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Freedom Watch: My Final Phoenix column

I have two indelible memories from my more than 40 years with The Boston Phoenix.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 25, 2013


DiMasi Agonistes and the federal ‘justice’ system

Enhanced cooperation
The March 7 Boston Globe carries a front-page story about the plight of former House Speaker Sal DiMasi.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 07, 2013


John Silber, tough witness, R.I.P.

Freedom Watch
John Silber, like anyone, had his faults.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  October 02, 2012


Political wisdom in a hypocritical age

Freedom Watch
I've been fighting for social justice all my professional life.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 19, 2012


Our AWOL Security State

Where are they when we need them?
News reports of James Holmes's deadly assault in Aurora, Colorado, should call to question the federal government's failure to get an inkling of Holmes's preparations to inflict mass terror.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 27, 2012


Muzzles on campus

The 15th Annual Muzzle Awards, student edition
Sticks and stones might break your bones, but on college campuses in the Northeast, words can get you expelled.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 11, 2012


DiMasi Agonistes and the federal ‘justice’ system

Enhanced cooperation
Question: what do the federal government's "war on terror" and its "war on political corruption" have in common?
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 06, 2012


Taking the Pledge in Brookline

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By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 13, 2011

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A libertarian's view of the Barstool/Brady child-porn fiasco

Freedom Watch
Sophisticated First Amendment scholars, lawyers, and media commentators, all of whom are strongly free-speech/free-press supporters, were critical of Coakley for allegedly engaging in a legal bluff — the veiled threat of possible prosecution under the state's child-porn statute — to convince Portnoy to remove the offending and exploitative image from his site.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  August 25, 2011


How the Arroyo jury got it right

Law-abiding citizens
Rarely has a Boston jury had to suffer as much ridicule as the 12 citizens who acquitted former Boston firefighter Albert Arroyo of pension fraud.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  August 25, 2011

Campus Muzzles 2011

2011 Muzzle Awards: Campus Edition

Another year of crushing free spirits at our colleges and universities
Law school is not known for being fun, so some professors spice instruction with far-fetched hypotheticals. To some students at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware, one longtime criminal-law prof's hypos went too far.  
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 29, 2011

DiMasi and some vague justice

Curbing corruption with a catch-all

Vague Justice?
Sal DiMasi is no saint, but that doesn't mean he's a criminal. His behavior makes us grimace, but it simply doesn't amount to a state or federal felony.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 24, 2011


DOJ turns on Turner, First Amendment

Freedom Watch
The sentencing memorandum filed by Boston federal prosecutors last week, seeking between 33 and 41 months of incarceration for convicted former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, is no ordinary document.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 26, 2011


Terror and the MBTA: You don’t look harmless

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Racial profiling meets war on terror: The highest federal court in New England has said it’s okay for government officials single out dark-skinned people for searches,  as long as they can concoct some cover rationale, ginned up with vague allusions to terrorism.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  December 29, 2010


Supreme Judicial Court quashes cash-for-testimony

Can I get a witness
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts made a pronouncement last week that, to rational citizens, should be obvious: it's a bad idea for the state to be complicit in a scheme to pay criminal trial witnesses for their testimony — and for those witnesses to receive a bonus if the defendant is convicted.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  October 06, 2010


The FBI's spy problem

Freedom Watch
I've been following the latest Russian spy saga with great interest, partly because of the local color and partly because of my prior experience with the FBI.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 07, 2010


2010 Muzzle Awards on campus

Harvard and Yale once again lead the way . . . for academic censorship
Harvard and Yale universities felt the sting of the global economic collapse firsthand in 2009, as the endowments of these stalwart New England Ivy League members dropped by nearly a third. The schools didn’t fare much better in the free marketplace of ideas, either.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 30, 2010


Will Beacon Hill be bullied into enacting a politically correct law?

Freedom watch
A case of high-school bullying in South Hadley ended in tragedy this past January when the alleged victim, a freshman girl, committed suicide. Now, ramped up by the outrage over the case, Massachusetts legislators are in danger of enacting a politically correct law that could have devastating effects on our free speech.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  April 12, 2010


Free speech for me, but not for thee

Freedom Watch
Last Thursday's Supreme Court opinion striking down corporate campaign advertising restrictions might as well have been divorce papers in the rocky marriage between the political left and the First Amendment.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 29, 2010


Free speech again quashed at Harvard

RSVPeeved Dept.
It should come as no surprise to readers of “Freedom Watch” that yet another instance of political, intellectual, and academic censorship has sprung up at Harvard, the self-touted pinnacle of higher education.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  October 21, 2009
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