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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jul 31, 2006 Study Finds Disparities in Judges' Asylum Rulings
QUOTE: An examination of thousands of immigration cases has found wide disparities in the rate at which judges grant asylum to people seeking haven in the United States...
New York Times Jul 26, 2006 F.A.A. Redirects Air Traffic Controllers
QUOTE: The agency hopes that the change will cut costs and errors. But controllers say that they are working without breaks longer than rules allow and that their supervisors have lost the flexibility to assign rest periods based on how hectic a job has been.
New York Times Jul 24, 2006 Bush's Tactic of Refusing Laws Is Probed: Bar Association Panel Criticizes President's Many Challenges to Legislation
QUOTE: A panel of legal scholars and lawyers assembled by the American Bar Association is sharply criticizing the use of "signing statements" by President Bush that assert his right to ignore or not enforce laws passed by Congress.
Washington Post Jul 22, 2006 Indictment of Doctor Tests Drug Marketing Rules
QUOTE: Companies cannot directly advertise drugs for purposes not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. But getting drugs prescribed for unapproved uses can increase a drug’s sales, so companies often skirt the rules by sponsoring seminars where doctors are paid to make presentations promoting their drugs, including the “off label” uses.
New York Times Jul 13, 2006 Under Fire, DA Defends Decision to Oust Female Part-Timers
QUOTE: Faced with sharp criticism from New York state and county women's bar groups, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice on Tuesday defended her decision to let go a dozen part-time women prosecutors unless they agree to work full time...All of the part-timers are mothers, although the DA's office has said that some have older children.
Law.com Jun 30, 2006 Medicaid Rule Called A Threat To Millions: Proof of Citizenship Needed for Benefits
QUOTE: A Medicaid rule takes effect tomorrow that will require more than 50 million poor Americans to prove their citizenship or lose their medical benefits or long-term care. Under the rule, intended to curb fraud by illegal immigrants...unintended consequence of harming several million U.S. citizens who, for a variety of reasons, will not be able to produce the necessary paperwork.
Washington Post Jun 15, 2006 Jury Finds New York Pregnant Officer Policy Unfair
QUOTE: The Suffolk police department's policy of not giving limited duties to officers who can't patrol because of non-work-related injuries is unfair to pregnant cops, a jury decided yesterday in federal court.
Officer.com May 18, 2006 Colleges Chase as Cheats Shift to Higher Tech
QUOTE: With their arsenal of electronic gadgets, students these days find it easier to cheat. And so, faced with an array of inventive techniques in recent years, college officials find themselves in a new game of cat and mouse, trying to outwit would-be cheats this exam season with a range of strategies...
New York Times Apr 23, 2006 Whistle-Stop Campaigns: Some Firms Are Trying to Limit Protection Of Workers Who Expose Wrongdoing
QUOTE: the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act...included sweeping provisions to encourage employees to blow the whistle on corporate wrongdoing...Now those provisions are being tested, with attempts underway to narrow the scope of the act. This is troubling to the bill's supporters, who view whistle-blowers as a first line of defense for investors, fellow employees, retirees and ultimately the public at large...
Washington Post Mar 24, 2006 No Charges in Shooting of Unarmed Man: Mother of Optometrist Killed by Police Calls Prosecutor's Decision 'Pathetic'
QUOTE: The Fairfax County police officer who shot an unarmed man to death in January will not be charged with a crime, the county's chief prosecutor announced yesterday, and the man's family angrily responded by claiming that a civilian in the same situation would have been arrested.
Washington Post Mar 01, 2006 Ring This Up: Not One Item More
QUOTE: Am I wrong for being irritated with the people who have a full cart of groceries in the "10 items or less" aisle when I am behind them with cheese and eggs?
Washington Post Feb 19, 2006 Bush's Turn as Recruiter Grabs NCAA's Attention
QUOTE: The governor of this pigskin-crazy state played a role in luring Rolle, one of the top high school recruits in the country, to Florida State University...scrutinized by the NCAA.
Washington Post Jan 24, 2006 Closed-Door Deal Makes $22 Billion Difference: GOP Negotiators Criticized for Change In Measure on HMOs
QUOTE: House and Senate GOP negotiators, meeting behind closed doors last month to complete a major budget-cutting bill, agreed on a change to Senate-passed Medicare legislation that would save the health insurance industry $22 billion over the next decade....Republican congressional lawmakers and leaders are making vital decisions, involving far-reaching policies and billions of dollars, without the public -- or even congressional Democrats -- present.
