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Nov 02, 2013 The grabbing hand of the law: How prosecutors seize the assets of the innocent

QUOTE: Under “civil forfeiture”, however, it can grab first and ask questions later. Property can be seized merely on the suspicion that it has been involved in a crime. Citizens have no right to a swift hearing. For a small business, that can be fatal.

Mar 15, 2013 Right to Lawyer Can Be Empty Promise for Poor

QUOTE: Fifty years ago, on March 18, 1963, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that those accused of a crime have a constitutional right to a lawyer whether or not they can afford one.... the promise inherent in the Gideon ruling remains unfulfilled... Civil matters — including legal issues like home foreclosure, job loss, spousal abuse and parental custody — were not covered by the decision. Today, many states and counties do not offer lawyers to the poor in major civil disputes, and in some criminal ones as well. Those states that do are finding that more people than ever are qualifying for such help, making it impossible to keep up with the need.

New York Times
Aug 16, 2012 Private justice: How Hollywood money put a Brit behind bars: Industry-funded prosecution leads to 4-year sentence for SurfTheChannel owner.

QUOTE: Organizations like the MPAA, RIAA, IFPA, and FACT have long lobbied law enforcement officials to prosecute "rogue sites" and have provided them with information and logistical support to do so. But public prosecutors generally have the final say on who will be indicted. In the Vickerman case, the public prosecutors concluded that there wasn't enough evidence to merit prosecution. FACT disagreed and invoked what one lawyer told us is an "archaic right" for a private organization to bring criminal prosecutions against other private parties.

Ars Technica
Jun 20, 2011 Court Issues Split Ruling on Poor’s Right to Counsel

QUOTE: In a 5-to-4 decision that divided along ideological lines, the court said there is no automatic right to counsel for people charged with civil contempt, at least when the parent seeking to collect child support does not have a lawyer.

New York Times
Nov 28, 2008 An Amicus Brief: Issues in the Cyberbullying Case That Affect You - Updated

QUOTE: I was trying to figure out how to explain to you all that is involved in the case of the U.S. v. Lori Drew, the cyberbullying case that so many lawyers are expressing concerns about....I don't think it's overstating it a bit to say that unless this case is overturned, it is time to get off the Internet completely, because it will have become too risky to use a computer. At a minimum, I'd feel I'd need to avoid signing up for membership at any website, particularly MySpace.
Aug 18, 2004 Union Seeks a Rehearing After Administration Panel Rules Against It

QUOTE: ...AFGE contends that the panel failed to provide constitutional due process in the case because it did not hold a hearing, take testimony or subpoena any documents.

Washington Post
May 28, 2003 Americans for the Arts Sues for Lilly Largesse

QUOTE: The lawsuit alleges that National City Bank of Indiana, instead of selling the stock shortly after the creation of the trusts in January 2002, held on to the stock through most of the year, a period when the share price tumbled from $75 to $47. The result, he says, "was a decline in the overall value of Ruth Lilly's gift to Americans for the Arts of some $25 million."

Aug 07, 2002 U.S. Defies Judge On Enemy Combatant

QUOTE: The Justice Department yesterday defied a federal judge's order to provide him with documents that would have supported the government's classification of a man captured in Afghanistan and being held in a Navy brig in Norfolk as an "enemy combatant."

Washington Post
Jul 26, 2002 Hill Set to Toughen Bankruptcy Law

QUOTE: Senate and House negotiators last night cleared the way for final passage of an industry-backed bill to overhaul bankruptcy law by making it harder for consumers to wipe out debt...

Washington Post
Jul 16, 2002 Accord Suggests U.S. Prefers to Avoid Courts

QUOTE: The plea agreement entered into by John Walker Lindh includes an unusual provision that may reflect the government's evolving thinking about how to handle people accused of terrorism and those allied with them.

New York Times
Jun 08, 2002 Sentenced to Death, Rape Victim is Freed By Pakistani Court

QUOTE: Bowing to public outrage, a Pakistani court has freed a rape victim who was sentenced to death by stoning for the crime of having extramarital relations.

New York Times
Sep 22, 2001 Some Passengers Singled Out for Exclusion By Flight Crew

QUOTE: ...two businessmen from Pakistan were ordered off a US Airways flight....the pilot would not take off until they left the aircraft.

New York Times
Sep 14, 2001 Senate OKs FBI Net Spying

QUOTE: Warrantless surveillance appears to be limited to the addresses of websites visited, the names and addresses of e-mail correspondents, and so on, and is not intended to include the contents of communications.

Jul 06, 2001 Court Case Seeks to Define a Catholic Priest's Family

QUOTE: While the Rev. Lawrence Martin Jenco...was held by Islamic radicals for nearly 19 months in Lebanon in the 1980's, his relatives back home in Joliet, Ill., felt the anxieties shared by all the hostages' families.

New York Times
Jul 01, 2001 You Had to Be There, Man: The Cachet of Having Been a Witness to History

QUOTE: ...when he [historian Joseph J. Ellis] claimed to have spent the 1960's as a combat veteran in Vietnam, a civil rights worker in Mississippi and an antiwar protester at Yale has raised some obvious questions: Why did he do it?

New York Times
May 08, 2001 High-tech Vigilantes Face Legal Threat

QUOTE: If a company launches a counter-attack after detecting a hacker, it could inflict damage on a third party....This raises issues of legal liability for any damage caused...