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  • March 2, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    Uncategorized March 2, 2015 at 10:29 am 0 comments

    FCC Approves Net Neutrality The FCC approved net neutrality in a 3-2 vote on Thursday. Under net neutrality, the FCC will treat Internet service provides as public utilities, giving them greater power to regulate. Supporters of net neutrality, such as the ACLU, believe this is a historic win for online […]

  • Condemn, Don’t Convict, for “Graft”

    Criminal Justice February 28, 2015 at 6:58 pm 0 comments

    When news broke that Maureen McDonnell had been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for alleged crimes she committed alongside her husband, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, the New York Times ran a perfunctory piece titled, “Former First Lady of Virginia is Sentenced to Prison for Graft.” […]

  • Local Government Protection of Affordable Housing

    Poverty and Economic Justice February 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm 0 comments

    Should affordable housing be a right? Perhaps this is a necessary outcome to protect the civil rights of low- and moderate-income families, which often tend to overlap with racial minorities, and prevent them from losing their homes.

  • February 23, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    Uncategorized February 22, 2015 at 5:09 pm 0 comments

    Protests Continue Following Police Shooting in Washington State  The fatal police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes on February 10 has spurred daily protests in Pasco, Washington. The police claim Zambrano-Montes, a Mexican immigrant, was throwing rocks at the officers, but the situation is still under investigation. Protestors have been gathering at […]

  • Affirmative Action and Exclusion: How Race-Based Admissions Impact Asian Americans

    Education, Race, Race and Immigration February 16, 2015 at 10:50 pm 0 comments

    On December 17th, 2014, the nonprofit organization Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) filed suit in the Massachusetts District Court against Harvard College, alleging racial discrimination in its admissions policy. However, the targets of the allegedly discriminatory practice are Asian Americans, a group that most people would not associate with a […]

  • February 16, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    FBI Director Addresses Race and Policing In a speech to Georgetown students, director of the FBI, James B. Comey, spoke about how racial perceptions affect policing in neighborhoods where African Americans commit crimes at a higher rate. Mr. Comey said some officers in these areas scrutinize African Americans more closely because […]

  • Will the Supreme Court Find Lethal Injections Unconstitutional?

    Uncategorized February 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm 0 comments

    On January 15, 2015, the Supreme Court refused to stay the executions of four petitioners on death row in Oklahoma. That night, the state executed one of the four petitioners, Charles Warner, by lethal injection. On January 23, 2015, the Court agreed to hear the remaining three petitioners’ case, Glossip […]

  • A Vicious Cycle: The System Behind Police Brutality

    Amicus, Criminal Justice, Race December 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm 0 comments

    Like many others, I have been moved to write about the recent police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. The reaction to these events has been well covered on Amicus and I urge the reader to look to other sources for a more comprehensive conception of the many factors that […]

  • On Ferguson

    Amicus, Criminal Justice November 26, 2014 at 12:11 pm 0 comments

      Since early August, the country’s eyes have been fixed on a small St. Louis suburb.   If you’re reading this, you likely know the story, but here are the events (and where witness accounts differ):   Michael Brown steals some cigarillos from a corner store with his friend Dorian […]

  • Nov. 24: Weekly News Roundup

    Students Sue the Harvard Corporation to Compel Divestment from Fossil Fuels After two years of urging Harvard to publicly discuss divestment from fossil fuels, a group of Harvard students has sued the Harvard Corporation, “alleging that the threat of global warming is so serious and so immediate that Harvard’s investments in […]