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  • 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 […]

     
  • December 5, 2014: Weekly News Roundup

    Uncategorized December 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm 0 comments

    In lieu of links involving the disposition of intricate legal questions in the vein of broad and amorphous civil liberties and civil rights, this week’s news roundup ought only have one focus.  However, I do not claim to have the knowledge, understanding, or personal experience necessary to make this post […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • Confusion, “Gladwelling,” and Policy Argument

    Last month, a lobbyist’s pitch to oil and gas executives was leaked to the press.*  Richard Berman, the lobbyist in question, heads many all-too-innocuously named non-profit organizations not-so-secretly supported by the corporations in whose interests the non-profits advocate.  To wit: The Center for Consumer Freedom, opposing health-related food, beverage, and […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • Ames 2014: A Recap

    Amicus November 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm 0 comments

    This past Tuesday, November 18, one of Harvard Law School’s greatest traditions held its biggest event of the year: The Ames Moot Court Competition Final Round.  The competition featured two strong teams and three esteemed judges–Justice Scalia, Judge Jordan of the 11th Circuit, and Judge Millett of the D.C. Circuit.  […]