Columns

New body politic requires courts to look through a different lens

February 2, 2023

Samuel Damren This is the third and final commentary in a series on Roger Taney and the Dred Scott decision. The first commentary focused on Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney’s selective and misleading findings of historical “facts” ...

U.N. proves to be nothing more than a paper tiger - again

February 2, 2023

Berl Falbaum With Russia’s murderous, cold-blooded assault on Ukraine, we are, once again, witnessing the fecklessness of the United Nations (U.N.). Wish we could say this is the first time. But through the years, since its inception in 1945, the U.N. ...

Attacks on system of checks/balances sully nation's history

February 2, 2023

Samuel Damren This is the second commentary in a series on Justice Roger Taney and the Dred Scott decision.  This commentary focuses on Justices Taney, Catron, and Grier’s efforts, at the prompting of President-elect James Buchanan, to use the Dred ...

Basic values take a customary back seat to expediency

February 2, 2023

Berl Falbaum As we reach a pivotal point in the history of the country with criminal referrals relating to Donald Trump’s presidency to the Department of Justice, I thought it is high time to ask a very basic question: When does one abandon values in ...

Echoes of painful high court decision reverberate today

February 2, 2023

Samuel Damren In mid-December 2022, the House of Representatives passed legislation to remove the bust of Justice Roger Taney from the old Supreme Court Chamber, today a museum in the Capitol building. Taney was a justice of the Supreme Court from 1836-64 ...

'Attorney Woo' is must-see TV in any language

February 2, 2023

Berl Falbaum Pure joy. Those were the two words that continually came into my consciousness as I was writing this column on the Netflix series, “The Extraordinary Attorney Woo.” Based in Seoul, Korea (with subtitles), it centers around a young ...