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Labor of Love

Most of us will sleep in on Labor Day. Not the Southern Maine Labor Council, who will be working hard to remind us what the holiday's actually all about.
No rest for these union activists
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 04, 2009

Labor of Love

Most of us will sleep in on Labor Day. Not the Southern Maine Labor Council, who will be working hard to remind us what the holiday's actually all about.
No rest for these union activists
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 04, 2009

Supreme court

Next month, Congress will begin confirmation hearings to decide the fate of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, the 55-year-old Bronx native whom President Barack Obama nominated last month to fill retiring Justice David Souter's spot on the nine-memb
Maine senators playing major role in Sotomayor confirmation
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 19, 2009
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Sotomayor's mixed message on free speech

Minutes after President Barack Obama announced that he was nominating appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, battle lines were drawn on the pre-scripted questions of "post-racial" America.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 05, 2009
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On Sotomayor

There is a pleasing symmetry to President Obama's nomination of federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court.
A noble pick that highlights a political flash point. Plus, California's shame.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 29, 2009
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Search party

These days, the morning commute is hardly complete without a newspaper, coffee, and potential violation of one's Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure .
MBTA cops never stopped inspecting your bags
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 30, 2008


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Gov’t secrecy is fine with Maine’s attorney general

Democratic Attorney General Steven Rowe, is refusing to defend the state’s Freedom of Access Act.
Freedom watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 10, 2007
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The least you need to know

Gay Pride. It's a phase that has become almost meaningless in our contemporary culture.
By law, privacy can be a matter of where and when
By LISA KEEN  |  May 30, 2007
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Why the Imus cave-in is bad for free speech, radio, and the whole society

I was never a fan of Don Imus.
Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  April 19, 2007
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Beacon Hill billions

The Beacon Hill political season began for real on Tuesday when Governor Deval Patrick delivered his first budget message two months after taking office.
Governor Patrick proposes a budget. Plus, what Canada understands that the US doesn’t.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 28, 2007

Brief cases

This article originally appeared in the August 19, 1986 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
No Scalia wag
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  November 14, 2006


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Blues and blood

Something is rotten in Beantown — and the stench is emanating from the local branch of the Department of Justice.
Why does US attorney Michael Sullivan keep rewarding a wayward prosecutor with big-stakes public-corruption cases? Plus, remove that tattoo, son.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 06, 2006
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Breeding injustice

How “fit” is your family? Bloody July: In just one month, six different State Supreme Courts have ruled against gay marriage. By Michael J. Amico
In the face of recent setbacks in the courts, advocates of same-sex marriage should take a look at old-fashioned efforts to prevent the disabled from marrying
By MICHAEL J. AMICO  |  August 10, 2006
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Gagging Baran’s lawyers — for justice or politics?

It took a lot of loud lawyering to finally, after 21 years, get some measure of justice for Bernard Baran, who was convicted in 1985 of molesting children at a day care center and won the right to a retrial in June.
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By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 02, 2006
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Gay meant guilty

On April 8, 1981, Wayne Healy, a 29-year-old gay man, was convicted of brutally murdering his former brother-in-law during a sexual encounter.
How gay-history experts could help free a man convicted of murder 25 years ago
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  May 05, 2006