Blogger not eligible for media shield law, hit with $2.5M judgment

Timothy B. Lee An Oregon judge has ruled that a Montana blogger is not eligible for the legal protections afforded to journalists, letting stand a $2.5 million defamation verdict. The blogger, a Montana woman named Crystal Cox, had become a thorn in the side of an attorney named Kevin Padrick. Padrick is the principal of … Continue reading

FBI Crime Maps Now ‘Pinpoint’ Average Muslims

Spencer Ackerman It started out as a crimefighting tool. But over the years, an FBI effort known as “geo-mapping” evolved into something more expansive — a method to track Muslim communities, without any suspicion of a crime being committed. Last month, Danger Room revealed that the FBI was training its agents that religious Muslims tended … Continue reading

Let’s Not Forget Amanda Knox’s Lie

When first arrested, she blamed the death of her roommate on an innocent black man. Phillip W.d. Martin Getty Images Amanda Knox has returned to the United States wearing the halo of victimhood for a crime she presumably did not commit. But it should not be forgotten that in her long journey toward exculpation, she … Continue reading

ID Scammers

Kim Zetter More than 100 people, including a New York attorney, have been indicted in what is being termed the largest identity theft case ever prosecuted in the United States. The ring allegedly involved corrupt insiders at banks, stores and restaurants stealing customer data. The suspects, members of five criminal gangs that operated primarily out … Continue reading

Tristane Banon to DSK: Tell Me to My Face That My Rape Allegations Are Imaginary

Jessica Grose The New York Times reported Thursday that Tristane Banon, the French journalist who has accused disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her back in 2003, was questioned jointly with DSK at a Paris police station for over two hours. This, of course, is on the heels of the high-profile rape … Continue reading

Fugitive director admits rape woman ‘double victim’

Roman Polanski has admitted a woman he raped when she was 13 was a “double victim”, in his first public signs of contrition made during a documentary that premiered at the Zurich Film Festival this week. Andrew Hough The 78 year-old the Oscar-winning director conceded Samantha Geimer had been left scarred by his abusive actions … Continue reading

DSK’s Defense

Dominique Strauss-Kahn says the New York district attorney cleared him of sexual violence. Is that true? William Saletan Dominique Strauss-Kahn Last night on TF1, a French TV channel, Dominique Strauss-Kahn answered questions about the withdrawn sexual assault case against him in New York. Strauss-Kahn argued that the district attorney’s report on the evidence, filed as … Continue reading

David Protess v/s Medill

“To see the most celebrated faculty member on a prestigious journalism faculty in a great university come to this kind of nasty parting with his institution—for a lot of us on the inside, it remains something of a mystery,” says a former colleague. Bryan Smith UPDATE (9/7/2011): This morning, Judge Diane Cannon of the Cook … Continue reading

Now We Can All Use the FBI Anti-Piracy Warning!

David Kravets Bloggers rejoice! No longer will the recording, movie and software industries retain exclusive rights to the FBI’s familiar anti-piracy logo. The “FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Seal,” which has been draped on Big Content’s wares since 2004, is going to be made available for use on all copyright content. Even personal websites can proudly display … Continue reading

He May Be a Rapist, But…

Why French Elites Think DSK Should Make A Comeback Arthur Goldhammer Dominique Strauss-Kahn will return to a very different France from the one he left. The country’s state TV network reported that his personal approval rating, which stood at 52 percent prior to his arrest, had plummeted to 28 percent by the time all the … Continue reading

Frame the Victim

Prosecutors oversold the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Now they’re overselling the case against his accuser. William Saletan Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Nafissatou Diallo The Manhattan district attorney’s office has filed a motion to dismiss the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The motion accuses the alleged victim, Nafissatou Diallo, of a "pattern of untruthfulness" marked by … Continue reading

Trial by Fire

Did Texas execute an innocent man? David Grann Cameron Todd Willingham in his cell on death row, in 1994. He insisted upon his innocence in the deaths of his children and refused an offer to plead guilty in return for a life sentence. Photograph by Ken Light. The fire moved quickly through the house, a … Continue reading

