human Rights First, the Declaration represents the largest collection of policy...

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Swine Flu: A Danger to Your Rights as Well as Your Health?

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 9:05 PM

Earlier today, the Constitution Project and the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security brought together a group of expert panelists at the National Press Club to discuss the civil liberties implications of the government's response to the H1N1 flu, more commonly known as swine flu.

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The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board: In Need of Attention

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2009 | 2:41 PM

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was created by Congress in 2004 in response to the recommendations contained in the 9/11 Commission report. The Board's mission is to review the privacy and civil liberties issues raised by the government's national security policies and programs. Originally housed...

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Congressional Oversight Needed

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2009 | 6:16 PM

"Throughout its history, Congress has engaged in oversight of the Executive Branch--the review, monitoring, and supervision of the implementation of public policy. Congress' right of access to executive branch information is constitutionally based and is critical to the integrity and effectiveness of our scheme of separated but balanced powers."

So...

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