This Week in the News…

Posted: April 2, 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:

Monday, March 29, The San Francisco Chronicle

Daniel Ellsberg Sees a New Trend — Telling All While the Issue Is Hot

“Both former Clinton political consultant Dick Morris and former senior adviser George Stephanopoulos had books published while Clinton was still in office. But Clarke’s book, because of his position, may be taking the trend to a new level, said Peter Berkowitz, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and an associate professor of law at George Mason University Law School. ‘I do think what Clarke has done is really unprecedented in our history: somebody who served as a national security adviser to the president stepping down and, while that president is still in office, blasting him,’ he said. ‘That just hasn’t been done before.'”

Monday, March 29, Legal Times

Tax Court Secrecy Under Fire at High Court

“Through 1983, the Tax Court required the reports to be given to the parties, who could file exceptions to them. The rule required special trial judges to ‘file’ their reports, language that made it part of the case record on appeal. But by changing ‘file’ to ‘submit,’ the Tax Court apparently took the reports out of the scope of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, says tax scholar Leandra Lederman of George Mason University School of Law. The reports aren’t disclosed to anyone outside of the Tax Court, says Lederman, who has written an article on the dispute for the March 22 issue of the publication Tax Notes. Lederman says the nondisclosure policy is particularly worrisome at the court of appeals level. Rule 183, she says, contains a standard that reviewing Tax Court judges must follow.”

Tuesday, March 30, Times Picayune

La. Airports Satisfied with TSA Screeners

“The TSA conceded in February that it lacked the staffing and equipment to screen all airline cargo for explosives. Kenneth Button, a professor of public policy at Virginia’s George Mason University and an aviation security expert, said that the TSA screeners, like the private screeners they replaced, have been found in random tests to miss knives and other weapons in luggage. ‘The important thing is not so much whether screeners are public employees or private, but it’s how much oversight is provided and the staffing levels and the quality of the training,’ Button said.”

Wednesday, March 31, The New York Times

Long Branch Wants to Seize Old Homes to Make Room for New Ones

“Most residents admit, however, that they were too slow to respond to the plan — saying either that they did not understand it until recently or did not think the redevelopment would get this far. Steven J. Eagle, a professor at the George Mason University School of Law in Virginia who specializes in property law, said, ‘The problem is that government doesn’t have the power to take away people’s lands to fine-tune areas for revenue of taxes.'”

Wednesday, March 31, Fox News Online

Too Fat: Federal Powers Need a Constitutional Diet

“By Michael I. Krauss and Robert A. Levy

No more super-size French fries and soft drinks, McDonald’s announced earlier this month. Good riddance said the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Corpulence, warned the CDC, could soon replace smoking as the nation’s leading cause of preventable death. But then the House of Representatives weighed in (so to speak) — voting overwhelmingly to block obesity-related lawsuits in federal and state courts against food manufacturers, sellers and trade associations.

Michael I. Krauss is professor of law at George Mason University.

Wednesday, March 31, Associated Press

Experts: Parents Weren’t Obligated to Turn in Son

“Ardith McCoy took the fourth gun within days of the last shooting, while authorities were widely publicizing a description that, while broad, fit their son: a clean-shaven white male of medium build who drives a small dark sedan. ‘What mother or what father is going to possibly believe their child could be implicated in a crime like that?’ said Michael O’Neill, associate professor at George Mason University law school. The parents only would be required to turn in the gun if they suspected it was used in a crime, Davoli and O’Neill said. ‘It seems pretty tenuous she had any specific idea or reason to believe that that gun was the one used in the shootings,’ O’Neill said.”

Thursday, April 1, The Washington Post

House’s Stopgap Drawing Attacks

“Colleges and universities are among the hardest hit in the House plan; the stopgap budget would remove more than $60 million from the House’s original budget proposal. J. Thomas Hennessey, chief of staff at George Mason University, said the loss of that money would force colleges to cut back further on programs and construction and make it difficult to retain faculty.”

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