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Global notes Daily March 29 2015

Nigeria elections

Amid violence by Boko Haram militants, the Nigerian voters “resolutely cast their ballot” (Guardian), This is the most closely fought election. It is between a President who is seen as weak and a General who is seen as being too strong and authoritarian, who was once the dictator of Nigeria. 247 more words

Forensic Science on Trial: The Honorable Donald Shelton on Forensic Science and the Courts

Join Jan Burke and D.P. Lyle for a fascinating interview with a leading expert on forensic science and the criminal justice system.  Are judges without scientific training the best gatekeepers for forensic science evidence? 325 more words


What went wrong with the FISA Court?

By: Elizabeth Goitein and Faiza Patel

Foreword by Judge James Robertson

What went wrong with the FISA Court?

“Many people are surprised to learn that there is no “right to privacy” in the Constitution. 83 more words

Criminal Justice/Criminology

The Returning Prisoner and the Future of Work

By: Malcolm C. Young

Position Paper

“In 2010, a Soros Justice Fellowship at the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern University School of Law gave me an opportunity to devise innovative strategies by which returning prisoners could be better prepared for a competitive, changing world of work. 36 more words

Criminal Justice/Criminology

Italian High Court Acquits Amanda Knox And Raffaele Sollecito

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

In what hopefully will become the conclusion of a oppressive years long ordeal, Italy’s highest court, the Court of Cassation, overturned the murder convictions against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. 342 more words

Criminal Law

A Tale of New America: a judge burns the Constitution

Summary: Today we have another Tale of New America, as the government exempts from legal challenge the shadowy neocon group United Against Nuclear Iran. The tale is told here not as information (clickbait), but to spark your anger and action at what’s happening to the Republic and what we have become.   901 more words