Mary Fan

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  • Dec 02, 2016

    Source: KQED

    Professor Mary Fan with the University of Washington School of Law says the Supreme Court justices must decide whether the law supports the power of Congress and the executive branch to hold immigrants — or whether the 9th Circuit was right to impose some limits. (12/2/16)
  • Nov 30, 2016

    Source: KQED

    Professor Mary Fan with the University of Washington School of Law says the Supreme Court justices must decide whether the law supports the power of Congress and the executive branch to hold immigrants — or whether the 9th Circuit was right to impose some limits. (11/30/16)
  • Nov 23, 2016

    Source: New York Daily News

    President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to cancel all federal funding for immigrant-friendly “sanctuary cities” — a move that could put him on a collision course with not just New York, but hundreds of jurisdictions around the country. (11/23/16)
  • Nov 15, 2016

    Source: The New York Times

    Mayors of major U.S. cities say they will do all they can to protect residents from deportation, despite President-elect Donald Trump's vows to withhold potentially millions of dollars in taxpayer money if they do not cooperate. For Congress to impose conditions on federal money heading to the states, the conditions must be related to the funding's purpose, the U.S. Supreme Court has said. "If the funding is for improving childhood education, it's hard to say that's reasonably related to local law-enforcement cooperation with deportations," said Mary Fan, a University of Washington law school professor. (11/15/16)
  • Nov 04, 2016

    Source: The New York Times

    If walls, with their myriad weaknesses and unintended consequences, so often fail, why do we persist in building them? Because a fetish for hardware feeds the fantasy that we can resolve large, complex problems with concrete and steel, argues the legal scholar Mary Fan.

    "The more the prevention-through-deterrence paradigm has become strained by proof of its inefficacy," she writes, "the more object-oriented it has become: more layers of triple fencing, more sophisticated military equipment such as remote sensors and unmanned aircraft." (11/4/16)
  • Oct 28, 2016

    Source: The Seattle Times

    One juror offers an explanation: Prosecutors failed to convince the jury that the seven defendants not only participated in the plot to take over the wildlife refuge, but intended to violate the law by using threats and intimidation to keep federal workers from their jobs. (10/28/16)
  • Sep 26, 2016

    Source: The New York Times

    Facing pressure from politicians and protesters, the police in Charlotte, N.C., on released body and dashboard camera video footage of the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. (9/26/16)
  • May 02, 2016

    Source: Ars Technica

    Professor Mary D. Fan discusses passcode versus fingerprint protection of cell phones and the Fifth Amendment privilege against compelled self-incrimination. (5/2/16)

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