Archive: September 2007

Bench Gone Wild: Seven Stories, Seven Choices

Let's take a break from talking about Guantanamo Bay or lethal injection. How about the horse they smuggled onto a plane?

By Andrew Cohen | September 28, 2007; 7:37 AM ET | Comments (20)

Patriot Games

The feds reap what they sow in the curious case of Brandon Mayfield, the Oregon lawyer who was for a brief time a suspect in a bombing in Spain.

By Andrew Cohen | September 26, 2007; 8:58 PM ET | Comments (269)

While Court Schedules, Texas Executes

The Supreme Court follows the herd on lethal injection protocols-- but now has a chance to lead.

By Andrew Cohen | September 26, 2007; 8:09 AM ET | Comments (13)

Post 9/11 Mukasey: No Better or Worse

Mukasey's conduct in the dark days of 2001 should be judged in the context of what the rest of the judiciary was doing back then.

By Andrew Cohen | September 25, 2007; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (176)

Jump-Swinging from Nooses in Jena

The 'Jena Six' story is one about insensitivities -- to an ugly past, a tense present and a grim future.

By Andrew Cohen | September 23, 2007; 6:01 PM ET | Comments (43)

Hey, Justices: Stop Talking, Start Working

Our Supreme Court Justices are showing up everywhere you look. And I'm not crazy about it.

By Andrew Cohen | September 21, 2007; 8:25 AM ET | Comments (14)

Congress Again Takes the Low Road

The Republican filibuster that killed a measure to restore detainee rights is further proof that too many legislators are still self-defeatingly loyal to this administration.

By Andrew Cohen | September 20, 2007; 7:27 AM ET | Comments (13)

Update: Republicans Say No to Habeas Return

Senate Republicans this morning helped defeat an effort to restore vital habeas corpus protections to so-called "enemy combatants" and resident aliens.

By Andrew Cohen | September 19, 2007; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (16)

Get It Right This Time on Habeas Rules

A lame-duck, lame-brained Congress last year passed a Military Commissions Act that was never going to fix the problems at Guantanamo. Today, the Senate has another shot to get it right.

By Andrew Cohen | September 19, 2007; 7:53 AM ET | Comments (4)

Confirm First, Fight Second

Senate Democrats should approve Mukasey's attorney general nomination -- and then take their executive privilege fight to court.

By Andrew Cohen | September 18, 2007; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (14)

Mukasey: The Anti-Crony

Michael B. Mukasey could be just the guy to repair the Justice Department's tattered reputation.

By Andrew Cohen | September 17, 2007; 7:54 AM ET | Comments (32)

My Time at Supermax

A fascinating look inside the "Alcatraz of the Rockies"-- America's most famous prison-- where the real meets the surreal.

By Andrew Cohen | September 11, 2007; 8:55 PM ET | Comments (28)

The Six-Year Story: Lost Opportunities, Poor Choices

The history of the past six years is replete with lost opportunities and misguided judgments. We simply have to do better for ourselves and our children.

By Andrew Cohen | September 10, 2007; 8:43 AM ET | Comments (57)

Congress Should Fix the Patriot Act -- Again

A strongly worded opinion, a 90-day stay, and the promise of an appeal: just another day in the world of anti-terror law.

By Andrew Cohen | September 7, 2007; 7:01 AM ET | Comments (81)

The Patriot Act Ruling in Context

A trial judge rules against the Bush administration-- again-- but don't count your civil liberties before they are fully hatched by the appellate courts and Congress.

By Andrew Cohen | September 5, 2007; 2:54 PM ET | Comments (14)

The Craig Case, Simply

Sen. Larry Craig is changing his mind? Good. I look forward to covering his trial and hearing him explain what he did and did not do in and around that bathroom stall at that airport in Minnesota.

By Andrew Cohen | September 5, 2007; 8:44 AM ET | Comments (68)

Gonzales' Eulogies are Obvious -- and a Hoot

Before he is even out at Justice, the postmortems (some solemn, some unintentionally hilarious) are coming in for Alberto Gonzales.

By Andrew Cohen | September 4, 2007; 8:36 AM ET | Comments (41)


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