July 24, 2010 |
Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA battled to a 1-1 draw in Major League Soccer action at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night. Ned Grabavoy and Jose Padilla scored second-half goals just four minutes apart for their respective teams. RSL's Grabavoy opened the scoring in the 67th minute after a corner kick was deflected to him just outside the Chivas USA penalty area. He then volleyed a left-footed rocket past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and in for his second goal of the season.
October 17, 2009
The right to counsel is one of the glories of this nation's legal system, but it means little if a client can't depend on his lawyer to provide an accurate account of his legal options. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court confronted a compelling case of what can happen when a defendant relies on inaccurate legal advice. Jose Padilla, a legal U.S. resident and a Vietnam veteran, asked the justices to overturn his guilty plea to a drug charge because his lawyer had misled him about whether the plea would lead to his deportation to his native Honduras.
August 5, 2009 |
Over the weekend, the White House floated the idea of constructing (or renovating) a vast court-and-prison complex in either Kansas or Michigan. The facility would be used to detain and prosecute terrorism suspects now being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The leak followed published reports last week that the Justice Department is evaluating anew dozens of cases of Gitmo detainees to see if any more of the men should be prosecuted in American courtrooms under federal criminal law.
July 12, 2009
Re "Judging John Yoo," Editorial, July 2 Reading your editorial about the lawsuit filed against John Yoo reminded me of a wonderful speech given by Sen. Sam Ervin at the American Bar Assn. Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, in the summer of 1973, following the Watergate hearings. He stated that when a lawyer is requested to give his opinion on a legal issue, two questions must be asked: Is the proposed action legal? And is it the right thing to do? Professor Yoo miserably failed both questions in his "torture memo."
July 2, 2009
In their notorious August 2002 "torture memo," Justice Department officials Jay S. Bybee and John C. Yoo defined torture narrowly as pain associated with "organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death." It was a strained and selective reading of the law, and it was rescinded in 2004 by Jack Goldsmith, Bybee's successor as head of the Office of Legal Counsel. But can Yoo, now a professor at UC Berkeley, be held responsible for the actions of others who relied on his legal reasoning?
January 23, 2008 |
A federal judge Tuesday rejected prosecutors' pleas that she put onetime accused "dirty-bomber" Jose Padilla in prison for life, citing the harsh treatment he received during 3 1/2 years he spent in military detention as an enemy combatant. In turning aside government arguments for the harshest sentence possible, U.S. District Judge Marcia G.