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Friday Talking Points -- Eric Holder's Record

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The news that Attorney General Eric Holder would be stepping down sent a shockwave through Washington. On the whole, was his term worth praising or condemning? We have to say that "both" is the only real answer to that question.

Federally Funded Discrimination -- Did Obama Go Far Enough?

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

Religious organizations receiving federal contracts can no longer discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Some question whether President Obama has gone too far. Others question whether he has gone far enough.

Courts Disagree Over Obamacare Subsidies

Brad Burd | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Brad Burd

Two separate federal appellate courts issued contradicting decisions this week that could potentially impact how millions of people pay for health insurance.

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

Too Much Secrecy in Gitmo Trials

Jeremy Carp | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Jeremy Carp

Though improved in some respects, the revived commissions are still characterized by a startling level of secrecy. In an effort to conceal details of defendants' torture while in CIA custody, the government has designed the commissions to prevent defense teams from obtaining or publicly discussing information about the torture program.

Utah's Gay Marriage Ban. Worth it?

Reed Abplanalp-Cowan | Posted 02.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Reed Abplanalp-Cowan

Today, learning that a federal judge has declared Utah's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, I wonder where my one-time friend Beverly Evans is and if she regrets the vote that denied me equal rights.

9/11 Defendant Ejected From Court (Twice) After Protesting Prison Conditions

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The judge presiding over the 9/11 case at the Guantanamo military hearings had one of the five co-defendants forcibly removed from the courtroom after he objected that he was being deprived of his right to meaningfully participate in his case.

Chevron Ecuador Case Shows Limits of Legal System

Karen Hinton | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

After 20 years of litigation in courts around the globe, the Ecuadorians remain twice victimized -- first by the exploitation of their environment, and now by the exploitation by both sides of a legal system ill equipped to deliver them justice.

See You In Court: The College That Prevented a Student From Handing Out Constitutions is Sued in Federal Court

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.10.2013 | College
Greg Lukianoff

As should come as a surprise to just about no one, the student who was prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution on September 17--also kno...

Planned Parenthood In Court to Protect Texas Women's Health

Cecile Richards | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Today, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the Texas law that would drastically reduce access to safe and legal abortion for many women from taking effect.

Gitmo Logistics & DoD Computer Mess Likely to Delay 9/11 Case

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Witnesses provided more details of the Defense Department's computer mess-ups and confidentiality breaches in the 9/11 hearings on Friday, and defense lawyers renewed their request to delay the hearings until those problems could be resolved.

Defense Lawyers in 9/11 Case Face Huge Hurdles

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Defense lawyers representing the five co-defendants in what may be the most important trial in U.S. history are subjected to unprecedented restrictions on the ability to communicate with their clients that would be unheard-of in a regular federal court.

Obama Administration: Court Can't Intervene In Guantanamo Force-Feeding

Reuters | Jane Sutton | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics

By Jane Sutton MIAMI, July 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. federal court has no jurisdiction and no legal basis to intervene in the force-feed...

Judge Rules Against Controversial State Immigration Law

Reuters | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics

By Susan Guyett INDIANAPOLIS, March 29 (Reuters) - A federal judge has ruled sections of a 2011 Indiana immigration law unconstitution...

Accused Military Mole Faces Bail Hearing

AP | AUDREY McAVOY | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

HONOLULU — An attorney for a defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend said Friday there was no evidence t...

Court Rejects Company's $1 Billion Tax Dodge

AP | Posted 02.27.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A federal court in Louisiana is rejecting transactions by The Dow Chemical Co. that created $1 billion in what the U.S. Justice Departme...

Defense Lawyers Want Access to Secret Gitmo Prison Camp

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Should defense lawyers in the September 11 terrorism case be allowed to visit the secret camp where their clients are imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay? And if so, how much access to the prison is enough?

Secrecy Continues to Dominate 9/11 Hearings

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It was another chaotic day at the Guantanamo military commissions. When Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's lawyer started talking this afternoon about his request for information pertaining to his client's case, someone -- it's not clear who -- hit the censor button.

This Man Claims He Threatened To Kill Obama To Get Medical Care

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2013 | Business

Severe chest pains drove one man to do the unthinkable to receive the medical attention he desired. Stephen Espalin, a homeless 57-year-old man li...

Military Commission Won't Say Whether US Constitution Applies to 9/11 Case (Updated)

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.17.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

In an opinion not yet publicly released by the Office of Military Commissions, the judge presiding over the trial of the five co-defendants accused of masterminding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has said he won't decide whether the U.S. Constitution applies to the case.

Judge Regretfully Rules Law Doesn't Require US Government to Explain Its Drone War

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

This is one of the best reasons I've heard yet for why the Obama administration should release the legal memos written to justify its overseas targeted killings of terror suspects, regardless of whether any court ever orders it to.

Jason Cherkis

Mitt Romney Massachusetts Health Care System Inadequacy 'Glaring,' 'Shocking'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the past few months, Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has argued that repealing President Ba...

The Legal Battle Over Cell Phone Location Privacy

Larry Bodine | Posted 12.24.2012 | Crime
Larry Bodine

Did you know that every time you use your cell phone to check email, send a text or make a call, your cell phone relays your location to the cell phone company? And that the company keeps your data for months?

Questions of Legitimacy Hang Heavy Over 9/11 Trial

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.19.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Defense lawyers aren't told what evidence is classified, need the prosecution's approval to call witnesses, and have to defend their clients in a commission that may have been unlawfully influenced by senior U.S. officials, they told the Guantanamo court.

Battles Over Government Secrecy Dominate 9/11 Hearings

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The definition and use of classified information, and the public's right to hear it, is proving to be one of the most important issues arising in pre-trial hearings in this historic September 11th terrorism prosecution.