31 Mar 2009

Erik Stanley [Senior Legal Counsel, Alliance Defense Fund]: "The Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission case is pending for decision before the US Supreme Court, and the case raises some serious constitutional questions. ADF filed a friend-of-the-court brief focusing on one specific - and highly important - portion of the [read more]

25 Mar 2009

Steve Simpson [Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice]: "In the case of Citizens United v. FEC, the US Supreme Court confronted the inescapable logic of the campaign finance laws: if the government can ban a broadcast advertisement that is paid for by a corporation, then it can ban movies and even [read more]

25 Mar 2009

Timothy Spence [Press and Communications Manager, International Press Institute]: "North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is no stranger to ruthlessly muzzling press freedom at home to bury the truth about natural disasters, famine, economic despair and his regime's diplomatic tussles.But the apparent capture of two American journalists on March 17 by [read more]

24 Mar 2009

Alex Luchenitser [Senior Litigation Counsel, Americans United for Separation of Church and State]: "Last week, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld an amendment to a Texas law that provides for a moment of silence in the public schools. The amendment changed the law by enumerating "pray" [read more]

24 Mar 2009

Alim Seytoff [General Secretary, Uyghur American Association]: "If the United States chooses to accept the Uyghur detainees and resettle them in the US, the only thing China can do is to loudly protest such a decision by the Obama Administration. China will use its state-controlled media to attack the US, [read more]

23 Mar 2009

John H. Eickemeyer [Shareholder, Vedder Price P.C.]: "The indictment if Mr. Friehling is hardly unexpected, as is the accompanying civil action by the SEC. The conduct alleged in the complaint certainly goes beyond poor auditing - in essence, Mr. Friehling is alleged to have done virtually no auditing at all. [read more]

20 Mar 2009

Christopher Gacek [Senior Fellow, Family Research Council]: "In reaction to the possibility that Hawaiian courts would mandate same-sex marriage for that state in the mid-1990s, Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act (DoMA). The vote in the US Senate was 85-14; in the US House of Representatives it was 342-67. [read more]

19 Mar 2009

Timothy Sandefur [Senior Staff Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation]: "Thirty years ago, in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, the Supreme Court held that the Constitution is not offended by state laws that take money directly from workers' paychecks to subsidize the activities of unions. This is even true when the [read more]

19 Mar 2009

Frida Berrigan [Senior Program Associate, Arms and Security Initiative, New America Foundation]: "Hidden amidst news of the global financial meltdown, the Bernie Madoff guilty pleas and spring's slow approach in the last week, was the story of global gun violence. A German rampager killed 16, an Alabama man killed 10 [read more]

18 Mar 2009

Gabor Rona [International Legal Director, Human Rights First]: "Last Friday, the Obama administration for the first time articulated in court its vision of authority to detain persons who are now being held at Guantanamo. The government's brief in the In Re: Guantanamo Bay Detainee Litigation case in the District Court [read more]

17 Mar 2009

Daniel Schuman [Director of Communications and Counsel, The Constitution Project]: "On March 11, 2009, President Obama issued his first presidential signing statement - a formal expression of his views regarding legislation that he has just signed into law - identifying five areas in an omnibus appropriations act that he will [read more]

14 Mar 2009

Angela Wu [Acting Executive Director, International Law Director, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty]: "The Supreme Court recently overturned Board of Immigration Appeals and Fifth Circuit rulings in Negusie v. Holder and found that victims of persecution who are forced to participate in persecution may be entitled to asylum. Petitioner [read more]

14 Mar 2009

Jesse Reynolds [Policy Analyst, Center for Genetics and Society]: "President Obama's recent removal of his predecessor's stem cell policy is a welcome development. The Bush administration's restriction on the federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research was outdated and increasingly unpopular. While much of the media coverage of President [read more]

13 Mar 2009

Rep. Jennifer Coffey [Director, National Coordinator, Second Amendment Sisters, Inc.] and Evan F. Nappen [Attorney at Law]: "It's said that God created man and woman, but it took Sam Colt to make them equal. Domestic violence is deplorable. Abusing any person, whether man or woman, is wrong. The problem is [read more]

13 Mar 2009

Paula Lucas [Executive Director, Just the Beginning Foundation]: "Pull out your cup, fill it full of whatever morning sip of activation you need and let's talk. The recent comments made by Attorney General Holder were rough - well intentioned and certainly based more upon fact than figment of imagination, but [read more]

12 Mar 2009

Chibli Mallat [Professor of Law and Politics of the Middle East, S.J. Quinney College of Law]: "Yesterday we encountered a strange moment of serendipity. Dr. Lateef Rashid, invited those of us working on the Global Justice Project: Iraq to dinner with his colleague, the Minister of Justice, Dara Noureddin. Dr. [read more]

11 Mar 2009

William Perry Pendley [President and Chief Operating Officer, Mountain States Legal Foundation]: "Mountain States Legal Foundation welcomes the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States in Ysursa v. Pocatello Education Association issued February 24, 2009. MSLF had filed a friend of the court brief in support of the [read more]

10 Mar 2009

Victor Comras [Special Counsel, Eren Law Firm]: "Classified information and court rooms usually just don't mesh. And, this factor is at the very heart of the continuing dilemma we face in using our judicial system to deal with terrorism and terrorists. Terrorism cases pose very special investigative and court room [read more]

7 Mar 2009

Elizabeth Zitrin [Coordinator, International Outreach and Communications Project, Death Penalty.org]: "To the United States, Europe often represents our past. Our social and cultural institutions are a large, diverse melting pot, but were built on a European base. Our legal system and our democratic principles came across the Atlantic. Now, Europe [read more]

7 Mar 2009

Christopher Hill [State Strategies Coordinator for the ACLU Capital Punishment Project]: "Italy's decision on March 3 to completely abolish capital punishment is yet more proof that the world is moving away from this ineffective and unjust system. There has not been an execution by a member of the Council of [read more]

7 Mar 2009

Steven Emerson [Founder, The Investigative Project on Terrorism]: "The University of Texas School of Law National Security Clinic, joined by several other advocacy organizations, has filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development, Inc. (KindHearts) in the US District Court for the Northern District of [read more]

6 Mar 2009

J. Peter Pham [Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University]: "The decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) this week to issue a warrant of arrest [PDF file] for Sudan's President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir for war crimes and crimes [read more]

5 Mar 2009

Bill Marler [Managing Partner, Marler Clark LLP, PS]: "China's recently enacted "Food Safety Law" is, at least on paper, a significant leap forward in terms of proactive food safety measures designed to prevent crises before they happen. Provisions contained in the Law, such as creating a system to recall problem [read more]

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