Faculty in the News - Archive
Friday, February 16, 2007Professor Michael GreenbergerNewsday
– An 11th-hour demand for millions of dollars by the Port Authority threatened yesterday to scuttle a politically pressured deal by Dubai Ports World, the United Arab Emirates company, to sell six ports to a U.S. company. Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, said the Port Authority is likely concerned that "AIG Global Investment Group isn’t bringing the same expertise to port management that Dubai Ports had.
Thursday, February 15, 2007Professor Michael GreenbergerNewsinitiative.org, Yahoonews.com
– Politicians from Washington, D.C. and New York City were quick to complain last year when they learned that federal homeland security grants to their cities had been cut. But an analysis of the grants doled out to cities and states across the nation doesn’t bear out those complaints, at least at the state level. "I really don’t see it that way," said Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and director of the Center for Homeland Safety and Security. He cited an "inept process" as the culprit for any discrepancies with terrorist risk. Greenberger added that the grants were being cut because of lofty spending in other areas. "They’re running this huge deficit and the domestic budget was cut across the board," he said.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007Professor Doug ColbergWBAL-TV
– Bail bondsmen guarantee the full amount of the bail for a person charged with a crime, which allows the defendant to be released from custody while awaiting trial. In Maryland, they’re required to collect a 10 percent fee from the defendant. But there's no requirement that the 10 percent be paid all at once. "Bondsmen can take payment through the installment plan, and some will take much less than 10 percent," said Douglas Colbert, JD, professor at the School of Law. "Three percent, two percent, one percent." Critics say it’s a practice that allows even the most serious suspected offenders a more affordable ticket to the street.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007Adjunct Professor Peter HollandThe Daily Record
– The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that residents who bought cars with defective seatbacks but were never injured as a result of the defect can proceed with an attempt to recover money from the manufacturers. Peter Holland, JD, adjunct professor at the School of Law who was not involved in the case, called the result significant. "As a matter of sound public policy they’re going to say, ‘We don’t have to wait for each of these class members to get in an automobile accident and sustain death or serious bodily injury to say we’re going to fix this defect,’" said Holland.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007Professor Susan LevitonThe Daily Record
– Marlana Valdez, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler’s choice for independent monitor of the state’s juvenile justice system, has been "surprised" by the widespread scrutiny and allegations of Montgomery County "log rolling" her nomination has caused. Valdez will replace Claudia Wright, a former University of Florida law professor and nationally recognized expert in the field, who was appointed last month by outgoing Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. after a national search. "It is very hard to get good people sometimes to work in government," said Susan Leviton, JD, professor at the School of Law and founder of Advocates for Children and Youth. "And if you bring somebody up from Florida and have a whole process, and then you put somebody in but they can lose their position, that doesn’t make people eager to engage in public work."
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