1. Demanding Justice at Guantánamo and Around the World


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    [Produced by Rafael Shimunov] On January 11, 2012, CCR marked ten years since the first men were imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay without charge or a fair trial. CCR staff, volunteers and supporters spent the day in Washington, D.C. calling for Obama to close Guantánamo. CCR held a press briefing featuring Executive Director, Vince Warren and Legal Director, Baher Azmy at the National Press Club. Then, with a large coalition of allies, CCR demonstrated in front of the White House and the Supreme Court in the largest rally calling for the closure of Guantánamo and an end to all unjust detentions. To close out this important anniversary, Vince was interviewed for the PBS News Hour. To view more information and see highlights from the events on January 11, please visit our “Close Gitmo” webpage. Today, we remember the thousands of people who have been unjustly detained in the prisons at Guantánamo, Bagram, and all across the United States in Communication Management Units (CMUs) and under Special Administrative Measures (SAMs). We continue to demand that President Obama close Guantánamo and end all unjust and indefinite detentions. Join CCR in San Francisco on Thursday, January 19 for a panel discussion, “Marking 10 years of Injustice at GTMO: Seeking Accountability for Torture & Unjust U.S. Detentions.” Visit CCRjustice.org/CLOSEGITMO to learn more.

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    • Ben Feller "Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize Recipient" (April 13, 2011)


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      Ben Feller was the honored speaker as the recipient of the 2009 Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan on April 13, 2011. Feller is the White House Correspondent for the Associated Press and currently travels around the world covering President Barack Obama. When announcing their decision to award Ben Feller the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2009, the judges issued the following statement. “In the first year of a notably newsworthy and often contentious new Presidency, Ben Feller of “The Associated Press” proved himself to be both a master of deadline reporting and an astute analyst of the meaning and significance of President Obama’s initiatives and actions.” With singular enterprise, Feller broke the story of the President Obama’s selection of Sonia Sotomayor for nomination to the Supreme Court and then set the tone for coverage of her confirmation by the Senate. In the diversity of Feller’s other articles the judges found that he portrayed a sense of President Obama’s character — reflecting in Africa his African heritage and honoring, in a midnight visit to Dover Air Force Base, the fallen soldiers who speak forever of the tragic cost of war. In all his stories Feller displayed insight and resourcefulness, and a quality of writing that was engaging, clear, and substantive on a tight deadline. The judges were unanimous in selecting Ben Feller as most deserving of the 2009 Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency.” During his remarks, Ben Feller discussed his many experiences and personal observations reporting on Presidents George W. Bush and Obama. He also shared numerous photographs of his coverage of The White House and from his travels around the world on Air Force One. He gave his audience a wonderful inside view of the highest office in the land. One of the stories he discussed contributed to him receiving the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize was his coverage of President Obama’s trip to Dover AFB to be present when the caskets of the fallen soldiers arrived from overseas. He mentioned that it had been a brutal time for the troops and had been the most violent and deadly month in Iraq and Afghanistan at this point in the wars. The President was deeply involved in deciding if he would send more troops into battle. The midnight trip was not announced to the public and the coverage was limited to the White House pool reporters. The return of the fallen troops had never been covered by the press; let alone covering the President attending the arrival. Coverage had been banned for years. His article captured the emotions he felt witnessing such a moving and symbolic moment in history. He also talked about the numerous occasions President