What would the CFPA envisioned by Elizabeth Warren accomplish? Here’s a picture.
|By: Bill Egnor Tuesday February 23, 2010 3:00 pm|
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” Commonly translated as “Who watches the watchmen?” is the heart of the problem we face with in this country in regards to the rule of law. The law, in theory, is supposed to be about balance. This is why our version of Lady Justice is portrayed with scales and a blindfold. The concept is that Justice does not notice who you are, it merely judges the balance between claims.
For this to work, we must have judges and lawyers that adhere to the ideal of legal ethics. Ethics in the law can be summed up in in terms of loyalty; loyalty to the client, loyalty to the law and loyalty to the profession. This is very important as our system of law and justice has at its core the adversarial system.
This system is based on the idea that two advocates, arguing the facts before an impartial judge and or jury will be more likely to arrive at the truth of the matter than any other method. Given this zero sum game (one side wins, one side looses) there needs to be that loyalty to the law and the profession. Without it, there comes a win at any cost mentality, and then the scales of justice get a big thumb put on them.
Lawyers are human beings (okay lets keep the jokes in comments to minimum on that statement, eh?) they just as likely to have faults as anyone else in the population. Some will have really high integrity and some will have none at all. They will make personal judgments that are at odds with the requirements of their code of ethics.
Take the case of Charles Hood, from Texas. In 1990 he was convicted of murdering Tracie Wallace and was sentenced to death by Judge Verla Holland. The problem here is Judge Holland had had an extramarital affair with the prosecutors some three years before. That’s right, this judge had a romantic relationship with the prosecuting attorney, yet she did not recuse herself from hearing cases with him.
|By: TheMediaConsortium Thursday August 20, 2009 9:16 am|
President Obama is citing the Healthcare debate as a reason for postponing immigration reform until 2010.
|By: ImmigrationPolicyCenter Thursday July 16, 2009 1:50 pm|
What’s the best way to help workers form a union in a workplace where managers have spent years wantonly violating labor laws by threatening and intimidating workers into resisting unionization? If you’re the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), the answer would seem to be “get rid of the workers.” At least, that is one of the main recommendations contained within a rather confusing new CIS report on the aftermath of the January 2007 immigration raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at the Smithfield pork plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina. Holding up Smithfield as a prototype for the nation, the CIS report vaguely suggests that destructive immigration raids and a flawed electronic employment-verification system will not only succeed in draining millions of unauthorized immigrants from the United States, but bolster unionization for American workers, too. These are fanciful notions at best.
|By: ImmigrationPolicyCenter Tuesday July 14, 2009 7:58 am|
Last Friday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced changes to the controversial 287(g) program—a program which allows state and local police agencies to partner with ICE to enforce federal immigration laws. DHS also announced that, rather than waiting for the new policies to be implemented and tested, it has expanded the problematic 287(g) program with 11 new Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs).
|By: ImmigrationPolicyCenter Wednesday July 8, 2009 9:05 am|
Utah’s “get tough on immigration” legislation, Senate Bill 81 (SB81), went into effect last week on July 1st. The litany of protests from faith groups, local police, and conservatives, however, demonstrates the futility of trying to solve a federal immigration problem through state law. Even Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. hesitated before signing SB81 into law back in March 2008, hoping the federal government would intervene with a national immigration reform bill before the July 1st implementation date.