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  • The Debacle that Buried Washington

    The savings and loan scandal had some lasting impact in the late 90s. In 1996, the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Government had betrayed investors by changing the rules of the bailouts at the height of the crisis. The cost of that decision was to be decided by lower Federal courts and it could be as much as $50 billion.
  • A Run for the Bench

    The taint for big money in judicial elections is moving reformers to find a middle ground between free-spending campaigns and merit selection. For more than 60 years the selection of judges has been a contentious either/or proposition: either you favored the election of judges by popular vote or you supported a merit selection system, under which a nominating commission chooses several candidates to fill a judicial vacancy and an elected official, usually the governor, selects one of the candidates from the list.
  • A Duty To Protect

    The series consists of 5 articles about Washington state's parole system. It builds extensively on cases of criminal offenses by theoretically supervised parolees, on the parole system and its implementation by the parole officers. It also presents a comparison between the old regulations and the new laws that applies to felons arrested after July 1, 2000 and analyzes the financial burden on the state by both the application of the new regulations and the lawsuits filed by the victims or their families.
  • Private Justice

    Over the past 20 years, corporations have started to impose arbitration on the public as a condition to doing business, a quasi-legal process that allows private individuals to pass final judgement on the disputes of the parties who hire them. Several cases are presented with emphasis on the difference between court and arbitration , conflicts of interests, ethical aspects proposed reforms of the system.
  • Judicial Junkets

    ABC News investigates "big money lobbying of federal judges ... through the use of free junkets." Large corporations and foundations with interests in cases that come before the federal courts often invite the judges on all-expense paid trips. The main finding is that "one in ten judges, nearly 300 members of the federal bench, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices, have accepted the controversial free trips to one or several privately funded luxury "seminars" held at golf resorts, dude ranches and luxury hotels."
  • How public is losing legal rights

    San Francisco Chronicle investigates the loss of civil rights, resulting from mandatory arbitration imposed on employees. Many workers sign their employment contracts without reading the text in fine print, which binds them to accept the arbitration clause, the story reveals. Under the court rulings, arbitrators can be "wholly unqualified" to decide civil right cases, and "are rarely required to follow the law." Other flaws of the system include prohibitive filing fees, limited size of awards, and reluctance by most arbitration firms to enforce ethics codes.
  • DWB* (*Driving While Black)

    Esquire reports on the DEA's program Operation Pipeline, an attempt to stop interstate drug trafficking that has come under file for encouraging, if not sponsoring, racial profiling. Despite numerous civil rights law suits and statistics that show an overwhelming majority of the motorists pulled over are black and Hispanic, the DEA still calls the program one of its "most successful." The Supreme Court basically handed law enforcement a license to do these kind of searches when it ruled that a cop can pull someone over for any minor traffic violation. U.S. District Judge James Carrigan wrote a criticism of the program which said, the task force, "systematically violated the constitutionally protected rights of blacks and Hispanics to travel and be free from unreasonable seizures."
  • Balking On Air

    Governing reports on the battle of downwind states to get upwind states to fight air pollution. Air pollution, which does not respect state boundaries, has been the source of recent inter-state litigation. A meeting of state environmental commissioners in 1995 resulted in little more than political "horse trading," resulting in little change in actual emissions. If the current trend continues the issue could wind up before the Supreme Court.
  • Investigative Reporting Finalists

    The Goldsmith Prize awards a $25,000 annual prize for reporting that best promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics. The five finalists for 1996 were "The F.A.A., USAir and the ATR Turbo Prop Planes," "Military Secrets," "Prisoners On Payroll," "Honduras," "Who Owns The Law? West Publishing and the Courts," and "Profits From Pain." The stories come from the New York Times, Dayton Daily News, Baltimore Sun, Minneapolis Star Tribune and Sun-Sentinel.
  • Teaching Johnny The Appropriate Way To Flirt

    The New York Times Magazine reports on the issue of sexual harassment, looking at an incident that happened in a Minnesota middle school to talk more genreally about the state of sexual harassment in our schools and the legalities involved. The question is whether students can and should be treated like adults in cases of student-to-student harassment.