01/18/17 - An article in Fox News reports on Dallas police officers who filed a civil suit against Twitter, Facebook and Google for allegedly providing “material support” to the Palestinian militant group Hamas and purportedly helping radicalize the Army veteran who killed five police officers last July. The story quotes Professor Mark Bartholomew who says we are seeing an increase of these cases because of the increase in these tragedies.
01/10/17 - An article in USA Today about the first court appearance by Florida airport shooting rampage suspect Esteban Santiago quotes Professor Charles Ewing who said motive probably doesn’t matter in this case.
"The term 'motive' usually connotes a rational reason for doing something," he said. "People who are hearing voices or suffering delusions – as this suspect appeared to be - often act irrationally. Moreover, proof of motive is not required for the prosecution of any crime, including murder."
01/09/17 - A story on NPR about a raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on a Buffalo-area taqueria and Mexican grocery store and three other restaurants operated under the same owner, one of the nation’s biggest immigration worksite actions in recent years, interviews Assistant Clinical Professor Nicole Hallett.
"If one of your goals is to protect workers from exploitation, obviously arresting those workers as part of an enforcement action makes workers very afraid to come forward and report if there is exploitation happening," she said.
12/30/16 - The Atlantic interviewed Professor Rick Su in an article that explored how law enforcement officials will handle U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump’s pledge to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.
12/30/16 - An op-ed by in The Buffalo News by Professor Mark Bartholomew discusses concerns about the NFTA’s recent announcement that to raise funds for needed improvements, it will begin selling naming rights for its rail stations and the rail line as a whole, as other transit agencies are doing in New York and Philadelphia.
12/20/16 - Professor Mark Bartholomew was quoted in an article
in the Christian Science Monitor that reports
families of the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting
have filed a federal civil suit against Twitter, Facebook and
Google for allegedly providing “material support” to
the Islamic State and helping to radicalize shooter Omar
"Section 230 is a free pass to online service providers as long as they act only as a pass-through. If you set up a place for people to talk, but don't communicate on it yourself, then you are basically immune from prosecution."