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Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Letters Go Online – Forward

500 Prison Letters From Convicted Soviet Spy Couple: “A new website on convicted Soviet spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg provides access to a collection of more than 500 letters between the couple while they were imprisoned. The website was launched last week by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Center at Boston University. Maintaining their innocence until the end, theContinue Reading

UH Law Center debuts first database of Fortune 500 company codes of conduct

“The University of Houston Law Center today released a searchable database that contains the compliance codes for Fortune 500 companies.  The project was led by Houston attorney Ryan McConnell, an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. McConnell worked with a team of recent graduates and current students to develop the database, whichContinue Reading

Human Rights Protection During Armed Conflict: What, When, and for Whom?

Scobbie, Iain, Human Rights Protection During Armed Conflict: What, When, and for Whom? (October 7, 2014). Erika de Wet & Jann Kleffner (eds), Convergence and Conflicts of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Military Operations (Pretoria University Law Press, Pretoria) Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2506793 “This essay seeks to examine some ofContinue Reading

Twitter – Taking the fight for #transparency to court

Twitter news release: ” As part of our latest transparency report released in July, wedescribed how we were being prohibited from reporting on the actual scope of surveillance of Twitter users by the U.S. government. Our ability to speak has been restricted by laws that prohibit and even criminalize a service provider like us from disclosingContinue Reading

EFF Launches IFightSurveillance.org and Counter-Surveillance Success Stories

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today launched IFightSurveillance.org, a new site showcasing digital privacy advocates from around the world who are leading the fight against mass surveillance. The site includes figures from the organization’s growing list of Counter-Surveillance Success Stories, a set of guides showing how individuals and organizations have taken on state and corporateContinue Reading

Temporary Professional, Managerial, and Skilled Foreign Workers: Legislation in the 113th Congress

CRS – Temporary Professional, Managerial, and Skilled Foreign Workers: Legislation in the 113th Congress. Ruth Ellen Wasem, Specialist in Immigration Policy. September 30, 2014 “The admission of professional, managerial, and skilled foreign workers raises a complex set of policy issues as the United States competes internationally for the most talented workers in the world, without adversely effecting U.S. workersContinue Reading

Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification (2014)

“Eyewitnesses play an important role in criminal cases when they can identify culprits. Estimates suggest that tens of thousands of eyewitnesses make identifications in criminal investigations each year. Research on factors that affect the accuracy of eyewitness identification procedures has given us an increasingly clear picture of how identifications are made, and more importantly, anContinue Reading

Pew – Prison and Crime: A Complex Link

Crime drop since 1994 has been bigger in states that cut imprisonment rates. “Two decades after Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 — with lawmakers focused on locking up more offenders for longer periods — the nation’s imprisonment rate has climbed 24 percent and crime has declined 40 percent.Continue Reading

Empowering Employees to Prevent Fraud in Nonprofit Organizations

Bradley, John M., Empowering Employees to Prevent Fraud in Nonprofit Organizations (September 18, 2014). Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal, Vol. 13, 2015, Forthcoming; U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 14-32. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2505194 “This Article examines the significant problem of fraud within nonprofit organizations and demonstrates thatContinue Reading

IG FDIC – Enforcement Actions and Professional Liability Claims Against Institution-Affiliated Parties and Individuals Associated with Failed Institutions

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of the Treasury – Enforcement Actions and Professional Liability Claims Against Institution-Affiliated Parties and Individuals Associated with Failed Institutions. Report Numbers, EVAL 14-002, 2014-SR-B-011, OIG-CA-14-012. July 2014 “As discussed in our report, the Regulators have established formal processes for investigating and imposing EAs on IAPsContinue Reading

Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office 2014 Annual Report to Congress

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) Privacy Office is the first statutorily created privacy office in any federal agency, as set forth in Section 222 of the  Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended. The mission of the Privacy Office is to protect all individuals by embedding and enforcing privacy protections and transparency inContinue Reading

A Public Accountability Defense for National Security Leakers and Whistleblowers

A Public Accountability Defense for National Security Leakers and Whistleblowers, Yochai Benkler. The Harvard Law & Policy Review, Vol 8 No 2. July 2014. “In June 2013 Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Barton Gellman began to publish stories in  The Guardian and The Washington Post based on arguably the most significant national security leak in American history. By leakingContinue Reading