Bush visited the families of fallen soldiers. Out of respect for the families the President asked the pool not to cover those visits. He discussed a memorable day in The White House Press Room. He talked about a slow afternoon in late December. The correspondents were told that President Bill Clinton would be visiting President Obama in the Oval Office, but no briefing was scheduled. Later the reporters were quickly called to the briefing room and told that their would be remarks by Presidents Obama and Clinton. Obama took the podium and introduced the former president and asked him to say a few words. A few minutes into the briefing President Obama excused himself to attend dinner with the first family leaving President Clinton alone with the press corp. He talked about how the former President took command of the room and began to share his thoughts on a number of topics. A slow day at The White House turned into a very memorable and interesting afternoon. He shared a number of humorous stories that were well received by his audience. One of the stories had to do with former Obama press Secretary Robert Gibbs and a dunk tank. He talked about a hot summer day on the south lawn. The theme for The White House party was a carnival back drop featuring a dunk tank on the lawn. He and his colleagues were asking Gibbs about the possibility he might be taking the seat in the dunk tank. Gibbs emerges later in a wet suit and took his seat in the tank. Feller takes his turn and on his third and last throw the press secretary went plunging into the water. Feller shared photos of the infamous event and his winning throwing style. He concluded his remarks on a serious note, talking about what an incredible responsibility and privilege it is to cover The White House. He told the audience that he and many of his colleagues take their jobs very seriously and that they are passionate about the accuracy of what they are reporting and that you need to be passionate about covering the President fairly regardless of party. A reporter for 17 years, Ben Feller began on The White House beat in November 2006. Working as part of the AP team based at The White House, Feller covers all facets of President Barack Obama’s agenda. He has traveled around the world to cover Presidents Bush and Obama and written about dozens of topics spanning foreign and domestic policy. Feller won the Merriman Smith Award for print presidential coverage in 2010, presented by The White House Correspondents’ Association, for his coverage of President Obama’s surprise, late-night visit to Dover Air Force Base to honor the remains of soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Feller, 39, has been with the Washington bureau of the AP since January 2003, when he began covering national education. Over nearly four years, he wrote about the politics and policies of education and went into classrooms to write about trend stories, many of them tied to the No Child Left Behind Act. In the 10 years before that, Feller wrote for The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Fla.; the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C.; and the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa. His beats at those newspapers included politics, higher education, state government, transportation and crime. Feller grew up in State College, Pa. and moved to Vestal, NY in his high school years. He returned to State College to attend Penn State University, where he graduated in 1992 with a degree in journalism. He now lives in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1846, The Associated Press is the world’s oldest and largest newsgathering organization, providing content to more than 15,000 news outlets with a daily reach of 1 billion people around the world. Its multimedia services are distributed by satellite and the Internet to more than 120 nations. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation sponsors the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prizes for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency and Distinguished Reporting on National Defense to recognize and encourage thoughtful, insightful, and enterprising work by journalists covering the presidency and national defense. The Foundation is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation whose programs are supported entirely by contributions and bequests in an effort to honor President Ford’s sustained commitment to public service.

