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Letters to the Boston editors, February 17, 2012
Regarding your recent "House of Incorrections" story (Talking Politics, February 3), I think it would be more believable if some criminal-justice experts were quoted.
Burning down the house
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| February 17, 2012
The Massachusetts legislature is the principal roadblock to putting the state's criminal-justice system on the right track
As you read this, Beacon Hill is debating a "three-strikes" crime bill, while waiting for the US Attorney's Office to hand down indictments in the scandal over patronage at the probation department.
House of Incorrections
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| February 03, 2012
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.
| June 24, 2011
Strange bedfellows: The right and left team up on criminal-justice reform
The practical result of the new spirit of political civility is still an open question, but there is one area where small-government conservatives and do-gooder liberals might really be moving toward significant policy agreement, compromise, and action:
Away from the spotlight, criminal-justice-reform advocates are making progress - with the help of their new friends, the conservatives
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| January 28, 2011
New In The Phoenix -- Conservatives For Criminal-Justice Reform
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at a new movement that might, finally, make...
David S. Bernstein
| January 26, 2011
DOJ turns on Turner, First Amendment
The sentencing memorandum filed by Boston federal prosecutors last week, seeking between 33 and 41 months incarceration for convicted former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner,...
| January 25, 2011
The cost of torture
In the end, whether mass solitary confinement continues at the Maine State Prison supermax may come down to an issue of money rather than right or wrong. And resolving that issue may come down to whether the state wants to pay more now to pay less in the
Solitary Confinement Bill Hearing
| February 26, 2010
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
State Court Bench Loses One of Its Best
By Harvey Silverglate The Massachusetts judiciary – and as a result, the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts – are about to lose one of...
| June 11, 2008
This Just In: Aye Carumba! Star Simpson Gets A Pretty Good Deal
Last September, Harvey wrote in The Free For All about Star Simpson -- the MIT student who was arres...
| June 03, 2008
It's a Crime to Lie to MYSpace?
By Wendy Kaminer If the indictment of 49 year old Lori Drew for...
| May 16, 2008
Assault a speaker with a pie, get away scot free?
A popular viral video making the rounds on the internet shows New York Times columnist Thomas Friedm...
| April 25, 2008
Gagging criminal defendants
We’ve written about prior restraints before on The Free For All, in the context of a court order tha...
| April 19, 2008
This Just In: New data hack has major privacy implications
The New York Times is reporting that a group from Princeton has developed a way of reading encrypted...
| February 22, 2008
Scalia is No Civil Libertarian
By Wendy Kaminer, Is the animosity of civil libertarians toward...
| February 14, 2008
Post-Motions Hearing update on the Glik Prosecution
This past weekend, my research assistant James Tierney and I published an op-ed in the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly about the dubious arrest and prosecution...
| January 31, 2008
VIDEO: Freedom Watch on how to prosecute the CIA "torture tapes" case
In this week's Boston Phoenix, Harvey Silverglate writes about how a troubling new obstruction-of...
| January 17, 2008
Drug Warriors on Steroids
By Wendy Kaminer One lesson of baseball’s latest doping sc...
| December 20, 2007
This Just In: Federal Judges Can Be More Lenient in Sentencing Drug (and other) Crimes
By James F. Tierney Yesterday, the Supreme Court released its decisions in two important cases about...
| December 11, 2007
This Just In: The U.S. Supports Kidnapping?
By Jan WolfeAccording an article in today's Sunday Times, a Department of Justice lawyer is arguing ...
| December 03, 2007
By Wendy Kaminer Conservative advocates of judicial restraint s...
| November 28, 2007
This Just In: Lawyers Want "Big Dig" Case Thrown Out
By James F. Tierney In the August 15, 2007 Boston Phoenix, Harvey described the criminal case agains...
| November 27, 2007
Boston Police's End Run Around The Constitution
It is all too true that when it comes to questions of constitutional rights, the devil (or the ange...
| November 21, 2007
By Wendy Kaminer It’s not exactly an epidemic, but about a dozen racial incidents involving the universal symbol for lynching –...
| October 13, 2007
"Prior restraints": A little understood legal trick for silencing the press
Once again, the news media faces a “prior restraint against publication” imposed by the courts, yet few in that industry or elsewhere seem to understand...
| October 05, 2007
Free Speech Challenges in Jena
By Wendy Kaminer If the case of the Jena 6 seems, at least at first, like a depressingly simple example...
| September 26, 2007
A Society That Eats Its Young
When I was growing up in Brooklyn, where the only pets that landlords allowed us to have came encased in a glass bowl, I...
| September 25, 2007
Naked Came the Carpenter
Court tv called it the “stupid story of the week:" 51 year old...
| September 12, 2007
Are We Iran?
Half naked women are common sights in city streets every summe...
| August 31, 2007
The Politics of Prostitution
Prostitution is a crime for women but a “personal matter” for ...
| July 18, 2007
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