Should Bulger Trial Judge Recuse Himself? Silverglate on WBUR

There are two tests for whether a judge should recuse him or herself from a trial. First, does the judge have a bias? And second, might a reasonable person question the judge's impartiality? Reasonable questions certainly exist as to whether Whitey Bulger trial judge Richard Stearns can be impartial, including the accusation that the U.S. Attorney's Office "judge shopped" to put the case in front of Judge Stearns instead of Judge Wolf. David Boeri interviews me (and others) for his WBUR report on this controversy. 
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Bulger's Girlfriend Faces Sentencing

Today U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock sentenced Catherine Greig to 8 years in prison for harboring longtime fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger. On Friday, prosecutors requested a 10-year sentence, while Greig’s defense, as well as the probation department, recommended 27-33 months. David Boeri interviewed me for WBUR about this emotionally charged case.

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Interview with David Boeri on Robert George Money-Laundering Case

Well-known defense attorney Robert George was recently convicted on money-laundering charges. In this scandalous case, the DEA paid the key witness for the prosecution, Ron Dardinski, $28,000 to testify. The DEA then promised Dardinski additional money and 10 percent of any assets forfeited by the defendant in the event of a conviction. David Boeri interviewed me about the case on June 8 for WBUR; you can find the recording after the jump.
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Discussing Tarek Mehanna on WBUR


On Tuesday, I was invited to discuss the Tarek Mehanna case on WBUR's radio program "Greater Boston." In the show, I debated Captain Glenn Sulmasy, a Law Professor at the US Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut.

As I have written here and elsewhere, my view is that the Mehanna case is, fundamentally, about free speech. Mehanna's translations of some Jihadi videos form the basis for his most serious charges of "Providing Material Support to Terrorists." I argue, in my debate with Capt. Sulmasy, that translations represent clearly protected speech; after all, I could make a translation of Mein Kampf, and it would not mean that I should be arrested for having urged the killing of Jews and Gypsies!

To hear a recording of the segment, click here, or listen to the embedded program below.

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