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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot and the Other DOJ Narrative

The second Department of Justice (“DOJ”) report on Ferguson to come out in recent weeks is just as explosive as the first one, if not more so, but it has not received the enormous amount of media attention the first report garnered. Perhaps that is because in covering the second report, the media would have to eat a lot of crow. The second DOJ report on the shooting of Michael Brown that synthesized the evidence from Read More

Statements by Robert Durst Create Admissibility Issues

THOSE WHO ARE ON THE COVER OF “TIME”…END UP DOING TIME Such goes the saying that Robert Durst should have paid more attention to before he agreed to tell his story on the HBO documentary “The Jinx”. Durst has been the subject of many cover stories, many news articles, and even a film starring Ryan Gosling. Now, thanks in part to evidence brought to light on “The Jinx,” Durst is doing time in a New Orleans jail. He Read More

The Chant Heard ‘Round the Country

As everyone knows by now, members of the now defunct branch of the SAE fraternity at the University of Oklahoma were secretly videotaped chanting a horribly racist song while on a bus to a formal event. Members of the fraternity were seen raising their arms in the air to encourage participation in the song, which used the “n” word and made reference to lynchings. In shocking juxtaposition, the University of Oklahoma Read More

The Super Bowl, the NFL, and Domestic Violence: No More

It is that time of year again. Super Bowl Sunday is upon us. The battle between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots will be a fight between two of football’s finest. But we all know what the real entertainment of the evening will be: the commercials! Every year companies spend millions (the going rate is $4.5 million per 30 seconds) for the chance to get their message across to a projected televised Read More

More Trouble for Uber?

Passengers of the ride share app Uber filed a class action lawsuit against the company in a federal court in San Francisco just before Christmas. The lawsuit claims that passengers should not be required to pay a $1 “Safe Rides Fee” that Uber adds to each ride. The fee is purportedly to support a safety program that was said to be “industry leading,” and more rigorous than that required for taxi drivers. The Read More

Deflategate: The NFL’s Most Recent Scandal

So much controversy over…air. Too little air, to be exact. But it is not just about the fact that there may have been too little air in the footballs used by the New England Patriots in the first half of the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. The score at the end of the first half was 17-7. After the under-inflated footballs being used by the Patriots were discovered, fully-inflated balls were used Read More

Charlie Hebdo and the Right to Free Speech

RECENT ATTACKS ON FREE SPEECH The horrific attack on the staff of the publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris did not occur in a vacuum; it was one of a series, albeit amongst the worst, of attacks on free speech. From the beheading of journalists to the hack on Sony, terrorists are trying to silence any voice that disagrees with their own. In such a perilous environment, it is essential that free speech be protected, Read More

Tens of Thousands Misdemeanor Warrants Dismissed

Misdemeanor probation officers in Georgia are responsible for making sure people convicted of offenses such as DUI, shoplifting, and some domestic-violence offenses complete court-ordered classes or pay restitution.  But for the last fourteen years, private companies in Georgia have been supervising low-level misdemeanor offenders, claiming it freed up overburdened state probation workers while costing taxpayers Read More