By Anne King DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar recently released survey results indicating that many Americans have little confidence in the fairness of the civil justice system. A few interesting highlights: “41% of Americans are not confident that the civil law system is fair and just. Only 9% are very confident.” “Confidence in the courts is higher among liberals than … [Read more...] about Confidence and the Justice System and Outcomes for Discrimination Plaintiffs
Archives for September 2012
By Najah Farley By now, everyone is aware of the Newsweek cover story titled, Muslim Rage, which has been the target of both praise and ridicule throughout the blogosphere and national news. After Newsweek published the cover story with the cover photo of Muslim men almost literally frothing at the mouth in anger, there was a social media backlash on Twitter, where Muslims … [Read more...] about #MuslimRage and the roots of intolerance
By Mark Wilson Oh, California. Almost twenty years after you passed Proposition 184, the “Three Strikes” law, you want to undo it. California’s Three Strikes law was not the first recidivism statute in this country; those have been around since the common law. It wasn’t even the nation’s first statute to arbitrarily decide that a baseball metaphor should become the basis of … [Read more...] about California Could Make ‘Three Strikes’ Less Draconian
By idalton After almost three years at the edge of the abyss, recent weeks have given rise to renewed optimism that the global economy is at last returning to stability. Stock markets across the world have shown new dynamism despite economic indicators pointing to sluggish activity in the US (with anemic job creation and manufacturing levels) and China (where industrial … [Read more...] about The Beginning of the End for Super Mario and Big Ben
By Sushila Rao Police in Arizona—the busiest point in the country for illegal entry—can now begin conducting immigration status checks of any person stopped for any reason and suspected of being in the country illegally, after a federal judge lifted an injunction against the controversial provision of Arizona Senate Bill 1070 mandating such checks. The precise text of the … [Read more...] about “Papers, Please” Provision Comes into Effect in Arizona
By Sushila Rao Even as we continue to grapple with the horrific fallout of the provocative Innocence of Muslims film, the latest blasphemy-related saga in Pakistan appears to be headed for an unusual but highly welcome conclusion—the accused has been released on bail, and her accuser has been arrested for falsely implicating her. The offender this time around was Rimsha … [Read more...] about Renewed Hope? Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws Under the Scanner Again
By Najah Farley Today marks the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. As a nation, we have seen many changes since that horrific day. Our nation began fighting the global war against terror, which is ongoing in Afghanistan. We also fought the war against terrorism on our own shores, by loosening the protections on civil liberties to allow for greater surveillance in our … [Read more...] about 11 years later, how far have we come?