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Criticism Mounts Against POW Bowe Bergdahl

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In the few short days since the released of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan, criticism has begun to mount, both in Washington and within military ranks, over the prisoner exchange. The military and Capitol Hill react here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Was That House Seized?

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Isaiah Thompson, investigative reporter, explains how authorities can seize assets like houses and cars under "civil forfeiture" laws, even when the person may not have been convicted or even charged with a crime - a practice that disproportionately affects poor and minority property owners.

 

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Radiolab

A Decision! Kind of….

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Yesterday the Supreme Court issued their opinion in Bond v United States.

Maybe you remember a while back we made a short about this case called, "Sex, Ducks, and The Founding Feud."

If you don't remember, it’s a story about a Supreme Court case involving a ...

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The Takeaway

In Trayvon Martin's Hometown, Police Policy is 'Stop & Frisk on Steroids'

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

“New York City stop-and-frisk on steroids” is how some have described the Miami Gardens Police Department's approach to questioning neighborhood residents. Since 2008, the number of people who have been stopped and questioned by police totals more than half the area population.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Explosive Allegations Against Former DA Hynes

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A New York City Department of Investigation inquiry implicates former Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes in a number of ethical breaches -- including using seized drug money to fund his reelection campaign. New York Times reporter Stephanie Clifford, who broke the story yesterday, discusses the report and the Hynes legacy.

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The Takeaway

New Carbon Regulations May Provoke Political Fight

Monday, June 02, 2014

Today President Obama announces new rules on carbon emissions for existing, coal-fired power plants. The EPA’s proposals would cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 30 percent, but not without a few lawsuits and political battles in the process.

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The Takeaway

The Return of the Electric Chair?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Tennessee's governor has signed a bill into law allowing the state to bring back the electric chair. With lethal injection becoming increasingly problematic, other states may go the same way.

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The Takeaway

FBI, DEA Now Required to Videotape Interrogations

Friday, May 23, 2014

Starting on July 11, 2014, agents from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Marshals Service will be required to videotape their interrogations, with a few exceptions.  

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Life of the Law

The Necessity Defense

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It’s odd to think cannibals, cannabis-growers, Vietnam War protesters, and prison escapees all have something in common. But they do: the necessity defense. We explore the origins and uses of this rare long-shot defense argument, which says in essence,

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The Takeaway

How DNA Forever Changed Forensic Science

Monday, May 19, 2014

Before developing DNA analysis, hair analysis played a key role in identifying and convicting crime suspects. But now exonerations are forcing the criminal justice system to confront the limitations of hair analysis from days past.

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The Takeaway

Inside the Classroom, 60 Years After 'Brown'

Friday, May 16, 2014

Decades after the landmark Supreme Court decision, what are the realities of public education in under-resourced schools that may not be segregated by law — but are far from the integrated ideal?

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway: Workers, Schools & Veterans Continue to Seek Justice

Friday, May 16, 2014

Whistleblower Sheds Light on VA Neglect | 60 Years After 'Brown,' What Still Divides America's Classrooms? | The Reviews of This Weekend's Big New Movie Releases | Why The Indian Elections are Massive in Scale and Importance | Wage Theft Rampant in Low Skill Industries

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WNYC News

Local Religious Leaders Divided Over Supreme Court Prayer Decision

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Supreme Court says that prayers before town meetings are Constitutional.

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The Takeaway

Is This America's Unluckiest Man?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Dwayne Provience was wrongfully convicted and spent almost 10 years in prison before being freed. He was awarded a $5 million settlement, but then the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy and he never received compensation.

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Life of the Law

The Hardest Time: Moms in Prison

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Mother’s Day is the one day of the year we set aside to honor mothers. Some do it with flowers and cards. For women who are in prison and their children who are being raised by grandmothers, aunts or guardians on the outside,

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Upholds Prayer at Town Meetings

Monday, May 05, 2014

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public meetings can include an opening prayer, saying that the practice does not constitute a religious preference.

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The Takeaway

Why One Banker Went to Jail for the Financial Crisis

Friday, May 02, 2014

More than five years after the biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression, only one major banker has gone to prison for crimes contributing to the Great Recession. The lack of prosecutions have deep roots in the Department of Justice.

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On The Media

Does Arizona’s Revenge Porn Law Criminalize Notable Nudity?

Friday, May 02, 2014

[Hey TLDR folks, PJ here. Amanda Levendowski is a friend of the show and a revenge porn braniac. She wrote a nice post about how Arizona's new revenge porn law actually has pretty troubling implications for journalists, which we're re-publishing here with permission.]

Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2515 into law, making Arizona the ninth state to criminalize revenge porn. Here’s what the law says:

Unlawful to intentionally disclose, display, distribute, publish, advertise or offer a photograph, videotape, film or digital recording of another person in a state of nudity or engaged in specific sexual activities if the person knows or should have known that the depicted person has not consented to the disclosure.

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The Takeaway

Defining Unreasonable Searches in the Digital Age

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Today the Supreme Court will consider a new question surrounding search and seizure as it relates to that most modern and most ubiquitous of devices: The smartphone. At issue is whether police need a warrant before searching the mobile device of a person under arrest.

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WNYC News

Schneiderman: Regular Hotels Good, Illegal Airbnb Hotels Bad

Thursday, April 24, 2014

New York's Attorney general says Airbnb tells deceptive stories about the true natures of its business.

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