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The Huffington Post
Neil Gorsuch’s First Critical Vote Allowed A Man To Be Executed
Justice Neil Gorsuch made a difference Thursday in his first 5-4 vote on the Supreme Court, siding with his fellow conservatives to deny a petition from eight Arkansas inmates who sought to stop back-to-back-to-back executions. Gorsuch’s vote on one of several 11th-hour petitions, in effect, allowed the state of Arkansas to carry out its first execution in nearly 12 years...Harvard law professor Ronald Sullivan
filed an amicus brief on Thursday urging the Supreme Court to halt Lee’s execution and go the extra step of ending the “failed experiment” of capital punishment once and for all. In a later statement to The Huffington Post, he deplored the justices’ failure to act in the face of Arkansas’ brazenness. “The Court’s role is to vigorously police overzealous exercises of government power,” Sullivan said.
Refugees evade Trump by fleeing to Canada
...In the first three months of the year more than 2,021 refugees have made the risky journey across fields in states such as North Dakota, Minnesota and Vermont to seek asylum in Canada, according to government data. With the snow starting to thaw, the number of people attempting to cross the 9,000km US-Canada border, the longest undefended frontier in the world, is set to rise...The US has become a tougher destination for refugees in recent years, even before Mr Trump’s election. More than 100,000 asylum requests in the US were pending at the end of 2015 — eight times more than in 2011. Moreover, more than half have their claim rejected after waiting three to four years to receive an answer, says Deborah Anker
, director of Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinic.
Immigration Update Features WKU Grad Working with Harvard Legal Aid
A conference on the evolution and current state of immigration to be held on the Western Kentucky University campus April 25 will feature a graduate of the college who’s now at Harvard Law School and working with teenage refugees from Central America. Mario Nguyen
[`17] sees the refugee crisis first-hand in his work with Harvard Legal Aid. He says some people mistakenly think of the wave of immigrants from Central America as people coming to take American jobs. “In reality these are 14-year-old children I’ve been face-to-face with, 13-year-olds, 12-year-olds, 16-year-olds, who had to literally cross a few countries on their own on foot. A lot of them have been sexually abused or physically abused.” Nguyen says he’s been aware of immigration issues from an early age. His father was a refugee from Vietnam and his mother was an undocumented immigrant from Mexico.
Former Obama Official Suggests ‘Opposing Viewpoints Button’ for Facebook
, former administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration, suggested that Facebook experiment with an “opposing viewpoints button” in the website’s newsfeed but cautioned against the company curating content based on policy positions. “You could just click on it and you would get, for a certain amount of stuff that comes on your newsfeed, things that think differently from how you think – and it could make you very unhappy that you clicked the button because ‘why are they sending me this nonsense?’” he said during a discussion about his book, #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media, at the American Enterprise Institute.
The Salt Lake Tribune
What’s more conservative than reverence for the Earth?
An op-ed by Byron Ruby `17 and Neil Longo
. Earlier in February, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to head the EPA on a largely party line vote. Both Utah senators, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, voted for his confirmation. Conventional political wisdom suggests this was unsurprising. But should it be? Many Republicans, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lindsay Graham, Hank Paulson and several Republican House members, including Utah's Mia Love, publicly support taking action on climate change. But more need to take up the mantle. In our increasingly polarized world, the messenger has in no small part become the message.
A Window for Punishing WikiLeaks
An op-ed by Noah Feldman
. The Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to news reports, is re-evaluating whether to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing leaked classified material in 2010. This raises a First Amendment flag. The department previously decided it wouldn’t proceed because it couldn’t distinguish WikiLeaks from the New York Times or the Washington Post. So what, really, is the difference between unlawfully leaking information to the press and publishing it directly to the public? If one is unlawful, why can’t the other be?
Trump eyeing second Supreme Court seat
Talk is already heating up that President Trump could have a chance to appoint a second person to the Supreme Court...Pryor, who was on Trump’s original list, was seen as a controversial choice last time around given his public criticisms of Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established abortion rights...“One advantage Gorsuch had over Pryor was he had some chance of not being filibustered, but now they know they don’t have to worry about that,” said Ian Samuel
, a Climenko fellow and lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, who clerked for Scalia.
Want to Stop Facebook Violence? You Won’t Like the Choices
No one wants murder videos on Facebook. But no one wants Facebook to censor their baby videos, either. Technology isn’t ready to step in and tell the difference. So what are the legal options for stopping videos like the appalling killing uploaded last week from hitting Facebook? None of them will be easy for Americans to swallow...“We want a free and open internet, and we want a space that we aren’t paying a subscription for,” says Kate Coyer
, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and an expert online extremism. “But we also don’t want to encounter some of the worst elements of humanity on there. … At a certain point we may have to make a compromise.”