This Week in the News…

Posted: July 26, 2002 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:

Friday, July 19, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Austin American-Statesman

Military May Get Freer Hand in U.S.: Bush Seeks Review of 1878

Eugene Visco, who teaches a graduate course at Virginia’s George Mason University on military actions other than waging war, said he believes ‘any efforts made to take the military totally out of the picture of dealing with domestic strife would probably run up against the Constitution.'”

Saturday, July 20, St. Petersburg Times

Moussaoui’s Outbursts Hinder Case

“Moussaoui has not entered an insanity plea, and it is unlikely he would be found to be legally insane. ‘I don’t think he’s crazy in the conventional sense. I think he’s a zealot,’ said Bill Otis, a professor at George Mason University School of Law. ‘If one is convinced that God commands you to destroy the infidels and God has made a wonderful reward for you in heaven–it’s certainly not what you or I are thinking–but it doesn’t make you insane,’ Otis said. ‘If he does want to fight the death penalty at this stage, then it’s actually pretty smart to plead guilty,’ Otis said.”

Monday, July 22, Newsweek International

The Exiles Return: Afghans Want to Come Home

“Like many of the 5 million other Afghans who abandoned their violence-racked homeland over the past two decades, [Fawad] Muslim returned after the U.S.-led coalition toppled the Taliban last fall. Also like a growing number of Western returnees, he landed himself a good job: with the help of Afghan connections in the Washington, D.C., area, Muslim–who earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from George Mason University–was appointed director of technology at the Foreign Ministry in Kabul.”

Tuesday, July 23, Gannett News Service

House Committee Chairman to Seek Justice Probe of High Steel Prices

Ernest Gellhorn, a law professor at George Mason University Law School in Arlington, Va., and Dan Ikenson, a trade policy analyst at the Cato Institute, a conservative think tank, said it may be difficult to prove actions by steel makers reach the level of proof required in anti-trust cases. Gellhorn said Manzullo’s letter could give small companies the chance to be heard by the Justice Department, something that might happen only if a congressman raises the issue.”

Wednesday, July 24, Wall Street Journal

WorldCom Shareholders Get in Line

“WorldCom Inc. shareholders’ chances of recouping any of their investment are slim after the telecommunications company filed Sunday for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. ‘They’ll have a lot of fond memories of the days when they thought they were rich,’ said Todd Zywicki, a law professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘They can basically use the stock certificates to start making paper airplanes or wallpapering the wall.'”

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