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Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, a legal analyst for The Washington Times, can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

SHAPIRO: Thomas Jefferson's Monticello welcomes naturalized immigrants on Fourth of July

Seventy-two naturalized immigrants proudly held their hands over their hearts at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Friday and pledged allegiance to America amid cheers from U.S. citizens who welcomed them — a stark contrast to the rising tensions nationwide in response to the surge of Central American immigrants crossing the U.S. border. Published July 4, 2014

Federal prosecutors won a new 18-count indictment against accused Benghazi attacker Ahmed Abu Khatallah on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (Associated Press)

ANALYSIS: Benghazi prosecution faces legal rights minefield

As the case against Benghazi suspect Ahmed Abu Khatalla proceeds, legal experts say Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights do not always apply to foreign nationals when their property is searched or they are interrogated in foreign lands. Published July 2, 2014

The Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that a diocesan priest may be forced to break the Seal of Confession.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

SHAPIRO: Supreme Court strikes down expanded abortion clinic buffer zone

It started out as a hotly contested case that revived the decades old pro-choice vs. pro-life argument, but on Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that banned protestors within 35 feet of entrances, exists and driveways of abortion clinics. Published June 28, 2014

News media crews wait for decisions in the final days of the Supreme Court's term, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Washington. The justices ruled Wednesday that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices. The justices said by a 6-3 vote that Aereo Inc. is violating the broadcasters' copyrights by taking the signals for free.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

SHAPIRO: Cellphone ruling offers hints for surveillance cases

Wednesday’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling prohibiting warrantless cellphone searches may foreshadow how justices will review and ultimately decide upcoming cases that examine the constitutionality of NSA mass surveillance programs, legal experts say. Published June 25, 2014

SHAPIRO: Experts say Redskins can win case in U.S. District Court

Legal experts say that the executive agency that stripped the Redskins of its trademark will face the very difficult task of proving that a reasonable person of ordinary sensibilities in the Native American community would view the name and logo as offensive once the suit is heard in federal court. Published June 20, 2014

"Age of Delirium" deconstructs the spell and false promises that communism held sway over Russians for nearly a century. The film is narrated by David Satter, a Russian-speaking American journalist expelled from the country by the Kremlin last December. (Associated Press)

New documentary re-examines fall of USSR

Few American journalists know how life in Vladimir Putin's Russia embraces the atmosphere of fear, secrecy and corruption that flourished in the Soviet Union. Published June 5, 2014

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette speaking about the Supreme Court's decision regarding the state's Affirmative Action law on university enrollment said that "the ruling is a victory for the Constitution, a victory for Michigan citizens, and a victory for the rule of law." (Associated Press)

Court's affirmative action ruling: A step toward respecting states' rights

With its ruling upholding the right of Michigan voters to ban racial preferences in state university admissions, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday took what legal scholars are saying one more step away from the concept of federal supremacy. Published April 22, 2014

Oscar Pistorius weeps as he listens to evidence by a pathologist in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, April 7, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder  for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)

SHAPIRO: Pistorius and South African law

An acquittal in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial could still result in a homicide conviction because of the vagaries of South African law. Published April 12, 2014

Illustration on RICO standards defense by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

SHAPIRO: How Chevron fought back against fraud with help from RICO

A federal judge's blocking of a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron in an Ecuadorean environmental lawsuit this month has generated numerous media reports about how the plaintiffs' attorneys engaged in bribery, coercion, corruption and fraud. Published April 10, 2014