Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Nina MacLaughlin Globe Correspondent June 15, 2018 In a long poem called “Sunstone,” the Mexican poet Octavio Paz writes of what it is “to touch our roots, to rescue ourselves,/ to rescue the inheritance stolen from us/ by the thieves of life centuries ago.’’ These lines capture what’s at work in Tommy Orange’s speeding 16-wheeler of a debut novel, “There There.’’ Orange, a Cheyenne-Arapaho, the son of a white mother and an Indian father, has written a saga chorused by a dozen characters bound for a powwow at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. Some will compete in a Native dance competition; others are drawn by a sense of obligation; still others have plotted a dark scheme to pay a drug debt. All feel both tied to their culture and estranged from it. The book … [Read more...] about What is an Indian?
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The double murder trial continued Thursday for the former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez who stands accused of killing Daniel de Abreu and Safir Furtado on July 16, 2012. The former NFL player is already sentenced to life without the possibility of parole when he was convicted nearly two years ago in another murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.Raychildes Gomes-Sanches, a third passenger in the backseat was struck with two bullets, while a fourth escaped without being shot. Hernandez’s gun allegedly ran out of ammo and he vanished in his silver 4Runner off of down the Mass Turnpike.One of the prosecution’s keys witnesses, surviving victim Gomes-Sanches, was back on the stand Thursday and testified that he saw someone in the shooter’s vehicle that looked “just like” Hernandez. However, Gomes-Sanches also had to explain some of his statements made to Boston police that conflict with what … [Read more...] about WATCH: Aaron Hernandez Double Murder Trial Day 8
Has Kenneth Feinberg become such a brand unto himself—at once unique and ubiquitous as the nation’s problem solver—that a truck running over him would end forever the Feinberg Way for mass-dispute resolution? Is he sui generis? Answers vary. Feinberg’s own suffices for the moment. He seems surprised when asked, which is saying a lot given how much press he gets. Feinberg stops fidgeting for brief seconds, suddenly still in a beige leather lounge chair at one end of his long, narrow office in the Willard Office Building, barely more than a block from the White House. A broad smile quickly curls up. “That’s an interesting question,” he says. “No one seems to be doing what I’m doing.”That answer is perhaps more loaded than he intends. The role was created half for him, half by him. Feinberg has become the go-to guy for our national disasters and vexing problems, from Agent Orange to the Dalkon Shield, from the 9/11 fund to the … [Read more...] about Master of Disasters: Is Ken Feinberg Changing the Course of Mass Tort Resolution?
Award winners from the recent Hackcess to Justice legal hackathon are working hard to fulfill the main goal of the event: Improving access for all Americans to effective legal assistance.In the two weeks since the inaugural hackathon—in conjunction with the ABA Annual Meeting—took place at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, the programmers and lawyers behind the three winning entries have hardly sat back and rested on their laurels. Instead, they have all taken steps to try and increase the reach of their apps. For instance, all three apps are now available for the general public to use, and in some cases, the prize winners are speaking to nonprofit and state agencies to figure out ways their apps can be used to provide legal assistance to many more individuals.William Palin, a Somerville, Massachusetts, attorney who won first place with his health care proxy and living will generator PaperHealth, tells the ABA Journal that the app has already been approved by Apple … [Read more...] about ‘Hackcess to Justice’ winners look to increase the reach of their apps
Former FBI Director James Comey responded on Monday to President Donald Trump's multiple suggestions that he should be jailed and shared how he'd prosecute Trump.Comey doesn't think much of Trump's suggestions that he should get jail time for his handling of investigations into Hillary Clinton and the Trump campaign.If Comey were prosecuting Trump, he said he'd let him know that any failure to tell the truth would come at his own peril.Former FBI Director James Comey responded on Monday to President Donald Trump's multiple suggestions that he should be jailed and said the president he should submit to questioning by the special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Trump's possible collusion with Russia."It is hard in almost all investigations to imagine getting to that without some interaction with the subject," Comey said at an event presented by and reported on by the news website Axios. "But whether [Mueller] gets it or not, I hope he's free to get to the truth."Comey's … [Read more...] about Comey shares how he’d prosecute Trump: ‘You are obligated to tell the truth’