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If you are a Supreme Court watcher, several new or forthcoming books will be of special interest to you. Coming next month will be a book (his ninth) by Justice Stephen Breyer. Here are two snippets from the publisher’s blurb about his book, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities:
Justice Stephen Breyer examines the work of the Supreme Court of the United States in an increasingly interconnected world, a world in which all sorts of activity, both public and private—from the conduct of national security policy to the conduct of international trade—obliges the Court to understand and consider circumstances beyond America’s borders. . . .
While Americans must necessarily determine their own laws through
Acting one day before the fiftieth anniversary of the nation’s most important voting rights law, a federal appeals court on Wednesday, August 5, ruled that Texas will be barred from enforcing at least part of its four-year-old law that requires a photo ID before a voter can go to the polls.
The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, however, left a good deal of doubt about how much of the Texas law will actually be nullified after a new round of analysis that it ordered
President Obama spoke to the nation Wednesday, July 15, about a problem facing all citizens — the continued lack of confidence in our criminal-justice system. The issue is, Obama said, “a source of inequity that has ripple effects on families and on communities and ultimately on our nation.”
New Yorkers understand these challenges all too well, and haven’t been immune to the tragedies that occur when the justice system breaks down. At its core, that breakdown fosters a lack of trust in the
After 23 distinguished years on the bench, Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti announced on Thursday, July 27, that she will be retiring from the New York State Unified Court System, effective July 30, to assume the position of Executive Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and serve as a special adviser to the law school's dean, Eric Lane.
Judge Prudenti stated, “It is very bittersweet for me to leave the
The Courts & Legal Services Committee and the Fire & Criminal Justice Services Committee recently held a joint hearing, ‘Examining the New York Bail System and the Need for Reform.' The hearing, chaired by Council Member Rory Lancman and Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, looked at how to reform our dysfunctional bail system.
“Our bail system is failing us,” said Council Member Lancman. “Too many people are detained on Rikers not because they have been convicted of a crime, but simply because