Lizzie Buchen: Keeping low-risk inmates behind bars does not enhance public safety; in fact, doing so may endanger the public, as excessive prison terms hamper reentry, damage families, and weaken communities.
Brent Budowsky: Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have given a pass to some of those who misused justice during the Bush years. The president should now move forcefully and promptly to fill judicial vacancies and pardon any who were unfairly treated.
Carl Matthes: If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the Prop 8 case, legal same-sex marriage will return to California
Diane Lefer: Though the Supreme Court ruled on May 17 in Graham v. Florida that juveniles must not be sentenced to life without parole for any crime short of homicide, California continues to impose sentences so extreme they are the effective equivalent of life without the possibility of parole.
Many same sex couples were planning to be married this week but yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals extended the ban on same sex marriage while the Proposition 8 case is being appealed. View the two page order granting the stay.
Apollo recently announced that it expects to pay $80 million to settle a lawsuit brought by two former employees who allege that Phoenix defrauded the government’s student aid program by paying recruiters solely on the basis of enrollment, which is not allowed under Education Department rules.
Troy Anthony Davis faces execution for the murder of Police Officer Mark MacPhail in Georgia, despite a strong claim of innocence. 7 out of 9 witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony, no murder weapon was found and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime. This week the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected […]
A decade ago, after the people of Oregon had passed the Death with Dignity Act, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in declaring it constitutional wrote that people have a right to the option of physician assistance to shorten a “protracted” and/or “agonizing” death. Among the many safeguards of this law are the following: 1.Patient […]