Sunday, September 7, 2008
THE shooting rampage in Skagit County raises basic issues of public safety. The tragedy is a blatant challenge to assumptions of how well civil society can protect its citizens, and isolate those who are a danger to themselves and others.
As murder suspect Isaac Zamora begins his journey through the criminal-justice system, a parallel proceeding should be initiated by lawmakers in Olympia to examine the failings of laws and institutions intended to protect the public.
The Legislative Black Caucus and civil rights activists criticized yesterday Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan for implementing a new program for collecting DNA samples from crime suspects, accusing the administration of turning its back on hard-fought compromises for safeguards and oversight.
O'Malley made the DNA bill one of his priorities this year and worked hard to win passage of the legislation in the Maryland General Assembly - but only after significant changes during lengthy negotiations, particularly with the Black Caucus. The law calls for DNA samples to be taken from those charged with violent crimes and burglary; previously, samples were taken only after a conviction.
TRENTON — More than 125 local elected officials from mostly rural New Jersey towns signed up to attend a meeting Thursday night to demand that the state continue to pay for State Police services in rural communities without police departments.
The meeting came a month after 89 towns received a prospective bill in the mail from the state Department of the Treasury, detailing what they would owe the state in order to keep receiving State Police response to calls for police service. The towns have until Dec. 15 to make a decision about staying with the State Police or making other arrangements.
Fernand N. “Tex” Dutile earned his A.B. from Assumption College in 1962, and his J.D. from Notre Dame in 1965, where he served as the articles editor for the law review, The Notre Dame Lawyer. Admitted to the Maine Bar in 1965, Professor Dutile practiced law in the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice (1965-1966), and taught law at the Catholic University of America (1966-1971) before returning to Notre Dame, as a member of the faculty, in 1971. He became a full professor in 1976. During his tenure at Notre Dame, he has served in a number of administrative positions, including assistant dean (1976-1979), associate dean (1989-1991 and 1993-1999), and acting dean (1991-1993). He co-directed the London Programme in 1991, and taught in that program in 1994 and 1996. He has also held the position of senior visiting fellow at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and scholar-in-residence at the University of Queensland (Australia) during the summers of 1995 and 1996, respectively. He chaired Notre Dame’s Faculty Board on Athletics and served as the University’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative from 2000-2006.
Professor Dutile’s teaching and scholarship concentrate in two areas. He teaches criminal law to first- year students and has written extensively in that area. He also teaches and writes on the law of education. He served as faculty editor of the Journal of College & University Law, the hallmark publication of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) (1986-94), and has been a member of that publication’s editorial board since 1986. In 1994, NACUA honored his work by naming him a lifetime fellow of the association. Professor Dutile has served on countless University and Law School committees, including the Academic Council, of which he was a member for about a quarter- century. In 2001, the University’s Alumni Association conferred on him its Armstrong Award, bestowed annually on a graduate who has provided “outstanding” service as an employee. Professor Dutile has earned two Presidential Awards at Notre Dame (1982 and 2006). He also garnered the University’s Faculty Award in 2004. His Alma Mater, Assumption College, presented him with its Outstanding Achievement Award in 2007.