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Monday, August 28, 2006

Bush Cuts Bill of Rights to a "More Workable" Six Amendments

The Onion's story here.

August 28, 2006 in Civil Rights | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Diary of a Grand Juror

Says all defendants could have been charged with "aggravated stupidity.  Diary...

August 28, 2006 in Miscellaneous | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Boston's Mayor Creates a Civilian Board to Review Police Misconduct

From Boston's Mayor Thomas M. Menino said yesterday he will appoint a three-member civilian board to review police misconduct cases, breaking a stalemate over civilian oversight in the Boston Police Department.

The appointees on the Civilian Review and Mediation Board will serve as representatives of the public, with powers to examine internal police investigations of officers accused of wrongdoing, city officials said.

The board will review all allegations of serious misconduct, such as assault or illegal drug use, that are dismissed by the department's Internal Affairs Division, the officials said. It will also look into less serious cases if a member of the public appeals the decision by Internal Affairs.

The board members will be paid, part-time ombudsmen who can ask Internal Affairs investigators to do further work on complaints and make recommendations to the police commissioner about the disposition of cases, but they won't have the power to conduct their own investigations or to issue subpoenas. Their work will remain largely confidential, in order to protect those involved, according to the city's corporation counsel. The board will make an annual report to the mayor.

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

August 27, 2006 in Law Enforcement | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

CrimProf Randy Barnett Joins Georgetown Law Faculty

Barnettgray_1CrimProf Randy Barnett joins the Georgetown Law faculty this fall as the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory after serving as a visiting professor. 

Most recently, he was the Austin B. Fletcher Professor at the Boston University School of Law, where he taught constitutional law, contracts and cyber law, as well as torts, criminal law, evidence, agency and partnership and jurisprudence.

Barnett graduated from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School and later served as a visiting professor at each of his alma maters.  He was a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney's Office in Chicago, and in 2004, argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzales v. Raich in the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Barnett has produced more than 80 articles and reviews, as well as seven books, including “Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty" (Princeton, 2004), "Contract Cases and Doctrine" (Aspen, 3rd ed. 2003), and "The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law" (Oxford, 1998).  [Mark Godsey]

August 27, 2006 in CrimProfs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

This Week's Top Five Crim Papers

Ssrn_17_14The top 5 crim papers for this week, with number of recent downloads, on SSRN are:

(1) 116 Originalists, Politics, and Criminal Law on the Rehnquist Court
Rachel Barkow,
New York University - School of Law,
Date posted to database: June 22, 2006
Last Revised: July 13, 2006
(2) 111 The Multiple Dimensions of Tunnel Vision in Criminal Cases
Keith A. Findley, Michael Scott,
University of Wisconsin Law School, University of Wisconsin Law School,
Date posted to database: June 23, 2006
Last Revised: June 23, 2006
(3) 109 Manson v. Brathwaite Revisited: Towards a New Rule of Decision for Due Process Challenges to Eyewitness Identification Procedures
Timothy O'Toole, Giovanna E. Shay,
Affiliation Unknown, Yale University,
Date posted to database: July 14, 2006
Last Revised: July 14, 2006
(4) 98 Well Excuse Me! - Remorse, Apology, and Criminal Sentencing
Jeffrie G. Murphy,
Arizona State University College of Law,
Date posted to database: June 23, 2006
Last Revised: July 25, 2006
(5) 79 Neuroscience Evidence, Legal Culture, and Criminal Procedure
Michael S. Pardo,
University of Alabama School of Law,
Date posted to database: June 25, 2006
Last Revised: June 25, 2006

August 27, 2006 in Weekly Top 5 SSRN Crim Downloads | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)