Members of Fordham Law Community Issue Statement Regarding Michael Brown and Eric Garner – Fordham Law

“Statement by Members of the Fordham Law Community on Justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner and all Americans

We are members of the Fordham Law School Community and we are deeply troubled by the evident failures of our criminal justice system in recent days. The failure to bring either police officer to a public trial after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, or Eric Garner in New York City is further painful proof that our nation’s criminal justice system is deeply broken.

via Members of Fordham Law Community Issue Statement Regarding Michael Brown and Eric Garner – Fordham Law.

Are special prosecutors needed in police shooting cases?- NYTimes.com

Are special prosecutors needed in police shooting cases?- NYTimes.com.
DEBATERS

The System Must Counteract Prosecutors’ Natural Sympathies
Paul Butler PAUL BUTLER, LAW PROFESSOR AND FORMER PROSECUTOR
Local Prosecutors Have Shown They Can Do the Job
Heather Mac Donald HEATHER MAC DONALD, MANHATTAN INSTITUTE
Set a Higher Standard for Police Use of Force
Trevor Burrus TREVOR BURRUS, CATO INSTITUTE
A Bad Idea With Unanticipated Consequences
Harvey Silvergate HARVEY SILVERGATE, CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER

Public Citizen: NFL Concussion Plaintiffs Not Adequate Representatives of Class

Class actions pose challenges to lawyers who represent competing interests. – gwc
Public Citizen: NFL Concussion Plaintiffs Not Adequate Representatives of Class.
n a post fairness hearing supplemental memorandum filed today Public Citizen’s Allison Zieve argues as amicus curiae that concussion injury class plaintiffs Kevin Turner and Shawn Wooden cannot represent fairly and adequately the many conflicting interests among NFL players and retirees. The relatively limited pot of approximately $765 million has many potential claimants. Although Class Counsel, led by Chris Seeger tried to be fair and balanced it was an impossible task argues Zieve, quoting Justice Ruth Ginsburg in the landmark Amchem Prods., Inc. v. Windsor, 521 U.S. 591 (1997):
“The settling parties, in sum, achieved a global compromise with no structural assurance of fair and adequate representation for the diverse groups and individuals affected. Although the named parties alleged a range of complaints, each served generally as representative for the whole, not for a separate constituency.”