Faculty in the News - July 2009

Faculty in the News - July 2009

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Times Union
"There is no question they have a right to figure out if Player A is Player A,'' said Alicia Oullette, an Albany Law School professor who specializes in bioethics. "The question is whether they should be using DNA testing. ... Genetic testing is problematic."
"Sports ethics" - 7/28/09

Fox 5 News
Professor Vincent Bonventre participated in a panel discussion on Judge Sotomayor's U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing on the Saturday morning public affairs program on New York City's FOX affiliate, Fox 5 News.
Good Day Street Talk - 7/25/09

Capital News 9
Professor Vincent Bonventre was interviewed on Capital News 9 several times about of Judge Sotomayor's confirmation hearing.

Times Union

"If there was anything we learned from this month, it's that there is a lot of uncertainty," said Patricia Salkin, director of the government law center at Albany Law School. "... All in all, these cases point out many gray areas in Senate Rules of Procedure and the lack of precise clarity in the (state) constitution."
"Senate's rules remain murky" - 7/14/09

The Columbus Dispatch
Many racino operators across the country are relegating horses and greyhounds to ever-smaller areas of their property as more profitable slot machines and table games occupy prime space, said Bennett Liebman, an Albany Law School professor who specializes in gambling law.
"Gambling payoff could be delayed" - 7/12/09 

New York Post  
Professor Michael Hutter wrote a piece titled " Hijacking High Office" in the New York Post 7/11/09.


Still, Espada's new perch allows him to influence all facets of state government. "Becoming majority leader gives him a significant voice in what happens," said Patricia Salkin, director of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School.
"Winners and losers of the chaos in Albany" - 7/11/09

American Lawyer
"The New York constitution does not have a provision allowing for filling a vacancy in the office of the lieutenant governor," says Albany Law School professor Patricia Salkin, who adds that when there is no lieutenant governor, the senate appoints a temporary president who could step in if the governor is unable to perform his duties.
"Quinn Emanuel Lawyers Get Involved in Albany Circus" - 7/9/09

Times Union
"I think it's probably illegal," said Ben Liebman, a lawyer and professor at Albany Law School. "You can make a very literal argument that it's constitutional, but if you look at the history and the Constitution itself it's hard to argue that the governor has this power."
"A way out of crisis?" - 7/9/09

The Buffalo News
But Bennett Liebman, executive director of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School, noted that a state commission that reviews major laws studied the lieutenant governor issue between 1986 and 1988 and found that the constitution's provisions on the line of succession are "adequate to handle" the infrequent times when the state has been without a lieutenant governor.

Liebman also argues that Paterson would get very little out of filling the job. He said the lieutenant governor cannot break ties on legislation, but only on nominations, amendments to bills and committee chairmanships.

A lieutenant governor, he said, can break ties on leadership votes, but can't provide a vote to ensure a quorum to bring bills to the floor, which has been the problem for the past month.
"Paterson ups ante by appointing lieutenant governor" - 7/9/09

Professor Patricia Salkin was interviewed on three Capital Region network affiliates to comment on the constitutionality and implications of breaking developments in the New York state senate power struggle.

Times Union

"We tried to show that over history in American schools a strip search for a 13-year-old girl would be unfathomable," professor Ray Brescia said Tuesday. "The one-room schoolhouse was not a place where a teacher would engage in this sort of conduct, just to show historically speaking this type of thing would never happen."

Brescia, who teaches federal civil procedure, property, ethics and environmental law, said, "It was a good day when we heard word of the decision and its outcome, because the court got it right."

"Albany Law group pleased at high court ruling" - 7/1/09