Archive: October 2007

Mukasey and the Magic Word

Either the Democrats trust Michael Mukasey or they don't -- they shouldn't force him to say the magic word on waterboarding.

By Andrew Cohen | October 30, 2007; 9:18 PM ET | Comments (26)

State Department Treads in Blackwater

Justice Department officials are quite right to be fuming over the State Department's Blackwater immunity deal.

By Andrew Cohen | October 30, 2007; 8:18 AM ET | Comments (12)

Rocky Mountain High

Let's forget about the rule of law for a day -- the Sox just won the Series!

By Andrew Cohen | October 29, 2007; 9:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

'Killer Keller' Has Got To Go

A Texas judge closes the courthouse doors and brings even more attention to capital punishment in the Lonestar State.

By Andrew Cohen | October 25, 2007; 1:03 PM ET | Comments (41)

Domestic Spying Gets Uglier

You didn't really think that the White House and Congress would put your privacy interests ahead of their own political priorities, did you?

By Andrew Cohen | October 24, 2007; 1:31 AM ET | Comments (32)

The Feds' 'Macaroni Noodle' Strategy

An embarrassing mistrial in Dallas raises questions about the White House's legal strategy in the war.

By Andrew Cohen | October 23, 2007; 8:20 AM ET | Comments (21)

Suddenly, Mum's Mukasey's Word

Michael Mukasey is no Elliot Richardson. But then, he's no Alberto Gonzales, either.

By Andrew Cohen | October 19, 2007; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (31)

After Gilligan Comes the Professor

Michael Mukasey changed the mood before the Senate Judiciary Committee -- and that's a good sign of things to come.

By Andrew Cohen | October 18, 2007; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (13)

Mukasey Testimony: You Read it Here First

Here's what attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey will say before the Senate Judiciary Committee -- and what he should say.

By Andrew Cohen | October 17, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Telecoms Deserve Scrutiny, Not Immunity

The telecoms say it's not their business to question government requests for private information. So why should it be Congress's business to provide them protection from lawsuits?

By Andrew Cohen | October 16, 2007; 7:44 AM ET | Comments (31)

Spy v. Spy

If the CIA's spies aren't sure if their detention and interrogation practices are legal, should any of the rest of us be?

By Andrew Cohen | October 14, 2007; 2:15 PM ET | Comments (10)

The Price of Occupation, the Cost of Terror

Two books to read instead of Justice Clarence Thomas's self-hagiography.

By Andrew Cohen | October 12, 2007; 7:35 AM ET | Comments (30)

Protecting Shareholders First, Citizens Second

The White House wants to protect you from terrorism. But first it wants to protect telecom companies from liability.

By Andrew Cohen | October 10, 2007; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (24)

Thomas Memoir: Don't Steal This Book

LIfe is too short to spend hours reading Justice Thomas's self-justifying memoir -- especially if you've been reading his decisions for the past 15 years.

By Andrew Cohen | October 10, 2007; 8:15 AM ET | Comments (49)

The 'Roe v. Wade of Securities Law'

Half a decade after Enron, the Supreme Court takes a look at third-party liability in corporate fraud cases -- and white-shoe professionals hold their breath.

By Andrew Cohen | October 8, 2007; 8:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Gang That Couldn't Try Right

Six years on-- and counting-- there is only chaos and venality in the effort to try the terror detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

By Andrew Cohen | October 8, 2007; 7:52 AM ET | Comments (9)

The New Court Term, Clearly

The time for lofty but ambiguous declarations is over. This term, the court must prioritize clear guidance.

By Andrew Cohen | October 1, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (161)


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