Law

Senate Opens Debate On Immigration Bill

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Border fences, visas for gay partners and immigrants' IQs are just some of the issues swirling around the bipartisan immigration bill. We parse the proposal that's up for debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Jailhouse Racketeering: Who Controls Our Prisons?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Thirteen jail guards helped a gang deal drugs and launder money from inside the Baltimore City jail, according to recent indictments. Kojo explores the prevalence of gangs and racketeering inside our prisons.

Sexual Assault In The Military

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo explores how the military's justice system helps or hinders victims of sexual assault, and looks at efforts to reform the system.

FBI's 'Most Wanted Terrorist' List: Assata Shakur

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Assata Shakur, a black militant, was convicted of killing a New Jersey State Trooper in 1973. Last week, the FBI added Shakur to their “Most Wanted Terrorist” list, sparking questions about why a 40-year-old case is again making headlines.

Virginia Ethics Investigations

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Virginia law doesn't require elected officials to disclose gifts given to their family members, but Gov. Bob McDonnell is facing questions about a donor picking up the $15,000 catering bill for his daughter's 2011 wedding. A reporter covering the story brings us up to speed on the players involved and possible fallout.

"Payback: The Case for Revenge"

Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

Kojo explores the complexities of revenge, where it's appropriate and how it might be effectively deployed.

Patenting Your DNA

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Last week, the Supreme Court heard a case -- Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. -- with questions about the legality of patenting human DNA at its center. We explore the implications of this 21st century case for doctors and patients.

Mugshots: Press, Punishment & Privacy Concerns

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Guest host Marc Fisher explores the privacy concerns surrounding mug shots, and how websites are profiting from them long after a sentence is served or charges are dropped.

Public Defenders And The Legacy Of Gideon Vs. Wainwright

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.
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Fifty years after the Supreme Court case that guaranteed criminal defendants a lawyer even if they can't pay, Kojo examines the crushing caseloads facing most public defenders today and the impact on the justice system.

Local And National Reactions To The Boston Bombings

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo discusses local and national reactions to yesterday's events in Boston with Rep. Jim Moran.

In The Kitchen: Immigrant Workers And Restaurants

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo explores where immigrant labor fits into America's food service industry and asks what immigration reform could mean for workers, restaurant owners and diners.

Educating Special Needs Kids

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

While federal law requires that all special needs children have available to them "free, appropriate public education," many parents say it's still a fight to ensure their child's particular needs are met. We explore the challenges of education and special needs kids.

"On Constitutional Disobedience"

Thursday, Apr 4, 2013 at 1:20 p.m.

Interpreting the Constitution has long been a matter of debate among legal scholars and others, but one constitutional law professor argues that it's time to reconsider strict adherence to some of the more arcane points.

Tax Time Organizing

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Tax time means pulling together financial documents -- and for many of us, perhaps wishing our papers were in better order. We look at what new tax rules mean for filing, and simple tips for keeping your finances organized throughout the year.

Bargaining Over Immigration Reform

Monday, Apr 1, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the A.F.L.-C.I.O. have reportedly struck a deal on key elements of immigration reform. We examine the back-room bargaining between these two powerful groups and their influence on eventual legislation.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.