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  • How Plaintiffs' Lawyers Have Turned Asbestos Into A Court Perennial

    The Wall Street Journal looks at attorney Mark Lanier, who has helped to expanded litigation in asbestos lawsuits since many of the asbestos companies are now bankrupt. "The U.S. Supreme Court has called asbestos litigation an 'elephantine mass' that defies the normal rules of judicial administration," the Journal reported.
  • Serving Up Civil Rights

    Somewhere within the powers granted by the "commerce clause" of the constitution lies the right to keep restaurants from discriminating against customers and to regulate ponds on private property used by migratory birds. Ghannam reports on the changes to civil rights and other rights that might be effected if the commerce clause is weakened by the Supreme Court.
  • Scouts Divided

    "Since a Supreme Court ruling against gays in the Boy Scouts, Americans are increasingly torn over a beloved institution." France observed the scouts at the 2001 annual Boy Scout jamboree and found the gays in scouting issue to be more divisive then the organization previously stated. Some families are removing their boys from scouting because of the discriminatory policy. At the same time organizations such as Levi Strauss and CVS have removed their funding for the organization, along with Steven Spielberg , a former Eagle Scout, who left the scouts advisory saying he could no longer support a group that practices "intolerance and discrimination." Still, others have continued to support the organization, with some local scouting councils punishing or disbanding groups that support gays or have adopted nondiscrimination policies.
  • A Man's Asylum Fight in the Land of the Free, Judge's Behavior Sparks Outrage but Little Relief, Few Applicants Succeed in Immigration Courts

    These articles address the cases of two political refugees who seek asylum in the U.S. and their trials at the hands of the INS and the U.S. Immigration Court. There are no written standards for immigration judges. In these stories, Judge Thomas M. Ragno decides a Sudanese refugee is not Catholic because the man did not what parochial schools were (there are none in Sudan). The refugee spends three years in jail before his case is overturned. Myanmar activist Tialhei Zathang still waits on an appeal trial after Judge Joan V. Churchill decides he is an Indian citizen, despite the testimony of U.S. professors and Myanmar parliament members who support him.
  • Power Failure

    Milwaukee Magazine examines the reasons "that led the once admirable Wisconsin Energy to the biggest environmental pollution penalty in state history." The report describes how 26,000 tons of cyanide-laced waste have been uncovered "buried under Wisconsin Energy's high-tension lines in West Allis and at two other sites..." The investigation details the inside story behind the arrogant and "idiot strategy" Wisconsin Energy had followed in court. The story points out that the legal battle - currently ending with a "groundbreaking $104.5 million verdict" - may reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Dirty Hands

    Milwaukee Magazine reveals "the inside story of how Supreme Court Justice Jon Wilcox won election with illegal donations from wealthy school choice supporters - and then cast a key vote upholding vouchers for religious schools."
  • Cancer in the Navy Seals

    The Israeli newspaper revealed that "dozens of Israeli Navy commandos were struck with cancer" after being ordered for many years "to dive in the Kishon river...one of the most polluted rivers in the world" and even to drink the contaminated water as a kind of punishment. The reporters used environmental studies to illustrate the presence of hazardous materials - like arsenic, benzene, nickel, chrome and cadmium - in the river. The series also found out that the Israeli Navy knew about "the pollution and its risks" for 43 years, "but did nothing to protect its soldiers". Among the findings was the fact that Navy medical staff had ignored divers' complaints regarding various medical problems. The reporters added human-interest angle by telling the personal stories of some of the affected soldiers along with the political follow-up of the issue.
  • Uncertain Justice: Death Penalty on Trial

    This Charlotte Observer investigative series reveals that "in the Carolinas, the death penalty is plagued by mistakes and misconduct." Among the major findings are multiple cases of wrongful convictions and flawed trials, resulting in throwing out more than half of all death sentences. The investigation analyses the records relating to death sentences in recent years and shows that "killers are far more likely to receive death sentences if their victims are white." The series also reveals that some prosecutors and judges are biased against Afro-American convicts, and questions the justification of capital punishment for mentally retarded people.The reporters depict some prosecutors who "withhold evidence - even if it suggests they've charged the right person," as well as irresponsible defense lawyers who have betrayed their clients. The investigative team concludes that "despite such problems, appeals courts have become far less likely to intervene in recent years."
  • Judges' Supreme Deals

    A Chicago Sun-Times investigation of the Illinois Supreme Court Justice Charles Freeman reveals that he uses his "power to appoint trial court judges to reward his buddies, donors to his campaigns, political allies, even a friend-of-a-friend's ex-wife." Upon further investigation of Illinois law, the Sun-Times learned that Supreme Court justices appoint trial justices -- voters think they are electing them, but they actually start out as appointees.
  • They Haven't Got a Prayer

    Residents of the Gulf Coast of Santa Fe are outraged by a Supreme Court decision that said students could no longer deliver prayers over school loudspeakers before football games. The decision has stirred deep emotions in this God-fearing Texas town about the presence of religion in schools.