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Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, a legal analyst for The Washington Times, can be reached at

Articles by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Martin Luther King III told The Washington Times he believes that Washington can combat poverty without creating a welfare state. The key, he said, is generating new opportunities for the poor, and the first step should be to appoint a "poverty czar" to focus on poverty-stricken Americans. (Associated Press)

MLK III, Rand Paul aim to fight poverty without creating welfare state

Martin Luther King III is on a mission to revive his late father's 1968 anti-poverty campaign in hopes to quell unrest in places like Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri — and he's taking his message straight to the White House and all of the 2016 presidential contenders. Published May 24, 2015

Teamsters President James P. Hoffa let UPS withdraw from the Teamsters Central States Health and Welfare Pension Fund in exchange for organizing workers at a new subsidiary, a move unsupported by the fund's executive committee. (associated press)

Teamsters spend big on politics while preparing to cut pensions

The Teamsters have begun informing retirees and current workers that their pension benefits may soon be cut, the final ironic twist to a lobbying campaign that saw the union spend its own members' dollars to win the right to shrink their retirement pay. Published May 20, 2015

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber raised suspicion during his re-election campaign when he shut down the state's health care exchange. (Associated Press)

Kitzhaber scrapped workable Oregon health exchange for political benefit

Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber was told in early 2014 that the Obamacare state health care exchange his administration spent $305 million building could be made operational. But his administration chose instead to scrap the project and seek a scapegoat to keep the fiasco from harming his re-election, according to evidence turned over to congressional investigators. Published May 18, 2015

legal experts say Marilyn Mosby is in danger of running afoul of the Maryland Bar standards barring prejudicial conduct by prosecutors, or at the very least traveling down a well-worn path of failed celebrity prosecutions like those involving O.J. Simpson, George Zimmerman or the Duke lacrosse players. (Associated Press)

Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby under fire for political, celebrity conduct

Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore City State Attorney in charge of prosecuting six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray, Jr., is coming under increasing criticism from defense attorneys and legal scholars who think she is politicizing the case and using her prosecutorial power to create her own celebrity. Published May 11, 2015

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