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Thanks to a federal law that codifies discrimination against same-sex couples, more than 15,000 legally married couples (and an untold number of children) are being denied basic benefits, such as the right to file their taxes jointly, or Social Security
Two cases in federal court here in Massachusetts could help turn the national tide against DOMA
| June 04, 2010
Front Room battle goes to court
Next time you're at the Front Room, order that Old Fashioned with extra bitters. There's enough to go around.
| January 15, 2010
Unmaking a bad federal law
It's been a depressing stretch for supporters of marriage equality.
Justice for Some
| November 27, 2009
Was Hasan suffering from PTSD?
Was Hasan suffering from PTSD?
| November 13, 2009
Suspect speaks; victim’s family begins $1-million-plus lawsuit
The widow of Sheldon Weinstein, the Maine State Prison inmate who died in April several days after allegedly being beaten by inmates, has taken the first step toward filing a wrongful-death lawsuit against prison guards, Department of Corrections “policy
| November 06, 2009
Prison ‘troublemaker’ confronts racism, medical abuse
Vacillating between grit and despair — between aggressive lawsuits and suicide attempts — Deane Brown, the prisoner who in 2005 blew the whistle on the torture of mentally ill inmates at the Maine State Prison’s solitary-confinement “Supermax” unit, is s
| September 11, 2009
Federal investigation requested
Stirred into action by the murder of a wheelchair-bound prisoner, human-rights activists have asked the federal Department of Justice to investigate the treatment of Maine State Prison inmates.
More prison turmoil
| July 24, 2009
Joe Berlinger returns with a documentary that follows through on the promise of 1992's Brother's Keeper .
| April 15, 2009
The amount of research that Jason Notte conducted for his extensive article on the surge in suicides in the military is worthy of a Pulitzer Prize.
Letters to the Boston editor, March 27, 2009
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| March 25, 2009
The recording industry vs. free speech
Download of Nonsense
This past week, US District Judge Nancy Gertner granted the industry's request to postpone the trial, originally scheduled to begin January 22, until February 24.
KYLE SMEALLIE AND HARVEY SILVERGLATE
| February 04, 2009
Providence lawyer plays pioneering role in suing terrorists
The use of Predator drones and covert Special Forces teams is bound to be satisfying for many victims of terrorism.
| January 21, 2009
Timeline of events
How the ISBCC turned from a place of worship to a symbol of controversy
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| November 19, 2008
In a world wracked with uncertainty, there is at least one thing you can bet on: pick a fight with the Church of Scientology, and its leaders will fight back — always with vigor, often with a vengeance, and sometimes with litigation that can be long and
Anonymous's Gregg Housh is committed to bringing down the Church of Scientology. Is he a gadfly or a goon?
| October 15, 2008
Sony’s loss is Portland’s gain
Three local music entities are reaping the benefits of a major national lawsuit against big-name music institutions.
| October 02, 2008
The Big Hurt: Playing with fire
Milli-selling rapgoblin Lil Wayne probably didn’t worry too much about borrowing the Rolling Stones’ “Play with Fire” for the hook of his track “Playing with Fire.”
Lil Wayne runs afoul of the ABKCO juggernaut
| August 05, 2008
In the beginning — way back in the fall of 2003, when the “War on Terror” was still young — the notion that anything could derail the Boston University biolab seemed absurd.
How did BU's research facility go from slam dunk to almost sunk?
| April 07, 2008
The Station’s long shadow
For most Rhode Islanders, the Station nightclub conflagration — the worst disaster in the state since the hurricane of 1938 — is like a receding object in a rearview mirror.
Five years on, getting by remains a day-to-day challenge for some of those touched by the fire
| February 20, 2008
Ring of fire
An ugly squabble between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the nation’s biggest phone companies has, in one nasty blow, recast the image of all the entities involved.
The deadbeat FBI fails to pay its phone bills and jeopardizes its wiretapping program
| January 23, 2008
Two third-year law students working at the school’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic are taking on the RIAA on behalf of two university students.
Two Maine Law students take on RIAA big guns
| January 09, 2008
Without a stain on his character
Lines in defense of Judge Roy Pearson, who lost a $54 million lawsuit against his dry cleaner and has now lost his job
Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
| November 20, 2007
Free culture: what it is, why it matters
“Copyright law has successfully stopped artists in the past from releasing sample-based works, but I don't think anything could stop me from making it," says Gregg Gillis, a/k/a Girl Talk.
Copyright reform in the digital age
| November 19, 2007
Clampdown at the Providence Police Department
At age 42, former Providence Police sergeant Steven Petrella has the look of a besieged man.
Esserman imposes tougher standards, but some cops cite inconsistent discipline
| October 31, 2007
Dr. Walid Fitaihi’s departure from and return to the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) were stories worth reporting.
Three lawsuits have been dropped, but local media still seems reluctant to tackle the Islamic Society of Boston
| September 19, 2007
Maine prison bosses violate court orders
In the activist climate of an earlier era, a Maine legal-aid group brought and won three prisoner-rights lawsuits against state corrections officials.
Department of Corrections ignores federal rulings going back to the 1970s
| June 27, 2007
Waves of activism
The three federal consent decrees were a product of Maine’s previous wave of prisoner-rights activism — more than 35 years ago.
| June 27, 2007
Political turning points in the Cape Wind debate
| May 30, 2007
Student loan scandal
Are students getting screwed, and will anybody stop it?
Is your college getting paid to steer you in the wrong direction?
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| March 28, 2007
Projo editor says the full Station story will never be told
Will the full story of the 2003 Station nightclub fire ever be told?
BRAIN C. JONES
| March 21, 2007
Corrections Department obstructs free press
This week is Sunshine Week, a time when media organizations around the country draw attention to state and federal Freedom of Information laws.
| March 14, 2007
Facing off over Facebook
Students, be warned: the college of your choice may be watching you. Post at your own peril: The risks of sticking it to the man on Facebook. By Adam Reilly
Who’s looking at you, kid?
GREG LUKIANOFF AND WILL CREELEY
| March 02, 2007
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