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Brett Kavanaugh's Judicial Philosophy Apparently Doesn't Apply To His Own Words
Last week, two people testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Of the two, only one Brett Kavanaugh has been described by his supporters as a constitutional textualist and strict constructionist an adherent to the judicial philosophy that the words of the Constitution provide a clear and literal meaning that should be enforced. But it was the other person, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified as if the words she used had precise, unchanging mea ...
Huffington Post - Sat. Oct 6
Kavanaugh Is Forcing The Legal World To Finally Face Its Weinstein Moment
Sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein caused a seismic shift in the way we view sexual assault and harassment in the entertainment industry. Could the Senate s handling of the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh cause a similar reckoning in the legal world Law has long been an old boys club on par with Hollywood. Nothing salacious that has emerged in Hollywood, or anywhere else, is unimaginable in the ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Oct 1
Why The First Unionized Political Campaign Is A Game-Changer For The Left
The campaign staff of Democrat Randy Bryce , who is challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan R-Wis. , announced on Monday that they had unionized and ratified what is by all accounts the first collective bargaining contract negotiated by political campaign workers. It was fitting that Bryce s team would be the first to unionize The man known on Twitter as IronStache is a union ironworker who has made support for organized labor a key component of his upstart bi ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 27
A Major Bank Slipped Up And Showed Why Women Rarely File Sex Discrimination Ca...
Of all the tactics companies use to silence women who speak up about sexual harassment, the way corporate lawyers question victims in depositions may be the most brutal. In these taped confrontations, defense lawyers interrogate people on every aspect of their sexual histories, medical records and traumas from childhood. R arely do the depositions in civil cases get broad public attention. B ut this week, the Sydney Morning Herald obtained a transcript fro ...
Huffington Post - Sat. Aug 4
Public transit agencies should not have to disclose safety planning records in...
WASHINGTON - To enable public transit agencies to engage in more rigorous and effective safety planning, their safety planning records should not be admissible as evidence in civil litigation, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. State highway agencies and commuter railroads have been granted such evidentiary protections, and the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report found no compelling rea ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jun 1
Conflicting guidance on opioid prescribing can jeopardize pain mgmt for patien...
PHILADELPHIA May 31, 2018 - Persistent pain and recurrent episodes of pain are common for those who are living with cancer, or for those undergoing cancer treatment. When used properly, prescription opioids have long been known to help combat pain experienced by people with cancer. In the face of the worsening opioid epidemic, clinical guidelines have been published by multiple agencies to improve the way opioids are prescribed and to reduce the number of ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jun 1
Labor exploitation is endemic in global tea and cocoa industries, internationa...
Labour exploitation including forced labour is endemic at the base of global tea and cocoa supply chains, according to a pioneering international study published by researchers at the University of Sheffield today 31 May 2018 . The two-year Global Business of Forced Labour study investigated the business models of forced labour in global tea and cocoa supply chains. Forced labour is work brought about by physical, psychological or economic coercion. Extens ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jun 1
Handgun purchaser licensing laws linked to fewer firearm homicides in large, u...
State laws that require gun purchasers to obtain a license contingent on passing a background check performed by state or local law enforcement are associated with a 14 percent reduction in firearm homicides in large, urban counties, a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found. Studies have shown that these laws, which are sometimes called permit-to-purchase licensing laws, are associated with fewer firearm homicides at the s ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jun 1
New in the Hastings Center Report, May-June 2018
Genetic Privacy, Disease Prevention, and the Principle of Rescue Madison K. Kilbride People who undergo genetic testing sometimes discover that they carry mutations that increase their risk of hereditary disease. Even if they want to keep their genetic information private, are they ethically obligated to tell family members who might also be affected Madison K. Kilbride, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Per ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jun 1
Numbers about inequality don't speak for themselves
Using statistics to inform the public about racial disparities can backfire. Worse yet, it can cause some people to be more supportive of the policies that create those inequalities, according to new Stanford research. One of the barriers of reducing inequality is how some people justify and rationalize it, said Rebecca Hetey, a Stanford psychology researcher. A lot of people doing social justice work wonder why attitudes are so immune to change. Our resea ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jun 1
Don't force women to risk death, injury by having a baby
Laws should not force women to risk death and injury by having a baby, according to a QUT legal academic who has says abortion can be decriminalised without society and governments making a moral judgement. Dr Andrew McGee, a researcher in medical law and ethics with the QUT Law School, said there were two major grounds for decriminalisation - women s right to reject the health risk of pregnancy and the stalemate regarding abortion s moral acceptability. A ...
EurekAlert - Mon. May 28
'Deforestation-free' palm oil not as simple as it sounds
Genuinely deforestation-free palm oil products are problematic to guarantee, according to a new study. Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is used in thousands of products worldwide, including an estimated 50 of all products on supermarkets shelves, from food to detergents to cosmetics. Although growing palm trees requires less land and resources than traditional vegetable oils, the cultivation of palm oil is a major cause of tropical deforestation, particula ...
EurekAlert - Mon. May 28