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CNN

Arrest of a Trump friend sends key message

Claire Finkelstein of the Law School co-authored an opinion piece about the prosecution of Tom Barrack, chair of Donald J. Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee. Barrack has been charged with several crimes, including conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of a foreign government. “The prosecution is a welcome first step to rein in both foreign lobbying generally and the corruption seemingly surrounding the former president specifically, but much more is needed on both counts,” they wrote.

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USA Today

System failure: How federal laws shield sexual predators like Dr. Larry Nassar

Marci Hamilton of the School of Arts & Sciences wrote an opinion piece calling for President Biden to establish a national commission on child sex abuse in order to address the problem’s systemic factors.

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The Washington Post

Mask mandates violate religious liberty by hiding faces made in God’s image, Catholic school says

Sarah Barringer Gordon of the Law School spoke about fluctuations in how the U.S. legal system has been interpreting “religious freedom” with regard to mask mandates. “The law seems to be changing, even as we speak,” she said. “And there are very serious challenges to the standard of review that has been in place for the past 30 years.”

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The Washington Post

Cosby DA: Chief judge's TV interview 'fuels' misinformation

David Rudovsky of the Law School said the unique circumstances surrounding the reversal of Bill Cosby’s conviction make it “one in a million” and that the U.S. Supreme Court would likely decline to review it if asked.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Freeing Cosby on narrow grounds disappoints lawyers seeking clarity on testimony by abuse victims

David Rudovsky of the Law School said the reversal of Bill Cosby’s conviction may not set a new legal precedent due to the particular circumstances, as the overturn focused on a DA’s promise that Cosby wouldn’t be charged. “This may be a one-off case. It’s hard to envision facts like this happening again in the future,” he said. “If it does, it tells the DA: ‘Be careful. Don’t promise more than you’re willing to give.’”

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The Washington Post

Biden’s false claim that the 2nd Amendment bans cannon ownership

Kermit Roosevelt of the Law School spoke about President Biden’s inaccurate statement regarding the Second Amendment. “I think what he’s saying here is that the Second Amendment was never understood to guarantee everyone the right to own all types of weapons, which I believe is true,” said Roosevelt. “As phrased, it sounds like the Second Amendment itself limited ownership, which is not true.”

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