Drug Policy: US Legislation Reform and International Models
Here on Law and Disorder we’ve had a number of guests examine drug policies and the connection to prison populations in the United States. Kevin Zeese talks with hosts about drug policy and subsequent connections with prisons. He also analyzes international drug policy models that work to keep crime statistics down, especially in Sweden.
Guest – Kevin Zeese. Kevin is a National Lawyers Guild member, ran for the US Senate position in Maryland and is currently the president of Common Sense For Drug Policy. Kevin also writes for the newsletter CounterPunch, he’s been published in the Washington Post, Common Dreams, and AlterNet.
Court Overturns $156 Million Judgement. Judge: Evidence Must Tie Terrorism To Attack
Federal anti-terrorism laws allow US citizens to sue for civil damages. In the first of its kind, a federal appeals court tossed out a multi-million dollar judgement that had been awarded to the family of an American teenager killed in a 1996 terrorist attack in the West Bank. The judge’s decision took into account errors in the case and the failure of the lawyers for the Boim family to present credible evidence that Hamas was responsible for the attack.
Guest – Chicago based attorney Matt Piers, with the firm Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym, Ltd.
Bricks in the Wall: How a U.S. Police State Is Being Built
We hear a speech by activist Clark Kissinger who spoke at the Brecht Forum. The event examined the near completion since 9/11 of the infrastructure for a police state in the US, including its legal and ideological apparatus. Co-host Michael Steven Smith and Vince Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, were also among the speakers.