This Week in the News…

Posted: January 23, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Saturday, Jan. 17, The Register

Feds Seek Input on Spammer Sentencing

“A formula that would sentence deceptive spammers to more time in prison for each e-mail address spammed is among the proposals under consideration by the presidentially appointed commission responsible for setting federal sentencing rules, which this week sought the public’s input on how to punish violators of the newly-enacted CAN-SPAM Act. ‘Arguably the more e-mails you’ve sent out, the greater the social harm–just like arguably distributing more drugs is worse than distributing fewer drugs,’ says Michael O’Neill, a law professor at George Mason University Law School, and a member of the seven-member United States Sentencing Commission (USSC). ‘The problem is, it’s so incredibly easy to send out massive e-mails now, I’m not sure [it] is going to get at the harm the way you want it.'”

Sunday, Jan. 18, The New York Times

Putting a Formal Stamp on Mentoring

“A study of members of racial minorities at three large corporations, by David A. Thomas, a Harvard Business School professor, found that the most successful had a strong network of mentors. For all employees, the promotion rate is twice as high for those who have had mentors as for those who have not, according to a study by Ellen A. Fagenson-Eland, a professor of management in the School of Management at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Monday, Jan. 19, Insight Magazine

Money Laundering and Mission Creep

Paul Rosenzweig, a former Justice Department official in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and who now is an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School and a senior legal research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, has defended many USA PATRIOT Act provisions as necessary to combat terrorism. But he says the strip-club case and Isikoff’s statistics, if they are true, show that law enforcement is in danger of ‘mission creep’ which could undermine public confidence and even jeopardize the war on terrorism. ‘If that’s true, and it proves to be a long-term trend, it would be unfortunate,’ Rosenzweig tells Insight.”

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