Kagan offers a view of a justice’s working life

first_img Read Full Story On Sept. 5, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan ’86 joined Dean Martha Minow for a conversation on life as a Supreme Court justice. The former and current deans spoke before an overflow audience in the Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing building.During the event, their discussion touched on many topics ranging from Kagan’s current reading group at HLS on the Supreme Court’s 2011 term to courtroom issues—including the role oral argument plays and the use of cameras in the courtroom. Said Kagan when asked about the role of the justices’ clerks: “They’re a fount of ideas, they’re a fount of information. They wander around the building and find out a lot about what other people are thinking. There’s a kind of clerks gossip network, and I encourage them to schmooze.”The event was sponsored by the Harvard Federalist Society, HLS American Constitution Society and the Dean of Students Office. To hear more about the inner workings of the Court and what Kagan does with her summer breaks, watch the full video on the HLS website.Kagan served as dean of the Law School from 2003 to 2009 and as solicitor general of the United States from 2009 to 2010. This fall at Harvard Law School, Kagan led a reading group on the court, as the Archibald Cox Visiting Professor of Law.last_img read more

Colombian, Ecuadorean, Peruvian Navies Deliver Hard Blow to Narcotrafficking

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo December 12, 2018 In late October, the Colombian Navy dealt a strong blow against narcotrafficking in two combined operations with the Peruvian and Ecuadorean navies. The operations started in the south of Colombia on the Putumayo river, which extends more than 1,000 kilometers and marks the border between Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Authorities seized more than a ton of marijuana and cocaine in the operations. They also captured four Colombian nationals and seized two speedboats used to transport the drugs. “We are perfectly coordinated on the borders with Peru and Ecuador,” Colombian Navy Rear Admiral José Ricardo Hurtado, commander of the Southern Naval Force, told Diálogo. “We conduct joint and combined work with each country’s authorities, so these criminals can’t elude us anymore. If they go to the Ecuadorean side, troops will be there; and if they come to the Colombian side, we expect them, so it gets more and more difficult for them.” By the river According to the Colombian Navy, the first riverine operation was conducted on the third week of October, in a section of the Putumayo river about 24 kilometers northeast of the Peruvian town of Soplín Vargas. The operation was carried out in coordination with Peru, which deployed units of the Peruvian Navy’s riverine gunboat BAP Castilla, the 1st Amazon Marine Corps Battalion, and the National Police. Authorities identified a house on the river bank where three people prepared a drug shipment. “There were speedboats loaded with marijuana,” Colombian Marine Colonel Carlos Andrés Téllez, commander of the 3rd Marine Riverine Brigade, told Diálogo. “We supported the Peruvian Navy with logistics, transport, and information. They arrived and found two speedboats with false bottoms and a metal parasitic device.” The parasitic device contained 400 kilograms of genetically modified marijuana, a variety known as creepy, packed in waterproof bags. Near the house, the deployed forces found another 900 kg of drugs. The marijuana seized is estimated to be worth about $5 million in the international market. In addition to the drugs, authorities arrested three Colombian nationals and seized two speedboats, the parasitic device, and weapons. According to the Colombian Navy, the drugs belonged to alias Sinaloa, leader of Front 48, a dissident group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that dominates narcotrafficking in Putumayo. The drugs that came from the Colombian municipality of Puerto Leguízamo, Putumayo, were destined for the Brazilian Amazon. Drug monitoring A few days after the operation in Peru, units of the Colombian Navy provided support to their Ecuadorean counterparts in an operation that took them from the Putumayo region to the port city of Guayaquil, in the Pacific coast of Ecuador. The information exchange made it possible to monitor drugs transported from southern Colombia to Ecuador, destined for Europe. “We know there’s a transnational narcotrafficking ring that transports drugs through international airports to Europe,” said Rear Adm. Hurtado. “Based on this, many lessons were passed down to our Ecuadorean counterparts, such as the use and training of canines that can detect even the slightest trace of drugs. These can be implemented at immigration checkpoints to neutralize criminal action.” With information from the Colombian Navy, the Ecuadorean Navy, together with the Ecuadorean National Police and the Office of the Attorney General, managed to capture a Colombian national in Guayaquil’s José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. The criminal attempted to carry more than 30 kg of cocaine hydrochloride to southern Europe. The operations are the result of sustained information exchanges between the neighboring navies. Together, the naval units of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru spearhead the fight against drugs in the hard-to-reach jungle they share in the Amazon region of Putumayo, which criminals use to conduct their illegal activities. “We have to keep up with coordinated work and maintain the bonds of friendship and cooperation among our countries,” said Col. Téllez. “We have to keep up the coordinated fight with the different navies, the police, and the attorney general offices supporting each other to be able to create these strategies that enable us to counter narcotrafficking forcefully.”last_img read more

