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Judge Stays Most Of Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling

AP | AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio officials must immediately recognize the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban, a fed...

Federal Judge's Decision Closes Black Farmers' Lawsuit, Leaves Some Disappointed

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

A federal judge's recent ruling has finally settled outstanding issues in the black farmers' long-running lawsuit, nearly 30 years after I first sta...

Israeli Occupier-occupied Paradigm Must End

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

What happened on Monday morning March 10 is a symptom of the occupation versus occupied paradigm that must come to an end.

Haha! Gotcha Utah! ...But, What Next?

Austin Head | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Austin Head

The trajectory of the LGBT movement for equality is accelerating. Typically, this means the opposition will only get shriller and angrier believing that these hysterics will stop the train from running over their indignation and fanatic devotion to chosen verses of their dogma.

Friday Talking Points -- Harry Reid's Explosive Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In fact, it was even a big week just for political anniversaries. Fifty years ago this week, an event of no little importance happened. I speak, of course, tomorrow's 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who by the BBC.

Launch the 'Nuke,' Harry!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's an old adage in politics that the way to win political struggles is to "bring a gun to a knife fight." If this imagery isn't violent enough for you, the subject on the table now is whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering what is called the "nuclear option."

Important Distinctions Between Litigation and Mediation

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Throughout the conference, the panelists kept reiterating that what occurs in court is state specific, "locale specific," and jurist specific. In other words, results vary from judge to judge based upon the judge's biases, beliefs, assumptions and values. I think this should really scare anyone and everyone.

The High Price Mothers Pay When Filing For Divorce

Laura Wellington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Laura Wellington

In many cases the safety of children gets lost in a variety of personal agendas, leaving the word "family" in the phrase "Family Court" to resemble more of the Sopranos than that of the Cleavers.

Judge Holds Self In Contempt For Bad Phone Manners

Posted 10.10.2013 | Technology

Anyone who's ever visited Judge Hugh Clarke's courtroom in Lansing, Mich. knows the rules -- turn off your cellphone or silence it before entering ins...

Advice From a Judge While Waiting For a Jury

Marcus Landsberg | Posted 11.25.2013 | Hawaii
Marcus Landsberg

"Waiting is really the hardest part," The judge of my first jury trial told me. After a day and a half the Jury had yet to send back a jury communica...

The 7 Biggest Divorce Mistakes

Daniel Clement | Posted 10.20.2013 | Divorce
Daniel Clement

Since a litigated divorce is mentally overwhelming, you could unwittingly fall victim to these behaviors which would ensure that you would only view your divorce with regrets. By simply being aware of what not to do, you can steer clear of these mistakes.

Stop-and-Frisk: Why We Have Courts

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The American judiciary exists, first and foremost, to protect the constitutional rights of those who are not in the majority. It exists to ensure that our government treats all of us with respect.

When the Law Is Involved, Do Notions Of Fairness Matter?

Mark Baer | Posted 09.28.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

When attorneys, mediators and others are involved in the process, their concepts of fairness may well differ from those of one or both of the parties and from those of the other professionals involved.

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...

"Poor Alaskans": Court Blasts Alaska's Redistricting

John Aronno | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
John Aronno

The last round of reapportionment in Alaska didn't meet any rational smell check. The heavily right-leaning redistricting board focused on pitting political rivals against each other and erected new obstacles for left-leaning candidates and incumbents in their home districts.

What Does Mediation Really Mean?

Mark Baer | Posted 07.29.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Those involved in the legal system have created confusion in the marketplace regarding the concept of mediation itself. If those involved in the legal system don't know what mediation is supposed to be, how can we expect the general public to grasp the concept?

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.

Just Looking

Ron Nikkel | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

I wonder if how I look at people and what I think of them has any relationship to justice in the world. When I look at people and make judgments about them in the privacy of my thoughts, am I just looking at them or is my looking and my judgment really just?

'Christmas Letter 2012'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 02.10.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

It sure has been an exciting 2012 for the Zezimas! The good news is that nobody in the family went to prison, though three of us had brushes with the law.

Making Sense Of California Youth Sentences

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.19.2012 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Sayre Quevedo For juveniles in California being sentenced for crimes, things just got a little more complicated. Proposition 21 requires mandatory...

Rapist: It Would Be 'Rather Asinine' If I Didn't Get The Death Penalty

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 09.11.2012 | Crime

A convicted rapist and murderer again told a Florida court that it would be "rather asinine" if he received anything less than the death penalty. ...

Help More, Judge Less

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 10.23.2012 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

He is a great executive. A self-starter, he prides himself on being able to land on his feet in virtually any new environment. He is extremely intelli...

Tax-y and He Knows It

Michael Rugnetta | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Michael Rugnetta

The Supreme Court's health care ruling was surprising for many reasons -- John Roberts siding with the court's liberal wing, the upholding of the mand...

By the Time I Get to Arizona -- What SB 1070 Means Now

Josh Bowman | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Josh Bowman

Laws such as SB 1070 are reflective of larger economic fears and xenophobia. When xenophobia and fear become law, the consequences are far-reaching and create a variety of challenges.

80-Year-Old Child Molester Told Young Boys He Needed Their Semen To Live

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Ballhaus | Posted 06.22.2012 | Crime

In a disgusting ploy to lure young boys in to molest them, Charles Lee Bergeron Sr. told them he "needed their semen to live," prosecutors said. B...