Friday, February 6, 2009

It's baaaaack . . . . The Teaching Assistant!

After a brief break, the Teaching Assistant is back!  This week, we feature stories from a variety of Con Law fields. 

Executive Branch/Foreign Policy

New CIA chief Leon Pannetta states that "harsh renditions" of terror suspects remains a possibility.  He also said that while waterboarding is torture, those that engaged in the practice should not be prosecuted.

Findlaw has an interesting piece on why Karl Rove might not be able to avoid disclosing his role in the U.S. Attorney scandal.


David Kopel of the VC reports that the Obama Administration is committed to ending the practice of using federal agents to enforce state laws on medical marijuana.

Equal Protection

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) encourages the State Department to end practices which discriminate against the LGBT employees in that Department.

The ACLU reminds us that while the Ledbetter legislation was a step in the right direction, the fight to ensure equal pay for men and women in the workplace is far from over.

Eugene Volokh has a great post dissecting a recent Ninth Circuit opinion ruling that the 1996 DOMA legislation is unconstitutional as applied to federal employees.  (Don't get too excited - it's a limited, non-precedential ruling, but as Professor Volokh says, it could shed light on how the circuit might resolve future issues.)

Finally, in a triple-whammy of equal protection issues, Stephanie Farrior of Feminist Law Professors analyzes a new law review article on the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.  She first explains the detrimental effects of the policy on GLBT servicepersons.  She futher notes that women - and particularly women of color - are more likely to be penalized under the current rules.

See you next week with more stories that will help you in the classroom!


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