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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 03, 2009 In Colorado, judges as prosecutors: How far is too far?
QUOTE: Under a 19th century [Colorado] state law, obscure until recently, two judges have been asked to decide whether four men should be tried in rape and murder cases.
Los Angeles Times Jul 28, 2009 Landlord sues tenant after tweet about moldy apartment
QUOTE: a property management company in Chicago has filed a lawsuit against a tenant who tweeted an off-the-cuff comment about the company.
Ars Technica Jul 27, 2009 Credit card firms raise fees before law changes
QUOTE: Chase [JPMorgan Chase & Co] is but one of a number of major credit card companies that are jacking up interest rates and fees, or laying the groundwork to do so, before new federal legislation that cracks down on some of the practices goes into effect in February.
Boston Globe Jul 25, 2009 The Gates Case: When Disorderly Conduct Is a Cop's Judgment Call
QUOTE: In law enforcement, there are few situations that are clear-cut, and disorderly conduct is one of the fuzziest.
Time Magazine Jul 23, 2009 UAE cellular carrier rolls out spyware as a 3G "update"
QUOTE: ...Blackberry users in the United Arab Emirates have had a spyware package placed on their devices through the actions of their carrier...
Ars Technica Jul 22, 2009 White House Mulls ID Management Approach: The Obama administration seeks input as it moves cautiously to develop a strategy for digital identities.
QUOTE: In a report on cybersecurity policy issued in May, the White House said that creating "an identity management vision that addresses privacy and civil liberties" would be an action item in the President's cybersecurity strategy.
InformationWeek Jul 16, 2009 United plan could put huge costs on passengers
QUOTE: United notified a small number of travel agents that starting July 20 they would be required to buy tickets for their customers with cash rather than through the airline's credit-card system... Industry analysts and travel agents soon cried foul, saying the move could shift hundreds of millions of dollars in costs from the airline to its passengers and travel agencies.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 15, 2009 Retailer Knockoffs Abound in India
QUOTE: as brands look to India as one of the few opportunities for growth in an anemic global market, foreign companies and governments alike are protesting the country’s lack of intellectual property protections...
New York Times Jul 12, 2009 The Paradox of Privacy (Media Cache)
QUOTE: While attitudes toward privacy can appear paradoxical, the seeming contradiction is really about something else: control
New York Times Jul 10, 2009 Immigration Judges Found Under Strain
QUOTE: Surging caseloads and a chronic lack of resources to handle them are taking a toll on judges in the nation’s immigration courts...
New York Times Jul 09, 2009 Mexico Accused of Torture in Drug War: Army Using Brutality To Fight Trafficking, Rights Groups Say
QUOTE: The Mexican army has carried out forced disappearances, acts of torture and illegal raids in pursuit of drug traffickers...
Washington Post Jul 09, 2009 Federal Protective Service Faulted After GAO Sting With Bomb Parts
QUOTE: The recent sting by the Government Accountability Office exposed lax security procedures by the Federal Protective Service,
Washington Post Jul 07, 2009 When advertising meets surveillance (IInnovation)
QUOTE: With electronic billboards, processing power, cameras and other sensors becoming ever cheaper, it's become possible to manufacture products that allow web-like targeting in the real world.
New Scientist Jul 06, 2009 Epicenter The Business of Tech Justice Department Looking for Unfair Telecom Behavior
QUOTE: The Justice Department is looking into whether nation’s largest telecoms are abusing their market power over the nation’s wireline, internet and wireless networks...
Wired Jul 01, 2009 Coming Soon: A Breathalyzer in Every Car?
QUOTE: A new highway bill pending before Congress would instruct all 50 states to require all motorists convicted of driving under the influence to equip their cars with interlock systems that shut down a vehicle when a measured amount of alcohol is detected.
Time Magazine Jun 29, 2009 Paris Police Use Racial Profiling, Study Finds
QUOTE: The Paris police stop young Arab and black men for identity checks far more often than young whites, according to a study
New York Times Jun 27, 2009 A Sickening Situation
QUOTE: Since hearing [Josh] Eller's story, lawyer Elizabeth Burke has signed on 190 additional clients with complaints about burn pits at 18 military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan. Burke was shocked to learn what her clients saw incinerated [at the garbage pits] : Humvees, batteries, unexploded ordnance, gas cans, mattresses, rocket pods, and plastic and medical waste...
Newsweek Jun 23, 2009 Choosing the right side after an acquisition isn't always obvious
QUOTE: A merger/acquisition can sometimes make you feel like you're trapped in an episode of "Turf Wars Gone Wild"
InfoWorld Jun 23, 2009 Illegal immigrants netted by local police could be released: The Obama administration directive comes as the president begins to assert control of the immigration issue.
QUOTE: Some undocumented immigrants swept up on minor charges such as fishing without a license won’t face federal detention. Instead, they’ll be released on their own recognizance... could affect at least some of the 66 US law enforcement jurisdictions that are part of a controversial program which, in essence, deputizes local police to act as de facto immigration agents.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 21, 2009 Lancaster, Pa., keeps a close eye on itself
QUOTE: A vast and growing web of security cameras monitors the city of 55,000, operated by a private group of self-appointed gatekeepers. There's been surprisingly little outcry.
