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Should companies be able to patent human genes?

Body Politics
Body Politics
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 20, 2013

Scalia's moral feelings against homosexuality

The truth may surprise you.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  January 04, 2013

Supreme machinations; Fox plays dumb; more bad gamesmanship

Phillipe and Jorge don't know about you, but we would prefer to have our health care options dictated by a guy who dyes his skin orange and chain smokes.
Baa-baaa, orange sheep
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 06, 2012

Democrats wring their hands

Interviewed separately at the Democratic State Convention, Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud gave identical responses to the question of what would it take for the Democrats to triumph in November.
State Convention Watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 08, 2012

‘Strip Searches for all,’ says the US Supreme Court is its latest and sickest ruling

The recent US Supreme Court ruling allowing for suspects of even the most minor, nonviolent crimes to be strip-searched is — on a political level — outrageous, and on a personal level it is twisted and smarmy. Quite literally, it perverts an already sick
Naked justice
By EDITORIAL  |  April 06, 2012

Truth to power

It's the end of the world as we know it in author and environmental journalist Bill McKibben's latest book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (St. Martin's Griffin).
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 20, 2012

Dead man walking

It should have been a somber moment, but the awful shouting intruded on the funeral service.
A funeral for The Maine Clean Election Act
By AL DIAMON  |  January 20, 2012
DiMasi and some vague justice

Curbing corruption with a catch-all

Sal DiMasi is no saint, but that doesn't mean he's a criminal. His behavior makes us grimace, but it simply doesn't amount to a state or federal felony.
Vague Justice?
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 24, 2011

Pregnant pause

The Maine Republican Party has a death wish. Over giving birth.
Maine Republicans on abortion
By AL DIAMON  |  January 28, 2011

The ultimate negative liberty: Privacy

Privacy, in the scheme of things, is a relatively new invention.
The right to be left alone
By EDITORIAL  |  September 24, 2010
Violent games cause aggression in men, but not women

Violent games cause aggression in men, but not women

Those ladies will be fine. But that guy's doomed. Here's the latest in scientists looking for a link between games and real-life behavior: Brad Bushman...
By Maddy Myers  |  September 20, 2010

The POW myth

Peter Kadzis, you should know better!
Letters to the Boston editor, August 27, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 27, 2010

Just a little bit of consistency

We frequently think that Governor Donald "Laughing Boy" Carcieri is an ideologue who uses data merely to confirm his already strongly held reactionary views. (Actually, when it comes to social issues, his wife's strongly held reactionary views.)
The loosey-goosey Gov; slipping with Scalia; keeping  church and state separate
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 13, 2010

Gays Head For The Supreme Court

Let me start by saying, as I often do, that Massachusetts remains ahead of the San Francisco Bay area as a liberal icon for the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 05, 2010

Fuzzy on muzzles

The only way to know whether a society has freedom of speech is to look at how it treats unpopular speech, which doesn’t need government protection.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 16, 2010

Will conservative talking points sway Snowe and Collins on Kagan?

In a blog post entitled "Does Kagan Support Stoning?" Mother Jones's Stephanie Mencimer explains the twisted attempt at logic that passes for the neoconservative movement's...
By Jeff Inglis  |  July 12, 2010

Grilling sessions

P+J have just finished watching the second day of the televised Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.
The senator is a supreme putz; General discontent; in praise of Byrd
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 02, 2010

How to opt-in to your rights

Enter the Konami Code on your passport to give yourself 30 secret rights.
 Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  June 11, 2010

Fighting back

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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 04, 2010

Considering Kagan

Elena Kagan, onetime dean of Harvard Law School and current US solicitor general, is a less than perfect candidate to sit on the Supreme Court.
She’s weak on free speech, but doesn’t deserve her ‘Seinfeld moment’
By EDITORIAL  |  May 14, 2010

Judicial ups and downs

It was about time that Rogeriee Thompson was finally confirmed (unanimously, we might add) by the United States Senate for what amounts to an historic spot on the Federal Court of Appeals.
Plus poppy hypocrisy, pressuring the Pope, and even more ‘Buttercup’ trivia
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 26, 2010


A conversation with Joe Citizen and Bob Corporation

"No, it ain't, Joe."
Is the Supreme Court out of its mind?
By MIKE PREVOST  |  February 19, 2010

Impeach John Roberts

It is time for an enterprising and courageous member of the US House of Representatives to file articles of impeachment against the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Roberts. The charge: lying under oath.
The Chief Justice lied
By EDITORIAL  |  February 05, 2010

Free speech for me, but not for thee

Last Thursday's Supreme Court opinion striking down corporate campaign advertising restrictions might as well have been divorce papers in the rocky marriage between the political left and the First Amendment.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 29, 2010

Snowe on corporate personhood

Senator Olympia Snowe has said the recent US Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited corporate spending on elections is "regrettable" and "disappointing."What remains to be seen...
By Jeff Inglis  |  January 27, 2010

Boston's $10 Million Boo-Boos

The bill continues to come due for the string of nine wrongful convictions discovered in Boston between 1999 and 2004 — a tab that has now topped $10 million in court settlements.
Righting a wrongful conviction
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 03, 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.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 26, 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


Judge Stephen Breyer, Bill Clinton's latest pick for the Supreme Court, has attracted support so broad that it spans ideological and political differences.  
Stephen Breyer may be the right man at the wrong time
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 05, 2009

Rosen on Sotomayor, reconsidered

Earlier today I pointed readers to a Jeffrey Rosen piece that raised questions about whether readers...
By Adam Reilly  |  May 26, 2009