Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Guantánamo in Spotlight with Taliban-Bergdahl Release Deal

More men may be moved out of the Guantánamo base in light of the recent prisoner exchange of Taliban leaders for Bowe Bergdahl ("Obama Administration Considers Transfer of More Guantánamo Detainees," Guardian (London, UK), June 9, 2014). Obama stated in 2013 that he plans to close the detention center. Some 149 detainees remain at Guantánamo, but a review board has been created to allow men to petition for freedom.

Review selected hard copy and online library books related to Guantánamo at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • Afghan War 2001 prisoners
  • combatants
  • Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
  • Guantánamo Bay Naval Base

Selling Guantánamo: Exploding the Propaganda Surrounding America's Most Notorious Military Prison by John Hickman
University Press of Florida, 2013.
call number: 355.129 Hic
"Americans have been sold a bill of goods on the rationale for detaining "unlawful combatants" at the Guantanamo prison facility according to this probing study. Hickman, associate professor of govern-ment at Berry College, makes a bold case that official Washington keeps the majority of these men imprisoned as pawns in an ongoing propaganda war manufactured for domestic consumption." - Publishers Weekly review excerpt

The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay by Jess Bravin
Yale University Press, 2013
call number: 345.73 Bra
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"Jess Bravin, the Wall Street Journal 's Supreme Court correspondent, was there within days of the prison's opening, and has continued ever since to cover the U.S. effort to create a parallel justice system for enemy aliens. A maze of legal, political, and moral issues has stood in the way of justice--issues often raised by military prosecutors who found themselves torn between duty to the chain of command and their commitment to fundamental American values. While much has been written about Guantanamo and brutal detention practices following 9/11, Bravin is the first to go inside the Pentagon's prosecution team to expose the real-world legal consequences of those policies. Bravin describes cases undermined by inadmissible evidence obtained through torture, clashes between military lawyers and administration appointees, and political interference in criminal prosecutions that would be shocking within the traditional civilian and military justice systems." - publisher summary excerpt


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lethal Injection Gone Awry Renews Debate on Capital Punishment

The recent lethal injection nightmare in Oklahoma recharged the capital punishment discussion as the administered drug mixture caused prolonged agony for the inmate being executed ("Botched Oklahoma Execution Stirs Outrage, May Bring Changes," Los Angeles Times, April 30, 2014). As opposition to the death penalty increases, states are having difficulty finding drugs that will "paralyze an inmate and stop the heart," so unproven and undisclosed lethal drugs are becoming more commonplace.

Review selected hard copy and online library books and videos related to capital punishment at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library.

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  • capital punishment
  • death row
"Moyers and Company: And Justice for Some: Early Electric Chair Executions" (3:42 minutes) from the Films on Demand video database - Films Media Group, 2013.
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"Moyers and his guests discuss the botched execution of the William Kemmler, first person sentenced to the electric chair. Some Supreme Court justices have qualms about executions but feel they must upholding the Constitution." - producer summary

A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America by Evan J. Mandery - Norton, 2013.
call number: 345.73 Man
"Mandery (criminal justice, John Jay Coll.; Capital Punishment in America: A Balanced Examination) has written a tour de force examination of how the U.S. Supreme Court from 1963 to 1977 ruled on death penalty issues. Filled with information from the justices' private papers as well as extensive interviews with their clerks and with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund counsel (especially Anthony Amsterdam), this book is revelatory." - Library Journal review excerpt

Life without Parole: What Everyone Needs to Know [electronic resource] edited by Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., and Austin Sarat - New York UP, 2012.
call number: eBook Collection database book
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"Is life without parole the perfect compromise to the death penalty? Or is it as ethically fraught as capital punishment? This comprehensive, interdisciplinary anthology treats life without parole as "the new death penalty." Editors Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. and Austin Sarat bring together original work by prominent scholars in an effort to better understand the growth of life without parole and its social, cultural, political, and legal meanings." - publishers summary excerpt


Monday, March 31, 2014

Texas Abortion Law Affirmed

The latest ruling on abortion restrictions in Texas on March 27 affirmed the hospital admitting privileges provision for abortion providers, citing that "90% of women in Texas would still be able to find an abortion provider within 100 miles of home" although residents of less-populated areas of Texas may need to go farther for abortion services as a result of House Bill 2 signed into law in July 2013 ("Texas Abortion Limits Law Upheld by Appeals Court," Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2014).

Review selected hard copy and online library books and videos related to abortion, pro-life movement, contraception, and reproductive rights at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • abortion
  • contraception
  • pro-choice movement
  • pro-life movement
  • reproductive rights

"Moyers and Company: What's Fueling the Modern Abortion Debate?" from the Films on Demand video database - Films Media Group, 2013.
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"In this edition of Moyers and Company, Bill discusses the changing face of the reproductive rights movement and those it serves—as well as the success of social conservatives on the abortion front—with Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and Lynn Paltrow, founder and executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women." - producer summary excerpt

Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement by Sarah Erdreich - Seven Stories Press, 2013.
call number: on order
"Journalist and women's health advocate Erdreich delivers a passionate study of the past, current, and future state of the pro-choice movement in America. . . This is a thoughtful and comprehensive treatment of one side of an emotionally charged topic." - Publishers Weekly review excerpt

Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know by Rickie Solinger - Oxford, 2013.
call number: 363.96 Sol
"Includes a concise, unbiased explanation of the historical (e.g., while before the mid-19th century, a woman could legally ask a physician or midwife to terminate her pregnancy, by 1910 almost every state had criminalized abortion), political, legislative, and judicial elements surrounding the issue. . . Researchers interested in the full context of abortion rights and other reproductive issues will appreciate this helpful guide." - Library Journal review excerpt

The Street Politics of Abortion: Speech, Violence, and America's Culture Wars by Joshua C. Wilson - Stanford Law Books, 2013.
call number: 363.46 Wil
"Wilson (political science, Univ. of Denver) chronicles the evolution of the anti-abortion movement from grassroots clinic protests to its present form as a highly organized and politically powerful collection of institutions. . . This is a thoughtful and well-documented history of the anti-abortion movement, not an analysis of the right or wrong of abortion." - Library Journal review excerpt