George Mason in the News

Posted: August 5, 2005 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.

Thursday, July 28, Baltimore Sun

Where Conservatives Debate the Law

“The Federalist Society is alternately described as a fraternity of like-minded conservatives who get together to think big thoughts about the Constitution and an evil cabal out to turn the judicial system on its head. The truth about the organization, which counts among its founding advisers Justice Antonin Scalia, and is led by former federal Judge Robert H. Bork and Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, lies in between. ‘It’s an awfully big tent,’ said member Ronald D. Rotunda, a law professor at George Mason University. ‘If there’s a secret handshake, they never told me.’”

Friday, July 29, Duluth News Tribune

Enforcing Marijuana Laws Wastes Time, Money

“Minnesotans spend about $91 million each year to enforce state and local marijuana laws–money, Jon B. Gettman, a senior fellow at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, finds is mostly wasted. Gettman’s study, titled “Crimes of Indiscretion: Marijuana Arrests in the United States,” was prepared for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. ‘Marijuana arrests,’ says Gettman, ‘are instruments of a supply-reduction policy.’ ‘But,’ he adds, ‘The doubling of marijuana arrests in the 1990s has produced the opposite of the intended effect in every major indicator. An increase in arrests should produce a reduction in use and the availability of marijuana. However, during the 1990s both use and availability of marijuana increased.’”

Sunday, July 31, Canton, Ohio, Repository

Governor’s Right to Shield Documents Left Unresolved

“‘Clearly the governor was on weak ground given that he caved so easily,’ said Mark Rozell, a George Mason University public policy professor who wrote a book on executive privilege. ‘Other presidents and governors also have turned over disputed documents but not admitted defeat, saying they maintained the right to hide them,’ Rozell said. ‘The sad thing is that they dilute the principle of (executive privilege) by merely using it as a first bid in a negotiating process with those who want access to documents, only to cave in later,’ he said. ‘Better not to make the claim in the first place.’”

Wednesday, Aug. 3,

Iran’s New Conservative President Makes Reformists Nervous

“Mr. Ahmadinejad has pledged not to infringe on Iranians’ freedom. But Shaul Bakhash, professor of history at George Mason University in Virginia and a fellow at Saban Center for Middle East Studies, says Mr. Ahmadinejad and the reformists have very different views on what constitutes freedom. ‘But if you look carefully at what he says, he doesn’t seem to attach a great deal of importance to political freedoms or freedom of the press. And when he speaks about freedoms and liberties, he seems to be thinking much more of opportunity for the little man in the economy, in the civil service, in securing bank loans–that kind of thing. And that is where we may see the greatest emphasis, rather than on expanding or even retaining political freedoms,’ he said.”

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