Uneasy Ties

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New York City is the marijuana arrest capital of the world. WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang reports on how the high numbers of low-level drug arrests in New York City could be connected to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policies – and illegal searches. Plus: the legal implications of the indictment against the roommate of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his encounter with a man in his dorm was video streamed over the Internet; and alleged human rights abuses in Gaza. 


One hundred and forty people are arrested for minor drug offenses every day in New York City. WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang reports on a WNYC investigation into whether the high rate of marijuana arrests could be connected to the City's stop-and-frisk policy - and to illegal searches by the police. 

See a map below of Stop and Frisk arrests.

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iTracking: Are You Worried?

News broke last week that Apple and Google phones are keeping a location-based log of your calls, texts, and movements. Are you worried? Or is this just the cost of living in the connected age? Let us know!

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Rutgers Suicide Case

Daniel J. Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School, author of the forthcoming book, Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff Between Privacy and Security, and founder of TeachPrivacy, discusses the legal implications of the indictment against the 19-year-old Rutger’s student who allegedly broadcasted online an intimate encounter involving his roommate, Tyler Clementi. Clementi later committed suicide.

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New Jersey School Board Elections

John Mooney, education writer and co-founder of, discusses the elections occurring tomorrow in New Jersey and compares this years' elections with the same elections last year.

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Human Rights and Israel

Curt Goering, Amnesty International's chief operating officer, and Stuart Robinowitz, counsel to the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and was on the advisory committee of Helsinki Watch (which joined other organizations to become Human Rights Watch in 1989), who has led human rights fact-finding missions for HRW and the American Bar Association, discuss the Goldstone report and the debate about alleged human rights abuses in Gaza.

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The Next King of England?

Polls show most Britons would prefer that Prince Charles abdicate in favor of his about-to-be-married son, Prince William. John Burns, London bureau chief of the New York Times, explains what's at stake.

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