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While the collapse of the Justice Department’s prosecution of former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens and the criminal probe targeting the Department’s senior prosecutors responsible for political cases have gained some recent attention, the story of prosecutorial misconduct in high-profile political cases over the last eight years remains largely unexplored. On Friday, June 26, a forum in Washington will focus attention on these cases and will revive the call for Congressional probes and an internal accounting within the Justice Department.
Keynote Speaker: Rep. John Conyers, Chair, House Judiciary Committee
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), Chair, House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts
Hon. U.W. Clemon, former Chief U.S. District Court Judge (N.D. Ala.)
Hon. Don E. Siegelman, former Governor of Alabama
Hon. Oliver Diaz, former Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court
Scott Horton, Contributing Editor, Harper’s Magazine
Hon. Eduardo Bhatia, Minority Whip, Senate of Puerto Rico
Nan Aron, President, Alliance for Justice
Gail Sistrunk, Executive Director, Project Save Justice
Andrew Kreig, attorney and investigative reporter
Friday, June 26, 2009, 8 – 11 a.m.
The National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”