Featuring Alex Kozinski, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.
American leaders have cooperated with regimes around the world that are, to varying degrees, repressive or corrupt. Such cooperation is said to serve the national interest. But these partnerships also contravene the nation’s commitments to democratic governance, civil liberties, and free markets. In Perilous Partners, authors Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent provide a strategy for resolving the ethical dilemmas between interests and values faced by Washington.
The Cato Institute has released its 2014 Annual Report, which documents a dynamic year of growth and productivity. “Libertarianism is the philosophy of freedom,” Cato’s David Boaz writes in his book, The Libertarian Mind. “It is the indispensable framework for the future.” And as the new report demonstrates, the Cato Institute, thanks largely to the generosity of our Sponsors, is leading the charge to apply this framework across the policy spectrum.
In her new book, The Case Against Lawyers (Broadway Books, 2002), Catherine Crier of Court TV argues that our legal system has become dangerously dysfunctional. On the civil side, Crier deplores the politicians, bureaucrats, and personal injury lawyers who have rigged the system so that they accrue wealth and power from our litigation-crazed culture. On the criminal side, Crier lambastes the insanity of the drug war, which diverts the limited resources of the police, courts, and prisons from the fight against violent criminals. Crier chastises her fellow lawyers for creating a legal system that produces results and profits for the fewÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½and paralysis, frustration, and injustice for the many. Please join us for a wide-ranging critique of the American legal system and a discussion of what changes might improve that system.