Los Angeles Times Jun 05, 2009 10 Things Plastic Surgeons Won't Tell You
QUOTE: 1. “I trained a whole weekend to learn this procedure"....2. “I make a mint off other surgeons’ mistakes”....3. “Sure, I can turn back the clock, but it just starts ticking again"....4. “You’d be better off spending this money on a good therapist.”
Smart Money May 27, 2009 Ethnic profiling doesn't stop terror: A new study finds the tactic is worse than useless in combating terrorism.
QUOTE: The report [from the Open Society Institute]... argues that [ethnic] profiling is both ineffective and counterproductive
Salon May 21, 2009 Threat Level Privacy, Crime and Security Online FCC’s Warrantless Household Searches Alarm Experts
QUOTE: You may not know it, but if you have a wireless router... in your house, the FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at any time of the day or night in order to inspect it.
Wired May 12, 2009 What Does Your Credit-Card Company Know About You?
QUOTE: credit-card companies are becoming much more interested in understanding their customers’ lives and psyches, because, the theory goes, knowing what makes cardholders tick will help firms determine who is a good bet and who should be shown the door as quickly as possible.
New York Times Mar 02, 2009 Blackwater's New Frontier: Their Own Private Africa:
QUOTE: [in Africa] security contractors have gained broader acceptance. But serious concerns remain about the role they might play in their old stomping grounds.
Mother Jones Dec 08, 2008 The Politics of the Federal Bench: GOP-Appointed Majorities Winning Ideological Battles at Appellate Level
QUOTE: Although the impact of Bush's judicial appointments is most often noticed at the Supreme Court, it has played out much more frequently and more importantly here and in the nation's 12 other appellate courts, where his appointees and their liberal counterparts are waging often-bitter ideological battles.
Washington Post Dec 04, 2008 Green Inc.: Paying Poor Countries to Save Trees
QUOTE: Scientists and environmentalists want mechanisms to reward the developing world for saving its forests incorporated into any such treaty....furious response from groups that say that the developing world has a right to boost its economic development through forestry.
New York Times Nov 17, 2008 High-Tech Team Helps Cheaters Pass Immigration Test
QUOTE: Two British residents were sentenced to jail last week for using an array of computers and wireless gear to feed answers to paying clients taking an immigration test in London, according to the Metropolitan Police.
Wired Oct 06, 2008 'Tis the Season of Election Dirty Tricks: Scaring Student Voters - Flyer Warns of Undercover Police Presence at Polls on Election Day
QUOTE: Election officials and watchdog groups are bracing for the wave of sneaky or suspicious phone calls, leaflets and emails that typically hit battleground states in the final 30 days of the presidential campaign....Young voters at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Penn. have already been targeted, with students reporting that flyers have been posted around campus warning that undercover police will be at the polls on Election Day looking to make arrests.
ABC News Sep 30, 2008 Politics Over Prosecutors
QUOTE: The Justice Department released a nearly 400-page report with this jaw-dropping bottom line: "Our investigation found significant evidence that political partisan considerations were an important factor in the removal of several . . . U.S. attorneys."
Washington Post Sep 08, 2008 Want top search results? Tread carefully
QUOTE: The SEO (search engine optimization) industry has sprung up to help customers find ways to get their Web sites high in search results, and its practitioners are always testing new methods. Some "white-hat" methods pose no problems, but others range somewhere between crafty and definitely naughty "black-hat" techniques.
CNET Jun 09, 2008 Marijuana Hotbed Retreats on Medicinal Use
QUOTE: Medical marijuana was legalized under state law by California voters in 1996, and since then 11 other states have followed, even though federal law still bans the sale of any marijuana. But some frustrated residents and law enforcement officials say the California law has increasingly and unintentionally provided legal cover for large-scale marijuana growers — and the problems such big-money operations can attract.
New York Times May 25, 2008 Clinton Defends RFK Remarks (The Caucus)
QUOTE: Mrs. Clinton wrote a long letter to The Daily News in New York, which was printed in the news pages and in which Mrs. Clinton said her remarks were taken entirely out of context. And her aides said on Sunday that the campaign of Senator Barack Obama was partly responsible for fanning the flames.
New York Times May 14, 2008 Los Angeles in a stew over taco trucks: A new law could levy fines and jail time for taco-truck proprietors who idle.
QUOTE: Bricks-and-mortar restaurants charged that taco trucks were too often parking directly in front of their establishments and siphoning off customers. Growing pressures within the Los Angeles economy...have exacerbated the tension between stationary merchants who have leases to pay, employ many more workers than the mobile vendors – and who dearly need their patrons and parking.
Christian Science Monitor May 08, 2008 216 Held in Protests of Police Acquittals
QUOTE: The protesters expressed outrage over a Queens judge’s decision on April 25 to acquit the three detectives — Michael Oliver, Gescard F. Isnora and Marc Cooper — over the November 2006 death of Mr. Bell, who died in a hail of police bullets outside a nightclub in Jamaica, Queens, hours before he was to have been married. Mr. Sharpton and his National Action Network coordinated the protests...