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      • Celebrity Defense Attorney Shawn Holley on Media Mayhem with Allison Hope Weiner EP#16


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        EPISODE SYNOPSIS We see celebrities getting dragged in to court all the time. Today we are lucky to have one of the few people who usually ends up standing next to them, famed defense attorney Shawn Holley. Shawn and Allison discuss a host of issues including, case strategy, race and sexism, the part the media plays in a trial and many other subjects. Shawn also gives us an in-depth view of what it was like being mentored by Jonnie Cochran during the OJ Simpson case, and what it is like working with celebrities like Lindsey Lohan. GUEST BIO Shawn Holley was born and raised in Southern California—a rare California native. She went to school here, UCLA and Southwestern Law School and became a public defender and then, learned the ropes from famed O.J. Simpon attorney and community leader, Johnny Cochran.  She was a member of the dream team—although still quite young with all her hair. Shawn is now a partner at Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert. With more than sixty trials to her credit, Ms. Holley is the rare trial attorney who practices in the areas of both civil and criminal litigation. Shawn most recently represented Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Michelle Rodriquez, the Kardashian sisters, Shemar Moore, and "CSI" star, Gary Dourdan, in their highly-publicized court cases.  Her clients have included accused Symbionese Liberation Army bomber Sara Jane Olson, celebrated Black Panther leader Geronimo Pratt, entertainers Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Axl Rose, and of course, some athletes are in the mix. These include Mike Tyson, "Sugar" Ray Leonard and Reggie Bush. ADDITIONAL LINKS, ETC. http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/9949031-418/casey-anthony-computer-hacked-videos-downloaded.htm http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-declines-to-make-it-harder-to-introduce-eyewitness-testimony-at-trials/2012/01/11/gIQAbd8ZrP_story.html EPISODE BREAKDOWN 00:00 INTRO 03:06 What was it like representing Lindsey Lohan in the wake of all the terrible public sentiment towards young female celebrities on trial like Paris Hilton? 05:14 Can you tell us why you briefly stopped representing Lindsey Lohan? 08:00 Was it difficult to represent her because the public felt like Lindsey and other celebrities weren't getting judged as harshly as others? 09:50 So is it the judge who is reacting to the spotlight? 10:50 Did it make you anxious when you saw the judge reacting to Paris Hilton's behavior when you were in court with Lindsey? 12:45 Don't you think the public was disappointed when Lindsey wasn't sent to jail? 13:45 Is it your responsibility to manage how a trial may effect your clients professional life? 16:38 Why was there so little public empathy for Lindsey compared to others like Robert Downey Jr.? 20:00 Why did it take so long for Dina Lohan to publicly acknowledge that her daughter had a problem? 21:30 Do you feel like its part of your job to have a relationship with media? 23:55 What about with specific media sources like TMZ who thrive on scandal stories? 27:20 Where you involved in the Jackson trial at all? 28:30 What did you think of the Conrad Murray case? 33:55 What did you learn working with Johnnie Cochran and how have you imitated him in your approach to community outreach? 35:30 What do you think about women in law and how they are treated/mentored? 39:55 Who was the most egomaniacal of the "dream team?" 42:10 Was there a lot of backlash towards you after the OJ Simpson case trial? 43:20 Do you think the media is racist towards African Americans on trial? 44:45 Do you think Nancy Grace's coverage is racist and/or sexist? 47:50 Mayhem Round with Producer Nick. 48:45 What did you think of the Hollywood Reporter's "Power Lawyers of 2011" photo-shoot? 54:50 Was Casey Anthony's posting videos on youtube a bad idea? 58:20 What do you think of the supreme court's decision to make it harder to introduce eye-witness testimony at criminal trials? 1:00:45 Will this make it more difficult for you to represent your clients? 1:01:25 What do you think of the coverage of the Sandusky case so far? Is there any way for the defense to turn public opinion around? 1:04:05 Wrap Up.

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        • What misunderstandings of Islam exist in American society?


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          Umar Ryad looks to the architecture of the U.S. Supreme Court for an unexpected example of how Islam is misunderstood in American society.

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          • Astroturfed Tea Party Begone! Help Sen. Sanders Undo Citizens United


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            Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent of Vermont) has introduced a Constitutional amendment to, in effect, overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision granting corporations personhood. As everyone knows, except five Justices who were the majority vote, corporations are NOT persons. But if it stands the decision will destroy our democracy. Please sign the petition at www.sanders.senate.gov. Thank you. § 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use40 Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include — (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

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            • Justice Stephen Breyer: Through the Eyes of a Judge: Making Democracy Work


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              In conversation with Henry Weinstein, Professor in the Practice of Law, UC Irvine Fascinating stories of key Supreme Court decisions, told from a unique perspective, illuminate this original and accessible theory of the United States Supreme Court’s responsibility and integrity. ALOUD at the Los Angeles Public Library September 2010

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              • Highlight - Bowling Green at Ottawa-Glandorf


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                Highlights from the Supreme Court at the Bobcats take on the Titans

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                • Axis of Evil


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                  Ace reporters Tom and Molly try to stop the Axis of Evil in their drive for world domination.

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                  • Legal Headline News: Iraq, Supreme Court, SB1070, Arpaio, Death Penalty


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                    Legal Headline News: Iraq, Supreme Court, SB1070, Arpaio, Death Penalty More at http://lbnnews.com

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                    • Supreme Court to Rule on Arizona Immigration Law UC Davis Professor Jack Chin


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                      Supreme Court to Rule on Arizona Immigration Law UC Davis Law Professor Jack Chin

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