Righthaven rocked, owes $34,000 after "fair use" loss

Nate Anderson The wheels appear to be coming off the Righthaven trainwreck-in-progress. The litigation outfit, which generally sues small-time bloggers, forum operators, and the occasional Ars Technica writer, has just been slapped with a $34,000 bill for legal fees. Righthaven v. Hoehn, filed in Nevada federal court, has been an utterly shambolic piece of litigation. … Continue reading

Mind the Impunity Gaps

Alana Tiemessen This is the first of a series of posts on "impunity gaps" in justice for atrocities that constitute genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes. There has been a resurgence of optimism for international and transitional justice because the ICC’s judicial intervention in Libya and recent high-profile arrests and trial completions at the … Continue reading

Compulsory medication muddies gunman trial issue

Andy Coghlan Can it be right – or even possible – to forcibly "cure" a person of mental illness so that they can stand trial and potentially be sentenced to death? That’s become a major talking point in the US, where a three-judge federal panel in Pasadena, California, is set to decide whether or not … Continue reading

DSK and the French-American Misunderstanding

By Guy Sorman Translated By Yanina Weingast Edited by Alexan­der Anderson Spain – ABC – Original Article (Spanish) Three weeks ago, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) was only known to the French and other countries as a modern socialist who might finally lead the French Left from Marxism to globalization. Only 10 minutes were enough from his … Continue reading

Maid’s Lawyer Appeals to Other Victims

Nsenga Burton Attorney Kenneth Thompson wants other alleged victims to come forward. (Getty) The U.K.’s Daily Mail is reporting that Kenneth Thompson, one of the attorneys for the 32-year-old maid at the center of the rape case involving former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is asking other alleged victims to come forward. The request comes on … Continue reading

My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death

May 6, 2011 We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. By Noam Chomsky It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been … Continue reading

Show, Don’t Tell

Do photographs of California’s overcrowded prisons belong in a Supreme Court decision about those prisons? By Dahlia Lithwick Photos from California’s overcrowded prison system California’s prisons are so overcrowded, the Supreme Court ruled today, that they are a violation of the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Writing for the majority in Brown v. … Continue reading

That old French anti-Americanism

it ain’t what it used to be Daniel W. Drezner In first days after Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s arrest, there was a big spasm of media output about how the arrest revealed the massive cultural divide between France and the United States, yada, yada, yada.  Led by blowhard French intellectuals France’s cultural elite, anti-Americanism seemed ready to … Continue reading

The French elite’s dithering over DSK

will have ugly consequences Tim King  —  18th May 2011 A darling of the press: Dominique Strauss Kahn on a visit to Rezé. Picture: Bixintx While we await Friday’s developments in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case, the non-French press, following John Lichfield’s excellent piece in yesterday’s Independent, has moved on to discuss the French taboo of … Continue reading

Why do so many French women accept sexism?

Lucy Wadham  "A Samson figure in France": Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Picture: IMF Why is it that so many French women—and not just powerful women in politics and the media—are seeing Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the victim in his case of alleged sexual assault? Listening yesterday morning to the French equivalent of BBC Radio 4 (France Inter) brought … Continue reading

Privacy, Libel and the Case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Geoffrey Wheatcroft Some things come straight out of the blue. The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges of attempted rape was news, the real, live, red-hot thing that sends an electric thrill through every newsroom, as unforeseen as an air crash or assassination. But then some things are as predictable and foreseeable as day following … Continue reading

Hey France, You Are Right About the Perp Walk

The pre-trial practice of parading those accused of criminal conduct before the press is terribly prejudicial and unfair Andrew Cohen Of all the discordant notes that have been sounded since the arrest last week of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the most disappointing may have come from Michael Bloomberg. Of the now famous … Continue reading

Strauss-Kahn case riles the French

By Elaine Ganley Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces more than 70 years in prison if convicted. — AP picture In a country where the judicial process takes place largely behind closed doors, the spectacular and brutal dimension of American justice in the matter of the former International Monetary Fund chief has baffled … Continue reading

Israel’s choice: France or US?

