UCI News

The New York Times, Dec. 17, 2019
Opinion: Justice for Curtis Flowers
The National Registry of Exonerations, based out of the University of California, Irvine, reports that “official misconduct” — by police, prosecutors or both — was a factor in roughly half of the nearly 2,200 exonerations across the country since 1989. … It doesn’t have to be this way. Rather than tolerate a bar “discipline” process that is marred by lengthy delays, operates in secrecy, and too often results in little to no consequences for even serious misconduct, legislators should create commissions to regulate prosecutors’ conduct and law licenses, with greater accountability and transparency. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Kirkus, Dec. 18, 2019 (Book review)
Vigil, Hong Kong on the Brink by Jeffery Wasserstrom
A longtime observer of Hong Kong protest movements argues that the autonomy of the region is being eroded by Beijing authority—not gradually and probably irreparably. … In this well-organized, strikingly relevant work, [UCI Chancellor’s Professor of history Jeffrey] Wasserstrom … argues that the designation of Hong Kong by China and Britain in the handover of 1997 as a Special Administrative Region enjoying “a high degree of autonomy” is being threatened. … A passionate, important study of the current affairs of a volatile region.

Science News, Dec. 16, 2019
Record-breaking heat amplified waves of student climate protests in 2019
This year also saw record-breaking waves of climate activism. “I’ve never seen so much protest,” says glaciologist Eric Rignot [professor, Earth system science] of the University of California, Irvine. He’s referring to the climate marches that swept the world and culminated in climate strikes during the September United Nations’ Climate Action Summit in New York City. “It’s actually a very exciting time.” … Rignot says he’s happy to see that the conversations are moving away from debates about whether human-caused climate change is real and toward efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as strategies for adapting to a warmer world.

PolitiFact, Dec. 18, 2019
NC Lt. Governor makes baseless claim about immigration violence
But first, let’s look at the legal meaning of what [North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan] Forest said, and whether there’s data to back it up. “The thing is, it’s very easy to identify individual cases and want to extrapolate up. But that is a major, major fallacy in statistics,” said Charis E. Kubrin, professor of criminology, law and society at the University of California Irvine. She called Forest’s claim “very vague and problematic.”

Orange Coast Magazine, Dec. 16, 2019
Local Leaders Share Their Favorite Places Along The Coast in O.C.
Song Richardson, dean of UC Irvine Law School. “It has to be Crystal Cove. It’s so calming. When I first came here in 2014, I would take photos of my feet in the sand with the ocean in the background and send them back to my friends in Iowa.”

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