Washington Post Jan 11, 2006 Kennedy Makes a Weapon Of McCain's Torture Law
QUOTE: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) argued that President Bush essentially wrote in a signing statement late last month that he could circumvent the law because of his authority to supervise "the unitary executive branch," potentially opening the door for him to allow torture. Kennedy accused Alito of supporting such signing statements...
Washington Post Jan 09, 2006 Change Is Coming: The Question Is Just How Much
QUOTE: Skeptics consider the American system of funding elections a form of legalized bribery. It's legal because the law allows donations up to certain limits. It's "bribery" because the money is given to elect people who will do or have done essentially what the giver wants...Lobbyists are worried that perfectly legal contributions will sometimes be construed as prosecutable bribes and that their time-honored and (to them) highly valuable role as fundraisers might soon be thrown into question.
Washington Post Dec 28, 2005 Rule by Law | No Verdict: When Chinese Sue the State, Cases Are Often Smothered
QUOTE: China's legal system often hands down verdicts that the powerless consider unfair. But a bigger problem is that courts often refuse to issue any verdict at all - or even acknowledge that some bothersome legal complaints exist.
New York Times Dec 15, 2005 The Get-Out-of-Torture-Free Card: Why is Congress banning torture but allowing the use of torture testimony?
QUOTE: Congress deserves a pat on the back today for facing down the Bush administration and passing John McCain's unconditional ban on torture, right? Not exactly. Alongside McCain's legislation sits another amendment that undercuts the ban by allowing for the legal use of testimony obtained by torture.
Slate Dec 08, 2005 Rice Seeks To Clarify Policy on Prisoners: Cruel, Inhuman Tactics By U.S. Personnel Barred Overseas and at Home
QUOTE: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that the United States prohibits all its personnel from using cruel or inhuman techniques in prisoner interrogations, whether inside or outside U.S. borders. Previous public statements by the Bush administration have asserted that the ban did not apply abroad.
Washington Post Dec 02, 2005 Lab Animal Violations Decried: Activists Urge NIH to Sanction University for Repeat Offense
QUOTE: ...animal rights activists are asking federal officials how many times a university needs to violate animal welfare regulations before it gets hit with some kind of punishment. At the center of the storm is the University of North Carolina...
Washington Post Nov 27, 2005 District Dodges Spending Laws: Companies Snare Contracts With Connections, Not Competition
QUOTE: District officials routinely violate city spending laws, avoiding competitive bidding, masking purchases under unrelated contracts and paying vendors without contracts or legal authority, according to D.C. records. Out of $2.5 billion in purchases last year, the city spent roughly $425 million in unauthorized payments and no-bid contracts...
Washington Post Nov 24, 2005 Perils of Investing in N. Korea Become Clear to a Pioneer
QUOTE: ...since South Korea opened up friendly relations with the North in the late 1990s, more than 1,000 South Korean firms have gone bankrupt or lost significant investments in North Korea, according to South Korea's Unification Ministry. Most were small...the fortunes of even the largest investors are linked to the whims of the North's government.
Washington Post Nov 19, 2005 Yale Alumni Strike Back at Tailgating Limits
QUOTE: And there was the rule that has caused the uproar among alumni: tailgate parties would have to shut down by the end of halftime...."There are enough people with deep pockets and positions of power that it won't happen."
New York Times Nov 18, 2005 Army to Halt Call-Ups of Inactive Soldiers: Thousands on Reserve List Seek Delay or Exemption on Return to Active Duty
QUOTE: The Army has suspended plans to expand an unwieldy, 16-month-old program to call up inactive soldiers for military duty, after thousands have requested delays or exemptions or failed to show up.
Washington Post Nov 15, 2005 In Special-Ed Case, Court Backs Montgomery Schools: Parents Challenging Plans Have Burden of Proof
QUOTE: Supreme Court ruled yesterday that parents of special-education students disputing proposed instructional plans for their children have the burden of proving why the plans are inadequate.
Washington Post Nov 09, 2005 Defense Document Bans Detainee Torture
QUOTE: Pentagon officials released a new directive yesterday on Defense Department intelligence interrogations, mandating that all questioning of detainees in U.S. military custody include "humane" treatment and banning "acts of physical or mental torture."
Washington Post Oct 13, 2005 Decision on Plan B Called Very Unusual
QUOTE: ...top FDA officials participated in assessing the application to allow the emergency contraceptive Plan B to be sold without a prescription.
