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The 13th Annual Muzzle Awards
A year and a half into the Age of Obama, we are learning a lesson we should have figured out long ago — that repression, once in place, is rarely rolled back all the way, and that liberals no less than conservatives are reluctant to give up power.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
| July 02, 2010
Unmaking a bad federal law
It's been a depressing stretch for supporters of marriage equality.
Justice for Some
| November 27, 2009
You're all guilty!
Silverglate's thesis is as provocative as it is simple: justice has become sufficiently perverted in this nation that federal prosecutors, if they put their minds to it, could find a way to indict almost any one of us for almost anything. It is a truly r
In his new book, Three Felonies a Day , Harvey Silverglate dissects the corrupt justice practiced by federal prosecutors
| September 25, 2009
The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards
With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
| July 10, 2009
Hitting the brakes
The last time that “busing” was a buzzword around Boston, John Havlicek and Jo Jo White were the only ebony-and-ivory cronies shooting hoops in harmony.
With Boston public schools facing a $107 million budget gap, busing is once again in the crosshairs
| February 11, 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
A tale of two TV stories
Bill Rappleye, of WJAR-TV, was pursuing the adversarial relationship between reporters and elected officials when he asked Governor Carcieri to explain why he isn’t violating the state’s anti-nepotism law.
Hidden influence can be a bigger concern than aggressive reporters
| June 18, 2008
Naming names and naming rights
P+J are keeping a close eye on the US District Court trial of the two former CVS execs accused of illegally hiring John “My Sharona” Celona, the disgraced former state senator.
What lies ahead in the trial of two former CVS officials?
PHILLIPE + JORGE
| May 21, 2008
Can’t anybody here play this game?
The need to reinvent Rhode Island’s economic infrastructure — which remains anemic compared with most of its neighbors in New England — is more urgent than ever.
Rhode Island remains trapped between economic distress and missed opportunities
| May 21, 2008
State sued over inmate’s death
As severely mentally ill Maine State Prison inmate Ryan Rideout prepared to hang himself from a sprinkler in his cell on the night of October 5, 2006, other inmates frantically pressed panic buttons in their cells.
| March 05, 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
Bishop’s puzzlement on pro-choice Catholics is misplaced
Dogma doesn’t pay the rent, feed a hungry child, or pay for medicine; nor do arrogance, hypocrisy, or feigned bewilderment.
MARY ANN SORRENTINO
| January 02, 2008
US Attorney Corrente and CVS CEO Ryan: two ‘regular guys’
The closely watched ongoing investigation of state legislators stars Robert Clark Corrente as the focused US attorney and Tom Ryan as the more enigmatic CVS CEO.
MARY ANN SORRENTINO
| December 05, 2007
Things haven’t been going well as of late for Needham-based chronic-pain specialist Dr. Joseph Zolot.
The DEA’s bad-faith war on pain doctors
| September 26, 2007
Blueprint for disaster
It figures that Attorney General Martha Coakley would scapegoat an epoxy manufacturer for the Big Dig disaster.
Letters to the Boston editor: September 7, 2007
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| September 05, 2007
When they began their careers in the 1960s, few would have predicted that TV broadcaster Dan Rea and US District Court Judge Nancy Gertner would make history together.
Lefts and rights
| August 15, 2007
Buddy Cianci was already making the media wait.
A Rhode Island icon sails back into the limelight
| August 02, 2007
The Muzzle Awards have been chronicling the worst Free Speech violations for a decade. Here are some of the lowlights from the past 10 years.
The Muzzles through the ages: 10 years of First Ammendment deterioration
| July 03, 2007
A squandered opportunity for more competition
For those familiar with David Radler, the cuts at Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers seemed inevitable.
| May 09, 2007
Pressing the case
In the aftermath of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s perjury conviction last week, the journalistic fallout of the case remains a subject of intense interest for reporters and legal observers.
A limited federal shield law would be better than the post-Libby status quo
| March 14, 2007
BeloJo celebrates Black History Month
Is it just Phillipe & Jorge, but something seemed patently wrong, if not offensive, when the Urinal ran a headline on the top of its February 20 Vo Dilun section that read: “Black lawyer named to judicial panel.”
Carcieri appointment wins Casa Diablo approval
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| February 21, 2007
Rhode Island in ’06: same as it ever was
Imagine a year when the Narragansett Indians were energetically pitching a casino, cynical Rhode Islanders had plenty of reason to reinforce their jaundiced views, and state house Democrats maintained the upper hand over hapless Republican opponents with
Democrats on top, a casino quest, and a dose of corruption
| December 20, 2006
Anyone who wants to understand the perils of being a citizen journalist in an age of DIY media should consider the case of Freeman Z.
One citizen journalist’s saga may bode poorly for the new arm of the press
| December 13, 2006
Is Rhode Island still a state for sale?
As the star witness of federal prosecutors, former state senator John Celona of North Providence has sang chapter and verse about his arrogant, shameless, and corrupt dealings while having worked for an affiliate of Roger Williams Medical Center.
The shoe yet to drop is the extent of private sector responsibility
| September 27, 2006
Boston agrees to pay $3.2 million to Stephan Cowans
Finally giving Stephan Cowans some measure of justice for the six and a half years he spent in prison for a crime he did not commit, the City of Boston has agreed to pay $3.2 million to settle a civil lawsuit, the Phoenix has learned.
Wrongfully-convicted Mattapan man’s case exposed incompetent fingerprint unit
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| August 10, 2006
Feel-good movie of the summer
With the upcoming November elections poised to determine the future of Congress, what better gift could Republicans ask for than a popular Hollywood movie that conjures the image that for five years has granted them power and impunity? Watch the trai
Oliver Stone: from the Hollywood crackpot of JFK to the Republican sellout of World Trade Center
| August 10, 2006
Return of the rogue
In December 2002, when Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci stepped into a car for the drive to his new home at a federal prison in Fort Dix, New Jersey, some thought that life in Rhode Island would never be the same.
Will Buddy Cianci try to make life difficult for Cicilline?
| July 12, 2006
Stealing someone’s screenplay is serious stuff.
Did Jim Jarmusch steal the screenplay?
| July 12, 2006
The Ninth Annual Muzzle Awards
Nearly five years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, our political culture has been warped beyond recognition.
Our annual New England roundup of those who undermined freedom of speech and civil liberties. But first, a word about George W. Bush.
| July 04, 2006
Justice Department tries to dismiss EFF’s wiretapping suit
As we learn more and more about the scope and extent of the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program, we’re also learning — to the surprise of precisely no one — how difficult it will be to challenge such domestic espionage in court.
| May 17, 2006
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