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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: 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.
New York Times Aug 22, 2002 Bush, Citing Fires, Will Seek to Ease Laws on Logging
QUOTE: President Bush will ask Congress to relax environmental laws so the timber industry can step up logging across millions of acres of national forest land...
New York Times Aug 04, 2002 It Shouldn't Be Good to Have It Bad
QUOTE: ...for the University of California schools...All applicants are being evaluated according to whether they have survived "hardships," with those who have done so netting extra points.
Washington Post Aug 01, 2002 Train Sticks to Schedule As Commuter, Stricken, Dies
QUOTE: A commuter suffered a heart attack on a train...the conductor failed to stop for medical attention and instead continued into Boston, picking up passengers along the way.
New York Times Jun 14, 2002 EPA Proposes To Ease Rules On Clean Air
QUOTE: ...a major relaxation of clean air enforcement rules governing older coal-fired power plants and refineries that would effectively preclude future government legal action in all but the most flagrant cases of pollution.
Climate Ark Feb 03, 2002 Can Do
QUOTE: ...the extraordinary instability of disability is both a promise and a threat: it can give shelter and solace to people with mental illness just as easily as it can consign people with high blood pressure or mild cerebral palsy to a stigmatized identity with which they do not want to identify.
New York Times Jan 30, 2002 U.S. Athletes Must Guess on Supplements
QUOTE: contradictory and, to some critics, hypocritical messages American Olympic officials send their athletes. While leaders of the United States Anti-Doping Agency have bluntly told the athletes, ''Do not take a vitamin and put it in your mouth, period,'' some critics believe the United States Olympic Committee and the Salt Lake Organizing Committee have undermined that message by granting sponsorships to companies that market supplements.
New York Times Jan 22, 2002 Intellectual Improprieties: A leading gadfly picks some of the worst patents of all time
QUOTE: Scientific American asked Aharonian for his short list of the worst patents ever. What follows is his selection of four "really, really bad patents. Probably not the worst ever," Aharonian notes, "but quite close."
Scientific American Jan 17, 2002 Justices Hold Hearing in Case Concerning Patients' Rights
QUOTE: ...the spotlight moved to the Supreme Court today for an argument on whether states have the authority to require an independent medical review of a health maintenance organization's refusal to pay for a covered service.
New York Times Dec 02, 2001 Seniority: Slow to Learn the Lessons of Ageism
QUOTE: 'Many employers are using the current downturn as an excuse to get rid of older workers," [Marjorie Honig] added. Under the guise of restructuring, she said, they are usually able to get around age-discrimination laws.'
New York Times Nov 23, 2001 Breaking Law or Principles to Give Information to U.S.
QUOTE: Kathleen Hensman, a public librarian in Delray Beach, Fla., recognized some of the suspected hijackers....She immediately called the police. That broke a Florida law that guarantees confidentiality to library patrons.
New York Times Nov 23, 2001 From Sunbeam to Enron, Andersen's Reputation Suffers
QUOTE: In all three cases, Andersen auditors spotted bad accounting but were persuaded it was immaterial and therefore allowed it to go ahead.
New York Times Oct 27, 2001 Baseball's Minor Infractions: in Latin America, Young Players Come At a Bargain Price
QUOTE: ...what are the responsibilities of the U.S.-based teams that conduct business in poor, often-corrupt societies and of an industry that wields enormous power over a vast pool of unsophisticated teenage ballplayers?
Washington Post Oct 22, 2001 Practical Idealism
QUOTE: Realists hold that foreign policy is about relations between nation states, not about the political, economic or human-rights conditions within particular countries. Meddling in other nations' internal affairs only invites conflict....How useful is Rice's recommended focus now? The United States is at war not with a great power but with a transnational network.
Washington Post Oct 13, 2001 Company Tried to Capitalize On Sept. 11
QUOTE: ...company that employs no lawyers and so is not covered by a 1996 federal law that forbids lawyers from approaching the families of air crash victims for 45 days after an accident.
New York Times Oct 06, 2001 The 40-Year War
QUOTE: That decent 1990's impulse to do good in Bosnia and Kosovo, even at the price of alienating Russia and China, was already, before Sept. 11, giving way to a foreign policy based on an unsentimental notion of our national interest.
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