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Freedom Watch: My Final Phoenix column
I have two indelible memories from my more than 40 years with The Boston Phoenix.
| March 22, 2013
Political wisdom in a hypocritical age
I've been fighting for social justice all my professional life.
| September 21, 2012
A libertarian's view of the Barstool/Brady child-porn fiasco
Sophisticated First Amendment scholars, lawyers, and media commentators, all of whom are strongly free-speech/free-press supporters, were critical of Coakley for allegedly engaging in a legal bluff — the veiled threat of possible prosecution under the st
| August 26, 2011
Terror and the MBTA: You don’t look harmless
Racial profiling meets war on terror: The highest federal court in New England has said it’s okay for government officials single out dark-skinned people for searches, as long as they can concoct some cover rationale, ginned up with vague allusions to t
| December 31, 2010
Tyler Clementi: What's hate got to do with it?
Lisa W. Foderaro's page one story in today's New York Times, "Private Moment Made Public, Then a Fatal Jump," demonstrates how society's increasing reliance on...
| September 30, 2010
Free speech again quashed at Harvard
It should come as no surprise to readers of “Freedom Watch” that yet another instance of political, intellectual, and academic censorship has sprung up at Harvard, the self-touted pinnacle of higher education.
| October 23, 2009
Guilty until proven guilty
The US Supreme Court's June 18 decision denying prisoners access to DNA testing — a procedure that could reliably prove innocence — adds to the high court's decades-long shameful record on criminal-justice issues.
| June 26, 2009
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.
| June 05, 2009
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.
| September 06, 2006
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