31 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Sandra Jordan of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, former Associate Independent Counsel for the Iran/Contra prosecutions, says the prosecution of Scooter Libby and perhaps others in the Fitzgerald probe of the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity will be a delicate process that may [read more]

31 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Christopher Schroeder of Duke University Law School says that the claim that "executive privilege" concerns required the withdrawal of US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers has been overstated, and that senatorial requests for information on her White House service there could have been selectively accommodated without crossing [read more]

31 Oct 2005

JURIST Contributing Editor William G. Ross, a specialist in constitutional history and the appointment of U.S. Supreme Court justices teaching at Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, says that the US Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito will be hard for Democrats or conservative Republicans to defeat... Opponents of [read more]

31 Oct 2005

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Greg Kehoe, US Department of Justice Regime Crimes Liaison to the Iraqi Special Tribunal in Baghdad from March 2004 until March 2005, says that while the current Ad Dujayl case against Saddam Hussein is not about the biggest crime committed by his regime, it exemplifies its [read more]

27 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Scott Gerber of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law says that although, in Harriet Miers, President Bush apparently put a premium on picking a Supreme Court nominee loyal to him, when the political chips were down he wasn't very loyal to her... President George W. Bush [read more]

27 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Stephen Vladeck of the University Miami School of Law says that a narrow interpretation of the US Supreme Court's classic 1866 ruling against military tribunals in Ex parte Milligan might actually be in the best interest of suspected dirty bomber Jose Padilla as he again takes his [read more]

24 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Sherrilyn Ifill of the University of Maryland School of Law says that contrary to what some female politicians, commentators and even the First Lady of the United States have said, skepticism about the qualifications of Harriet Miers for the US Supreme Court is not sexist... Senator Barbara [read more]

21 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist George Dix of the University of Texas School of Law says that challenges made by Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX) to his two criminal indictments for conspiracy and money laundering may require the Texas courts to consider the fundamental question of whether - in the face of traditional [read more]

20 Oct 2005

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Robert Amsterdam, international defense counsel for Russian billionaire and former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, recently imprisoned for tax fraud after a long and politically-controversial trial, says his client's case is a call to the West to wake up to fundamental threats to the rule of law [read more]

18 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that although Saddam Hussein's defense may argue that he's immune from prosecution as either a present or previous head of state, it's likely the argument will fail... Saddam Hussein will be brought to justice this week for the [read more]

18 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Lawrence Douglas, Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College, says that the trial of Saddam Hussein must not only do justice, but show that justice is done, and wonders whether the relatively-inexperienced jurists of the Iraqi tribunal will be up to the task... How [read more]

17 Oct 2005

JURIST Contributing Editor William G. Ross of Cumberland Law School, Samford University, says that while the nomination of Harriet Miers to the US Supreme Court is not without its problems, the selection of close presidential associates for the high court is an historical commonplace, and several criticisms of Miers' background [read more]

17 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist William Banks of Syracuse University College of Law says that President Bush's proposal after Hurricane Katrina to change the federal Posse Comitatus law to allow a greater military role in the event of natural disasters may not be a good idea from a cultural or military perspective, [read more]

13 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Schapiro of Emory University School of Law says that lacking judicial experience, White House counsel Harriet Miers may find it difficult to demonstrate the independence from executive power appropriate for a Supreme Court justice... Amid the debates over Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, a simple fact [read more]

12 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Clark Lombardi of the University of Washington School of Law says that given the ambiguous and open-ended nature of the draft Iraqi constitution, its approval in the October 15 referendum would only mark the start of much more hard work to establish a functional, peaceful and united [read more]

11 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Brian J. Foley of Florida Coastal School of Law says that the less-than-rigorous procedural rules governing the tribunals and military commissions at Guantanamo Bay endanger us as surely as any terrorists... The prevailing belief that the procedures at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) protect us because they make it [read more]

10 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Eileen Gauna of Southwestern University School of Law. now visiting at the University of New Mexico, says that the Hurricane Katrina disaster is a classic instance of environmental injustice, the longstanding pattern whereby people of color and the poor are exposed to greater environmental risk while receiving [read more]

7 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Audrey McFarlane of the University of Baltimore School of Law says that concern over the protection of "property rights" in the wake of the US Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. New London has obscured larger questions relating to the allocation of public resources to large private [read more]

7 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Carl Tobias of the University of Richmond School of Law says that although President Bush said he would consult with the Senate before nominating a replacement for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the nomination of White House counsel Harriet Miers reflected no real consultation... The second effort to [read more]

3 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Donna Arzt of Syracuse University College of Law says that for all the furor over whether the Hurricane Katrina evacuees should or should not be called "refugees", that legal label doesn't apply in circumstances of natural disaster.... In the midst of the Katrina disaster, many of the [read more]

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