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Parenting Choices: What Constitutes Neglect?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Two stories in different parts of the country have re-ignited the issue of when the state should step in and take over for parents. Yesterday a Minnesota judge ruled that the parents of thirteen-year old Daniel Hauser can regain custody of their son as long as he gets the cancer treatment that he needs. The Hausers lost custody of Daniel when his mother took him off of his chemotherapy treatments and then fled to California to escape a court order to resume the treatment. And last week the state of South Carolina set out to determine whether a child's morbid obesity is enough to charge the parents with neglect. The Takeaway talks to Kate Dailey, who writes for the Human Condition blog for Newsweek magazine about where we draw the line on negligence. To watch an interview with the Hausers, click here.
"They're really just looking at: Is the kid getting the treatment they need to live? And if not, that's neglect."
—Kate Dailey of Newsweek on state intervention in parenting

After Kate left the studio, she found she had more to say. For her additional thoughts, click here.

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The Takeaway

Surprises on the Supreme Court

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday. His pick is a New York Puerto Rican who is generally considered left-leaning. But once a judge is actually on the court, there's no way of knowing how they will rule. FDR hated Felix Frankfurter's love of judicial restraint. And David Souter, whose seat Sonia Sotomayor is nominated to fill, surprised George H.W. Bush, the president who nominated him, by becoming one of the more liberal justices. Joining us to discuss how Supreme Court justices develop their view is Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman, who once clerked for Justice Souter, and John Schwartz, the legal correspondent for The New York Times.

In case you missed it, here's President Obama officially nominating Judge Sotomayor:

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hip Hop Justice

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Paul Butler, former federal prosecutor, professor of Law at George Washington University, and author of Let’s Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice talks about how to fix a broken criminal justice system.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Breaking: SCOTUS Pick

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Live coverage of President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court -- federal appeals judge (and Bronx native) Sonia Sotomayor. Then, analysis with Jami Floyd, host of Best Defense on Tru TV; Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and founding editor of Double X; ...

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WNYC News

Obama Picks Sotomayor for High Court: AP Sources

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

President Barack Obama tapped federal appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court today, officials said.

If confirmed by the Senate, Sotomayor, 54, would be the the first Hispanic in history to wear the robes of a justice.

Administration officials say Sotomayor would bring more judicial experience ...

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WNYC News

NY Judge Rises From Bronx Projects to Supreme Court Nominee

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New York judge Sonia Sotomayor is president Obama's pick for the Supreme Court. She's 54 years old and, if confirmed, she would be the third woman ever to serve and the first ever Hispanic. Sotomayor is a self-described "Nuyorican" and grew up in a Bronx ...

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WNYC News

Nuyoricans Say Sotomayor A Voice for Community

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Nuyoricans are brimming with pride at the nomination of New York federal court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the daughter of Puerto Rican parents, and she grew up in the Bronxdale Houses in the South Bronx. Cesar Perales, president of the ...

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WNYC News

A Momentous Nomination

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

We've been hearing reports all morning that President Obama plans to nominate Bronx native Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United State Supreme Court. There is already buzz among many within the Latino community about the potentially historic nature of the nomination.

Joining me now to tell ...

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WNYC News

CT Court Rules for Release of Files in Church Sex Abuse Cases

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that most sealed court files detailing sexual abuse allegations by priests in the Diocese of Bridgeport should be released.

The high court ruled today that the documents should be unsealed, with limited exceptions. The files concern allegations of sexual abuse ...

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The Takeaway

A Long Way From Home: The Pirate's Day In Court

Thursday, May 21, 2009

After the U.S. Navy rescued the captain of the Maersk Alabama (he was being held hostage by Somali pirates), one lone pirate survived. The teenager, Abduhl Wali-i-Musi, is being indicted this week on ten counts including piracy and kidnapping. He has been in a Manhattan jail since he was captured on April 12 and flown to the U.S. His arraignment is today. Joining The Takeaway to talk about the first piracy prosecution in the U.S. in more than a century is Ron Kuby. He’s a criminal defense lawyer who’s been consulting on the case on behalf of the defendant’s parents. He is also the host of "Doing Time with Ron Kuby," a talk show on Air America Radio.

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WNYC News

Bronx Terror Plot Suspects Arraigned in White Plains

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Three of the four suspects alleged to have plotted to blow up two Riverdale synagogues and shoot down military planes based at Stewart Airport have been arraigned in federal court in White Plains. WNYC's Bob Hennelly was there.

At the arraignment, Assistant US Attorney Eric Snyder ...

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WNYC News

Four Bomb Suspects Arraigned

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Four suspects in an alleged terrorist plot to blow up two Bronx synagogues and shoot down military planes based at Stewart Airport have been arraigned in federal court in White Plains. The lawyer for the fourth suspect told a Federal judge that her client was ...

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WNYC News

Rabbi Says Be Vigilant, Yet Open-Minded

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Now that four suspects have been arraigned in federal court in White Plains in connection with an alleged terrorism plot against two Bronx synagogues, congregants are being advised to remain vigilant. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the union for reform Judaism, says he's also asking ...

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WNYC News

Jewish and Muslim Leaders Call for Solidarity

Thursday, May 21, 2009

This afternoon at the Islamic Cultural Center on the Upper East Side, New York Jewish and Muslim leaders called for mutual understanding in the face of the alleged terror plot. Rabbi Marc Schneier of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding said he was gratified by the ...

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WNYC News

Commissioner: Civilian Layoffs Mean Fewer Cops on the Street

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has told the City Council that the layoff of hundreds of civilian NYPD employees in the mayor's budget plan, would change how he deploys officers.

Mayor Bloomberg has said his proposed budget for fiscal year 2010 will not lead to layoffs of ...

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WNYC News

DA's Say Mayor's Budget Too Tight

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

City district attorneys say the mayor's budget plan strips them of funds they need to prosecute crimes. At a hearing today, DAs told the city council their caseloads are getting heavier while their budgets shrink. Queens DA Richard Brown says he can't afford to pay ...

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WNYC News

A John Jay Professor Experiences Criminal Justice Firsthand

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Metropolitan Correctional Center, in Lower Manhattan, houses federal prisoners of all security levels. Bernard Madoff, accused of defrauding investors of more than $50 billion, is there, awaiting sentencing. Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Egyptian shiek convicted in connection with the 1993 World Trade Center ...

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WNYC News

Paterson Says Calorie Counts Working

Monday, May 18, 2009

Governor Paterson is touting the successes of New York City's calorie posting law, as he pushes for a statewide equivalent. He says while the state spends more than $6 billion a year on obesity-related diseases, New York City residents are eating 52 calories less per ...

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WNYC News

Obama Nominates U.S. Attorney for the Southern District

Friday, May 15, 2009

President Obama has nominated a new U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara. He's the current chief counsel to Senator Chuck Schumer. He also played an important role in the congressional investigation of the Bush administration's firing of eight U.S. attorneys. ...

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WNYC News

Atlantic Yards Foes Lose in Appellate Court

Friday, May 15, 2009

Opponents to the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn have lost another round. The state appellate court, second division, ruled 4-0 against nine businesses, homeowners and tenants. They argued against the state's use of eminent domain to take private property for a private developer. But the ...

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