Category Archives: Law

Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan

The NY Times reports that Obama has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court, a move that very likely could shift the ideological makeup of the court substantially to the right. If you’re interested in the subject you should read Glenn Greenwald’s roundups on her record […]

Torture lawyers dodge mild rebuke

Bush’s Department of Justice lawyers who made legal excuses for torture are not even going to get a slap on the wrist: “What we’re seeing right now is the dismantling of precedent that we created at Nuremberg, when we said that you can’t facilitate war crimes as lawyers and say that it was simply bad […]

Electing Judges And The Corruption of American Law

Former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor are against them. I’ve always found it strange. Why would we elect someone who is supposed to be impartial? Judges are not supposed to reflect public opinion but that of the law.

The death penalty costs what?

I’ve been opposed to the death penalty on the grounds that we seem to be sentencing a lot of innocent people to death. According to the ACLU “more than 100 prisoners convicted of capital crimes and sentenced to death were released from death row with strong evidence of their innocence.” Since that’s the case, why […]

Free Polanski?

A few days ago I questioned whether or not our resources should have been spent finding a way to capture Roman Polanski for a rape he committed 30 years ago, considering the victim had forgiven him. I just think there may be other crimes more worthy of our attention. With that said, there are good […]

International law is an empty promise

“We must demonstrate that international law is not an empty promise, and that treaties will be enforced.” – Obama discussing new stricter language enforcing nuclear non-proliferation (via the NY Times). That seems more than a little hypocritical when Obama has actively shielded the past administration from international penalties against torture and launching aggressive wars. The […]

A pattern is emerging

Short version: Congress has given Attorney General Alberto Gonzales the power to spy on Americans and foreigners with little to no oversight. Long version: I’ve written a bit about the destruction of the 4th Amendment that is the NSA wiretapping scandal. I’ve wanted to write about this particular story since Friday night. It’s just so […]

545 days left

I was in the middle of my daily perusing of blogs, when a tidbit on Glenn Greenwald’s site caught my attention. John Yoo, one of Bush’s key legal advisors, argued that the President has the legal right to torture children by crushing their testicles. From a 2005 debate with professor and international human rights scholar […]

Our idiots in Congress

The Republicans have been threatening to filibuster a lot of Democratic legislation these days. The threat (not an actual filibuster) has kept the following legislation off the table: (Courtesy of Open Left) January 17, Reid Amendment to Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007: a bill to provide greater transparency in the legislative process. January […]

How the U.S. creates terrorists

How would you like being stuck in Gitmo for an entire year after the Pentagon said you could leave? From WaPo: The word came in May 2006: Ali Mohammed Nasser Mohammed, a slight, 24-year-old Yemeni with curly black hair and a wispy beard, would be freed from Guantanamo after more than four years. He got […]