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Published: 02/13/11

Amid Closings and Cutbacks, a Modest Proposal to Save Our Courts

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Amid Closings and Cutbacks, a Modest Proposal to Save Our Courts

Federal court administrators announced a few weeks ago that they want to help their colleagues in courthouses around the country improve the quality and consistency of judicial websites, which have been notoriously user-unfriendly for years. This is a good step, and a needed one, and I wish court clerks and judicial technology experts everywhere much good luck with the coming transition. Easy, accessible websites are one of the most cost-effective ways in which the courts can remind people of the vital importance of the judiciary in their lives. That goal means more than ever now, at a time...

Published: 01/10/11

Jared Loughner's Trial: Previewing the Tucson Massacre Case

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Jared Loughner's Trial: Previewing the Tucson Massacre Case

The federal criminal case against Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner looks to be a straight-forward affair. He was reportedly tackled to the ground inside the Safeway supermarket Saturday morning after firing dozens of rounds from a gun he allegedly purchased at a local store. There were many eyewitnesses to the crime, including wounded survivors of the attack. Loughner left behind, according to the criminal complaint against him, several written "statements" suggesting premeditation, intent and a specific target. There is also, says the FBI, relevant video surveillance tape of the...

Published: 12/24/10

What Now for Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay?

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
What Now for Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay?

When Congress passed the latest defense appropriations bill Wednesday, it also may have ended any chance that there will be a federal criminal trial soon for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Thirteen months after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the key 9/11 planner would be tried for terrorism, murder and conspiracy in Lower Manhattan, Congress formally banned any such trial for the confessed al-Qaeda chief or any of the other prisoners currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Lawmakers also forbade the Pentagon transfer of the Gitmo prisoners to the United States for any other...

Published: 12/12/10

Battle of the Branches: Tough Times for Separation of Powers

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Battle of the Branches: Tough Times for Separation of Powers

Last week generated an unusual confluence of legal stories that together highlight the fragility of the constitutional (and practical) walls designed to separate the functions of the different branches of government. In each instance, functionaries of one branch poached on territory set aside for another; in each case, there was a swift reaction from tribunes defending their turf. Part One: Legislative encroachment upon traditional executive power. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder blasted federal lawmakers in the House of Representatives for passing legislation that would block...

Published: 12/7/10

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested, Denied Bail in U.K.

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested, Denied Bail in U.K.

LONDON -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, arrested Tuesday morning in London on sex charges, was denied bail and said he will fight extradition to Sweden during a court proceeding this afternoon. The 39-year-old Australian was taken into custody when he arrived at a central London police station by appointment. Judge Howard Riddle said he had "substantial grounds" to believe Assange wouldn't turn up for subsequent proceedings, and ordered him into custody ahead of another court session on Dec. 14. The judge asked Assange if he understood that he could consent to be extradited to Sweden....

Published: 10/15/10

Feds Oppose California's Bid to Legalize Marijuana

By  not in system - AOL News
Feds Oppose California's Bid to Legalize Marijuana

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 15) - Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal government will enforce its marijuana laws in California even if voters next month make the state the first in the nation to legalize the drug. The Justice Department strongly opposes California's Proposition 19 and remains firmly committed to enforcing the federal Controlled Substances Act in all states, Holder wrote in a letter to former chiefs of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter, dated Wednesday. "We will vigorously enforce the CSA against those individuals...

Published: 10/12/10

Did Carl Paladino Really Say 'F--- Him' About Eric Holder? [VIDEO]

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Did Carl Paladino Really Say 'F--- Him' About Eric Holder? [VIDEO]

(Oct. 12) -- Another day, another YouTube-generated headache for Carl Paladino. In footage obtained by Jeremy Jacobs of National Journal's Hotline OnCall, the following video, taken at a town hall meeting on March 26 in Tappan, N.Y., appears to portray the tea-party-backed New York gubernatorial candidate uttering the phrase "F--- him" in response to a question regarding U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the suggestion to hold trials for terrorists in Manhattan. "If you were the chief executive of New York, what would your response be to the attorney general of the United States deciding...

Published: 10/6/10

Terror Case Ruling Fuels Debate Over Use of Civilian Courts

By  Allan Lengel - AOL News
Terror Case Ruling Fuels Debate Over Use of Civilian Courts

(Oct. 6) -- A last-minute ruling today by a federal judge blocking the government from using a key witness in a major terrorism case is expected to heat up the already contentious debate over whether to use civilian courts in such cases, legal experts say. "It will certainly fuel the debate," said former New York federal prosecutor Anthony Barkow, executive director of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at the New York University School of Law. "The question is whether a military commission would have reached the same conclusion." AFP / Getty Images Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is...

Published: 07/6/10

Feds File Suit Over Arizona Immigration Law

By  not in system - AOL News
Feds File Suit Over Arizona Immigration Law

PHOENIX (July 6) -- The Obama administration sued Arizona on Tuesday to throw out the state's toughest-in-the-nation immigration law and keep other states from copying it. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Phoenix said the law, due to take effect July 29, usurps the federal government's "pre-eminent authority" under the Constitution to regulate immigration. The move sets the stage for a high-stakes legal clash over states' rights at a time when politicians in some other states have indicated they want to follow Arizona's lead. The legal action represents a stern denunciation of the law,...

Published: 03/16/10

Attorney General: Bin Laden Won't Face Trial

By  not in system - AOL News
Attorney General: Bin Laden Won't Face Trial

WASHINGTON (March 16) -- Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Tuesday that Osama bin Laden will never face trial in the United States because he will not be captured alive. In testy exchanges with House Republicans, the attorney general compared bin Laden to mass murderer Charles Manson and predicted that events would ensure "we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden" not to the al-Qaida leader as a captive. Holder sternly rejected criticism from GOP members of a House Appropriations subcommittee, who contend it is too dangerous to put terror suspects on...

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