Friday, June 18, 2021

 SCOTUS' End of Term Blitz

The U.S. Supreme Court term traditionally finishes by the end of June, with the most controversial cases handed down just before then. The first of those major cases concerns the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), which was under attack for the third time. In a 7-2 decision, the Court rejected the newest challenge on a point of procedure, saying the challengers lacked standing. NPR's Nina Totenberg has the report here. 4 min. 58 sec. transcript available. Another report by Totenberg, about the Affordable Care Act and another important case decided the same daywhich pitted religious freedom against anti-discrimination laws can be found here. 4 min, 40 sec. transcript available.


Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Law in Action Is Back

Joshua Rosenberg is back with a new series of programs in the long-running Law in Action. The first week examines knife crime, driverless cars and the Scottish jury verdict of "not proven". Week 2 is about traumatic brain injury and crime. Week 3 covered subjects as diverse as unfair Covid fines, online justice, diversity in the profession, and private prosecutions. Week 4 is scheduled for 22 June. 28 min., no transcript.

Monday, June 07, 2021

Free Speech in France and the U.S.

The discussion "Free Speech in France and America" is another program presented in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. and the National Constitutional Center. Speakers at the event were Marc-Olivier Bherer from Le Monde, Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America and author of Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All; Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago Law School; and Hélène Tigroudja, law professor at Aix-Marseille University. About one hour long, no transcript. The link to the talk on the NCC site is here,  but if you watch on YouTube you can activate the subtitles.


Wednesday, June 02, 2021

 More Church and State in France

Another look at church/state questions in France, this time from the National Constitutional Centre in Philadelphia. Two French jurists, Denis Lacorne and Mathilde Philip-Gay and two Americans, Michael Mc Connell and Jonathan Laurence can be seen.  The video can be found here. It was recorded April 13, 2021. 1 hour, no transcript. The National Constitution Centre has added a list of 17 links to references cited during the talk.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Church and State in France

The BBC's programme Sounds on 30 April had a series of interviews with people with opposing positions on the proposed French legislation about what is called religious "separatism". 26 min, no transcript

Abortion Bans - Overturning Roe v. Wade?

The U.S. Supreme Court has just agreed to hear a case in the fall about a Mississippi abortion ban that clearly violates the ruling in Roe v. Wade which gives a woman the right to abort before viability of the fetus. The lower court held that the law couldn't stand. The fact that the Court agreed to hear the case makes many think that the conservative majority intends to overrule Roe. Nina Totenberg has the story here. 4 min. 19 sec., transcript available.

Friday, May 07, 2021

Trump v. Facebook

On May 6th, The Daily, a New York Times podcast, examined the ruling by Facebook's 'Supreme Court' about the decision barring former president Trump from the platform. It can be found here. 25 min., transcript available.