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    Status of Same-Sex Marriage

    Brian Moulton talked about 2014 legislative and electoral initiatives for and against legalizing same-sex marriage. Other topics the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s two…

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    Book Discussion on Massacred for Gold

    R. Gregory Nokes talked about his book, Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon, in which he recounts the events of the massacre from when bodies were first discovered to the…

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    Haskell v. Harris Oral Arguments

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments in Haskell v. Harris, a case focusing on the constitutionality of California’s mandatory collection of DNA samples…

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    U.S. Circuit Judge Nomination Hearing

    The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the nomination of David Barron for U.S. Circuit Court judge.

    David Barron was at the time a Harvard Law School Professor. He worked in…

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    Forensic Genetics and the Law

    Panelists talked about genetics, forensics, and their use in the criminal justice system and society. They discussed the DNA evidence routinely used in criminal cases as well as in…

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    Race and the Criminal Justice System

    Attorneys and legal experts talked about racial disparities in the charging and sentencing of minority defendants. Among the topics they addressed were New York City’s…

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    Documentary Filmmaker Ken Burns on His Film The Central Park Five

    Ken Burns discussed his latest PBS documentary The Central Park Five, which tells the story of five Harlem teenagers who were wrongly convicted of raping a jogger in Central Park in 1989.…

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    Book Discussion on Grave Injustice

    Richard Stack talked about his new book, Grave Injustice. In the book, Professor Stack told the stories of several people who he said were very likely wrongfully executed. The…

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    Corporate Interests and the Judiciary

    Two state supreme court justices talked about the influence of corporate money on judicial elections and decisions. Following their remarks they answered questions from the audience.

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    Panel on the Role of the Media in Criminal Justice

    Leigh Bienen, author of Murder and Its Consequences: Essays on Capital Punishment in America, and Rob Warden, co-editor of True Stories of False Confessions, talked about the media’s…

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    Role of Courts in U.S. Democracy

    Participants talked about the role of courts in democracies. Among the topics they addressed were judicial procedures, judicial elections, separation of powers, and case…

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    Judicial Independence

    Marsha Ternus, former Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice, discussed the issue of judicial independence from the political sphere. A 2009 Iowa Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex…

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    Re-Trial of Mary Surratt

    The April 1865 plot to assassinate President Lincoln was planned in part at a boarding house owned and operated by Mary Surratt. She was tried by a military tribunal where she was not…

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    Social Media and the Courts

    Panelists talked about the impact of social media on the courts. Former Judge Dennis Sweeney and Professor Genelle Belmas talked about a new generation of jurors who were…

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    Impact of New Media on the Courts

    Panelists talked about the effects of social media on court cases. They talked through a hypothetical case and moved through a series of motions considering the different perspectives…

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    OpenCourt Pilot Project

    Panelists talked about the OpenCourt pilot project, a pilot program that provided live streaming on the Internet from court proceedings in Quincy, Massachusetts. Panelists talked about…

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    News Media and the Courts

    Journalists talked about changes in the news media and about coverage of the courts. Topics included the impact of social media, the 24-hour news cycle and, and the quality of…

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    Jeffrey Toobin on the Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Toobin talked about U.S. Supreme Court as a political institution. In his remarks he gave a history of nominations under various presidents and the case rulings to support his…

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    Role of Social Security Administrative Law Judges

    Witnesses testified about the productivity of Social Security judges and their ability to close out cases in a timely manner. In 2010, one-fourth of these judges did not meet the…

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    A Conversation with Chief Justice Roberts

    Chief Justice John Roberts spoke about the workings of the Supreme Court, his role as chief justice, federal court budgets, and cameras in the courtroom. He also responded to questions…

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