Supreme Court Addresses Inhumane Conditions in California Prisons, Orders Release of 46,000 Inmates

As originally published in Forbes (May 23, 2011). In a highly controversial 5-4 decision today, the Supreme Court upheld with “undoubted, grave concern” a lower court opinion that held that no remedy for the systemic violation of constitutional rights in California prisons would be effective without reducing the State’s prison system population. Brown v. Plata…

FCPA-Inspired UK Bribery Act Projected to Hit the Oil and Gas Industry Hardest

The UK Bribery Act, anticipated to be the new international gold standard in anti-corruption, is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2011, and, according to a recent study by Ernst & Young, it will hit the oil and gas industry the hardest. Ernst & Young’s news release revealed some troubling statistics regarding bribery prosecutions under…

Cell Phone Radiation? Text, Don’t Talk, advises FCC

As originally published in Forbes (May 9, 2011). How dangerous is your cell phone? The unfortunate reality is that you can’t really know. Even so, only one year ago, progressive San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome proposed an ordinance that would have required that all retailers inform consumers about the amount of radiation that cell phones…