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The Rule of Law? It Matters!

The Rule of Law? It Matters! In this podcast, Justice Speakers Institute founders Judge Peggy Hora (Ret.), and Judge Brian MacKenzie (Ret.) discuss the importance of the concept of the international rule of law. Based upon the World Justice Project’s (WJP) definition they discuss the four universal principles of the rule of law: The government […]

JS International Is Live

JS International is Live The Founders and Associates of Justice Speakers Institute, LLC (JSI) have an international perspective and have traveled and trained on six of the seven continents. When the NADCP Global Centre for Drug Treatment Courts closed last year, it left a gap in the information flow and services provided to international drug […]

Voting Rights: Precious Right Protected By Courts

Voting Rights: Precious Right Protected by the Courts Voting represents the very essence of a democracy and in the last week or so several courts have struck down restrictions on this basic right. In this podcast episode, Judges Peggy Hora (Ret.) and Brian MacKenzie (Ret.) discuss the recent court decisions involving one of our fundamental rights. These […]

Can Judicial Compassion Be Unethical?

Can Judicial Compassion Be Unethical? Veterans’ Treatment Courts Two months ago something happened that has been bothering me ever since. A judge in North Carolina sentenced a man to 24 hours in jail then joined him in the cell for the night. District Court Judge Lou Olivera is a veteran of the Gulf War and […]

Alcohol Monitoring: A Vital Part of Probation

Alcohol Monitoring: A Vital Part of Probation Crime and Substance Abuse are Linked The link between substance abuse and crime is clear. About 90% of criminal cases have involvement of alcohol or other drugs. Because of this link, it is not unusual for abstinence to be a requirement for release on bond or own recognizance; […]

Alcoholics Anonymous and the First Amendment

Alcoholics Anonymous and the First Amendment Are you involved with the criminal justice system?  Do you expect defendants to attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA)?  Then this podcast is for you. Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous as Conditions It is not uncommon for judges, probation officers or treatment providers to order criminal defendants to attend […]

Human Trafficking: An Unseen Scourge

Human Trafficking: An Unseen Scourge In this episode, Justice Speakers Institute (JSI) Founder David Wallace speaks with JSI Associate Kimberly Overton about Human Trafficking. Ms. Overton is currently the Chief Resource Prosecutor at the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys. Her job requires her to train and educate and speak about issues involving the criminal […]

“Scientific Evidence” in Family Law

“Scientific Evidence” in Family Law By: Hon. Peggy Fulton Hora (Ret.) and Deborah J. Chase, J.D., Ph.D. There is a plethora of psychological information being used in family law cases, much without any solid scientific evidentiary basis. For instance, there is mandatory mediation in California if child custody is an issue most frequently conducted by M.S.W., M.F.T or […]

Deflategate: Searching for Justice

Deflategate: Searching for Justice This podcast episode is an effort to explain the federal court decision in so called “Deflategate” case.  Deflategate is the controversy involving a claim that footballs were slightly deflated by the members of New England Patriots staff, during the AFC Championship Game and that the Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady was aware […]

The Rule of Law: 4 Key Principles

The Rule of Law: 4 Key Principles In this episode Brian MacKenzie, a retired judge from Michigan, discusses the importance of the “Rule of Law” in the context of the efforts by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Four Key Principles for the Rule of Law The rule of law […]