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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.

By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 22, 2013

Political wisdom in a hypocritical age

I've been fighting for social justice all my professional life.
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By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 21, 2012
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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
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By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  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
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By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  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...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  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.
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By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  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.
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By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  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.
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By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  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.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 06, 2006