Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Ohio law enforcement have been using facial recognition technology to match driver’s license photos and surveillance footage for months, without telling the public. Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center and professor at George Washington University Law School, describes the current law on surveillance and facial recognition technology.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The Cincinnati Enquirer has revealed that Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation has used facial recognition technology to match drivers license photos and surveillance footage for months—without telling the public. Reporter Chrissie Thompson discusses her investigation, and Attorney General Mike DeWine defends the law enforcement's use of this technology.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking state secrets. The day after sentencing, Manning came out as transgender. Her gender identity could complicate her stay at the all-male military prison Fort Leavenworth, where she is set to spend the next 35 years. Alisha Williams is Director of Prisoner Justice at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. She explains the predicament of transgender prisoners.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Most of profiling has been based on race, gender and neighborhood. But what if those identifying factors were combined with other information, and maybe bits and pieces collected by the NSA? Jim Adler knows from experience that these questions aren’t just the stuff of science fiction. He recently created a program that makes predictions about criminal behavior based on identity.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
For 20 years, a division of the D.E.A. has been taking data collected from intelligence intercepts and providing it to authorities to launch criminal investigations into Americans. But when it’s time to exchange evidence at pretrial discovery, the D.E.A. routinely conceals this information. John Shiffman, the Reuters reporter and co-author of this exclusive story, joins us to discuss his findings. Nancy Gertner is a Harvard Law School professor who served as a federal judge from 1994 to 2011, joins us to explain the legal perspective.
Friday, July 26, 2013
In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled in Atkins v. Virginia that it was unconstitutional to execute a criminal who was mentally retarded because it violated the Eighth Amendment’s ban on “excessive” punishment. But it fell to the states to decide what would constitute retardation ...
Monday, July 22, 2013
It's been more than a month since revelations about the NSA's mass surveillance programs surfaced and it seems that states are pushing back. Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that regardless of federal policy, state law enforcement officers must get a warrant in order to obtain cell phone tracking information. Peter Verniero, a former New Jersey Attorney General and state Supreme Court Justice, and Susan Freiwald, a University of San Francisco Law Professor, explain.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Today Congress takes its first step toward devising a new coverage formula for the Voting Rights Act, as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony from Civil Rights veteran and Congressman John Lewis and Congressman James Sensenbrenner, among others. Yale Law Professor Heather Gerken, an expert in voting rights and election law, weighs in with her recommendations for a new Voting Rights Act.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
By Blakeney Schick : Associate Producer, The Leonard Lopate Show
Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled, in a unanimous decision, that human genes can not be patented. The decision will shaped medical research in the decades to come. To find out more about gene patenting, we've collected our interviews on how it works and why the US Patent Office had already offered tens of thousands patents on genes.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
By Mark Memmott
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Monday, May 06, 2013
Last week, we aired a special episode that examined the concepts of law and justice, from the abstract principles of Plato's Athens to the concrete challenges of achieving justice in multicultural, modern America. We asked you to define what justice means to you and to share your own experiences with the American justice system.