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Teach Law Outside of Law Schools

Michael Shammas | Posted 04.04.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

What if I told you that the most pertinent social science subject -- one that affects every single one of us every single day -- is taught to only a select few? That would be absurd, right? Well, unfortunately this is no fiction. It is the state of legal knowledge in America, and it is profoundly troubling.

The Growing Trend of 'Revenge Porn' and the Criminal Laws That May Follow

Steven Brill | Posted 02.26.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

Police departments and DAs are trying to figure out just how our justice system will deal with this new trend.

Too Often, American Justice Is Injustice

Michael Shammas | Posted 04.14.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Our state of affairs goes against a pinnacle of American justice, equality before law, facilitating everything from war crimes, to torture, to domestic spying, to a predatory, ravenous Wall Street that feeds on the middle class with impunity.

These Are the 10 Most Psychopathic Jobs in America

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.06.2014 | Weird News
Michael Shammas

As an aspiring lawyer, I suspected it all along, but now my suspicions have been (unfortunately) confirmed: We're all crazy. A ranking compiled by O...

Beware of Legal Threats Social Networks Pose

Russ Warner | Posted 10.30.2013 | Crime
Russ Warner

Be cautious and smart when using social networking sites. The feeling of anonymity that comes from no face-to-face interaction is an illusion. All information and photos, once posted publicly, is free to access and use and stays in server farms for years to come.

A Lawyer's Holiday: Part 2

Elliot Peters | Posted 10.21.2013 | Crime
Elliot Peters

It was stunning. Here was the story. Told so casually, but so consistent (except for who pulled the trigger) with everything we knew, including what Steven had testified to in court. Ronald was innocent and we could prove it.

Double Jeopardy in Egypt: Why You Should Care

Seth Engel | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
Seth Engel

Though nominally a domestic issue, Egypt is facing a similarly vexing threat to international justice. This threat should be followed closely the world over.

'Loss of Control'

Louise Sayers | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Louise Sayers

I, on the other hand, had a more personal reason for wanting to write about my chosen topic -- "the relevance of cultural background to the application of the law" -- my interest in it having been triggered while spending time in East Africa the previous summer.

When the Law Doesn't Fit the Crime: Lessons From the Blogosphere

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 10.11.2012 | Crime
Tamar Birckhead

Practicing criminal law is not rocket science. It's also not open heart surgery. But it's more than just slapping a slice of cheese between two pieces of bread and calling it a sandwich.

Ask Now About the Pardon Power

Mark Osler | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Mark Osler

In the debates, there will be no shortage of questions about the economy, health care, foreign policy, and immigration. There ought to be time for at least one question that asks about this vestigial power of kings to grant mercy, which will rest uneasily in the hands of the election's victor.

Big Brother Could Definitely Be Tracking Your Cell Phone

Larry Bodine | Posted 10.22.2012 | Crime
Larry Bodine

In a frightening new decision, a federal appeals court says that you have no expectation of privacy when the police want to track your location using your cell phone.

Even Terrorists Deserve to Be Sentenced

Jonathan Hafetz | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Hafetz

Most of the 169 remaining Guantanamo detainees will never be charged in court. They will thus never be given what those accused of the most serious terrorist offenses receive: the opportunity to be tried and sentenced if found guilty.

Arin Greenwood

Verdicts Handed Down In D.C. Activists' Trial

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.16.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin handed down verdicts on Wednesday in the trial of eight D.C. activists arrested last April whi...

Arin Greenwood

Arrested D.C. Voting Rights Protesters Plan First Amendment Defense

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Eight District of Columbia voting rights activists arrested at an April rally on Capitol Hill will go to trial in the D.C. Superior Cour...

Ai Weiwei: Artist, Dissident and ... Tax Evader?

Elizabeth Lynch | Posted 08.30.2011 | World
Elizabeth Lynch

If Ai Weiwei is determined to be a "personnel directly in charge" of the Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd. he could potentially be criminally and economically liable.

Lock-up: What Behind the Mass Incarceration Across the Nation?

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

Where have all the black men gone? Michelle Alexander, in her recently released book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, answers the question head on.

Prayer, Confession and the Police

Mark Osler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mark Osler

Are we comfortable with prayer being used as a technique to get confessions? For many of us, there is something deeply troubling about this trend, which has been almost uniformly approved of by courts.

Criminalizing Friendship: Immigration Foes Overreach

Tim Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Lynch

Do you know anyone that is in the country illegally? If you do, you had better watch your step. Millions of Americans may have violated federal immigration law and are probably unaware of it.

Minor Infractions: Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving Immigrants With Low-Level Possession Offenses

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

One week from today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder which can potentially impact countless legal immigrants and asylum seekers.

Gatesgate: They've All Got It Wrong.

Lionel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel

The case has forced Americans to look at the issue of policing from the perspectives of African-Americans and cops themselves. If we're smart we'll learn from this.

The Criminal (In)justice System

Saul Segan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Segan

Pharmacist Jerome Erslund was accosted by two gunmen in his place of business and is now being charged with murder.

Too Close to Home: Human Trafficking in Canada

Jennifer Winstanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jennifer Winstanley

Human trafficking is a rampant problem in Canada, and one that is not being addressed.

Free Miguel Tejada

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Aaron Zelinsky

Instead of imaginative prosecutors stretching the law to go after stupid lies in hotel rooms, baseball should take strong, decisive, and immediate action to clean up the game.

The Devastating Consequences of Prosecutorial Misconduct

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Tim Masters was fifteen years old at the time of his alleged crime, and was not convicted until 12 years later. He languished in prison for almost ten years, and spent half his life trying to prove his innocence.

The Case for Evidence Preservation

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Post-conviction DNA testing has lead to the exoneration of more than 200 wrongfully convicted individuals in the United States. But testing cannot take place unless the evidence is preserved.