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  • May 29, 2009

    The Empathy Seat on the Supreme Court

    Huffington Post

    One wouldn't think that such otherwise innocuous words as "empathy" and "life experience" would have the power to unsettle an institution as solid as the legal system, but with the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, President Obama has apparently done just that.

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  • May 21, 2009

    Guantanamo Redux

    Huffington Post

    The Obama administration's head-spinning policy shift on the prosecution of suspected terrorists has left its liberal base and human rights advocates wondering whether they had freakishly witnessed the second coming of the Bush presidency. After deciding soon after the inauguration that Guantanamo's military courts should be suspended in favor of either deporting detainees to other countries or conducting civilian trials within the United States, the administration is now reviving the military commission model--with certain evidentiary and procedural modifications--that had been the target of such revulsion during the campaign.

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