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7 Far-Reaching Findings in Dutch Climate Legal Victory

Kelly Rigg | Posted 06.24.2016 | Green
Kelly Rigg

In April I wrote about a landmark Dutch lawsuit on climate action that, if successful, would put the world's governments on notice. Today the Hague District Court ruled in favor of the Urgenda Foundation and its nearly 900 co-plaintiffs. The court's findings are extraordinary and could set precedent in cases around the world.

Patriots Punished in Northern Cyprus: A Modern Day Political Occupation

Olena Kagui | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Olena Kagui

Koray Basdogrultmaci and Cinel Senem Husseyin, a Turkish-Speaking Cypriot couple, were charged for hanging the Cyprus Republic's flag outside their home and shop in Famagusta in June 2013. They were arrested and put in jail on June 21st 2013 and their original trial was postponed until June 11th 2014.

Lawyer: The Illinois Supreme Court Has a Lot of Work on Its Hands With Pension Reform Law

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The seven justices have been tasked with judging whether or not the state's failing pension systems can be saved by adopting the 2013 pension reform law. The law, which would dial back some of Illinois' public pension system benefits, was found unconstitutional in a lower court. Now, the highest court in the state will have its say.

Plan B's Plan B

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Obama administration is trying to have it both ways on the "morning after" pill, and by doing so is taking a firm anti-scientific stand for irrationality. But Obama promised us all, in his first campaign, to do away with having politics dictate federal scientific policy.

Why a Dog is a Man's (or Woman's) Best Friend

Kate Kelly | Posted 09.18.2012 | Green
Kate Kelly

"A man's best friend is his dog." Dog lovers know this is true, but few know where the saying comes from.

One Teen's Fate: The Math of a 100-Year Sentence

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.01.2012 | Crime
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

While the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that it is unconstitutional to sentence a minor to life without parole -- except for homicide -- cases like Rodrigo Caballero's fall under a gray area based on the wording of the law.

John Rudolf

Judge Grants George Zimmerman Bail | John Rudolf | Posted 06.20.2012 | Black Voices

A Florida judge has granted bail for George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch captain accused of second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-ye...

Why Eyewitness Memory Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be (Part II)

Sam Sommers | Posted 10.31.2011 | Crime
Sam Sommers

The legal complications of the constructive nature of memory are clear: being an accurate eyewitness is far more difficult that we give it credit for.

Why Eyewitness Memory Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be (Part I)

Sam Sommers | Posted 10.30.2011 | Crime
Sam Sommers

Few moments in a courtroom are as compelling to a jury as seeing a confident witness point out a defendant and say, "that's the man I saw at the crime scene."

Energy Companies Win Katrina Greenhouse-Gas Suit After Eight Federal Judges' Recusals | Mark Schleifstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

So many members of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals have recused themselves from a rehearing of a lawsuit that charges energy companies with cont...

PepsiCo's $1.26 Billion Case: How Did This Happen? | Erin Geiger Smith|Oct. 28, 2009, 8:02 AM |8 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

PepsiCo has been hit with a $1.26 billion judgment for failing to respond -- at all -- to a lawsuit. If someone sues you and you fail to show up, the ...

Landmark Human Rights Trial Bowoto v. Chevron to Begin October 27th

Daniel Firger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Firger

For the first time, a U.S. company could potentially be held liable in U.S. courts for gross human rights abuses committed in their overseas operations.

Tort Liability

Eugene Volokh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eugene Volokh

People should be free to leave their lovers, and even "flaunt[]" their new relationships, without a government agency deciding whether such behavior was "unreasonabl[e]".

Los Angeles City College "Sexual Harassment" Policy Preliminarily Enjoined on First Amendment Grounds

Eugene Volokh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eugene Volokh

The professor apparently called the student a "fascist bastard" in front of the class for having supported Prop. 8 and refused to let the student finish the presentation.

Bowoto v. Chevron: The Oil Men and the Juju Man

Scott Gilmore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Gilmore

What happens when an oil company gets its back to the wall in a human rights lawsuit? Like a cornered hound, it goes on the attack.

Bowoto v. Chevron: What's Really at Stake?

Daniel Firger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Firger

Since the state of the law is so unsettled on this point, the decision in Bowoto is likely to have a big impact on the way future human rights lawsuits are litigated. Chevron knows this, of course.

Talking With The F.B.I.'s Undercover Source In Alaska's VECO Corruption Case

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Prewitt: "It's going to be a tight race, but Stevens could still win this thing. Stevens has been around so long, and we do have a very partisan situation up here in Alaska."

Exclusive Interview: Frank Prewitt, Author Of Last Bridge To Nowhere

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Prewitt: The book is my experience working as the confidential source who spent nearly four years helping the F.B.I. pry the lid open on the sordid world of political corruption in Alaska and Washington.