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Article ID: 591265

Lax Gun Ownership Laws Could Impact Ability of High-Risk Individuals to Purchase Firearms

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Sixty percent of persons incarcerated for gun crimes in the thirteen U.S. states with the most lax standards for legal firearm ownership were not legally prohibited from possessing firearms when they committed the crime that led to their incarceration. But 29 percent had criminal records or would have been too young to legally possess a firearm in states with the strictest standards for gun ownership.

Released:
9-Jul-2012 12:15 PM EDT

Law and Public Policy

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Article ID: 591123

Ethics Expert: Issa Latest Example in Long History of Using Congressional Record to Introduce Confidential Information

Washington University in St. Louis

News reports indicate that Rep. Darrell Issa (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, dropped confidential information from a Justice Department wiretap application into the Congressional Record last week. “While the executive branch sometimes seeks civil or criminal penalties against those who reveal confidential information, it cannot seek such penalties against Issa because the speech or debate clause of the constitution protects members of Congress when they expose sensitive information in the Congressional Record,” says Kathleen Clark, JD, government ethics expert and professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis.

Released:
3-Jul-2012 12:00 PM EDT

Law and Public Policy

Article ID: 591017

Government Ethics Expert Comments on Holder Contempt Citation

Washington University in St. Louis

“The Republicans in the House of Representatives apparently believe that they can get some political traction in the ‘Fast and Furious’ controversy, and plan to increase the political pressure on the Obama administration to disclose additional information by holding Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal and civil contempt,” says Kathleen Clark, JD, government ethics expert and professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. “The criminal contempt is essentially symbolical,” Clark says. She notes that the federal prosecutor actually works for Holder, and almost certainly will not prosecute his boss.

Released:
28-Jun-2012 4:50 PM EDT

Law and Public Policy

Article ID: 591008

Expert Explores the Tax Aspects of the Affordable Care Act Decision

Washington University in St. Louis

“Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion on the Affordable Care Act mostly conforms with the way I previously understood the taxing power of the federal government,” says Adam Rosenzweig, JD, tax law expert and associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. Rosenzweig says that there were two important pieces of the Roberts opinion from a tax standpoint.

Released:
28-Jun-2012 4:15 PM EDT

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Article ID: 590981

Constitutional Law Expert and Former SCOTUS Clerk Comments on ACA Decision

Washington University in St. Louis

“I expected the Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), however, two elements of this decision are very surprising: the fact that the mandate survives under the taxing power while failing under the Commerce Clause and Necessary and Proper Clause, and the fact that Chief Justice Roberts was in the majority without Justice Kennedy,” says Gregory Magarian, JD, constitutional law expert and professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. “Roberts’ vote looks to me, as a first impression, like a brilliant piece of judicial strategizing.” Magarian is a former U.S. Supreme Court clerk 
for Justice John Paul Stevens.

Released:
28-Jun-2012 12:15 PM EDT

Law and Public Policy

Article ID: 590912

Nova Southeastern University Offers Legal and Healthcare Experts to Comment on Pending U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care

Nova Southeastern University

The following experts in federal healthcare law are available to speak with the media in advance of, and following the United States Supreme Court decision on healthcare, which is expected to be announced on Thursday, June 28, 2012.

Released:
27-Jun-2012 3:00 PM EDT

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