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Professional Commentary
23 Apr 2010

Scott Ballenger [Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP]: "The Supreme Court's decision [PDF file] in United States v. Stevens is remarkably narrow. The Court did not say that depictions of extreme animal cruelty are protected by the First Amendment. The Court's majority held only that the present federal depictions law was … [read more]


Professional Commentary
22 Apr 2010

Matthew Liebman [Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund]: "The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus brief in defense of 18 U.S.C. Section 48, so we are obviously disappointed by the Court's opinion [PDF file] in United States v. Stevens. Nevertheless, we are heartened by Justice Alito's dissent and the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
21 Apr 2010

Jeffrey S. Kerr [General Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Affairs, The PETA Foundation]: "Crush fetish videos, which this law was enacted in 1999 to prohibit, are made for a niche market of individuals who derive sexual satisfaction from watching animals being tortured and slowly killed. The intent of the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
21 Apr 2010

Agnieszka Bienczyk-Missala [Lecturer, Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw]: "On 10 April 2010 one of the most tragic events in Polish post-war history happened. Polish president Lech KaczyÅ„ski died in a plane crash on his way to Smolensk in Russia for a Katyn commemoration ceremony. 70 years ago at … [read more]


Professional Commentary
20 Apr 2010

Leili Kashani [Education and Outreach Associate, Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative, Center for Constitutional Rights]: "On April 14, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder appeared at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer a range of questions about the Department of Justice. While CCR was glad to see that Holder … [read more]


Professional Commentary
19 Apr 2010

Thomas Moran [Consultant, Canon Law Consultations]: "In order to better appreciate the recently published "Guide to Understanding Basic Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) Procedures concerning Sexual Abuse Allegations," some background information might prove helpful. The Apostolic Constitution Pastor bonus (June 28, 1988) established the CDF as the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
18 Apr 2010

Bob Donnorummo [Former Associate Director, Center for Russian & East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh]: "On April 10, JURIST reported the crash of the Polish presidential jet killing President Lech Kaczynski, two deputy speakers and 12 members of parliament, two senators, three deputy ministers, National Bank President, all the chiefs … [read more]


Professional Commentary
16 Apr 2010

Elizabeth Zitrin [International Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Death Penalty Focus]: "The United States of America, proud of its commitment to fairness and justice, is being left behind on one of the most important international human rights issues of our age. We are way behind the curve. Surpassed in human rights … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Apr 2010

J. Michael Ritty [Partner, Canon Law Professionals]: "Any sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric is a terrible crime both in canon law and in secular law. At the same time, the presence of a charge of sexually abusing a minor does not mean that an accused cleric loses … [read more]


Professional Commentary
12 Apr 2010

Piotr Maciej KaczyÅ„ski [Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies]: "On the tragic morning of the Black Saturday, 10 April 2010, the President of Poland Lech KaczyÅ„ski travelling with his wife Maria and 94 other persons were killed in a plane crash near Smolensk, Russia. They were going to KatyÅ„, … [read more]


Professional Commentary
8 Apr 2010

Jérémie Zimmermann [Co-founder and spokesperson, La Quadrature du Net]: "The recent decision from the US Court of Appeals is a blow to the defense of a free, open, and therefore neutral Internet, but it is not definitive. The FCC can and should reconsider its policy and reclassify broadband providers so … [read more]


Professional Commentary
3 Apr 2010

Neil P. Reiff [Founding member, Sandler Reiff & Young]: "Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, sitting en banc, issued a significant, yet unsurprising decision [PDF File] in Speechnow.org. v. FEC. In Speechnow.org, the Circuit Court ruled 9-0, that a federal political committee … [read more]


Professional Commentary
1 Apr 2010

Heidi Beirich [Director of Research, Southern Poverty Law Center]: "The arrests this past weekend of nine members of the Hutaree Militia in what federal authorities are describing as a plot to murder a law enforcement officer in Michigan and then attack other officials who gathered for the funeral is another … [read more]


Professional Commentary
31 Mar 2010

Azizah al-Hibri and William H. Taft, IV [Liberty and Security Committee Members, The Constitution Project]: "Imagine your neighbor had been born and raised in Jamaica. Twenty years ago, he moved to the United States to marry an American woman and start a family. Your neighbor has a good job that … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Mar 2010

Stephen M. Hoersting [Vice President, Center for Competitive Politics]: "In SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission, a unanimous federal court struck down FEC regulations that limited the ability of citizens to join together and speak about politics and candidates. Extending the rationale of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Court … [read more]


Professional Commentary
26 Mar 2010

Stephanie Toti [Staff attorney, US Legal Program, Center for Reproductive Rights]: "The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently struck down an omnibus statute, S.B. 1878, that imposed a host of contradictory restrictions on the provisions of reproductive health care in the State. The law included a provision that would have prohibited a … [read more]


Professional Commentary
25 Mar 2010

Daphne Eviatar [Senior Associate, Human Rights First]: "There may be no better example of why so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" are a bad idea than the case of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who a judge on Monday ordered released after seven years in US custody.Prosecutors once insisted that Slahi was "the highest … [read more]


Professional Commentary
20 Mar 2010

Johanna Higgins [Barrister, Association of Catholic Lawyers of Ireland]: "Minister Ahern has stated in the past, regarding the constitutional provision on blasphemy: "As a republican, my personal position is that Church and State should be separate. But I do not have the luxury of ignoring our Constitution." This then begs … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Mar 2010

William J. Snape, III [Senior Counsel, Center for Biological Diversity]: "While it is encouraging that China and India now recognize their important role in reducing world greenhouse pollution, neither their current commitments nor the Copenhagen Accord are answers to the most serious environmental problem the world has ever faced. The … [read more]


Professional Commentary
12 Mar 2010

Deborah Fleischaker [Director of State Legislative Affairs, Families Against Mandatory Minimums]: "Last week, John Gramlich of the indispensable news site, stateline.org, reported on the political fallout in several states where policymakers have employed early prison release programs to combat overcrowded prisons and rising budget deficits. Several cash-strapped states from Florida … [read more]


Professional Commentary
10 Mar 2010

Kenneth Green [Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute]: "China's agreement to accept the "non-binding" greenhouse gas reduction goals of the Copenhagen Accord is a combination public relations ploy, and an effort to ensure that western wealth continues to flow to China for the construction of low-cost "renewable" energy systems such as … [read more]


Professional Commentary
8 Mar 2010

Kyu Ho Youm [Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon]: "The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative is a welcome development in the ongoing global movement for press freedom. It deserves serious attention from those who want to expand freedom of the press as a universal … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Mar 2010

Lawrence Korb [Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress]: "In recent congressional testimony, Army Chief of Staff, General George Casey Jr., argued that the Pentagon should not impose a moratorium on the discharge of military people who have come out or been outed as gay. This is both good news and … [read more]


Professional Commentary
5 Mar 2010

Dennis A. Henigan [Vice President for Law and Policy, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence]: "I was in the courtroom on Tuesday for the Supreme Court argument [PDF file] in McDonald v. City of Chicago, in which the Court is considering whether the new Second Amendment right, created two years … [read more]


Professional Commentary
3 Mar 2010

Richard Dieter [Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center]: "The United States is often rightly seen as a world leader in human rights. But we have become increasingly isolated from the international community in one respect - our persistent use of the death penalty. The worldwide trend is clearly away from … [read more]

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