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29
Sep
14

Erwin Chemerinksy: This love affair is over

After nearly four decades as a lawyer and 30 years teaching would-be lawyers, and after writing a leading textbook on constitutional law and helping establish a law school, and after standing before the justices five times on behalf of his clients, Erwin Chemerinsky has fallen out of love with the Supreme Court.

Hard.

His break-up note runs for 342 pages and is called “The Case Against the Supreme Court.” The book makes its regretful message clear at the very beginning:

“We should realize that this is an emperor that truly has no clothes. For too long, we have treated the Court is if they are the high priests of the law, or at least as if they are the smartest and best lawyers in society.”

13
Sep
14

Sotomayor: Americans Should be Alarmed by Spread of Drones

Americans should be more concerned about their privacy being invaded by the spread of drones, Justice Sonia Sotomayor told an Oklahoma City audience.

Speaking before a group of faculty members and students at Oklahoma City University’s law school on Sept. 11, Justice Sotomayor said “frightening” changes in surveillance technology should encourage citizens to take a more active role in the privacy debate. She said she’s particularly troubled by the potential for commercial and government drones to compromise personal privacy.

12
Sep
14

Editorial: Allow TV Cameras in Courtroom for James Holmes Trial

In one of the most high-profile criminal trials in Colorado history, the state is seeking the death penalty against suspected Aurora theater shooter James Holmes.

That should be reason enough for cameras to be allowed in the courtroom — to record every statement and allow scrutiny of the process that could result in the state putting someone to death.

09
Sep
14

Prosecutors Oppose Televising Theater Shooting Trial

Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case joined defense lawyers in opposing television coverage inside the courtroom during the trial, saying it would inflict intense and hurtful attention on victims who testify.

In a court filing dated Friday and made public Monday, prosecutors also argued that television coverage could change the way trial witnesses behave.

06
Sep
14

Defense Wants TV Cameras Banned From Aurora Trial

Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes asked the judge to bar television coverage inside the courtroom, saying it would violate Holmes’ right to a fair trial.

In a filing dated Thursday and released Friday, defense lawyers argued that televising the trial could intimidate witnesses, expose jurors and attorneys to death threats, and create other problems.

04
Sep
14

Most Americans Want Cameras in the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has long resisted efforts to allow cameras to broadcast its proceedings, despite overwhelming public support for the idea. A video of a federal court session in New York this week might shed a little light on why.

29
Jul
14

Appeals Court Allows Sept. 11 Steel Cross Display

A U.S. appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by an atheist group seeking to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found among the World Trade Center’s wreckage.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a federal judge’s ruling last year that the decision to include the beam in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum did not advance religion impermissibly.




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