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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Professor Michael Greenberger

Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – As they left the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday morning, defense lawyers for terror suspect Jose Padilla and his two co-defendants seemed braced for disappointment. During the brief hearing, two of the three judges were openly skeptical of Miami federal Judge Marcia Cooke's decision in August to throw out the government's most serious charge against the men. Cooke ruled that the charge duplicated allegations in the indictment's other main counts. Michael Greenberger, JD, a professor at the School of Law, said the 11th Circuit has a reputation as a conservative appeals court. "It's not a hospitable court of appeals from Padilla’s perspective," he said.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Maryland Katrina and Indigent Defense Project

The Baltimore Examiner – The public defender’s office in New Orleans has shrunk from a staff of 62 to 12 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But there is more staff this week because the School of Law has come to the rescue with three dozen students lending a hand. Brigid Ryan, Maryland ACLU chapter president at the law school; Shakeya Currie, Black Law Students Association vice-president; and Doug Colbert, JD, professor at the School, are part of the Maryland Katrina and Indigent Defense Project, a student group leading nationwide efforts to help the New Orleans justice system recover. A first-year Maryland law student from Texas, Melinda Freeman, recently located one defendant’s godmother, brought her to court, and helped successfully reduced his bail. Michael Stallings, a third-year student from Pigtown, and Michael Melic, a first-year student from Hampden, have been interviewing inmates by phone through glass windows for details to be placed in the defendant’s files by the public defenders office. "You try to develop a rapport with the client in a short time," said Sandra Goldberg, a first-year law student from Montgomery County.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Professor Michael Greenberger

WUSA-TV – Michael Greenberger, JD, director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security and a professor in the School of Law, discussed the House passing legislation yesterday implementing recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. He also discussed the raid in Somalia.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Maryland Katrina and Indigent Defense Project

WYPR-FM – The School of Law students are part of a national effort by the Katrina-Gideon Project and the Student Hurricane Network, which has assembled hundreds of students to work on criminal justice system problems made worse, but not created, by Hurricane Katrina. Student Roberto Vela says the task involves collection of personal information that can help the court decide if a defendant should get bail, and how high the bail should be. "We specifically asked them not to speak about their case because we weren't in a setting with confidentiality. We asked about employment, family and how long they had been here. We tried to create a profile."

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Professor Michael Greenberger

The Washington Post, MSNBC.com – House Democrats announced legislation yesterday aimed at implementing many of the remaining reforms suggested by the 9/11 Commission, including calls for more thorough cargo screening, better emergency communications, and more money for cities at the highest risk of terrorist attack. Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, praised House Democrats for taking on the proposals but said they will have a tough time convincing many of their colleagues in the Senate. "It’s a very aggressive proposal, more aggressive than I would have thought," Greenberger said. "I wouldn’t be optimistic that it will all make it through the Senate, but I’m surprised it got this far."

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