George Mason in the News

Posted: January 13, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason receiving during the past week.

Friday, Jan. 6, Brockton News (Nev.)

O‘Connor, Alito Differ in Style, Views

Ronald Rotunda, a George Mason University law professor, said any shift at the court will be gradual. Alito, in his 15 years on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has been known for writing narrow, cautious decisions. ‘I doubt we‘re going to wake up and find the world dramatically different because of Alito,’ said Rotunda. ‘A justice makes a difference, but over years instead of in a majestic instance.’”

Sunday, Jan. 8, The New York Times

Even Pat Robertson’s Friends Are Wondering…

“….Dismissing Robertson at this point in his long career would be wrong. ‘Among the elites in the movement, they’re getting impatient with him and probably are past the point of being able to take him anymore,’ said Mark Rozell, a professor of public policy at George Mason University in suburban Washington who has followed Robertson for years. ‘But there is a real strong core of activists throughout the country who support and like Pat Robertson, might even agree with some of the things he says, though they might like him to express his views a little more delicately.’”

Sunday, Jan. 8, Louisville Courier-Journal

Impact of Abramoff Lobbyist Case Debated

“No Kentucky names have surfaced in the case, but any association with Abramoff will be politically damaging, said Roger Wilkins, professor of history at George Mason University and publisher of the NAACP journal, The Crisis. ‘It’s very bad for all Republicans,’ Wilkins said. ‘While Abramoff’s clients gave to some Democrats’ campaigns, the lobbyist’s real ties were with the founders of the conservative movement and the GOP and its leaders, including former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas. The House and the Senate have been governed by Republicans during this time,’ Wilkins said.”

Wednesday, Jan. 11, Philadelphia Inquirer

Judge Grants Earlobes Their Day in Court

“Fingerprints, blood, fibers and DNA have set the falsely accused free. But earlobes? Comparing body parts in criminal cases, particularly earlobes, is an old science. It’s the technology – better surveillance video and computer enhancements – that’s relatively new, experts said …. But George Mason University law professor David Bernstein said the court wrongly ‘admitted highly dubious testimony.’ ‘It strikes me that if there is real difference in the earlobes, the jury should be able to see it on their own,’ Bernstein said.”

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