Will court adopt tough US stance or lenient French attitude in Katsav case? Adi Dvir Former President Moshe Katsav, convicted of two counts of rape and other sexual offenses in December, will not be going to prison for at least another year, legal sources involved in the case said Thursday. Sexual offenses have always gone … Continue reading

BHL ups the ante

Cameron Abadi In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, Bernard-Henri Lévy continues to defend his buddy Dominique Strauss-Kahn. A translated selection: Zeit: But Dominique Strauss-Kahn was treated like any other suspect. BHL: Yes. But he’s not like everyone else. When a run-of-the-mill murderer leaves the police station in handcuffs, a firing squad of cameras … Continue reading

Beaucoup B.S.

The DSK case and the silly stereotypes about American and European morals. By Christopher Hitchens IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in federal court in New York CityWhy is it that we cannot read any discussion of a political sex scandal, or a sex scandal involving a politician, without pseudo-sophisticated comments about the supposedly different morals of … Continue reading

D.S.K.: What Hotel Housekeepers Do

Patricia Marx I do not know—but, on the other hand, it would be nice to know, and without delay—how a chambermaid could have walked in alone, contrary to the habitual practice of most of New York’s grand hotels of sending a “cleaning brigade” of two people, into the room of one of the most closely … Continue reading

Don’t let Dominique Strauss-Kahn become the victim

The French media’s response to Strauss-Kahn’s arrest says much about the country’s tolerance for sexual misconduct Isabelle Germain Dominique Strauss-Kahn walks to his arraignment on charges he sexually assaulted a hotel maid. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AP The events leading to the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York are not yet known in their entirety. But, … Continue reading

No Special Favors for Big Shots

By Viktor Hermann Translated By Ron Argentati Edited by Mark DeLucas Austria – Salzburger Nachrichten – Original Article (German) In New York, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is treated like every other suspect. The Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair is getting more confusing the longer it goes on. Was there a sexual attack, a rape? Is the International Monetary Fund … Continue reading

French outraged at Strauss-Kahn ‘lynching’ by U.S. justice system

France was upset at the criminal charges against IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn for approximately 24 hours. Now they’re back to being mad at the U.S. for treating him like … a criminal. Araminta Wordsworth Brian Harkin/Getty Images The perp walk. They don’t do this in France The arrest of Strauss-Kahn amid massive publicity introduced many … Continue reading

Inaccurate IQs could be a matter of life and death

by Jessica Griggs Some people in the US may have been wrongly executed because of inaccuracies in the IQ tests used to assess them. But the inaccuracies may also have seen some escape execution if they scored lower on the tests than their real IQ. Simon Whitaker, a psychologist at the University of Huddersfield, UK, … Continue reading

Texting and the turnpike

By Nate Anderson As someone who 1) uses a computer all day and 2) is not a teenager with a featurephone, I’ve never been much for text messaging. Lots of Americans are, of course, but a recent reporting trip surprised me with how intense the topic of texting has become. Far from being just a … Continue reading

Canada still in copyright "hall of shame"

By Nate Anderson Sorry, Canada—negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) wasn’t enough to show your commitment to "strong" intellectual property rights. If you want out of the American copyright "hall of shame," you’re just going to have to pass a major copyright overhaul that makes US rightsholders happy. The US Trade Representative yesterday released its … Continue reading

In Defense of Flogging

By Peter Moskos A crazy idea came from a dinner in New Orleans. I had cold-called (or whatever the e-mail equivalent is) a writer and his wife because I was a fan of his work and thought we had much in common. They were gracious enough to arrange a meal and treat me, without much … Continue reading

Nobel laureates support repeal of creationist bill

Andy Coghlan End-of-term exam for members of the Louisiana legislature Question 1: Is science equipped to evaluate supernatural explanations for our observations? Explain your reasoning. Answer: No. "Because the scope of scientific inquiry is consciously limited to the search for naturalistic principles, science remains free of religious dogma… An explanatory principle that by its nature … Continue reading


Paul Campos This month, thousands of ambitious young people are asking themselves the same question: Does it make sense to invest $100,000 to $250,000, and the next three years of my life, to become officially qualified to work as a lawyer? For most people considering law school, this question is hardly an easy one. Law … Continue reading

