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Massey Mine Operators: Willful Criminal Activity?

Filed under: Disaster | Law — by Will Kirkland 05/14/2010 @ 2:42:30 PM
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Perhaps the silver lining in this spring of disasters will be that the rule of law — the backbone of democracy– will slowly regain the use of its vertebrae and … [Keep reading >>]

The Right Tilt of the Court

Filed under: Supreme Court — by Will Kirkland 05/11/2010 @ 7:54:31 AM

What do you know?  A front page article actually pointing to the obvious: the court tilts right; the right is unapologetic about its lobbying and the left?  The left’s got … [Keep reading >>]

Kagan It Is

Filed under: Politics | Supreme Court — by Will Kirkland 05/10/2010 @ 7:44:29 AM
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After the likelihood being leaked all weekend Elena Kagan has been announced as President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring John Paul Stevens. There are plenty of reasons to … [Keep reading >>]

Hutaree Militia Ordered Released

Filed under: Law | Terrorism — by Will Kirkland 05/5/2010 @ 8:11:09 AM

Odd, small appearance of this, buried under the headlines about the Times Square bombing attempt.
A federal judge in Detroit today ordered the release of nine members of a Lenawee … [Keep reading >>]

SCOTUS Candidate Search

Filed under: Law | Supreme Court — by Will Kirkland 04/23/2010 @ 2:04:13 PM

Two candidates:  one of which has been getting lots of coverage — and isn’t a great candidate.  Another who finally got some notice today — and would be great.
The case … [Keep reading >>]

Obama Back to Roberts

Filed under: Obama Administration | Supreme Court — by Will Kirkland 03/9/2010 @ 8:38:50 PM

The White House fired back at Justice John Roberts Tuesday night, after the Supreme Court Chief told a crowd that he found it “very troubling” that President Barack Obama would … [Keep reading >>]

Lieberman’s Disgustingness Level Falls Even Lower

Filed under: Bush Administration | Law | Obama Administration | Republicans | Terrorism — by Will Kirkland 02/12/2010 @ 9:52:49 AM
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Lieberman Now Against Saying White House Critics Help Al-Qaeda (After He Was For It, During Bush Years)

Talking Points Memo

Lieberman is of course, once again, joining the far right smash and … [Keep reading >>]

Second Circuit Court of Appeals: Torture? Our Hands are Tied.

Filed under: Law | Torture — by Will Kirkland 11/11/2009 @ 9:56:18 AM
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The lead editorial for the NY Times has it just right:  The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has just written itself into infamy — upholding a … [Keep reading >>]

Full Marriage Rights Struck Down

Filed under: Human Rights | Law — by Will Kirkland 11/4/2009 @ 2:34:03 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO — Stunned and angry, national gay rights leaders Wednesday blamed scare-mongering ads — and President Barack Obama’s lack of engagement — for a bitter election setback in Maine … [Keep reading >>]

Sotomayor Asks More on First Day than Thomas in Years

Filed under: Supreme Court — by Will Kirkland 10/6/2009 @ 8:44:56 AM
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It’s a new day at the Supremes. We may not like all of Sotomayor’s decisions but we sure like her brains and her determination to use them.

A recast … [Keep reading >>]

Suing Ashcroft for Constitution Busting

Filed under: Law — by Will Kirkland 09/5/2009 @ 10:52:26 AM
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Update below

The pleasures we receive these days seem few and far between: wars go on, and more are started. Women are beaten and set aflame for going to school. … [Keep reading >>]

Judge Stands Up: Foreclosures Rejected

Filed under: Economy | Law — by Will Kirkland 08/31/2009 @ 8:56:45 AM

Now here’s a guy we can cheer for. Too bad there aren’t more like him, say in the present Administration.

“I’m a little guy in Brooklyn who doesn’t belong to … [Keep reading >>]

Stand With Haiti

Words for Acts

An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

Tom Paine

---"Dissertations on First Principles of Government," 1795


Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, by Max Blumenthal.

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