30 Oct 2008

Ivan Hoffman [Internet law, publishing, copyright and trademark attorney]: "There is ample precedent for the structure of Google's settlement with the Authors Guild. It certainly reflects emerging technology and, as indicated below, will need to be reflected in modified agreements.For many decades, going back into the early 20th century, music [read more]

29 Oct 2008

Donald G. Rehkopf, Jr.[Co-Chair, Military Law Committee for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers]:"For those unfamiliar with military practice under the Uniform Code of Military Justice,reading the recent federal District Court decision in Watada v. Head, is probably as baffling as any of the great "Sherlock Holmes" mysteries. But, [read more]

26 Oct 2008

Farzana Hassan [President, Muslim Canadian Congress]: "The Muslim Canadian Congress, in welcoming the decision of the Constitutional Court of Turkey to disallow the lifting of the ban on hijabs, viewed it as a significant triumph of secularism over repressive Islamist practices. The court recently ruled that amendments to the constitution [read more]

26 Oct 2008

Moazzam Begg [former Guantanamo detainee and spokesman for Cageprisoners]: "Few people outside of western China or the neighboring central Asian states of the former Soviet Union have heard of the Uighurs. I hadn't heard of them either, until I was held in their company after the launch of "Operation Enduring [read more]

20 Oct 2008

Malcolm Nance [founding director of the International Anti-terrorism Center for Excellence]: "On Friday the Department of Defense released news of a revision to the 2005 DoD directive regarding the interrogation of prisoners by a wide range of non-DoD agencies and persons. This recent change, promulgated by Deputy Secretary of Defense [read more]

20 Oct 2008

Bennett H. Klein [Senior Attorney and AIDS Law Project Director, GLAD]: "The Kerrigan decision [PDF file] is significant as being the third judicial opinion in the country to rule that the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage violates state constitutional provisions. After the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's 2003 Goodridge decision, [read more]

20 Oct 2008

Joel Reynolds [Director of Urban Program, Natural Resources Defense Council]: "In early October, NRDC argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that executive agencies cannot trump the factual findings of federal district courts and that the district court in our case properly balanced the real harms to whales and other marine [read more]

19 Oct 2008

Commander Suzanne Lachelier [CDR, JAGC, US Navy; detailed counsel for Ramzi Binalshibh]: "The ruling against the defense motion for resources highlights, once again, the obstacles defense counsel face in assisting their clients, whether as full-fledged or as stand-by counsel. It also underscores the illusory nature of the right to proceed [read more]

13 Oct 2008

Steven Gieseler and Reed Hopper [counsel, Pacific Legal Foundation]: "With this case, the U.S. Supreme Court has an opportunity to restore a semblance of balance to environmental law. For decades, environmental laws and regulations - in particular the Endangered Species Act [PDF file] - have been treated by the courts [read more]

10 Oct 2008

Anthony S. Barkow [voluntary consultant, Human Rights First]: "The fair administration of criminal justice requires prosecutors to exercise their power and discretion to do justice and defense lawyers who are zealous and effective. I was in Guantanamo Bay late last month to observe pretrial hearings in the case of United [read more]

6 Oct 2008

Kristen Clarke [Co-Director, Political Participation Project, NAACP Legal Defense Fund]: "Polling places should be intimidation-free spaces in which all voters are able to freely cast their ballot without interference or obstruction. Both federal law and a number of state laws include provisions that are aimed at ensuring that voters do [read more]

3 Oct 2008

Jessica Knight [staff member, The Constitution Project]: "The [US] Senate Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing on restoring the rule of law [webcast] to its rightful, central place in our system of government. It focused on the U.S. Constitution as the cornerstone document that supports all other laws, and the [read more]

3 Oct 2008

Carrie L. Davis [Staff Counsel, ACLU of Ohio]: "It's been an eventful week for Ohio voters. Absentee voting began on Tuesday, September 30th. The deadline for registration is Monday, October 6th. And during this one week, courts across the state have ruled on numerous cases relating to voters' access to [read more]

2 Oct 2008

Rob Boston [senior policy analyst, Americans United for Separation of Church and State]: "Several of the pastors who took part in the so-called "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" have been arguing that they have a free speech and freedom of religion right to endorse or oppose candidates from the pulpit. They do [read more]

1 Oct 2008

Awzar Thi [member, Asian Human Rights Commission, Hong Kong]: "Whether the release of some nine thousand prisoners from Burma's jails last week was an act of self-described goodwill or a strategic manoeuvre by a government preparing the latest phase in its program for continued political control is of little significance [read more]

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