Central America

40 ABA Journal Central America articles.

Threatening Words: Courts and protected speech
While spoken words are protected by the First Amendment, offensive expressions can fall into the category of true threats, a type of unprotected speech.
Shut up! The art and craftiness of cease-and-desist letters
The demand letter has joined the extreme style of public discourse. The speed of communication and cost of trial prompts the strong letter to follow a more dramatic and colorful model.
Suit filed to block Trump’s proposed end of Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans, Haitians

Citing racial motivations, advocates in Massachusetts are suing the Trump administration for ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from immigrants from El Salvador and Haiti.

The complaint, brought by…

Web 100: Best law blogs
Our inaugural year of the Web 100 list honors 50 blogs (and adds five more to our Blawg 100 Hall of Fame.)
Girls’ courts under scrutiny
As courtrooms specializing in girls’ cases crop up around the country, the U.S. Department of Justice is examining whether they actually work.
Advocates work to keep young female offenders out of prison through early intervention
In pockets around the country, the movement to keep kids out of detention homes and prisons is beginning to give more focus to girls, whose experiences and vulnerabilities are markedly different from those of boys.
Jeff’s Law
A special preview from the October issue: The attorney general sees his role as pushing present-day law enforcement toward a rose-colored past.
The President’s Court
The President's Court: The Supreme Court’s new term will address the travel ban and other hot-button issues with President Trump’s first appointee on the bench.
Relatives of undocumented children caught up in ICE dragnet

This summer, a Kansas City man named Edwin got a call from immigration officials. They had picked up his nephew at the southern border and wanted to release the teen…

How ICE uses secret police databases to arrest immigrants

In 2011, then 19-year-old Luis Vicente Pedrote-Salinas was leaving a relative’s house and getting into his car when he was stopped by Chicago police. Officers found an unopened can of…

Fake news lacks straightforward cure
The confusion and misinformation caused by fake news is undermining America’s ability to govern itself, experts fear.
Fake news has long held a role in American history

Fake news has a long history in America. Benjamin Franklin intentionally published stories alleging that the British paid Native Americans to scalp men, women and children in the rebellious colonies. During the contentious election of 1800, Federalist newspapers tried to keep people from voting for Thomas Jefferson by running fake stories of his death.

In the early days of the republic, however, people’s expectations for news stories were quite different from today.

Video cannot replace the courtroom sketch artist
Things changed after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1981 decision in Chandler v. Florida gave approval to cameras in the courtrooms. Now all 50 states have some variation on when, where and how cameras can be used. Federal courts continue to resist the technology, thus still providing work for courtroom sketch artists.
What bloggers told us about the state of the legal blogosphere

The blog is not a slog. Even as more people express themselves online in fleeting notes and images, law bloggers enjoy their more reflective discipline.

10th Annual Blawg 100
See this year's list of 100 blawgs, read about our survey of law bloggers and check out the latest additions to our Blawg 100 Hall of Fame.

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