Category: Law, Crime, & Justice

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Vijay Prashad: Russian nexus

The focus of Donald Trump’s opponents is on the alleged Russian role in the presidential election; they are apparently not interested in the larger issue of corruption in international business of which he is a product

Mark Sumner: Mueller is following the money

Why Trump is really angry

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Marjorie Cohn: Comey Bolsters Case for Obstruction

Comey’s testimony painted a clear pattern of obstruction of justice and of Trump’s failure to take care to enforce the laws

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Marjorie Cohn: Climate Withdrawal an Impeachable Offense

When President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, he acted in concert with 22 Republican senators, who collectively receive $10,694,284 in contributions from the coal and oil industries. These 22 senators wrote to Trump, asking him to pull out of the accord. The president and the senators put their own Read more…

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Marjorie Cohn: The Meaning of Assange’s Persecution

Nearly five years ago, Ecuador granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum at its London embassy. The original purpose of the asylum was to avoid extradition to the United States. Two years earlier, Swedish authorities had launched an investigation of Assange for sexual assault. Sweden has now dropped that investigation. Assange called the Swedish decision Read more…

Stephen Bergstein: Trump And The Courts

As a candidate, Trump displayed a shocking misunderstanding of settled constitutional values. On one occasion, he suggested that flag burners go to jail and lose their citizenship. He has also repeatedly threatened to change the libel laws to make it easier to sue the media over perceived falsehoods

David Cole: More Dangerous Than Trump

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has quietly continued the radical remaking of the Justice Department he began when he took the job

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Michelle Alexander: Repair the Damage from the Drug War

We are joined by two leading voices in the fight against mass incarceration: Michelle Alexander, author of the best-selling book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” and Susan Burton, founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, a nonprofit that provides housing and other support to formerly incarcerated Read more…

Will Bunch: This was a revolution

Larry Krasner’s victory for Philadelphia District Attorney is a huge victory for the movements against police brutality and mass incarceration – for progressive and racial justice movements nationwide

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Marjorie Cohn: Did Trump Commit High Crimes and Misdemeanors?

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has responded to the crescendo of outrage by appointing former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” and “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” as well as Read more…

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