Category Archives: Arizona Law Enforcement

Mik Jordahl Interview — Podcast December 11, 2017

The Bill of Rights Is Being Fought Over Every Day: When All Is Said and Done, Litigation Is the Only Effective Way To Protect Us From the Consequences of Unconstitutional Laws.  Mik Jordahl, local Sedona attorney and free speech advocate, … Continue reading

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Alessandra Soler Interview — Podcast December 19, 2016

Now More Than Ever, the ACLU Is At the Forefront In the Defense of Our Civil Liberties, As It Has Been Since 1920: Alessandra Soler, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, returns to Democratic Perspective for a discussion of the state … Continue reading

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The Justice Department Is Phasing Out Its Use of Private Prisons: Will the States Follow Suit? — Podcast August 29, 2016

Has the Justice Department Just Struck the First Significant Blow In the Battle Against Rent-Seeking In Our Correctional Systems? Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson review the Justice Department’s announcement that some federal contracts with private prison corporations are being phased out. This … Continue reading

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Debt Peonage as a Source of Revenue: Paying for Government by Fining the Poor — Podcast April 27, 2015

On the Backs of the Poor: The Great Recession and the Criminalization of Debt. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson analyze the effect on the poor, especially minorities, of the disturbing recent trend toward financing hard-pressed local governments through … Continue reading

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Alessandra Soler Meetze Interview — Podcast April 20, 2015

The ACLU in Arizona, 2014/15: Some Good News for a Change. Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson discuss some recent civil liberties litigation victories with Alessandra Soler Meetze, Executive Director of the ACLU for Arizona. Dreamers got their driver’s licenses, Joe Arpaio was enjoined from … Continue reading

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Peg Bowden Interview — Podcast March 23, 2015

The Quality of Our Mercy: Peg Bowden Speaks from Experience on the Militarization of the U.S.-Mexican Border. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson talk to Peg Bowden about the experiences that impelled her to write her 2014 book, A Land of Hard … Continue reading

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David R. Frazer Interview — Podcast March 9, 2015

Ethical Meltdown: a Question of Values? Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome David Frazer, respected Arizona attorney and author of Ethical Meltdown: the Need to Recover Our Vanishing Values, for a discussion about the current decay of legal and professional ethics in the United … Continue reading

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Felecia Rotellini Interview — Podcast October 20, 2014

Felecia Rotellini: Competence, Experience, and Service. Democratic Perspective again welcomes Felecia Rotellini, career prosecutor and Democratic candidate for the office of Arizona Attorney General back to the show. Hosts Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson talk to Felecia about the progress of her campaign, her plans for … Continue reading

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The Death Penalty: Our National Debate Intensifies — Podcast July 28, 2014

Lethal Injection: Incompetence In the Service Of Barbarism? Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson investigate the roots of the political infighting which led us to the recent spate of botched executions by lethal injection in Ohio, Oklahoma and our own state, Arizona. Why is it now … Continue reading

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Capital Punishment: Justice or Revenge? — Podcast June 2, 2014

The Death Penalty: Cruel, Unjust, and Irreversible. There is ample evidence that the U.S. has executed innocent people, and continues to do so. There is also considerable evidence that the death penalty is disproportionately applied to the poor and to minorities, yet many people … Continue reading

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