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Nov 30, 2014 Justice Is Swift as Petty Crimes Clog Courts: Cases Adjudicated in Minutes or Less, Often Without Lawyers

QUOTE: Years of aggressive policing tactics and tough-on-crime legislation have flooded the American court system with misdemeanor cases—relatively small-time crimes such as public drunkenness, loitering or petty theft. The state courts that handle such charges often resemble assembly lines where time is in short supply, according to judges and lawyers who work in the courts. Many poor defendants, despite their right to court-appointed legal counsel, don’t get lawyers, and those who do often receive scant help in the rush to resolve cases.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Nov 03, 2010 Ouster of Iowa Judges Sends Signal to Bench

QUOTE: An unprecedented vote to remove three Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of the unanimous decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the state was celebrated by conservatives as a popular rebuke of judicial overreach, even as it alarmed proponents of an independent judiciary.

New York Times
Aug 25, 2009 Threat Level Privacy, Crime and Security Online Federal Courts Wary of Document-Sharing Plugin

QUOTE: The federal court system doesn’t seem to like Harlan Yu, or his fellow merry pranksters, who made a tool to free court documents from an unwieldy computer system that has a nasty habit of charging 8 cents a page for public documents.

Aug 10, 2009 Mexico’s Drug Traffickers Continue Trade in Prison (War Without Borders)

QUOTE: Mexico’s prisons, as described by inmates and insiders and viewed during several visits, are places where drug traffickers find a new base of operations for their criminal empires, recruit underlings, and bribe their way out for the right price.

New York Times
Jul 08, 2009 Justice Dept. Whistle-Blower in Alabama Case Is Fired

QUOTE: A Department of Justice whistle-blower who accused prosecutors of misconduct in the closely watched federal corruption trial of former Gov. Donald E. Siegelman of Alabama has been fired, and claims retaliation is the reason.

New York Times
May 10, 2009 Taliban-Style Justice Stirs Growing Anger: Sharia Being Perverted, Pakistanis Say

QUOTE: distinction between the Taliban version of Islam -- often described as narrow-minded, intolerant and punitive -- and what might be called the mainstream Pakistani version of Islam, which is generally described as moderate and flexible.

Washington Post
Apr 03, 2009 Amnesty Report: French Police Above the Law

QUOTE: Is France an increasingly authoritarian society whose police forces are protected from frequent charges of abuse — ranging from racial insult to homicide? That's what Amnesty International maintains in a new report issued Thursday.

Time Magazine
Dec 24, 2008 China's Capital Cases Still Secret, Arbitrary

QUOTE: Starting in 2007, China began for the first time in more than two decades to require a final review of every capital case by the Supreme People's Court. The hope was to reduce the number of executions and bring some consistency to a process that had been handled unevenly by lower courts....But in a largely closed legal system directed by party committees, the changes have not been as far-reaching as the statistics suggest, and consistency remains a distant goal.

Washington Post
Dec 06, 2008 In Iraq, 'a Prison Full of Innocent Men'

QUOTE: As the U.S. military detention system here begins to come under Iraqi control, a complicated joint effort is underway to determine which of the men are safe to release and which may be insurgents. "Most of the people they detain are innocent," said Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi.

Washington Post
Oct 24, 2006 Imagining Google As Government: In the latest edition of speculation and hyperbole over the search advertising company and its impact on society, we consider the prospect of one nation, under a big G

QUOTE: Rescuecom believes that as advertising on the Internet is a two-way communication, typically initiated by the consumer who types a search term into their computer, it is reasonable for the consumer to expect that if they type in a specific trademark, they find that trademark....Instead of paying off settlements to end lawsuits, Google fights those suits, with each victory bringing one more bit of case law, one more scrap of precedent, to their favor.

Apr 01, 2005 The Limbaugh Code: The New York Times best seller no one is talking about.

QUOTE: He wants to cut all judges off at the knees: He'd like to give force to the impeachment rules, put legislative limits on the kinds of constitutional questions courts may review, and institute judicial term limits. He'd also amend the Constitution to give congress a veto over the court's decisions. Each of which imperils the notion of an independent judiciary...

May 07, 2003 For more black girls, a violent cycle

QUOTE: The striking increase over the last decade in the rates at which young African-American women are both victims of violence and involved in the criminal-justice system is setting off alarms, spurring research, and drawing attention to the cultural needs of young black girls.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 11, 2003 Justice Aborted: The fate of over 50 women prisoners charged with abortion remains uncertain

QUOTE: Although the government has enacted a law authorizing abortions under certain conditions, the fate of over 50 women who are incarcerated at different prisons across the country on charges of abortion, and other related offences, remains uncertain.
Feb 19, 2003 ACLU Challenges Wire-Tap Decision

QUOTE: The American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, along with Arab-American groups, petitioned the Supreme Court on Tuesday to review the decision by a secret court to broaden the government's ability to conduct secret surveillance.