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The Christian Science Monitor
Has bail reform in America finally reached a tipping point?
...In Illinois, lawmakers introduced in February legislation that would outlaw money bonds, and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx moved last month to release inmates with bonds of $1,000 or less who could not afford to pay them. Nationally, both New Jersey and Maryland have dramatically overhauled the way they use cash-based bail this year, and other states promise to follow suit. Facing lawsuits and tight budgets, states and local governments across the country have started to rethink the use of money to keep people in jail. “We’re really at an amazing moment with bail,” says Larry Schwartztol
, executive director of the Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass. “There is a really extraordinary wave of momentum to change in pretty fundamental ways [how] bail works.”
The Harvard Crimson
Ruth Okediji to Join Law School Faculty, Berkman Klein Center
Ruth L. Okediji
, an intellectual property lawyer and professor, will join the Harvard Law School faculty as a tenured professor and co-director of the Berkman Klein Center in July, the Law School announced Friday. Okediji, whose scholarship also focuses on global economic regulation, received both her Master of Laws and Doctorate of Juridical Science from the Law School and is currently a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School...Urs Gasser
, the executive director of the Berkman Klein Center, wrote in an email that Okediji’s global expertise will benefit the center. “Professor Okediji's thought-leadership in innovation policy, [intellectual property], and international law with a focus on the Global South will bolster our ongoing global research and network-building efforts,” Gasser wrote.
The Washington Post
Sorry, Democrats. Trump’s not going anywhere. You wouldn’t like who would follow anyway.
My friend Cheryl Pelicano is a blue sparkler in the circus of red that is South Carolina. And like all Democrats, she is aghast at everything related to President Trump. But all this Russia stuff, especially the latest involving Michael Flynn and his request for immunity, compelled Pelicano to ask me a series of “how can we get rid of this guy?” questions. So, I asked Laurence Tribe
, legendary constitutional law professor at Harvard University, for the answers...“We’re in totally uncharted waters here,” Tribe told me via email. To say that he thinks Trump is illegitimately in the White House would be an understatement.
Are Russia investigations a witch hunt or start of something more sinister? (audio)
Tommy [Tucker] talks to Alex Whiting
, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a former prosecutor, about the investigations into Russia and Trump associates and why Mike Flynn was asking for immunity.
Defamation Suit Against Trump Can Wait
An op-ed by Noah Feldman
. With the settlement approved last week in the Trump University case, Donald Trump’s lawyers were free to shift their attention to another civil case with the potential to be a nuisance to his presidency. They are poised to argue that he can’t be sued in state court while he’s president. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed Paula Jones to sue Bill Clinton while he was president -- but that was a federal suit, not a state suit. The difference between state and federal gives the courts an opening to make Trump temporarily immune from private suits while he’s in office. And if they’re wise, the courts will do exactly that.
Irreversible implications of Israel’s Regularization Law
On February 6th of this year, the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, passed the Regularization law. Known by opponents as the ‘land-grab’ law, it was passed with 60 in favour and 52 against it. But what is it exactly? According to Elena Chachko
- a doctorate candidate at Harvard law school, who clerked for Chief Justice Asher D. Grunis on the Supreme Court of Israel, and worked on national security issues at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs- “this law essentially aims to ‘legalize’ illegal settlements in the West Bank.”
Beto for Senate
An op-ed by Lawrence Lessig
. Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) has announced that he will run against Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) next year. This is extraordinarily great news. I’ve known Beto since he was first elected to Congress in 2012. A month before he was to be sworn in, he called, out of the blue, and wanted to meet for coffee. We met the next day. Seven months before, he had managed a stunning upset in the Democratic Primary, unseating an eight-term incumbent. He went on to beat the Republican in the general election with 65% of the vote.
The Boston Globe
Prosecutors rest their case in Aaron Hernandez trial
The defense team for Aaron Hernandez said Monday they will present some evidence and call witnesses in the former New England Patriot’s double murder trial. “We do have evidence,’’ defense attorney Ronald Sullivan
told Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke. “We do have motions.” The announcement came after First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Haggan told Locke that the state has completed detailing the evidence prosecutors believe will prove that Hernandez committed the 2012 killings.
“What the heck are you thinking?”
"I have a simple question: What the heck are you thinking? What is in your mind?” With that, a dumbfounded Rep. Michael Capuano took to the House floor on Tuesday and spoke for many as Republicans passed a measure to kill internet privacy regulations that were approved late last year. The rules would have prevented internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon from sharing or selling data on customers’ browsing history...David O’Brien
, a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, says ISPs not only use information gathered directly from consumers, they can even draw inferences from their search queries and Internet habits to develop snapshots of a consumer’s preferences and needs.
The Boston Globe
In Trump era, tech visas get a hard look
Does the technology industry have such a shortage of qualified Americans that it needs to import thousands of workers from halfway around the world? For years, that’s been the sector’s central argument in favor of the federal H-1B visa program, which lets US employers hire up to 85,000 skilled guest workers each year, mostly in high-tech fields. But some economists and labor experts say the numbers simply do not support claims of a broad talent squeeze...“Claiming shortages works, politically,” said Michael S. Teitelbaum
, a Harvard Law School demographer. “If you just say, ‘Well, we think it would be great to have more H-1B visas because it would increase our profits,’ that’s not going to work very well.”