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State Wiretaps and Electronic Surveillance After September 11
Research article describing constitutional framework and current state laws on wiretapping done for TCP's Liberty and Security Committee.
Appendix A: State Wiretap Laws
Appendix A to article on state wiretap laws outlining each state's actual current laws.
Appendix B: State Wiretap Legislation
Appendix B to article on state wiretap laws outlining pending wiretap legislation in various states.
The Creation of the United States Northern Command: Potential Constitutional, Legal, and Policy Issues Raised By a Unified Command For The Domestic United States
Liberty and Security Committee report examines constitutional issues of executive power with establishing domestic military command, and military conducting intelligence operations.
Recommendations for the Use of Military Commissions
The report of the Constitution Project’s Liberty and Security Initiative delineates the concerns raised by the proposed use of military tribunals to try terrorism suspects. The central recommendation of the Initiative’s blue-ribbon panel is that the jurisdiction of the military tribunals be limited to trials of combatants captured overseas on the battlefield.
Mandatory Justice: Eighteen Reforms to the Death Penalty
Recommending the creation of safeguards to ensure effective counsel, prohibit execution in cases involving questionable categries of defendants and homicides, expand and explain life without parole, safeguard racial fairness, review proportionally, provide protection against wrongful sentencing and conviction, and interpret role of judges, juries, and prosecutors.
Great and Extraordinary Occasions: Developing Guidelines for Constitutional Change
Constitutional Amendments Committee report proposes guidelines for the limited circumstances under which the Constitution should be amended, but does not take positions on the merits of any particular proposed amendment.
Uncertain Justice: Politics and America’s Courts
As part of the polarization and posturing that increasingly characterize our national and state politics, threats to the independence of the judiciary have become more commonplace. In an effort to change the nature of the public debate on judicial independence to a more sober and informed one, The Constitution Project formed task forces from among the members of its committees to develop consensus recommendations in four key areas: federal judicial selection; selecting state court judges; the distinction between intimidation and legitimate criticism of judges; and the role of the legislature in setting the power and jurisdiction of the courts.
Principles for the Design and Reform Of Sentencing Systems: A Background Report
Outlining a set principles for the design and reform of state and federal sentencing systems.
The Higher Ground: Standards of Conduct for Judicial Candidates
The Constitution Project has developed standards for judicial campaigns that will encourage candidates to seek the “higher ground” in their campaigns. The standards are designed to imbue judicial campaigns with the principles that give Americans confidence in their justice system: honesty, dignity, and impartiality.
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