Wall Street Journal Reviews Professor Sagers’ Book

In Monday’s Wall Street Journal, former WSJ-publisher Gordon Crovitz reviewed Professor Chris Sagers’ recent book United States v. Apple: Competition in America. Crovitz wrote critically of the government’s antitrust suit in United States v. Apple, on which Sagers’ book is based, and he takes issue with Sagers’ conclusions that the suit was desirable and constructive. While largely reiterating criticisms he stated while the case was in litigation, when the verdict came down, and after, Crovitz congratulates the book itself for its perspective, and for being, largely, “right.”
The review is already generating broader discussion elsewhere.
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Professor Kalir Interviews with Cleveland Jewish News; Completes a Three-Lecture Series on Jewish Philosophy

Clinical Professor of Law Doron Kalir was interviewed recently by the Cleveland Jewish News on current political developments in Israel. The article discussed recent efforts – and failures – by several parties to establish a coalition in Israel.

Separately, Professor Kalir completed a series of three lectures on Jewish Philosophy as a Practical Guide to Life. The lectures, given as part of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun’s Fall Weingold Forum, discussed the choices a person who accepted the Jewish God into their lives has to consider.

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Professor Witmer-Rich Comments on Cleveland Police Consent Decree

Associate Dean and Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich appeared in a News Channel 5 story about the progress of the Cleveland Division of Police under the federal consent decree.  He explained, for example, that the CDP used to have a huge backlog of civilian complaints that were never resolved.  Today, in contrast, that backlog is gone and civilian complaints are addressed and resolved.

Professor Witmer-Rich also emphasized they key role of rebuilding trust:

“The very beginning of the Consent Decree talked about trust between the community and the police,” said Witmer-Rich. “That’s really the fundamental issue here, is trust. When you have trust between a community and its police department, you can have mistakes made on either side and you can still have a functioning relationship and you can move forward. But when there’s a really severe breakdown in trust, and that was definitely the case, then it’s very hard to have a well-functioning police department.”

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Professor Sagers Quoted in Fortune Magazine on House Judiciary Apple Investigation

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, was quoted in a story in Fortune Magazine on the ongoing congressional investigation into anticompetitive conduct by the Apple corporation. Investigators for the House Judiciary Committee recently sent detailed questions to Apple and several other Big Tech firms asking them about their business practices, and this week Apple returned its much-anticipated answers.  Sagers opined on how seriously to take Apple’s explanations, and whether there might be anticompetitive behavior afoot in spite of them.

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Professor Oh Addresses Impeachment at CMBA

On November 19, Professor Reginald Oh spoke at a CMBA “Hot Talk” focused on the ongoing impeachment inquiry.  Professor Oh appeared on a panel with Professor Jonathan Adler (Case Western Reserve University School of Law), moderated by Marisa Darden, co-chair of the CMBA Criminal Law section.

Professor Oh laid out the case for impeachment, explaining the interrelated concepts of bribery and extortion, and why the existing evidence demonstrates that President Trump committed both bribery and extortion in his conduct.  Professor Oh also responded to some of the defenses that have been advanced to date.

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Professor Sterio Serves as Delegate to the International Penal Law Association

IMG_7060Professor Milena Sterio served as the U.S. Delegate at the “Association Internationale de Droit Penal” (AIDP) (International Penal Law Association) World Congress from Nov. 13-16 in Rome, Italy, held at the Libera Universita Internazionale degli Scenzi Sociali (LUISS).
The AIDP is a prestigious professional organization headquartered in Paris, France, composed of academics and practitioners in the field of International Criminal Law.  Professor Sterio serves as President of the U.S. Chapter of the AIDP, and she, in this capacity, presented to the AIDP Board of Directors about the activities of the U.S. Chapter.
As part of the Congress, delegates had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican (see photo).  The Pope’s audience with the AIDP delegates was covered by news organizations including the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press.
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Professor Witmer-Rich Testifies at Ohio Legislative Hearing on Criminal Justice Reform

On November 15, Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich testified at a public hearing of the Ohio House of Representatives Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Criminal Sentencing.  The hearing, held at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, featured various criminal law experts, including Professor Witmer-Rich.  The hearing addressed ways the legislature can protect the public, make laws less complicated, reform prisons and assist rehabilitated offenders who are looking for a second chance.

Professor Witmer-Rich testified in favor of abolishing the marital rape exemption under Ohio law.  In addition, he addressed the issue of collateral consequences of criminal convictions, which restrict where ex-offenders can live and what jobs they can hold, among other issues.  He urged the Subcommittee to dramatically reduce the number of collateral consequences to enable rehabilitated offenders to get  second change to succeed.

The Criminal Justice Subcommittee is co-chaired by Representative Diane Grendell and Representative Tavia Galonski.

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