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Tag Archives: pursuit of justice

Steven I. Platt: Make Congress stick to the subject

As the executive and legislative branches of our federal government approach yet another “crisis” that they created by setting up a partial government shutdown of one of our most important departments — Homeland Security — our “leaders” are, as usual, spending too much time developing talking points and not enough time figuring out how to make our increasingly fragile representative democracy work.

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Steven I. Platt: Should we scrap the grand jury?

As the Ferguson, Missouri, community along with the rest of the country reacts to the decision of the St. Louis County grand jury not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, the secrecy of its deliberations for months and the lack of accountability that has inevitably accompanied it should raise serious questions about the utility of the aging institution of the grand jury.

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Steven I. Platt: Federal ‘rules’ hamper democratic governance

The month of April has at best been a month during which events have generated serious questions about our federal government’s ability to protect its citizens, as well as its ability to institutionally respect and respond to the will of the huge majority of the people officials were elected to represent.

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Steven I. Platt: After comedy, serious business

The most recent presidential election took place about 90 days ago. Seems like it has been longer than that. The Maryland General Assembly began its 90-day session less than a month ago with “big issues” on its agenda. The backdrop for both events is the continuing sharp division of both our political class and the people who elect them, both nationally and in our “Free State.”

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