What We’re Reading: a daily round-up of quick hits, clips, and opinion pieces touching on key issues of democracy, justice, liberty and national security.
“Courts around the country are struggling right now with massive amounts of people who have no legal representation.” Rebekah Diller, who serves as the Deputy Director of the Justice Program at the Brennan Center, is quoted in USA Today about the results of the damaging budget cuts of legal aid programs.
Legal Newsline reports on a 27 percent pay raise for NY judges that many are saying is “inadequate.” The story includes mention of a Brennan Center letter to the commission in charge of judicial compensation.
A Huntsman Corporation executive launched “Our Destiny PAC.” Will his family’s fortune follow?
Many Muslim Americans have been subject to discrimination since 9/11, while others feel satisfied living in the United States. View here a survey that was administered by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
In the upcoming term, the Supreme Court will rule on whether the use of GPS tracking is unconstitutional, while the Justice Department believes there is no reason for warrants on this type of tracking.
“Exaggerating, manipulating and exploiting the Terrorist threat for profit and power has been the biggest scam of the decade; only Wall Street’s ability to make the Government prop it up and profit from the crisis it created at the expense of everyone else can compete for that title.” Glenn Greenwald of Salon responds to the LA Times article on homeland security spending.
The Department of Justice is questioning South Carolina’s Voter ID law to ensure their is no discrimination within these new guidelines.