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Review: Portrait of Wally

Institutionalized extortion
Somewhere in the slog of Andrew Shea's Portrait of Wally is a devastating story of institutionalized extortion and its victims.
By MILES HOWARD  |  June 19, 2012

In post-drinking death, is anyone responsible?

Summer in the City  
Conflicting reports about why exactly Nathan Bihlmaier was asked to leave RiRa on the night of May 19 — whether he was drunk, whether he was behaving inappropriately toward another patron, or whether he stumbled over some musical equipment — leave questions about responsibility on nights out in the Old Port.
By CHELSEA COOK AND JEFF INGLIS  |  May 30, 2012
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Herbal bliss at your doorstep

Breath of a Salesman
You squint through the peephole: your expected visitor appears trustworthy enough, with a tech-chic denim-and-boots look. It's not like he's up to anything too sketchy — just trying to match you with a weed vaporizer fit for your lifestyle — so you invite him in and offer a seat.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 26, 2012
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Review: Puncture

Facing down fat cats
Though drawn from a true story, Adam and Mark Kassen's drama falls into the pattern of films like The Verdict in which a crapulous barrister gets a second chance by taking on a case of David-versus-Goliath injustice.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 18, 2011
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A libertarian's view of the Barstool/Brady child-porn fiasco

Freedom Watch
Sophisticated First Amendment scholars, lawyers, and media commentators, all of whom are strongly free-speech/free-press supporters, were critical of Coakley for allegedly engaging in a legal bluff — the veiled threat of possible prosecution under the state's child-porn statute — to convince Portnoy to remove the offending and exploitative image from his site.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  August 25, 2011
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Cruelty, compassion, and a capuchin, a decade later

The baby in the box
I had tried not to look at the monkey's tits — the result, Janet told me later, of a glandular disorder. They bounced whenever the monkey moved. If you shaved them, they would have been a pretty nice set.
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  August 04, 2011
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Are Civil (Liberties) Unions America's Best Hope?

Freedom Watch
Ron Paul and Barney Frank make odd bedfellows, but one hopes theirs is more than a one-night-stand.
By HARVEY A. SILVERGLATE AND DANIEL R. SCHWARTZ  |  July 13, 2011
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Review: The Lincoln Lawyer

Slick legal mystery plays like an above-average TV crime show pilot
As nondescript as its title, Brad Furman's slick legal mystery, adapted from a Michael Connelly novel, plays like an above-average TV pilot until it gets greedy and runs 20 minutes too long, with a few too many endings.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 17, 2011

TB worry at Maine State Prison

'No active cases'
"Several individuals" at the Maine State Prison in Warren have tested positive for tuberculosis, but "there are no confirmed active cases," says Denise Lord, deputy Maine Corrections commissioner.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 26, 2011
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5 years against torture

Penal past
The Portland Phoenix ’s prison investigation, focusing on the Maine supermax, has published 75 stories over the past five years. Here are some of the key pieces, with brief updates on what, if anything, has happened since.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 13, 2010
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Bristol’s crusading lawyer goes Hollywood

Exoneration
If you haven’t heard of Betty Anne Waters, the Bristol pub owner and single mother of two who put herself through college and law school in a nearly three-decade crusade to overturn her brother’s murder conviction, you will soon.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  July 14, 2010
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How to opt-in to your rights

 Big Fat Whale
Enter the Konami Code on your passport to give yourself 30 secret rights.
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  June 10, 2010
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Adventures of Cletis the Fetus

Hoopleville
The gestational generation
By DAVID KISH  |  June 09, 2010

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