Law

Court Appointments

March 26, 2001

President Bush last week ended the American Bar Association's decades-long practice of vetting candidates for federal court appointments. A panel talks about the politics and history behind this controversial decision.

Bush v. Gore

February 21, 2001

Last December, the drawn-out presidential election dispute was settled by a Supreme Court decision that may prove to be one of the most controversial ever. E.J. Dionne of the Brookings Institution and Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard...

John Douglas: "The Cases that Haunt Us" (Scribner)

December 12, 2000

John Douglas, an experienced criminal profiler, discusses some of history's most fascinating true-crime stories. In his new book, he describes the investigations into well-known -- and sometimes still unsolved -- cases like the "Jack...

Judicial Impartiality

December 12, 2000

A panel talks about the nuances of judicial decision-making. The discussion will examine just how impartial elected and appointed judges really are.

Future of the Supreme Court

October 30, 2000

The next president will almost certainly have the chance to appoint several Supreme Court justices. A panel of legal experts joins Diane to talk about how the upcoming elections may or may not affect the political make-up of the Supreme...

Racial Profiling

October 17, 2000

Polls show more than half of Americans believe racial profiling takes place during law enforcement actions, and even more disapprove of the practice. Vice President Gore has said it would be his number one civil rights priority. But law...

Copyright Law

October 3, 2000

Court of appeals judges will hear appeals in the Napster case this week. The case is crucial to the music industry but has implications with much further reach. A panel joins Diane to talk about the future of copyright law in the digital...

Post-Conviction DNA Testimony

September 19, 2000

Sophisticated DNA techniques are increasingly being used to reopen long-settled criminal cases. Some officials oppose this practice, saying death row inmates and others are just putting off their rightful sentences. Others say that DNA...

Colleen McCullough: "Morgan's Run" (Simon & Schuster)

September 15, 2000

Novelist Colleen McCullough's latest book takes the reader on a historical journey to the penal colonies of 18th century Australia. The novel is based on a true story of Richard Morgan, a falsely-accused man who made the treacherous...

Expert Witnesses

September 13, 2000

Diane talks with two experts about the latest decisions from the Supreme Court allowing judges to determine who is allowed to testify as an "expert" scientific witness and who is not. This decision can determine what testimony...

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