2008: The Year of the Young Voter (Revisited)

November 11, 2008 | Comments Off on 2008: The Year of the Young Voter (Revisited)

Young voters were an important factor in the 2008 election outcome.  Official results are forthcoming, but Rock the Vote reports that an estimated 54.5 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds turned out last Tuesday.  This was an increase of nearly six percent from 2004 and almost 15 percent from 2000.  A record 24 million young people […]

Why Torture Does Not Work

October 7, 2008 | Comments Off on Why Torture Does Not Work

On Monday evening, the Human Rights and National Security Law program, in conjunction with Human Rights First, sponsored a roundtable discussion of why torture does not work, and why the next administration should work to end the ambiguity regarding its use by Americans.  Speaking at the discussion were Major General Paul Eaton, USA (Ret.), Major […]

Voter Protection in the Upcoming Election

October 1, 2008 | Comments Off on Voter Protection in the Upcoming Election

Judge Charleston, Waller County Justice of the Peace, was able to inject a surprising amount of humor and no shortage of passion into the telling of his personal experiences of struggling against appalling practices in Texas designed to keep black students from exercising their right to vote. Judge Charleston’s speech today, co-sponsored by ACS, Black […]

Restoration of Voting Rights for Felons

September 22, 2008 | Comments Off on Restoration of Voting Rights for Felons

As the 2008 presidential election rapidly approaches many Americans are focused on deciding which candidate to vote for. The right to vote is one that many of us take for granted, but there are about 5.3 million Americans who are disenfranchised due to felony convictions. There is a high degree of disenfranchisement on the national […]

Lawless Judges Protecting Lawless Police Officers

September 17, 2008 | Comments Off on Lawless Judges Protecting Lawless Police Officers

Tasers were marketed to the public as an alternative to deadly force, but it seems every week there is another case where the police use them for passive non-compliance. Excessive force claims under section 1983 are governed by an objective reasonableness standard. Factors to consider include “(1) the need for the application of force, (2) […]

Black in America

August 31, 2008 | Comments Off on Black in America

CNN’s Black in America aka “Black People are Reason for their Own Misfortune in America” Cross-Posted and published with http://www.thecollegianur.com/ “You think you know what it’s like to be Black in America… You have no idea.” This was how CNN advertised its self-proclaimed groundbreaking documentary series Black in America.  CNN’s own multiculti poster child, Soledad […]

Telecom Spying– You Are Still Not Safe

April 4, 2008 | Comments Off on Telecom Spying– You Are Still Not Safe

You’re still not safe because there’s still no terrorism exception to the rule of law. That was the message from the Attorney General this week in his address to the Commonwealth Club of California. After his initial remarks (which were on the ongoing effort to fight public corruption) he solicited a question on the debate […]

Senate Immunizes Warrantless Wiretapping

February 14, 2008 | Comments Off on Senate Immunizes Warrantless Wiretapping

Jim Webb, John Warner, and a supermajority of the Senate (68-29), just sold you out. The Senate just passed a bill which would excuse the telecommunications companies for violating the rights that same Senate conferred upon you. Make no mistake, there hasn’t been the slightest suggestion that what they did was legal. Rather, those supporting […]

DOJ: Bureaucracy Goes from Bad to Lethal

February 3, 2008 | Comments Off on DOJ: Bureaucracy Goes from Bad to Lethal

Few of us spend our days in law school contemplating those whom justice has evaded or ignored, preferring out of necessity to keep our heads low and survive this tiny journey, looking forward to the day when we can take out our shiny new degrees and battle the best of them for positive and systemic […]

Alien vs. (Human Rights) Predator

January 30, 2008 | Comments Off on Alien vs. (Human Rights) Predator

The Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) of 1789 grants jurisdiction to United States federal courts over “any civil action by an alien for a tort only, committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States.” 28 U.S.C. 1350 (2006). Though perhaps seemingly bland in its one-sentence text, the significant […]

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