FROM Carroll Doherty
Civil Rights and National Security At the White House last week, President Bush signed the controversial new law on treatment of suspects in the "war on terror." It lays out new rules for interrogation, detention and prosecution. Two hours after the President signed his name, the Justice Department began telling federal judges that dozens of lawsuits filed by detainees don't belong in their courts any more because military tribunals now have jurisdiction. Lawyers for the detainees are filing arguments of their own, claiming the new law is unconstitutional. When will alleged coordinators of September 11th be brought before military tribunals? Do other prisoners now face unlimited detention without their day in court? Does the President now have sole power to tell the CIA what is torture and what's not?
Fear and Bias in the Criminal Justice System How often do police officers in American cities use deadly force against black men? When killings are justified, what’s the official reason? We look for the answers to those and other questions raised by recent police killings that have sparked widespread outrage against racism in the justice system.
Reporting on Rape A Rolling Stone magazine story about rape on campus led the University of Virginia to suspend fraternities. Since then, the article has become a sensation as much for what it got wrong as for what it reported. How should “sexual misconduct” be defined by journalists, college administrators and the law?