30 May 2009

Hoon Lee [Senior Foreign Attorney, Sigong Law P.C.]: "South Korea is now almost at the end of a 7-day national mourning period for its former (16th) president, Roh Moo Hyun, who had abruptly ended his life by jumping off a cliff near his retirement village of Bong-ha, with a state [read more]

29 May 2009

Audrey Silk [Founder, New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment]: "The DC Circuit Court of Appeals affirmation of most of District Court Judge Gladys Kessler's ruling in the case of US v. Philip Morris USA Inc., et. al. [PDF file] upholds ramifications that extend beyond the borders of the [read more]

27 May 2009

J.B. Harris [Managing Partner, The Law Offices of J.B. Harris, P.A.]: "On May 22, 2009, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed in large part one of the most damning verdicts ever rendered against the tobacco industry. US v. Philip Morris USA Inc., et. al. [PDF file]. Upholding the liability [read more]

22 May 2009

Reed Brody [Counsel and Spokesperson, Human Rights Watch]: "Spain has become the latest battleground in the fight over the soul of international justice. On Tuesday, its lower house of Parliament called for a limit on its universal jurisdiction law over international crimes, irrespective of where they are committed, to cases [read more]

21 May 2009

John W. Whitehead [Founder and President, The Rutherford Institute]: "President Obama has been accused of falling short of his campaign promises for a more transparent government. It certainly appears that the Obama administration is borrowing from George W. Bush's playbook, at least when it comes to keeping information on particularly [read more]

20 May 2009

Noah Greenwald [Biodiversity Program Director, Center for Biological Diversity]: "On May 8, 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that he will not rescind a "special rule" created by the Bush administration that sharply limits protections for the polar bear by exempting all activities that occur outside of the [read more]

20 May 2009

Charles N. Davis [Executive Director, National Freedom of Information Coalition]: "The May 19 federal appellate court decision finding that the White House's Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act is an act of legal finery in bad need of a legislative fix.Indeed, the court's decision [read more]

19 May 2009

Dennis A. Henigan [Vice President for Law and Policy, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence]: "Do the gun lobby's bumper sticker slogans work in the courts? The Ninth Circuit's recent 2-1 decision in Ileto v. Glock, Inc., suggests the answer may be "yes."The majority found that the federal Protection of [read more]

13 May 2009

Maggie Botes [General Manager, International Contractors Association]: "The International Contractors Association has a Code of Conduct to which all our members subscribe. It promotes integrity and professional conduct, and supports accountability for any misconduct or crime. With this said, our view is that any government or private contractor who commits [read more]

12 May 2009

Jernej Letnar Černič [Researcher, Institute for European, Constitutional, International Law and Law of Economics]: "The US government published in February 2009 its decision that it will not renew its contract with the private security corporation formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide. Such a decision comes as no surprise given the allegations [read more]

12 May 2009

Tamara Taraciuk Broner [Researcher, Americas Division, Human Rights Watch]: "Mexican President Felipe Calderón has relied heavily on the armed forces to fight drug-related violence and organized crime. The need to improve public security is clear. Mexico is facing violent turf battles among powerful drug cartels, an influx of sophisticated weapons, [read more]

5 May 2009

Sophie Richardson [Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch]: "The Chinese government's secrecy in handling unrest in Tibet since the March 2008 protests erupted in Lhasa was highlighted again on April 8, 2009, when a simple dispatch from the official news agency Xinhua reported that four Tibetans accused of arson in [read more]

3 May 2009

David L. McColgin [Supervisory Assistant Federal Defender (Appeals), Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania]: "Arizona v. Gant [PDF file] is one of the most significant pro-Fourth Amendment decisions in decades. Overturning the settled law in federal and most state courts, the Supreme Court ruled that police [read more]

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