Courts and Courthouses, from Washington to California
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Los Angeles County judges are at war with their counterparts in other parts of the state over a pot of money. We hear what the outcome could mean for family law, juvenile justice and public safety in courthouses that are falling apart. We also clarify which cars Toyota is recalling. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, should terrorist suspects be tried in civilian courts or military tribunals? Should the Obama Justice Department have hired lawyers who represented accused terrorists in the past? Those questions are roiling political Washington today. We hear why.
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Is the Obama Administration Tough on Terror...or Not? ()
Some Republicans in Congress, along with former Vice President Cheney and his daughter Liz, are attacking President Obama for being soft on terrorism. The allegations raise a question that dates back to the Bush Administration: should foreign terrorism suspects be tried in civilian courts or in military tribunals?
- Charlie Savage: Legal Affairs Reporter, Boston Globe, @charlie_savage
- David Cole: Professor of Law, Georgetown University, @DavidColeGtown
- Noel Francisco: former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel
- Brad Berenson: Former Associate White House Counsel to President Bush
California Courts Facing a Big Budget Shortfall ()
All over California, courthouses are being called unsafe after 12 years of insufficient maintenance. A new law levies fees on convictions, civil lawsuits and parking tickets to raise money for repairs and construction. But the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the biggest court in the nation, wants to divert that cash to administration.
- Charles "Tim" McCoy: Presiding Judge, LA County Superior Court
- Don Mike Anthony: President, LA County Bar Association
- William Vickrey: Administrative Director, California Courts
Toyota Clarifies Its Recalls on the Prius ()
On last night's Which Way, LA? there was confusion over which cars are being recalled by Toyota. After a highly publicized incident of unintended acceleration, the Wall Street Journal said the 2008 Prius would be recalled. Toyota denied that. There was also dispute about the 2010 Prius. Brian Lyons is Safety and Quality Communications Manager for Toyota Motor Sales, USA, headquartered in Torrance, California.
- Brian Lyons: Safety and Quality Communications Manager, Toyota
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