On February 9, at UCLA Law School, the LA Committee for the Defense of Julian Assange presented “The Prosecution of Julian Assange and the Threat to the Freedom of the Press,” a three-hour program examining the major political, legal and constitutional issues surrounding the Assange prosecution
Sikivu Hutchinson: Faced with two strong challengers, Lacey has scrambled to paint herself as a criminal justice reformer while presiding over a ballooning police state bureaucracy and the mass incarceration of the mentally ill.
Bill Blum: The frequent references to Hamilton were not surprising. Hamilton was one of the primary framers of the Constitution. And among the framers, he was the most prolific writer on the topic of impeachment.
John Peeler: The White House will try to keep Bolton under wraps, but they’re dealing with a long-standing master of strategic leaking. We may have confidence that Bolton will be heard before long—certainly before November.
Ted Vaill: If this impeachment trial fails to result in his conviction and removal from office, there is always next time, and that time could be in two months or so, after John Bolton’s book is out in March.
Tom Hall: At his core, John Bolton has built an entire career on pushing policy in D.C. that promotes the profitability of war and war-profiteering investments.
Jessica Siegel: The stereotypes about crack cocaine and the dangers associated with it were reflected in the major legislation that shaped the War on Drugs.
Alex Sherman: Lack of evidence does not stop opponents of former San Francisco DA George Gascón from making the claim that the city’s criminal justice reforms unleashed a crime wave.
Ted Vaill: Former Senator Jeff Flake stated, prior to his retirement, that if the roll call in the Senate was done in secret and not in full public view, 35 of the 53 Republican Senators would vote “guilty”, and Trumputin would be convicted and removed from office.
Lance Simmens: The pulse of the American public is surging northwards of 70 percent in favor of allowing witnesses, including 69 percent of Republicans and 84 percent of Democrats.
Lance Simmens: Gone are the days of high-level debate and compromise, gone are the days of any semblance of bipartisanship, gone are the days when patriotism dictated that the needs of the people would take precedence and prominence over partisanship.
Bill Blum: None of the potential witnesses identified by Democrats could offer evidence as relevant as the President on his motives in dealing with Zelensky and ordering a hold on American aid.
Karen J. Greenberg and Joshua L. Dratel: The indefinite detention that began at Guantánamo Bay has now spawned its mirror image in the camps for undocumented immigrants (and their children) along the U.S. Mexican border.