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Sweet Babies in Connecticut

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on Tuesday, 18 December 2012
in The Rockefeller Report 2012
Dear Readers, In my lifetime, tragedy has spiritually paused my day just a handful of times. I remember as a young child, Robert F. Kennedy's funeral procession and a profound sense that a whole nation was crying as one in pain and disbelief. I was probably just too young, and the loss too distant, to mark me for life, but even then, I felt something change. As an adult, the 9/11 attack just shook me. I watched aghast as the Towers melted into congealed steel; the scope of the crimes committed ...

Providing the Right to Counsel

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on Tuesday, 04 December 2012
in The Rockefeller Report 2012
Dear Readers, We rely so much on our justice system as an adjunct to our economic system. Yet, we make virtually no attempt to make sure that civil litigants have an attorney. As you all probably know, where your liberty is at stake, the state has to provide you with an attorney. This dates back to 1963 in the famous case of Gideon v. Wainwright. Mr. Gideon was indigent and asked for an attorney to be appointed to represent him during his trial in a Florida prosecution. At the time, counsel was...

Pivot Point Election

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on Monday, 19 November 2012
in The Rockefeller Report 2012
Dear Readers, President Obama's first election was certainly momentous, but his reelection last week is likely more significant – at least, as far as our legal system is concerned. The demographic changes in this country are astounding, which will certainly reverberate forward. However, the real pivot point may be with some remarkable changes in the direction of our legal system. Demographics have, it appears, chastened conservatives with respect to our immigration policy. As a result of bridgi...

The Tragedy of George Whitmore, Jr.

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on Thursday, 08 November 2012
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Dear Readers, I recently read an article written by T.J. English in the New York Times about an obscure name from our uncomfortable past, George Whitmore, Jr.. Mr. English's article was a moving eulogy to Mr. Whitmore; but for this article, I would have missed both Mr. Whitmore's passing and the profound sadness of his life. In the wake of some sensational murders, Mr. Whitmore was interrogated for 22 hours and forced to sign a 61-page confession, most notably for the brutal slaying of two youn...

Angels and Government

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on Wednesday, 31 October 2012
in The Rockefeller Report 2012
Dear Readers, As we approach a pivotal election day, many of you may have already voted. Good for you! However, for those of you who have not, before marking your ballot you might want to contemplate why we have government, especially with the election season's attacks on the concept of government. Government is a necessary evil to protect ourselves from ourselves. As James Madison famously wrote in Federalist #51, "But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nat...
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