The Alyona Show: Justice: A $2 Billion Industry
Why is it that access to justice now depends on ones access to a healthy bank account? Clearly there are voices that aren't being heard or represented. A new report by the World Justice Project shows the US does not lead the world in any of the rule of law measures. Jonathan Smith, the executive director of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia discussed the gap between the accesses to justice granted for the rich verses the poor.
News outlets are banning their employees from attending the Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert rallies in Washington, DC. But since they're comedians, and the tone of the events is satirical, then it's not a political event, right? Well not according to NPR, ABC News, The Washington Post or Politico. Brent Budowsky, a columnist for The Hill in Washington said that anyone in news media shouldn’t be participating at rallies. He explained the differences between going to rallies to participate and going to report.
And, you could be friends with government agents on Facebook and not even know it! The Electronic Frontier Foundation has obtained documents that show two ways the government has been tracking people online to investigate citizenship petitions. Jennifer Lynch, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation discussed the ethical issues involved if the government is creating fake profiles. She also said the government memo opens the door to many questions.
Then, a proposed French law, if passed, would strip nationality from foreigners who acquired citizenship and were later convicted of violent crimes against police or other officials. Back in May 2010, US Senator Joe Lieberman proposed a similar citizenship stripping law that would apply to all Americans, not just naturalized ones, if they join a foreign terrorist organization. Immigration attorney and former federal prosecutor Michael Wildes, now a managing partner at Wildes & Weinberg argued that it’s ill conceived to think you can take someone’s citizenship away. Attorney Jordan Sekulow, the director of international operations for the American Center for Law and Justice argued that you would never see something like this in America.
Christine O'Donnell and Chris Coons engaged in a televised political debate for the Senate seat in Delaware, and watching O'Donnell make a complete fool of herself on national television was just priceless. Wonkette Blogger Sara Benincasa explained what actually goes on in O’Donnell’s head and said this is all fun and games until someone like Christine O'Donnell actually gets elected.