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NEWS
July 16, 2013
When terrible things happen we look for someone to blame and we become angry when we feel that no one pays a price; in doing so we temporarily forget that revenge is not the answer to tragedy ("Martin verdict fires debate," July 15). Trayvon Martin's death was clearly unjustified. George Zimmerman should never have had a gun in the first place. Racial profiling and racial tensions are still very much alive in this county - another tragedy - and we should all take a good look at what we learned about these issues during Mr. Zimmerman's trial.
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NEWS
July 20, 2012
Several readers have taken President Barack Obama to task for suggesting that business successes are due in part to government investments ("Obama fails Business 101," July 19). As a business owner and engineer-scientist, I agree with President Obama. Our business entrepreneurs thrive because of an environment protected and nurtured by government activities. Our legal system enforces contracts and protects patents, our military assures national security, firemen and policemen help create a safe environment, our transportation system assures timely delivery of goods and services, and most importantly our schools and public universities assure a steady supply of dedicated well trained workers.
NEWS
March 27, 2012
John Merzbacher was sentenced to four life sentences for the horrific rape of a young girl ("Supreme Court decisions renew interest in petition fighting convicted child rapist's release," March 22). The recent Supreme Court ruling does not offer an automatic end to his sentence because of insufficient legal counsel about a plea agreement. State and local officials must consider the seriousness of his crimes and keep him in prison. Beyond the rapes of which he was found guilty, there are many untold stories about the vast extent of his abuse of young people.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | February 5, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Resuming its politically popular offensive against lawyers, the Bush administration unveiled its controversial legal-reform legislation yesterday, appealing to Americans to end their "love affair" with litigation.The most controversial element of the plan involves civil cases. On an experimental basis, winning parties would be allowed recover legal fees from the losing side. Other recommendations would require federal courts to promote mediation and arbitration as alternatives to expensive court trials.
NEWS
July 30, 2014
Here's what bothers me about the Ray Rice punishment: Don't we already have a criminal-justice system? I agree entirely with Mike Preston (" NFL misses its chance to send a message, July 25) that "Men shouldn't be allowed to physically abuse women and then get a slap on the wrist. Ever. " Amen, brother. But let's suppose that Mike Preston (or I, when I was working for the Baltimore Sun) committed an act of domestic violence. Once the courts have acted - arguably, in Mr. Rice's case too leniently - may an employer take a second whack at us?
NEWS
August 22, 1994
Should health care be an entitlement?As we bend over backward to prevent a "two-tiered" medical delivery system, we can contrast with our legal system, which purports to dispense justice in a "blind" manner.O. J. Simpson, whether he is guilty or innocent, is bringing to bear more financial power to manipulate the legal system than could be brought by all but the fewest Americans. Is this fair? Or just?"If you don't have a lawyer and cannot afford one, the court will appoint a lawyer for you . . . " This appears to offer the poor an equal voice in our courtrooms.
NEWS
By Gerald K. McOscar | October 24, 1990
RECENTLY a friend asked if I enjoy the practice of law as much today as I did 12 years ago upon graduating law school. I replied that I enjoy the intellectual challenge (and if truth be known the prestige and income the law offers), but I no longer look to the law with a sense of reverence or as a source of justice. She seemed puzzled.Trying to put my feelings into words, I cautioned that skepticism is not cynicism and that the disappointment that always accompanies reality is not the same as despair.
NEWS
September 21, 1993
It doesn't really matter whether the portrait of America's courts depicted in the classic TV series "Perry Mason" conformed to reality. What is important is that millions of Americans who tuned in the show during its heyday in the 1950s believed that it did. If "Perry Mason" presented an ideal of a legal system that dispensed justice fairly and impartially, then Raymond Burr, the gravel-voiced actor who played the title role, came to personify Americans' idea...
NEWS
October 12, 2007
Step by step, the freedoms, the accountability and the confidence in justice that Americans used to take for granted are being shorn away, and that "What next?" feeling leads too often to shrugged shoulders rather than real outrage. This week, the Supreme Court colluded with the administration to give the government legal immunity even when it abducts and tortures innocent people. All the government lawyers have to do is utter the magic phrase "state secrets" and apparently even the most appalling cases of misconduct can be granted a free pass, and draped in a cloak of darkness.
NEWS
October 24, 1994
By denying Michael A. Weal the Democratic nomination for state's attorney last September, Howard County voters were sending a message.They want to see substantial change in the way this county law enforcement agency is run after four terms under the stewardship of William R. Hymes, who is stepping down. Widely believed to be one of the more lax state's attorneys offices in Maryland, Howard's office has suffered from an erosion of integrity.Mr. Weal did little to convince his party's voters he would offer ample change when it was revealed that he had promised prized positions in the office to attorneys who later became prominent campaign supporters.
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