Tag Archives: Mukasey

Kanstroom to Publish Article on Waterboarding

By Jesse Stellato, May 18, 2008

Eagleionline has obtained a draft of Professor Daniel Kanstroom’s upcoming article: “On ‘Waterboarding’: Legal Interpretation and the Continuing Struggle for Human Rights.” The abstract appears below.

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Mukasey Helps to Clean Up DOJ

Legal Times reports that morale inside the Department of Justice has risen as a result of Attorney General Michael Mukasey’s initiatives.

Among the actions Mukasey is credited with during his five months on the job:…

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It Could Be Worse

springer.jpgBCLS isn’t the only law school facing controversey over this year’s commencement speaker. According to “legal tabloid” Above the Law, students at Northwestern University School of Law are up in arms over the…

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Survey Results: Commencement Speaker Selection Process

 By Jesse Stellato, April 3, 2008

survey.jpgHow do you feel about the process used to select this year’s commencment speaker? Earlier this week, Eagleionline asked students, alumni, and members of the faculty, staff and administration of Boston College Law School a series of questions through Eagleionline about BC Law’s commencement ceremonies in general and the 2008 ceremony in particular.

Yesterday, Eagleionline analyzed the quantiative component of the survey, which asked “Do you support having attorney General Mukasey speak at this year’s commencement?”

In addition, Eagleionline analyzed the survey’s first optional open-ended question: “What quality or qualities do you look for in a commencement speaker?”

Today, we survey the answers to the second open-ended question:How do you feel about the process used to select this year’s commencment speaker?” More below the fold…

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Commencement Survey Results

By Jesse Stellato, April 2, 2008

survey.jpgOn Monday and Tuesday of this week, Eagleionline asked students, alumni, and members of the faculty, staff and administration of Boston College Law School a series of questions about BC Law’s commencement ceremonies in general and the 2008 ceremony in particular.

Eagleionline conducted the survey in response to a request from a member of the Class of 2008 to collect some non-anecdotal evidence on the subject.

The survey results appear below the fold. More complete analysis, as well as raw data, will be published throughout the week.

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Shall we…..Torture?

AbuGhraibAbuse-standing-on-box.jpgFollowing the healthy discussion BCLS has had regarding the fact that Attorney General Mukasey’s is slated to be our commencement speaker, I find it timely to note that the so-called 2003 “torture memo”—granting the executive branch and Pentagon broad leeway in its interrogation methods of terror suspects—was declassified and released to the public yesterday. The document, available here and here and here and here (four separate parts), according to the Guardian, “outlines legal justification for military interrogators to use harsh tactics against al-Qaida and Taliban detainees overseas so long as they did not specifically intend to torture their captives. It argues that poking, slapping or shoving would not give rise to criminal liability, and also appears to defend the use of mind-altering drugs that do not produce “an extreme effect”.” [1] Part of memo even explicitly states, ““Even if an interrogation method arguably were to violate a criminal statute, the Justice Department could not bring a prosecution because the statute would be unconstitutional as applied in this context.” Yale Law School professor Eugene R. Fidell told the New York Times ““This is a monument to executive supremacy and the imperial presidency. It’s also a road map for the Pentagon for fending off any prosecutions.” [2]

 

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