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Defense attorneys are crying “objection!” about prosecutors reading private email sent from federal prisoners to attorneys. The Man Booker Prize announced its long list today, and it includes American writers for the first time. Police officers are writing candidly in online message boards about the case of Eric Garner, who died after being put in a chokehold by NYPD officers. From 2003 - 2009 Rhode Island inadvertently legalized indoor prostitution.  Two researchers studied the impacts and found that fewer rapes happened across the state. And finally, two of the world’s greatest ballet dancers appear this weekend at Orange County’s Segerstrom Center.

Banner Image:  Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova Photo by: Stas Levshin

Eyes on Inmates’ Emails to Their Lawyers 8 MIN, 45 SEC

Here’s a scene in a Law and Order episode you’ve probably never watched: a prosecutor reading a private email an inmate sent to his attorney. A story in the New York Times today highlights this practice which has defense attorneys crying “objection!” on the grounds that it violates attorney client privilege.

Stephanie Clifford, New York Times (@stephcliff)
Nancy Gertner, retired Federal Judge and senior lecturer of law at Harvard law school

Prosecutors Are Reading Emails From Inmates to Lawyers

Americans and the Booker Prize 6 MIN, 54 SEC

The long list was announced today for one of the world’s richest and most prestigious literary awards: the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Traditionally, only writers from the British Commonwealth were eligible for the Booker, but this year it’s open to all novels written originally in English and published in Britain. And plenty of Europeans are not happy about that.

David Kipen, Libros Schmibros (@LibrosSchmibros)

Longlist 2014 announced

Inside Police Message Boards 8 MIN, 23 SEC

Many New Yorkers are outraged at the story of Eric Garner, the man who recently died after a confrontation with the NYPD. Officers put him in what’s being described as a choke-hold, and he died not long after. The police department says it’s reviewing its procedures. But what police are saying in online message boards doesn’t match what their bosses are saying in public.

PJ Vogt, WNYC’s “On the Media” and co-host of the podcast “TLDR” (@PJVogt)

Effects of Legal Prostitution 14 MIN, 53 SEC

Back in 2003, Rhode Island lawmakers realized that they had inadvertently made indoor prostitution legal. It took them 6 years to decide what to do about it. What happened in the meantime was the subject of a study by researchers.

Manisha Shah, Associate Professor of Public Policy at UCLA and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research

Decriminalized Prostitution in Rhode Island Led to Fewer Rape, Gonorrhea Cases

Ballet Stars as Free Agents 8 MIN, 36 SEC

Two of the world’s most sought-after ballet dancers, Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, will premiere a brand new performance Friday night here in Southern California. The show is called Solos for Two and runs only one weekend at the Segerstrom Center in Orange County. And perhaps it’s appropriate that it’s called “solos” for two, because ballet stars are now becoming solo performers: ditching their companies and becoming free agents, like opera singers or basketball stars.

Roslyn Sulcas, Dance critic and writer for New York Times (@rsulcas)

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