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  • Charlotte Observer
    November 25, 2005

    More than 40 years ago, Americans abolished the poll tax in the 24th Amendment, taking a historic stand against the shameful exclusion of poor people from the polls and use of poll taxes to enforce the Jim Crow segregation laws. As the Supreme Court explained a few years later, “the right to vote is too precious, too fundamental to be ... burdened or conditioned” on a voter’s affluence or payment of a fee.

    November 25, 2005
  • New York Daily News
    Monday, November 21, 2005

    By Lawrence Norden and Jeremy Creelan

    New York is about to purchase new voting machines. Unfortunately, the New York State Board of Elections has taken the position that the state may only choose from among the most expensive, error-prone and inaccessible machines available.

    November 21, 2005
  • Times Union
    Friday, November 18, 2005

    Wal-Mart epitomizes crisis of work
    By Annette Bernhardt

    Across the country this week, communities are holding town hall meetings and other public events to talk about what Wal-Mart means for America. It’s a watershed moment that signals a distinct turn in the debates about the company.

    November 18, 2005
  • The Star-Ledger
    Monday, November 14, 2005

    U.S. Must Not Repeal a Basic Right
    By Jonathan Hafetz

    With scant debate, the Senate voted on Thursday to step into ongoing cases and short-circuit court review of the detentions at Guantnamo. Buried in the fine-print of a giant defense authorization bill, the measure would violate basic constitutional principles and tarnish our image as a country founded on the rule of law.

    November 14, 2005
  • A lawyer looks at French heretics, Moscow show trials, Nuremberg prosecutions, and more. Aziz Huq talks to Sadakat Kadri, author of "The Trial: A History, from Socrates to O.J. Simpson."

    November 9, 2005
  • The Brennan Center urges Connecticut to pass comprehensive campaign finance reform, including a full public financing system.

    October 30, 2005
  • Albany Times Union

    Published 10/4/2005

    Free Speech an Important Cornerstone

    By Neema Trivedi & Marjorie Heins

    Something deeply un-American has just happened in New York. After a long and careful process in which citizens helped select four cultural institutions to be present at the World Trade Center memorial site, Gov. George Pataki has unilaterally silenced free speech at ground zero.

    October 4, 2005
  • Tram Nguygen's new book about post-9-11 immigration enforcement makes an important contribution to the debate about the balance of rights and security. She examines counterterrorism strategies from a perspective often discounted in the formulation of national policy: that of those who most often find themselves at the wrong end of a gun barrel.

    September 30, 2005
  • September 15, 2005


    by Marjorie Heins

    Does the giant size of media corporations lead to more raunchy shows on radio and television? A study released last week reported a strong correlation between increasingly consolidated media ownership and increased “indecency” findings by the Federal Communications Commission. In fact, the study found that the FCC levied 90% of all indecency fines against three of the four biggest companies in the business - Clear Channel, Viacom, and Entercom.

    September 15, 2005
  • Philadelphia Lawyer article on the private money restriction.

    September 1, 2005