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Hate Crime Laws Will Not Stop Bigotry

David Weinstein | Posted 12.13.2014 | Gay Voices
David Weinstein

Hate crime laws punish discriminatory violence, but they cannot begin the important work of preventing it. Only we can, by speaking for the multitude that suffers every day in America from bigotry.

DOJ Has One Week To Decide On James Risen Subpoena

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.10.2014 | Media

Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Justice Department have until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, to decide if New York Times reporter James Risen ...

Questions From Ferguson

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.25.2014 | Crime
Peter Van Buren

Why did the grand jury take it upon themselves to sort out the witness conclusively? The point of a grand jury is only to determine if probable cause of a crime, a very low legal hurdle, exists. If it does, they return an indictment and the case goes to trial for resolution.

Geronimo Was Cornered, Not Killed

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Ximena Ortiz

U.S. officials demonstrated a tolerance and forbearance in dealing with Geronimo that wouldn't stand a chance of prevailing today, against a similar "hostile."

To Harvard and Other Universities: In Protecting Students From Sexual Assault, Don't Disregard Due Process

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.20.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Yes, Harvard's previous sexual assault policy was utterly inadequate to protect survivors of sexual misconduct -- as are far too many policies still in place at other American universities. But the new policy goes dangerously far in another direction, and law professors were right to call their university out.

How To Select The Best Mediator Is a Must Read for Everyone

Mark Baer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I cannot thank Mr. Peters enough for putting so much effort into writing such an outstanding book and highly recommend that every professional involved in dispute and/or conflict resolution and everyone involved in a dispute and/or conflict take the time to read this book.

​A ​Courageous Reporter And A Corrupt Chinese Communist Official

Frank Vogl | Posted 11.26.2014 | Crime
Frank Vogl

According to documents released by the court on September 24, Liu Tienan was accused of accepting about $5.8 million in bribes from five companies between 2002 and 2012. Liu Tienan also received a Porsche and a Beijing villa.

Do Jurors Become Better Citizens?

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

What if jury service made you a better citizen? New social science research on juries and democratic engagement makes exactly that argument. Like an immunity boost for our civic constitution, jury service appears to ward off civic apathy.

Srebrenica Genocide: 19 Years After

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Jasmina Tesanovic

I asked my father, a native from Herzegovina, for a schoolgirl digest version of the good guys beating the bad guys in World War II. And my father told me a terrible story, cruel and heroic with him as an actor.

Closing Arguments Set For Bombing Suspect's Friend

AP | Posted 09.15.2014 | Crime

BOSTON (AP) -- Jurors in the trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are set to hear closin...

Sin City Performer Convicted In Dismemberment Slaying

AP | KEN RITTER | Posted 05.23.2014 | Crime

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas Strip performer was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder for killing and dismembering his dancer ex-gir...

A Possible Revolution In Criminal Prosecution

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded cour...

Will Carnival's Passengers Triumph in Court?

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 05.06.2014 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

Dozens of the passengers who were aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Triumph last year when a fire left the ship disabled and adrift in the Gulf of Mexico ...

A Bizarre Trial for Lebanon

Allan Topol | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Allan Topol

The prosecutor has done a careful job assembling his case. It is likely that justice will be done in the Netherlands. But at what price for poor suffering Lebanon.

New York Man Admits To Partially Decapitating And Stuffing Friend In Closet

David Lohr | Posted 01.29.2014 | Crime

A New York man has admitted he killed a 35-year-old friend and neighbor during an argument, attempted to chop up his body with an axe and hid it in hi...

The High-Stakes Insider Trading Trial of Mathew Martoma

Margaret McLean | Posted 09.19.2014 | Crime
Margaret McLean

District Court Judge Paul Gardephe is presiding over what the government has called "the most lucrative insider trading scheme ever charged." As the prosecution launches its case-in-chief, the following is what to expect at trial.

Things to Consider Before Litigating

Mark Baer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
Mark Baer

As you can see, decisions rendered in court are not based on all of the evidence -- just all of the legally admissible evidence

Jurors Urge Review of Their Verdict

Diane Dimond | Posted 11.12.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Sometimes the justice system just doesn't work. The prosecutor could be more interested in winning than finding the truth. The defense attorney migh...

All the Pretty Witches

Eric Dezenhall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Eric Dezenhall

In the vortex that swirls from today's media and legal climate, motivated authorities may not have enough to send you to jail, but they certainly have...

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 Bo Xilai Verdict: Move Along, Nothing to See Here

John Wagner Givens | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
John Wagner Givens

Bo's trial is a political event; his crimes are the same as those committed by almost all Chinese politicians, and were selected for the sake of convenience. As such, the trial tells us next to nothing about rule of law in China.

Over a Year and a Half After Trayvon Martin's Death, What We Should Focus on

Shoham Geva | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Shoham Geva

Social justice bloggers across every platform raised serious concerns about our ethics and integrity as Americans. And pretty much everyone missed the point.

Attack on Trayvon Martin Is an Attack on America

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Leslie K. Stein

Voter suppression and "stand your ground" are attacks on America's 99 percent. Sound crazy? They are attacks on reasonableness. Voter suppression a...

What You May Not Know About the Zimmerman Verdict: The Evolution of a Jury Instruction

Alafair Burke | Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices
Alafair Burke

That may have been the moment when Zimmerman got acquitted. The end result was that jurors were told only about the parts of Florida self-defense law that benefited the defendant, without knowing anything about the most relevant potential limitation.

A Poem in Memory of Trayvon Martin: 'Anyone's Son'

Tara Skurtu | Posted 09.12.2013 | Black Voices
Tara Skurtu

This poem wants to stand its ground, silence force with simple words, pray you alive, anyone's son -- tall boy, eye-smile, walk on home.