Faculty in the News - Archive
Friday, January 18, 2008Professor Michael GreenbergerThe Globe and Mail (Canada)
– There is growing pressure in the U.S. Congress and around the world to turn the spotlight on the opaque world of energy market speculation and to rein in the traders. There are now two bills before Congress that would beef up regulations of the energy futures market. At last month’s subcommittee hearing, legislators heard from Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law, director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, and former division director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, who testified that as much as $25 of the then $90-a-barrel price of oil could be attributed to speculation that largely occurs out of sight of regulators.
Thursday, January 17, 2008Professor Douglas ColbertThe Daily Record, TheDailyRecord.com
– Based on the proposal of Douglas Colbert, JD, a professor at the School of Law, to re-examine the bail set for certain nonviolent defendants in Baltimore, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office delivered a report that just 20 people in pretrial custody met a list of predetermined criteria, and that the additional inquiry into their cases benefited only four of those. Colbert said the 20 represented a "tiny fraction" of those in custody whose bails should be reviewed and only demonstrate the research efforts of one employee working overtime on a Sunday. "It’s the equivalent of saying the emperor is wearing clothing when an objective review would show that the emperor is naked," Colbert said after the meeting.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008Professor Michael GreenbergerWUSA-TV, Ch. 9
– Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and former division director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, discussed how Gov. Martin O’Malley’s plan to confront an unprecedented rise in home foreclosures and combat predatory mortgage schemes would impact homeowners and lending companies. Greenberger also analyzed the recent U.S. Supreme Court case that ruled that investors who are seeking to recover damages in securities fraud cases cannot sue lawyers, banks, and other businesses who allegedly helped corporations manipulate stock prices.
Monday, January 14, 2008Professor Sherrilyn Ifill The Daily Record, MDDailyRecord.com
- For some Maryland voters heading to the polls next month, the long lines, faulty machinery, and stressed-out election volunteers during the 2006 primary and general elections are a not-so-distant memory. The concerns prompted Attorney General Douglas Gansler to appoint a statewide Task Force on Voting Irregularities, co-chaired by Sherrilyn Ifill, JD, professor at the School of Law, last May to study the problems that occurred during the last general election and issue a report with recommendations that address the root causes of 2006's Election Day failures. Ifill said the report would give a sense of "the scope and array of voting problems that are out there." She noted that the language should also cover the applicable laws and historical background to put the report in context, and include "doable" short-term and long-term recommendations to be decided on by the panel in the coming months.
Monday, January 14, 2008Professor Michael GreenbergerCongressional Quarterly, Congressionalquarterly.com
– The United States should abandon its mandatory containment strategy for pandemic flu planning in favor of a more traditional public health approach centered on voluntary participation, according to an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) report released Monday. "Pandemic flu preparations in the U.S. are a tragedy," said Michael Greenberger, JD, a professor at the School of Law and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, who spoke before the ACLU panel. "No serious thought has been given [to it] at the federal level and this is an issue that requires federal direction."
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