Washington Post Oct 03, 2005 Immigrant Wives' Visa Status Keeps Them Out of Workplace
QUOTE: In India, she earned an MBA and worked as a finance manager at an accounting firm. But once she married, U.S. immigration policy put her in a different category: dependent.
Washington Post Sep 23, 2005 Vatican Readies Policy on Gay Priests:Document to Forbid Ordination but Not Clearly Define 'Homosexual'
QUOTE: ...the document's symbolic impact is already rippling through the Roman Catholic Church and beyond, hailed by some as a much-needed antidote to a gay clerical subculture and derided by others as a misguided attempt to blame homosexuals for the church's pedophilia scandals.
Washington Post Sep 21, 2005 Detainee Hunger Strike Prompts Request for Health Records Access
QUOTE: Detainees [at Guantanamo Bay--Ed.] on hunger strike are protesting what they describe as beatings at the prison and their indefinite detentions...
Washington Post Sep 01, 2005 FDA Official Resigns in Protest of 'Morning-After Pill' Decision: Women's Health Chief Says Commissioner's Decision on Contraceptive Was Political
QUOTE: The top Food and Drug Administration official in charge of women's health issues resigned yesterday in protest against the agency's decision to further delay a final ruling on whether the "morning-after pill" should be made more easily accessible...."I can no longer serve as staff when scientific and clinical evidence, fully evaluated and recommended for approval by the professional staff here, has been overruled,"...
Washington Post Aug 09, 2005 Bush Signs Energy Bill, Cheers Steps Toward Self-Sufficiency: Measure Includes Billions in Tax Breaks for Industry
QUOTE: Analysts said the biggest step lawmakers could have taken to reduce foreign oil dependence would have been to increase vehicle mileage standards. But Congress rejected that approach...Instead, lawmakers focused on fixes backed by powerful lobbies and influential constituencies.
Washington Post Jul 28, 2005 Pentagon Faulted on Building Security: Lawmakers Call Rules Excessive
QUOTE: House members from Virginia, Ohio and California yesterday assailed new Defense Department security requirements that they said would effectively bar military employees from working in leased commercial buildings....citing a 1995 presidential directive for federal agencies to develop uniform security rules...
Washington Post Jul 24, 2005 Hospitals study when to apologize to patients
QUOTE: Harvard Medical School's major teaching hospitals are considering adopting a sweeping disclosure policy that would establish detailed procedures for physicians to openly acknowledge medical errors and other bad results to their patients...
Boston Globe Jul 17, 2005 Torture's Echoes: What Chile Can Teach Us About Ourselves
QUOTE: Stretching laws to permit abusive treatment of prisoners, employing doctors to probe the limits of pain, finding exceptional justification for practices routinely condemned in other countries -- all this can corrode the moral authority of a government and the norms of a free society. That's what happened in Chile during its 17 years of dictatorship.
Washington Post May 22, 2005 There Ought to Be a Law?
QUOTE: ASBO is an acronym for the ''anti-social behavior orders'' that have been introduced by the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair... An ASBO is a kind of esoteric injunction that bans people from highly specific acts that fall just this side of criminality.
New York Times Mar 03, 2005 Alternative Sentence: A counterproposal to assisted suicide.
QUOTE: He describes the Dutch system as a slippery-slope nightmare....How many doctors and bureaucrats do you want signing off on your plea for a fatal dose?
Slate Feb 01, 2005 N.Y. Using Terrorism Law To Prosecute Street Gang: Critics Say Post-9/11 Legislation Is Being Applied Too Broadly
QUOTE: Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said the gang "terrorized" the community...civil libertarians and some terrorism experts say the case -- now underway in New York State Supreme Court -- is a misuse of state laws and should raise concern about what they consider is an ever-expanding definition of the term "terrorism."
Washington Post Jan 27, 2005 PBS's 'Buster' Gets An Education
QUOTE: Spellings, who has been charged with the difficult task of fixing the nation's troubled public education system, took time out on her second day on the job to fire off a letter to PBS CEO Pat Mitchell expressing "strong and very serious concerns" about the "Postcards From Buster" episode. Specifically that, in the episode, called "Sugartime!," the animated asthmatic little bunny visits Vermont and meets actual, real-live, not make-believe children there who have gay parents.
