Faculty in the News - Archive
Tuesday, March 13, 2007Professor Mark GraberThe Baltimore Sun
Ė The Maryland Court of Appeals will hear the case today of whether the presence of a noncitizen on a jury is enough to overturn a guilty conviction. "It is genuinely confusing because the person may have had influence," said Mark Graber, JD, PhD, MA, professor at the School of Law. "But it was unbiased influence." On the other hand, he said, defense lawyers and prosecutors and judges rely on peopleís answers on the jury questionnaire sent to their homes before being called for jury duty.
Monday, March 12, 2007Adjunct Professor Dan FriedmanThe Daily Record
Ė Confirmation hearings have been scheduled for the 10 district court judges nominated by former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. after the close of the 2006 legislative session. Even if Gov. Martin OíMalley did meet with the nominees and decide he didnít like one, itís questionable if he would be constitutionally permitted to withdraw a previous governorís nomination or to override the old nomination by making one of his own. "A superseding appointment would be a close question and could result in litigation," said Saul Ewing attorney Dan Friedman, JD, adjunct professor at the School of Law.
Sunday, March 11, 2007Professor Michael GreenbergerWTOP, 103.5 FM
Ė Angry lawmakers are threatening to amend the Patriot Act and limit the FBIís powers in the wake of a disclosure that agents had improperly obtained confidential records of Americans. "Whatís most disturbing is that telephone companies, three of them, were participating in this and sometimes providing more information than was even sought," said Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, who talked about the Inspector Generalís report.
Saturday, March 10, 2007Professor David SuperWBAL-TV, Ch. 11
- The Energy Policy Act of 2005 altered the change in the date for daylight saving time this year. David Super, JD, professor at the School of Law, said the change had to do with political criticism that lawmakers didnít focus enough on conservation of energy. "They werenít willing to bite the bullet on some of the harder issues like fuel economy for cars or power generation," said Super. "This seemed like a way of putting a little bit of conservation in the bill."
Saturday, March 10, 2007Professor Mark Graber"America and the Courts," C-SPAN
Ė Mark Graber, JD, PhD, MA, professor at the School of Law, discussed the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Dred Scott v. Sanford
, which decided that all people of African ancestry slaves as well as those who were free could never become citizens of the United States. "Individual states could give free persons of color whatever rights they thought, but those rights would not be recognized in federal court," said Graber, author of the recent book Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil
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