court http://wamc.org en "Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment" by Floyd Abrams http://wamc.org/post/friend-court-front-lines-first-amendment-floyd-abrams <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Since 1971, when the Pentagon Papers were leaked to the New York Times and furious debate over First Amendment rights ensued, free-speech cases have emerged in rapid succession.</p><p>Floyd Abrams has been on the front lines of nearly every one of these major cases, which is also to say that, more than any other person, he has forged this country’s legal understanding of free speech.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 70633 at http://wamc.org "Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment" by Floyd Abrams "Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works … and Sometimes Doesn’t" http://wamc.org/post/mistrial-inside-look-how-criminal-justice-system-works-and-sometimes-doesn-t <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the new book </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works … and Sometimes Doesn’t</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Mark </span>Geragos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Pat Harris, two of America’s leading criminal defense attorneys, take readers inside some of the most compelling and sensational trials of the past 20 years.</span></p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 62891 at http://wamc.org "Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works … and Sometimes Doesn’t" Final Vision: The Last Word on Jeffrey MacDonald by Joe McGinness http://wamc.org/post/final-vision-last-word-jeffrey-macdonald-joe-mcginness <p>The Jeffrey MacDonald case is one of the most horrifying—and controversial—murder cases of its time, with chilling echoes of the Manson Family’s “Helter Skelter” killings: a handsome, Ivy League–educated Green Beret Army doctor accused of brutally stabbing and clubbing to death his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the middle of the night. MacDonald was eventually convicted and is serving three consecutive life sentences.</p><p>Perhaps no one is better qualified to address these questions than Joe McGinniss, who was first drawn into the story in 1979, when he began work on what became the definitive account of the case, <em>Fatal Vision</em>.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 55055 at http://wamc.org Final Vision: The Last Word on Jeffrey MacDonald by Joe McGinness Gay Rights Activists Praise Federal Appeals Court Ruling http://wamc.org/post/gay-rights-activists-praise-federal-appeals-court-ruling <p>Gay rights activists in western Massachusetts are hailing the ruling by a federal appeals court in Boston that found the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Paul Tuthill reports&hellip;</p><p>Brenda Lopez of Springfield says the federal statute that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman is rooted in bigotry.</p><p>&ldquo;If in fact you&rsquo;re going to defend a marriage, you need to defend all marriages.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 11:49:21 +0000 Paul Tuthill 40226 at http://wamc.org Gay Rights Activists Praise Federal Appeals Court Ruling NY Court Rules Calling Someone Gay Isn't Slander http://wamc.org/post/ny-court-rules-calling-someone-gay-isnt-slander <p>A court in New York says it&#39;s no longer slander to falsely call someone gay because it&#39;s not something society sees as negative anymore.</p><p>The mid-level appeals court says that although falsely calling someone gay or lesbian has for decades been grounds for slander, that&#39;s no longer the case.</p><p>The decision Thursday by the mid-level appeals court involves the case of a Broome County man who sued a woman who called him gay in what he says was an effort to get his girlfriend to leave him. He says it hurt his relationship.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 11:27:50 +0000 40216 at http://wamc.org NY Court Rules Calling Someone Gay Isn't Slander NY Top Court to Weigh Claim from Investment Loss http://wamc.org/post/ny-top-court-weigh-claim-investment-loss <p>New York&#39;s top court will consider reinstating the lawsuit filed by French investors who lost $43 million out of $50 million they put in two structured investment vehicles. The investors claim Barclays Bank, Standard &amp; Poor&#39;s and two management companies were all complicit in leaving investors holding plummeting securities shortly before the Wall Street collapse. WAMC&rsquo;s Dave Lucas reports.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 11:46:06 +0000 Dave Lucas 40129 at http://wamc.org NY Top Court to Weigh Claim from Investment Loss NY's Top Court Excuses Lack of Wiretap Disclosure http://wamc.org/post/nys-top-court-excuses-lack-wiretap-disclosure <p>New York&#39;s top court says prosecutors can use wiretap evidence even when they fail to comply with the state law requiring disclosure to their targets within 90 days after the eavesdropping warrant expires. WAMC&#39;s Dave Lucas has details&hellip;</p><p>The Court of Appeals says Manhattan prosecutors violated the statute following the July 2005 investigation of Rafael Rodriguez, later convicted of drug offenses. The general penalty for a violation is suppression of the wiretap evidence.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 11:28:53 +0000 Dave Lucas 37750 at http://wamc.org NY's Top Court Excuses Lack of Wiretap Disclosure