Saturday, August 6, 2005
We previously blogged about opposition to random searches in NYC subways; that opposition has ripened into a lawsuit. Mark Godsey and I are former New Yorkers who have taken plenty of rides on subway; I for one would not want to be subjected to a suspicionless search on the subway. But given the events in London, it is hard to differentiate subway searches from airport searches. In both cases, there is a genuine danger, and the subway, while an indispensible part of living in the city, is not as open as a street or park (the subways used to be owned and operated by private corporations, and they charge a fare), and individuals can avoid the search the same way they can avoidn an airport search, by not going there. [Jack Chin]
Friday, August 5, 2005
Thursday, August 4, 2005
A woman sentenced to three years for embezzlement was diagnosed with cancer at a civilian hospital, where doctors recommended immediate treatment, but BOP doctors disagreed--nothing was wrong. But after several months, the BOP took another look; it was indeed cancer. Unfortunately, the prisoner's condition degenerated during the several month delay, so treatment was no longer possible. She wants to get out to get an experimental treatment, but the BOP and DOJ are fighting every step of the way. Oped here.
Wednesday, August 3, 2005
On Monday, Toledo CrimProf David Harris was featured on All Things Considered. From NPR.org: "In investigating terrorist attacks, London police have announced they will use racial profiling; other cities, like New York, have said they will not. Michele Norris talks with University of Toledo law professor David Harris about the use of racial profiling to prevent terrorist attacks. Harris argues that racial profiling actually diminishes the effectiveness of finding terrorists." Listen to Harris here. [Mark Godsey]
Tuesday, August 2, 2005
From a press release: "Tampa Bay, Fla. - The National Clearinghouse for Science Technology and the Law at Stetson University College of Law will review forensic evidence resources and provide an update on the Clearinghouse at the International Association for Identification’s 90th International Educational Conference at the Adam’s Mark Hotel and Conference Center, Austin Ballroom 2, at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11. Clearinghouse Deputy Director Gregory Hill will lead the program. Hill is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, International Homicide Investigators Association, and a former Tampa police officer. He has extensive jury trial experience involving forensic evidence cases, including death penalty cases in Florida. He works with the National Forensic Science and Technology Center on developing a DNA Mock Trial for President George W. Bush’s DNA Initiative. The Clearinghouse encourages scientific, technological and legal communities to share resources in the interest of justice. “We look forward to providing even more services to the legal, scientific and law enforcement communities,” said Carol Henderson, Clearinghouse director.
Under Henderson’s direction, Stetson’s National Clearinghouse, a program of the National Institute of Justice, was formed in 2003 to advance the use of science and technology in the law. The Clearinghouse provides a comprehensive online database of legal and scientific research and educates lawyers, judges and law enforcement personnel about new developments in forensic technology and forensic evidence handling in the courts.
For more information on additional National Clearinghouse programs, please call (727) 562-7316 or visit them on the Web at www.ncstl.org.
Monday, August 1, 2005
From a press release: "For the fourteenth consecutive year, Santa Clara University School of Law is holding the Bryan R. Shechmeister Death Penalty College from July 30, 2005 – August 4, 2005. The program began in 1992 when Santa Clara County public defender Shechmeister came to (then) law school Dean Jerry Uelmen to create a training program for lawyers with pre-trial capital cases. Dean Uelmen brought in Professor Ellen Kreitzberg to work with Shechmeister and Kreitzberg remains the director of the program today. The Death Penalty College is an intensive training program limited to defense attorneys who represent persons charged in capital cases. During the six days, lawyers spend each morning in small group workshops brainstorming and working on their pending cases. Each afternoon, experts from around the country provide lectures to assist the lawyers in preparing and presenting the penalty trial. This year 72 lawyers from more than 23 states will be participating in the program. More than 23 experienced capital lawyers will comprise the faculty. Director Kreitzberg hails this program as an important tool in ensuring the fairness of our system of justice. Too often, Kreitzberg asserts, the death penalty is imposed not on the person who committed the worst crime, but on those who are unfortunate enough to have the worse lawyer. This program is an effort to provide lawyers important tools in the fight to protect life. This program is also consistent with the Jesuit mission of providing lawyers of conscience, competence and compassion." Details . . . [Mark Godsey]