Justice in US-Islam Honor Murder

Western-Islamic honor killings are 91% Muslim. The UK is already doing something about it, in the USA one murderer was sentenced to 34.5 years in prison. by Prof. Phyllis Chesler Arizona Judge Roland Steinle has just sentenced Faleh Almaleki to 34½ years in prison. According to live reporting from the courtroom, the judge noted that … Continue reading

Winkelvoss Twins Appeal Dismissal of Facebook Lawsuit

By Ryan Singel The Winkelvoss twins, who claim they were defrauded by Facebook when the company settled their lawsuit over Zuckerberg stealing their idea for Facebook, filed an appeal Monday of a decision telling them to be happy with the $65 million payout they negotiated. The twins, former Olympic rowers who hired their Harvard classmate … Continue reading

Righthaven reeling: secret doc could doom a copyright troll

By Nate Anderson If a company’s entire business model is predicated on bringing copyright infringement lawsuits, you might expect that company to make sure it actually has the right to sue first. But a newly unsealed court document casts some doubt on Righthaven’s rights; defense attorneys are already using the new document to say that … Continue reading

Author who dared criticize Singapore’s death penalty appeals sentence

British author Alan Shadrake returned to court Monday to appeal his six-week jail term and fine in a case that highlights the limits on free speech in Singapore. British author Alan Shadrake speaks to the Associated Press before his court hearing on Friday, July 30, 2010 in Singapore. Shadrake vows to fight charges in Singapore … Continue reading

Did Obama Kneecap the 9/11 Suspects’ Defense Lawyers?

What an investigation into Gitmo attorneys means for the pending trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-defendants. — By Nick Baumann Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, in a Red Cross photo taken at Guantanamo Bay (left) and a photo (right) reportedly taken by US forces shortly after they first … Continue reading

Justice Dept. to Congress: Don’t Saddle 4th Amendment on Us

By David Kravets The Obama administration is urging Congress not to adopt legislation that would impose constitutional safeguards on Americans’ e-mail stored in the cloud. As the law stands now, the authorities may obtain cloud e-mail without a warrant if it is older than 180 days, thanks to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act adopted in … Continue reading

A Triumph of Justice

On the Trail of Holocaust Organizer Adolf Eichmann By Klaus Wiegrefe AFP Adolf Eichmann was the chief organizer behind the Nazi mass murder of Europe’s Jews. Following the end of the war, he found refuge in a village in northern Germany before ultimately escaping to Argentina. Documents unknown until now show that he could have … Continue reading

Studio Suing BitTorrent Pirates Does Not Own the Movie, Records Show

By David Kravets A film company suing 5,865 BitTorrent downloaders over the flick Nude Nuns with Big Guns doesn’t own the rights to the movie, according to court documents and interviews. Incentive Capital of Utah took ownership last month of the B-rated flick about a sister who is “one Bad Mother.” Yet two weeks after … Continue reading

Cyberbullying or 419 scam?

Woman spends $10K on fake boyfriend By Jacqui Cheng Imagine being part of a typical Internet community and striking it up with another member over your favorite TV show, Deadwood. Things become more serious after a few friendly chats, and next thing you know, you have an Internet boyfriend who you’re planning to move in … Continue reading

Law of Averages

Why the law-school bubble is bursting. By Annie Lowrey A nattily attired law studentThe law-school bubble may have just burst. According to data from the Law School Admission Council, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, the number of applicants to law school has dropped a whopping 11.5 percent year-to-year—to the lowest level since 2001 … Continue reading


"America’s toughest sheriff" asks Craigslist to prevent… By Nate Anderson In 2006, a deputy fire chief in Maricopa County, Arizona, was accused of heading over to a neighboring farm, dragging one the farmer’s small gray lambs into the barn, and attempting to fornicate with the animal. The farmer went out to the barn and saw … Continue reading

"Officer, the emoticons made me do it!"

By Nate Anderson 60-year old John Jacques of Wisconsin owned, in some kind of unintentional effort to reinforce every stereotype of pedophiles, a van. That van advertised "Jacques Computer Services," and Jacques billed himself as a Web developer and a programmer—though, if he really knew the Internet as well as he claimed, he would’ve realized … Continue reading