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Ahmadinejad Was Freed Hiker's Captor, Not Saviour

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

Iranian President Ahmadinejad has portrayed himself as Shourd's benefactor, but it was his intelligence service that held her for 14 months. He was responsible for her detention without trial.

Iran Stoning Sentence Stirs Internal Debate Of Koranic Interpretation, Foreign Policy Issues

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iran's hard-line government holds fast to the belief that relenting under international pressure is a great blunder because, ultimately, it just invit...

1 In 8 Federal Judgeships Sit Empty; Dems Blame GOP Obstruction, GOP Blames Obama's Dearth Of Nominations

Los Angeles Times | Carol J. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Almost one in eight federal judgeships is vacant in the country and legal scholars warn that the increasingly politicized confirmation process threate...

Who Are the Gougers and Profiteers?

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

Just last week, a federal court in California, using terms like gouging and profiteering, made national headlines by issuing a stinging indictment of ...

The Corporate Courts: Fifth Circuit Judges Are Marinating in Oil

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

There are many oil-drenched casualties of the tragedy in the Gulf. It would be a shame if the integrity of the judicial system was one, as well.

Supreme Court Helps Out Kagan

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Supreme Court has yanked the rug out from under the argument that Kagan shouldn't have had the option to bar military recruiters from campus while dean of Harvard law school. Today's ruling affirms that right for universities.

How to Fix the Judge Salary Problem

Richard G. Reinis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard G. Reinis

Judge recruitment, as well as retention, is imperiled by the continued failure of Congress to address judicial salaries. And so is our democracy.

Unprecedented and Inexcusable Obstructionism

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

How does a small group of Republican Senators manage to hold up the confirmation process? They continually refuse to vote on nominations, force cloture votes, and place anonymous holds on nominees.

Report: Race Matters in Judicial Decision-Making

Mike Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Green

If people of all races are to believe in judicial fairness, a more diverse bench is a good place to start.

Sheriff Arpaio Incites Widespread Anger for implicating Judges In Alleged Conspiracy

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

Under the bleating headline, "Is there no one who will stand up to Thomas, Arpaio?" the Arizona Republic Editorial Board pleaded this week for the governor and attorney general to step in...

The Right's Elitism on Judges

Jonathan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Singer

Is there really such a thing as one uniquely qualified Supreme Court nominee that no other in the legal community around the country could match?

Time for Progressives to Fight for the Judiciary They Deserve

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

Progressives must ensure that President Obama's nominees receive the same fair and balanced treatment demanded by Senate Republicans.

Urge Congress to Vote Contempt for Karl Rove

Don Siegelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Siegelman

I'm urgently enlisting your help to hold Karl Rove accountable for politicizing the Department of Justice -- including the prosecution that targeted me -- because our time may well be running out.

Bid'n his Time: If it's Joe, Don't Ignore his Constitutional Gravitas

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Everyone knows Biden's expertise in foreign policy. It has overshadowed his equal expertise on the law, the Constitution, and the Judiciary -- it should not.

Anti-Corruption Efforts Must Come First in Afghanistan

Lisa Gans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gans

A corrupt society like that in Afghanistan is a lawless one, and in a lawless environment, nothing works and everyone lives in fear, clinging to tribal or ethnic affiliations to protect them.