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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

Larry Klayman. (Associated Press)

NSA snooping programs taken to federal court

A public interest lawyer who says the government is "messing" with his text messages pleaded with a federal judge Monday to halt the government's electronic snooping programs, in a case that tests whether Americans will be able to challenge the NSA's phone-records collection in regular courts. Published November 18, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

SHAPIRO: No Dachau? No Auschwitz? Ignoring just as evil as denying

Last weekend, I flew from London to Munich to visit Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp, built in 1933. I'd never been to Germany before, and since I was already in London on business from the United States, I decided to use my weekend to make the journey. Published October 17, 2013

** FILE ** Amanda Knox and then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are pictured in November 2007 outside the rented house in Perugia, Italy, where 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher was found dead. (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)

Knox retrial raises questions about extradition

The retrial of Amanda Knox on murder charges in Italy and the imminent extradition of Playboy Playmate Brandi Brandt to Australia on drug charges have reignited discussion about extradition treaties and the rights of Americans accused by a foreign state. Published October 1, 2013

** FILE ** Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay talks to reporters as he leaves a lunch meeting on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Washington. A Texas appeals court tossed the criminal conviction of DeLay on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, saying there was insufficient evidence for a jury in 2010 to have found him guilty of illegally funneling money to Republican candidates. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

High-profile cases show a pattern of misuse of prosecutorial powers

ANALYSIS: It's hard to imagine the U.S. as a place where citizens have to fear overzealous prosecution, but last week's reversals in the cases of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and five New Orleans police officers are part of a troubling pattern reminiscent of the Soviet criminal justice system — a system in which the state is always right, even when it is wrong. Published September 22, 2013

SHAPIRO: Why intervention in Syria is legal

President Obama has convinced the Senate that military intervention in Syria is just and necessary, but, pending House approval, he also must convince the world that our actions will be justifiable under international law. Published September 8, 2013

** FILE ** George Zimmerman arrives in the courtroom for his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

SHAPIRO: Why Justice has no case against Zimmerman

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has promised to use the power of the U.S. government to investigate the death of Trayvon Martin, calling the teen's death "tragic" and "unnecessary." Published July 17, 2013

George Zimmerman enters the courtroom for his trial before the jury continued deliberations in Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Fla., on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Mr. Zimmerman had been charged in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

SHAPIRO: The Zimmerman prosecutors' overreach

A jury in the Trayvon Martin case acquitted George Zimmerman after 15 hours of deliberations, but the state should have dismissed its case before it was submitted to a jury, and outcries for federal prosecution are inappropriate under the circumstances. Published July 15, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

SHAPIRO: New York's defiance of the Second Amendment

Earlier this year in the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook Shootings, the state of New York defied the U.S. Supreme Court by passing the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, a complete ban on magazines that hold more than seven rounds. Published April 4, 2013

Illustration: Long-sought treasures by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

SHAPIRO: Obama's birth certificate proves Americans are powerless

Many Americans were shocked yesterday when President Obama finally released his long-form birth certificate from the state of Hawaii. The real surprise, however, is that for the past three years, our democratic institutions did not address the matter. The media refused to tackle this issue with the same investigative drive with which they investigated Watergate, President Clinton's alleged indiscretions and the George W. Bush administration's missteps in Iraq; the courts declined to hear a single case on the issue; and Congress failed to hold any hearings on the matter. Published April 27, 2011