Blake Griffin practiced with Clippers, looked ‘phenomenal’

first_imgWes Johnson has had good shooting games this season, but he’s had more poor ones. He’s shooting a career-low 39.5 percent overall, just 31.9 percent from 3-point range. That’s his lowest percentage from deep since shooting 31.4 percent — his worst — in 2011-12 with the Minnesota Timberwolves.Johnson spoke candidly about his struggles Saturday.“Obviously, you know you want to see your shots go in,” the 6-foot-7 guard-forward said. “It’s just been one of those things, they haven’t been falling. But when I get them, I’ll take them. So I just have to continue to shoot. Don’t know if they’ll go in unless I shoot it, so it’s one of those things I’ve gotta shoot my way out of.”Johnson said he’s watched film to study his mechanics, and he’s imposed on teammates for their thoughts.“I come to the bench and ask everybody, ask the players what they see, ‘Do I need to hold it more? Am I rushing it?’ ” he said. “I ask the coaches. So it’s one of those things I could break myself; I just want to see from everybody else what they see as well.”Rivers hasn’t noticed anything mechanically wrong.“No, he’s just not making them,” he said. “I don’t think he’s hesitating much, which I don’t want him to. I think at times, he probably is; anybody would. But we just keep telling him to shoot it.“I even told him in front of the team and a couple of other guys, ‘If I see you hesitating one time, I guarantee you come out.’ ”Johnson is averaging 6.6 points and 20.3 points in 71 games, seven of them starts.Beware of DenverThe Nuggets may be 31-42, but they still have an outside chance at the playoffs and they beat the Clippers 87-81 the last time they played on Feb. 24 at Staples Center.“They’re one of those teams, you look at their wins, they’ve had some impressive wins this year,” Rivers said. “You’ve just gotta be ready to play them.” PLAYA VISTA >> Blake Griffin practiced with the Clippers on Saturday, which means he is nearing his return to action for the first time since Christmas. He has missed 41 consecutive games with a partially torn left quad tendon and fractured right hand.The Clippers (44-27) are 27-14 without their power forward and leading scorer.Griffin’s right hand healed more quickly than the quad injury, even though the former happened Jan. 23 and the latter was discovered the day after Griffin and the Clippers beat the Lakers on Dec. 25.Griffin has been shooting and conditioning for a while, but this was his first actual practice, which means he is cleared for contact. “Yeah, well, we’re not going to do much contact anyway,” coach Doc Rivers said before practice. “He’s just going to go and see what he can do. We’ll go from there.”After practice, word came from a Clippers spokesman that Rivers said Griffin looked “phenomenal” in practice and did not sit out at all. His conditioning was better than expected. Griffin still must serve a four-game suspension imposed by the team (with input from the league) for fracturing his hand on the face of team assistant equipment manager Matias Testi on Jan. 23 in Toronto, once the Clippers deem Griffin ready to play. With his high marks Saturday, that could take place before Sunday’s game against the Denver Nuggets at 12:30 p.m. at Staples Center.If that’s the case, Griffin would be eligible to return April 3 when the Clippers host the Washington Wizards. That would give Griffin seven regular-season games to shed the rust ahead of the playoffs. And there will be rust, Rivers said, “because you’re not playing basketball.”Johnson’s shooting strugglescenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more