July 22, 2000
The state's registry of death penalty defense lawyers appears to have been designed to keep death row inmates from getting the full defense they are entitled to.
Good decisions since Coe's death
Even as they eulogized Harry Lee Coe, some of his so-called friends were scheming to become Hillsborough's next state attorney. But as tacky as the politics became, the maneuvering would have turned out worse had Gov. Jeb Bush succumbed to his predecessors' practice of meddling in local politics. By not interfering, Bush made it possible for prosecutors to do their jobs, laid the groundwork for a fair election to replace Coe and raised the hope that Hillsborough voters may clean the Tampa judiciary.
Tobacco industry was punished for lying to the public
Re: Huge award in tobacco lawsuit makes no sense, letter, July 18.
Taking jobs, alienating customers
For weeks Americans have been told that the outsourcing of high-tech jobs is good for our economy. So said Greg Mankiw, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers in a recent report signed by President Bush. So, too, writes Thomas Friedman of the New York Times in articles praising the rise of call centers in India used for everything from making airline reservations and reading medical X-ray films to providing tech support for American computer firms.
Philip Gailey: Democrats fall off campaign finance reform wagon
Well, what do you know. Soft money is back, and it's making hypocrites of all those Democrats who fervently championed the McCain-Feingold campaign reform law, not to mention those Republicans who objected to the law's restrictions on issue advocacy.
Bill Maxwell: Who is for the farm worker?
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is touting legislation to improve the lives of Florida's 300,000-plus farm workers, who endure institutional and systemic injustices each day in our fields and groves and their personal lives.
Robyn E. Blumner: For some defendants, an American gulag
In Bernard Malamud's masterpiece The Fixer, inmate Yakov Bok was subjected to psychological torture in a Soviet gulag through the humiliations of constant shackling and repeated strip searches.
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