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Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, a legal analyst for The Washington Times, can be reached at jshapiro@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

China building runway on manmade South China Sea island

New satellite images reveal that China is building an airstrip for its military on a manmade island in a hotly contested maritime area, a move that raised alarm bells for U.S. officials and for U.S. allies in the region. Published April 17, 2015

Mariel Hemingway writes of painful family memories to help others cope with mental illness

Mariel Hemingway was only 6 years old when she learned how to mix cocktails and pour wine as a survival mechanism to keep her parents from arguing. In two new autobiographies, the California native and granddaughter of novelist Ernest Hemingway says she spent her childhood carefully navigating through a "minefield" of alcoholism, arguing, drug addiction, mental illness and suicide. Published April 13, 2015

An independent review by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism said Rolling Stone magazine was reckless in vetting its sources, including the purported victim, identified only as "Jackie," and neglected "basic, even routine journalistic practice."

No repercussions for Rolling Stone reporter, editors in U.Va. rape story

There will be no repercussions for the investigative reporter or editors responsible for a now-retracted Rolling Stone cover story in November that falsely accused Phi Kappa Psi fraternity members at the University of Virginia of gang-raping a freshman coed. Published April 5, 2015

This image released by NBC shows Amanda Knox during an interview on the "Today" show in New York on Sept. 20, 2013. Knox defended her decision not to return to Italy for a new appeals trial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate, even as she acknowledged that "everything is at stake," insisting she is innocent. In March, Italy's supreme court ordered a new trial for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend. An appeals court in 2011 had acquitted both, overturning convictions by a lower court. Italian law cannot compel Knox to return for the new legal proceeding. (Associated Press/NBC, Peter Kramer) **FILE**

Amanda Knox murder conviction reversed by Italian court

A nearly eight-year ordeal for American Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Rafaelle Sollecito came to a stunning end Friday as Italy's highest court reversed the pair's convictions from an appellate court, effectively finding them both innocent of murder. Published March 27, 2015

** FILE ** White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett.

White House dismisses Hillary-Jarrett story as untrue, nonsense

White House officials emphatically denied Monday a report that senior White House aide Valerie Jarrett had ordered the State Department to launch a series of probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published March 15, 2015

Deputy Chief of Protocol Dennis Cheng (right) greets former British Prime Minister and Quartet Representative Tony Blair upon arrival at the State Department in Washington for a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Aug. 31, 2010. (Associated Press)

Scrutiny grows for fundraiser who followed Clinton to State Department

Throughout their time in the spotlight, Bill and Hillary Clinton have been dogged by questions about a blurred line between political fundraising and official actions. From Buddhist monks, White House coffees and the Lincoln Bedroom to fundraising bundlers and Whitewater investment partners who went to prison, the questions have persisted for two decades. Published March 10, 2015

Hillary has Something to Hide Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Hillary’s Watergate

It is hard to imagine the 2016 presidential race without Hillary Clinton. Published March 8, 2015

John Jackson, co-owner of Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Illinois, shows off an AR-15 assault rifle. The Second Amendment Foundation will launch a nationwide TV and radio campaign Monday aimed at exposing legal holes in President Obama's executive actions to ban ammunition commonly used in AR-15s. (Associated Press)

Gun group takes aim at Obama AR-15 ammunition ban

The Second Amendment Foundation will launch a nationwide TV and radio campaign Monday aimed at exposing legal holes in President Obama's executive actions to ban ammunition commonly used in AR-15 sport utility rifles. Published March 8, 2015

Niger Innis, national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality. (Associated Press)

CPAC attendees decry widespread attacks on citizen personal freedom

On the day the government took the largest single step on regulating the Internet, conservatives at CPAC warned that more assaults are being directed at individual freedom, from taxation of electronic cigarettes to food and dietary guidelines. Published February 26, 2015

The chairman of a special House committee created to investigate the 2012 Benghazi tragedy on Monday instructed his staff to review secretly recorded tapes and intelligence reports that detail Hillary Clinton's role in advocating and executing the war in Libya, opening the door for a possible expansion of his probe. (Associated Press)

House Benghazi committee to review secret Hillary tapes on Libya

The chairman of a special House committee created to investigate the 2012 Benghazi tragedy on Monday instructed his staff to review secretly recorded tapes and intelligence reports that detail Hillary Clinton's role in advocating and executing the war in Libya, opening the door for a possible expansion of his probe. Published February 2, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton is likely to face questions over whether she had an adequate plan for Libya in 2011 and whether her efforts led to the Benghazi tragedy a year later. (Associated Press)

Secret Benghazi report reveals Hillary's Libya war push armed al Qaeda-tied terrorists

Libyan officials were deeply concerned in 2011, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was trying to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power, that weapons were being funneled to NATO-backed rebels with ties to al Qaeda, fearing that well-armed insurgents could create a safe haven for terrorists, according to secret intelligence reports obtained by The Washington Times. Published February 1, 2015

The gap between Hillary Rodham Clinton's rhetoric warning of a Rwanda-like slaughter of civilians in Libya and the facts gathered by career intelligence staff is taking on significance as the former secretary of state prepares another bid for the White House and her national security credentials are re-examined. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's 'WMD' moment: U.S. intelligence saw false narrative in Libya

The intelligence community gathered no specific evidence of an impending genocide in Libya in spring 2011, undercutting Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's primary argument for using the U.S. military to remove Col. Moammar Gadhafi from power, an event that has left his country in chaos, according to officials with direct knowledge of the dispute. Published January 29, 2015

Echoes of the past: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recalled the Rwanda genocide in making her case for U.S. intervention in Libya. (Associated Press Photographs)

Exclusive: Secret tapes undermine Hillary Clinton on Libyan war

Top Pentagon officials and a senior Democrat in Congress so distrusted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2011 march to war in Libya that they opened their own diplomatic channels with the Gadhafi regime in an effort to halt the escalating crisis, according to secret audio recordings recovered from Tripoli. Published January 28, 2015