Washington Post Jan 02, 2005 Sentencing by the Numbers
QUOTE: Armed with the stats, you could predict the likelihood that a convicted drug dealer or thief standing before you would be arrested again in the near future if you let him go free...by penalizing offenders differently for the same crimes...the state has abandoned the idea that punishment is a form of ''just deserts'' for wrongdoing.
New York Times Dec 05, 2004 Rulings in Texas Capital Cases Try Supreme Court's Patience
QUOTE: In the Miller-El case, appellate lawyers and legal scholars are buzzing over what they say is the insolence of the Fifth Circuit. In an 8-to-1 decision last year, the Supreme Court instructed the appeals court to rethink its "dismissive and strained interpretation" of the proof in the case, and to consider more seriously the substantial evidence suggesting that prosecutors had systematically excluded blacks from Mr. Miller-El's jury.
New York Times Oct 05, 2004 Partisan Politics at Work Criticized: Federal Employees Used as a 'Prop' in Bush Reelection Campaign in Violation of Hatch Act, Union Charges
QUOTE: ...federal employees cannot engage in political activity while on duty, use their official authority to influence an election, solicit money for a partisan candidate or run as a candidate for partisan office.
Washington Post Oct 03, 2004 Supreme Court to Consider Federal Sentencing Guidelines
QUOTE: In that case, Blakely v. Washington, the court struck down Washington state's sentencing guidelines, which, like the federal guidelines, permit judges to boost sentences based on their own post-conviction fact-finding, rather than relying only on facts admitted by the defendant or found by a jury....Though the court said in Blakely that it did not address the federal guidelines, the similarities between Washington's system and the federal system were such that defense lawyers across the country immediately began bombarding courts with Blakely challenges to their clients' sentences.
Washington Post Aug 24, 2004 Guantanamo on the Hudson
QUOTE: litany of stories of abuse in jail, people denied access to lawyers, locked up for no reason or held for unnecessarily long stays. Bails have gone as high as $200,000 (for the kid nabbed during Sunday's puppet burning incident), while protesters are being taken to the hospital for skin reactions and asthma attacks from the chemicals and diesel soaked into the concrete floor at the Pier 57 detention center....counters Bruce Bentley of the National Lawyers Guild, who accused the [New York] city of "deliberately slowing down the processing in order to suppress dissent and keep people from protesting" Thursday night, when Bush delivers his acceptance speech at the convention.
Village Voice Aug 12, 2004 DEA, Doctors Issue Guidelines On Use of Powerful Painkillers
QUOTE: An earlier consensus paper failed to clarify the issues, leading to a situation in which many patients with severe pain have been turned away by doctors and pharmacists concerned that prescribing and dispensing opioid painkillers would get them in trouble with the law.
Washington Post Jul 28, 2004 Athletes Make the Grade Sooner by Failing First: Loophole Outwits NCAA Eligibility Rules
QUOTE: An apparent loophole in National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility regulations is leading an increasing number of top recruits to intentionally fail to graduate from high school so they can improve their chances of playing sooner in college.
Washington Post May 27, 2004 SEC Wants Disclosures From Funds: New Rules Focus on Managers, Discounts
QUOTE: The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday unanimously required managers of mutual funds to report personal investments in their funds and to follow other ethics rules.
Washington Post Apr 04, 2004 Changing All the Rules
QUOTE: Having long flouted the new-source review law, many of the nation's biggest power companies were facing, in the last months of the 1990's, an expensive day of reckoning. E.P.A. investigators had caught them breaking the law. To make amends, the power companies were on the verge of signing agreements to clean up their plants, which would have delivered one of the greatest advances in clean air in the nation's history. Then George W. Bush took office, and everything changed.
New York Times Jan 07, 2004 Bush Would Give Illegal Workers Broad New Rights
QUOTE: Under Mr. Bush's proposal, which effectively amounts to an amnesty program for illegal immigrants with jobs in the United States, an undocumented worker could apply for temporary worker status here for an unspecified number of years, with all the employee benefits, like minimum wage and due process, accorded to those legally employed.
New York Times Apr 10, 2003 Social Equality, but Only When Bosses Sign Off
QUOTE: Pro-Hootie [protestors] see the acceptance of a woman as a club member as symbolically trivial...Yet, symbolism is important, not for what it says about Hootie, Augusta National or golf, but for what it reveals about us.
New York Times Oct 30, 2002 As Cameras Roll, Haitians Dash From Stranded Boat to Florida Shore
QUOTE: In Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood, people took to the streets with signs demanding that the detainees be allowed to remain in the United States.
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