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Ralph Nader Taking On Exciting New Cause

AP | STEPHEN SINGER | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ralph Nader has a new cause. After dedicating nearly half a century to battling businesses over almost everything from dangerous p...

The Trayvon Martin Case and the Law, But Whose Law?

Rosemarie Pace | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion
Rosemarie Pace

Many like to describe our country as a country of laws and a Christian country, but is it possible to be both when civil law so badly contradicts the laws that Christ taught us?

Another Take at the Trayvon Martin Tragedy

Alexander Spangher | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Alexander Spangher

The Zimmerman case is a wake-up call for all Americans: black, white, young, old. It is a disgusting devaluation of life and social bonds in favor of the material good.

Landmark 'Ag Gag' Lawsuit Fights Threat to Freedom of Speech

Stephen Wells | Posted 09.22.2013 | Green
Stephen Wells

The American public relies on journalists and activists to expose inhumane and unsafe food production practices in industrial facilities. We cannot allow politicians to violate our rights so they can protect the financial interests of their corporate agriculture backers.

Jim Crow Impacts Juries in Florida, Denying Justice for Trayvon Martin

Desmond Meade | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Desmond Meade

That disfranchisement and marginalization of returning citizens, who are stripped of their right to vote and right to serve on a jury, was involved in the verdict should outrage every Floridian and every American.

America's Illegitimate Sons and the Politics of Respectability

Kalia N. Baker | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Kalia N. Baker

Watching disheartening and at times contradictory accounts of juror B37 on the same night Rachel Jeantel was afforded the opportunity to give America ...

How to Deal With the Death of a Child

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.14.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Last night, we learned that despite the fact that an unarmed 17-year-old named Trayvon Martin was killed, his killer, George Zimmmerman is, at this po...

Attack on Trayvon Martin Is an Attack on America

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Leslie K. Stein

Voter suppression and "stand your ground" are attacks on America's 99 percent. Sound crazy? They are attacks on reasonableness. Voter suppression a...

What You May Not Know About the Zimmerman Verdict: The Evolution of a Jury Instruction

Alafair Burke | Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices
Alafair Burke

That may have been the moment when Zimmerman got acquitted. The end result was that jurors were told only about the parts of Florida self-defense law that benefited the defendant, without knowing anything about the most relevant potential limitation.

Zimmerman Case Proves That the Left Was Right on Crime

Seth Abramson | Posted 09.13.2013 | Crime
Seth Abramson

If you want to fix the criminal justice system, stop using anecdotes to advance your theories about what's wrong. Stop fetishizing individual actors in individual cases. We're looking for what is exceptional in the Zimmerman verdict, when we should be looking for what's routine.

TWO keys for the Court Houses of America ONE IN---THE OTHER OUT

Frank A. Weil | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

One cornerstone of American Democracy has been a FREE key to the courthouse--wherever for whatever. That sounds good, and may have been, until a proli...

What Are the 'Weightier Matters of the Law'? [Matthew 23:23]

Morgan Guyton | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

We should read the Bible trying to understand how to live according to justice, mercy, and faith. Each passage in the Bible speaks to our lives insofar as it leads us into greater justice, mercy, and faith.

Celebrity Twitter Freak Outs -- Now Stop That!

Scott B. Piekarsky | Posted 09.06.2013 | Entertainment
Scott B. Piekarsky

Now what is going on? Amada Bynes will not let up, Alec Baldwin is going ape. Charlie Sheen was certainly not served well by his long episode.

The Egyptian Coup Is a Bad Precedent for All Democracies

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.04.2013 | World
James Marshall Crotty

You may not like the Muslim Brotherhood. You may not support its religion-infused politics, its arrogant brand of Islam, its views of the U.S. and Isr...

Chen Guangcheng, Still Raising Heck

John Wagner Givens | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
John Wagner Givens

Chen's rebelliousness, which make him admirable when pitted against a repressive regime, seem to have made the simple end of a fellowship a significant PR liability for a, presumably, well-intended NYU.

Law Doesn't Make It Right: Suppressing Voters Suppresses Democracy

Nina Flores | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Nina Flores

Discriminatory practices are increasingly institutionalized. Allowing voter suppression tactics to occur unchecked not only disenfranchises voters, but solidifies the power of dominant groups to control decision-making at local, state, and national levels.

The Walking Dead Supreme Court

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

Since 2006, Chief Justice Roberts and his trusty sidekick, Justice Alito, have been busy making zombies of good election laws -- removing just enough that they are rendered brain dead, and yet leaving just enough intact that technically the law is still alive.

Is Mediation About Reaching the Same Result in a More Efficient and Economical Manner?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

My last article on mediation, titled "Should Divorcing Couples Who Mediate Be Talking Through Counsel?," was the first of a series of articles on medi...

Another Holiday Looms -- With Its Perilous Pitfalls

Saul Segan | Posted 08.25.2013 | Travel
Saul Segan

I wrote about DUI Checkpoints as Memorial Day Weekend approached and cautioned my readers about the additional presence of checkpoints

The Good Germans in Government

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Treason is a word that dictators love to hurl at dissidents, and when both Cheney and Feinstein bring it back into favor, you know that courageous whistle-blowers like Snowden are not the enemy.

What Does Managing a Loved One's Digital Legacy Look Like?

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

With digital privacy in the media spotlight and digital estate planning resources entering our mainstream consciousness, many of us have been inspired to think about the end of life and our online selves. And we should.

With NSA Surveillance, US Government May Have Dealt Major Blow To Global Internet Freedom Efforts

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Tarun Wadhwa

The internet has never been a perfect tool for advancing democracy and human rights. Despite the most optimistic techno-utopian projections, the inte...

The Law Is a Baseline and Nothing More

Mark Baer | Posted 08.10.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Consider the impact of a family systems and service based approach, meaning that there are value-added inputs being offered to the families, rather than merely a brokering of deals.

We the Sheeple

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The government is not above the people, but below it. "We the people" created this government; when it encroaches on our freedoms, it is our constitutional right and duty to encroach on its freedoms.

The Separation of Church and State -- Then and Now

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

In the recurrent clash over the separation of church and state, both the religious right and the secular left invoke the Founding Fathers' original intent to justify their positions. In reality, neither side is completely correct on the historical dimension of the issue.