New York Times May 06, 2008 A Living, Breathing Lobby: Oxygen-Supply Firms Turn to Customers for Help on the Hill
QUOTE: pitting the multibillion-dollar industry that supplies oxygen to medical patients against a large number of lawmakers and Medicare, which said it was being charged many times more for oxygen equipment rentals than the actual cost.
Washington Post Mar 24, 2008 Arbitration and your rights on the job
QUOTE: Consumer rights advocates contend arbitration strips away your right to be heard in court and that a speedy decision isn't necessarily a just decision. "Flipping a coin is quick, too, but that doesn't mean it is a good way to decide the facts of a case," says [one San Francisco lawyer]. "This type of for-profit justice is a scandal. American citizens should not have their cases decided in secret tribunals with no right of appeal."
Bankrate.com Feb 05, 2008 A Corporate View of Mafia Tactics: Protesting, Lobbying and Citing Upton Sinclair
QUOTE: [Smithfield Foods] has filed a racketeering lawsuit against the union, on the theory that speaking out about labor, environmental and safety issues in order to pressure the company to unionize amounts to extortion like that used by organized crime...But what [Smithfield's lawyer] calls extortion sounds quite a bit like free speech.
New York Times Oct 20, 2007 Famous Mayor Under Fire in Virginia
QUOTE: They say that he has gone too far, and that he is trying to run the city single-handedly, firing department heads, upbraiding public officials and starting secret investigations. In his most controversial move, Mr. Wilder last month ordered the offices of the school board moved out of City Hall in the middle of the night. On Sept. 22, accompanied by the police, 150 movers from three companies dismantled the offices on the top six floors of City Hall and moved their contents into vans.
New York Times Oct 15, 2007 Several U.S. cities snapping over baggy pants
QUOTE: Bans have become law or are being considered in at least eight states. The movement is fueled by growing worries among lawmakers that sloppy dress by America's youth could be related, no matter how indirectly, to delinquency, poor learning and crime.
USA TODAY Oct 09, 2007 Distribution of Nets Splits Malaria Fighters
QUOTE: Villages like Maendeleo are at the center of a debate that has split malaria fighters: how to distribute mosquito nets.
New York Times Oct 08, 2007 Afghans Pressed by U.S. on Plan to Spray Poppies
QUOTE: But officials said the skeptics — who include American military and intelligence officials and European diplomats in Afghanistan — fear that any spraying of American-made chemicals over Afghan farms would be a boon to Taliban propagandists. Some of those officials say that the political cost could be especially high if the herbicide destroys food crops that farmers often plant alongside their poppies.
New York Times Oct 06, 2007 Long Standoff Ends for Tax-Protesting Couple
QUOTE: Ed Brown, 65, a retired exterminator who was involved in the "patriot" militia in the 1990s, and Elaine, 67, a dentist, do not believe that the federal government has the authority to tax income.
Washington Post Oct 01, 2007 Report Depicts Recklessness at Blackwater
QUOTE: The report, based largely on internal Blackwater e-mail messages and State Department documents, depicts the security contractor as being staffed with reckless, shoot-first guards who were not always sober and did not always stop to see who or what was hit by their bullets.
New York Times Sep 17, 2007 Iraq battle was self-defense, security firm says
QUOTE: The weekend's incident raised concerns in the U.S. Congress about the use of private security guards. Rep. Henry Waxman, whose House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held hearings on contractor operations in February, said he will hold new hearings into the issue in light of Sunday's shootings.
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 11, 2007 Democrats See Politics in a Governor's Jailing
QUOTE: House leaders are beginning an investigation this week of the prosecution of Don Siegelman, the former Democratic governor of Alabama who was imprisoned in June on federal corruption charges. The case could become the centerpiece of a Democratic effort to show that the Justice Department engaged in political prosecutions.
New York Times Sep 11, 2007 A Genetic Test That Very Few Need, Marketed to the Masses
QUOTE: Critics say that advertising such a complex screening test to the general population might create unnecessary anxiety among women and lead to overuse of the test, which costs $3,120.
New York Times Sep 04, 2007 Appeals Court Finds Ugly Implications in City's Anti-Truck Law: Class, Not Aesthetics, May Be Real Issue, Judges Suggest in Overturning Code
QUOTE: The central question in the ticket case has become: Are the city ordinances targeting pickup trucks, or are they, more sinisterly, trying to exclude the people who drive them?
Washington Post Sep 02, 2007 When Fighting Crime Means Enticing Crime
QUOTE: The term entrapment has been used loosely outside the legal world to describe, often with outrage, many sting operations, including the one that snared Mr. Craig. Such stings are typically intended to crack down on prostitution, drug dealing and sex in public.
New York Times Sep 01, 2007 Housing advocates are drawing line in the sand: Lock Vista latest battle in condo conversions
QUOTE: State law allows 90 days' notice for tenants and $500 for moving expenses if their income is below 81 percent of the city's median income -- an amount some don't think sufficiently finances relocation. Landlords must honor leases regardless of development schedules, and if remodeling work connected to the conversion takes place on weekdays, it can't start between 7 a.m. or continue later than 10 p.m.
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