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William Fisher has managed economic development programs in the Middle East and elsewhere for the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development. He served in the international affairs area in the Kennedy Administration and now writes on subjects ranging from human rights to foreign affairs for a number of newspapers and online journals.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 29, 2013 Georgia Justice
I'm going out on a limb and charging that the two affirming judges simply do not want this murderer to live. So they are finding whatever technicalities they can find to see that he's executed -- mental retardation or not.
SHARE Monday, February 18, 2013 Bahrain: Will Dialogue Bring Peace?
Watch the behaviour of the King of Bahrain and his minions as they ponder just how much freedom they're willing to surrender in the interests of peace.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Of Hope and Disgust: Solitary Confinement
During the last generation,a virtual cavalcade of Federal lawmakers has proposed -- or opposed -- a comprehensive review of the solitary confinement regulations of our nation's bulging prisons. Nonjeof these proposals has resulted in a study. Now, thanks to Sen. Dick Durban, such a study is in the offing. But for many prisoners and former prisoners, it comes far too late.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, January 28, 2013 Pleading With Satan
Such a smoke screen of mythology has now enveloped our beloved rule of law that even seasoned lawyers sometimes can't tell the real thing from the Kabuki version.
SHARE Monday, January 7, 2013 Our New Double-Standard for Justice
Our judges seem to be as befuddled as the rest of us when it come to defining exactly what 'terrorism' is and is not -- and whenand how people should be punished for it. One of the judges in this case could only comment that, like porn, he kew it when he saw it. Shouldn't we have to have a tad more precision than that?
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 5, 2012 How Does This Federal Judge Sleep at Night?
The 'tough on crime" bunch continues to pack our prisons with hundreds of thousads of people who shouldn't be there at all. In the process, they ensure that we lose the so-called "drug war". And they do that with your money.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 24, 2012 Prosecuting the Prosecutor
DID A FORMER TEXAS PROSECUTOR -- NOW A JUDGE -- WITHOLD EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE THAT PUT MICHAEL MORTON BEHIND BARS FOR 25 YEARS?
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 3, 2012 Whaddya Mean, Don't Vote!
Our candidates for president may think as little of us as many of us think of them. They have put the nation deep into catatonia by what they said - and didn't say.
SHARE Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Waiting for Lefty
Wondering what ever happened to the prisoners who were sent to Guantanamo Bay? Many were released -- after years of captivity. Other were scheduled ti be tried in civilian courts, but Cibgress demurred and Obama didn't fight. Instead, he created a third-class systice system and is about to try these guys before Military Commissions -- a system most lawyers find has beebn designed to produce, not justice, but convictions.
SHARE Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Bahrain's Cat and Mouse Games
The PR machine grinds out self-congratulatory rhetoric about Bahrain becoming a model for civil rights practice while the police and the courts dish out long jailtime for those who speak out. American's Ally!
SHARE Saturday, September 22, 2012 Giving Voice to the Voiceless
Some of law enforcement's most sacred cows are getting a long overdue critical look. Will Congress actualy stay with the program and get something done?
SHARE Saturday, September 15, 2012 A Judge Who Judges
A young recently appointed Federal judge readies for a judicial battle with the heavyweights.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 15, 2012 A Judge Who Actually Judges
A young recently appointed Federal judge is squaring off against giving even more intrusive power to the Executive Branch of overnment.
SHARE Saturday, September 15, 2012 Can We Turn Hate Into Reason?
A number of countries in the Arab Middle East now enjoy freedom of speech as a result of their Arab Spring revolutions. But their idea of free speech is far from ours.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 14, 2012 Not for the Faint-Hearted
The Internet won't do all your work. You need to know what you're looking for. Stories like these are a lot harder to find than the latest steamy affair initiated by a guy who wants to represent you next year.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Back to the Future with the GOP
Do you remember Dwight David Eisenhower? He was the WW II hero who became our president -- twice. And he was a Republican!