Judicial Discretion

August 12, 2003

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft wants a report of all cases in which a judge gives a convicted criminal a lesser sentence than what federal guidelines recommend. A panel talks about why the Justice Department is taking this step and...

Government and Secrecy

July 10, 2003

A Federal appeals has court has ruled that the Bush administration cannot block a lawsuit regarding Vice President Cheney's task force. The White House had argued that the lawsuit intruded into its internal deliberations. A panel discusses...

Sandra Day O'Connor: "The Majesty of the Law" (Random House)

April 9, 2003

In a new book, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor reveals what she believes matters most in American law. She talks with Diane about the battles women have faced in the legal system and offers solutions to the many challenges...

Judicial Nominations and Confirmations

February 27, 2003

A panel talks about the stark disagreements behind the Senate deadlock over federal judicial nominee Miguel Estrada, and the long-term consequences of political fighting over appointments to the federal bench.

Judicial Nominations

January 14, 2003

A panel talks about the latest round in the judicial confirmation process in Congress and what's at stake for U.S. citizens and the law.

Scott Turow: "Reversible Errors" (Farrar Strauss Giroux)

October 30, 2002

Lawyer and novelist Scott Turow talks about the fictional death-row case at the center of his new novel, and about his real-life role on a commission reviewing the use of the death penalty in the state of Illinois.

Wendy Kaminer: "Free For All" (Beacon)

October 10, 2002

Lawyer and American Prospect columnist Wendy Kaminer talks about civil liberties post-9/11 and other issues covered in her new anthology.

The Supreme Court

October 10, 2002

The Supreme Court began its new term this week. Several judicial watchers talk about current cases and some of the possible new rulings on immigration, criminal law and copyright issues.

Albert DeMeo: "For The Sins of My Father"

September 3, 2002

From the Corleones to the Sopranos, fictional Mafia families have long been part of American entertainment. Albert DeMeo, son of a member of the notorious Gambino family, talks about what it was really like growing up in "the Mob."...


July 16, 2002

A panel talks about the role of whistleblowers in government and the private sector, the ongoing campaign for more laws to protect them, and why it seems many whistleblowers in the media spotlight in the past few months have been women.

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