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Judicial System

The Limits of the Criminal Law

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

It is one thing to pass a law, it is another to enforce it. If only a few people disobey it, they can be prosecuted. If many do, the capacity of the courts and, if necessary, the prison system, can be overwhelmed.

Should Private Settlements of Legal Disputes be Made Public?

Brad Reid | Posted 03.05.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

Settlement agreements may occur prior to litigation or after litigation has been dismissed. The argument for privacy in these situations is that disclosure would reveal nothing concerning judicial activity.

America's Tiananmen Square

Dinkar Jain | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Dinkar Jain

We live in an America where dissidents of China (like Chen Guangcheng) get special visas from the U.S. State Department and special posts at universit...

In The Public Interest : Four Reasons Lawmakers Are Scrutinizing How Companies Turn Settlements From Wrongdoing Into Tax Write Offs

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

The oil giant BP paid for cleanup and compensation for their massive Gulf oil spill, and rightfully so. But was this a "necessary and ordinary cost of doing business" that deserved a $10 billion tax break? I think most of us would respond with a resounding, "no!"

The Texas Spring: How Wendy Davis Is Taking on the Good Ole Boys

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Vivian Norris

What Rick Perry and the GOP did by not only calling a special session to close virtually every abortion clinic in Texas, but also changing the date on the votes that took place after midnight, was a disgraceful slap in the face of all citizens everywhere. And they did not get away with it.

Crisis of Confidence: How Washington Lost Faith in America's Courts

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

It's hard to escape the conclusion that the U.S. has little faith in its ability to put on trial a man assumedly responsible for murdering thousands. The administration's skepticism when it comes to using the judicial system risks is becoming pervasive.

Rich 'Protected More Than Victims'

Posted 09.05.2011 | Home

Press Association -- The current courts system protects the rich and wealthy more than it does the families of murder victims, the victims' tsar has s...

Jukebox Justice: American Judges for Sale

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Kolb

In approximately 40 states, judges are elected, and as part of that process the candidates or incumbents accept campaign money from parties or attorneys who later appear before them in lawsuits.

Court and Chevron's "Crude" Attacks Continue

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Joe Berlinger's back is against the wall. Last week the independent filmmaker, already facing crushing debt from legal bills, was dealt a major blow i...

Targeted Killing and the Courts

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jameel Jaffer

Weeks after 9/11, Alan Dershowitz notoriously proposed that judges be empowered to issue warrants authorizing interrogators to use torture against s...

Protections of Justice System Should Apply to Us All, Even Non-English Speakers

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Provenzano

With more than 176 different languages and dialects spoken in the United States, we still have a long way to go to assure full support for all legal Limited English Proficiency defendants in court cases.

Justice Suffers As Nominations Languish

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

The vacancies on the federal bench continue to grow, resulting in a judicial system that is already overburdened coming to a grinding halt. The nation's courtrooms must not be left hostage to partisan bickering.

DNA: The Freedom Fighter (Part III of III)

Cari Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cari Shane

Since 2006, Maine resident Morrison Bonpasse has worked tirelessly for the exoneration of a man he had never met or even heard of until just a few years ago.

The Secret Chamber of Commerce and its "Tort Reform" Mission

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

The U.S. Chamber created the ILR to pursue the Chamber's so-called "tort reform" agenda: protecting corporations from liability, weakening the civil jury system and blocking the courthouse door for sick and injured Americans.

"All Rise!": A Better Way of Justice Is Now In Session

Nick Gillie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Gillie

It is time to abandon "conventional" views that prison is the solution to addiction, and consider what the research says.

This Week in the Classroom: The Judicial System

Alan McGee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alan McGee

Whether to support the fundamental understanding the judicial system, or to inspire a career in politics or law, each DonorsChoose.org project reflects one teacher's hope for the future of their students.