The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has released its annual Jefferson Muzzle awards, to razz people who showed inadequate respect for the principles of free speech. Booby-prize winners include U.S. District Court Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum (for denying press access to the jury selection process in the Martha Stewart trial), Baseball Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey (for canceling a planned visit to Cooperstown by Bull Durham co-stars Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon based on their political activism), and many more.
Their letter to Congress warns about inevitable abuses against religious and racial minorities.
Let people join with the like-minded to reject officials and laws that don’t suit them and to construct systems that do.
The president's final batch of clemency actions includes commutations for dozens of nonviolent drug offenders.