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MAX SOFFAR: A JEW ON DEATH ROW

By Kinky Freidman The Jerusalem Post February 2, 2005 I've seen Cool Hand Luke and The Green Mile, but I'm not a prison reform activist. I'd never interviewed anyone on death row until the middle of January, when I picked up a telephone and looked through the clear plastic divider at the haunting reflection of my own humanity in the eyes of Max Soffar. Max doesn't have a lot of time and neither do I, so I'll try to keep it brief and to the point. "I'm not a murderer," he told me. "I want people to know that I'm not a murderer.

MAX SOFFAR: A JEW ON DEATH ROW

By Kinky Freidman The Jerusalem Post February 2, 2005 I've seen Cool Hand Luke and The Green Mile, but I'm not a prison reform activist. I'd never interviewed anyone on death row until the middle of January, when I picked up a telephone and looked through the clear plastic divider at the haunting reflection of my own humanity in the eyes of Max Soffar. Max doesn't have a lot of time and neither do I, so I'll try to keep it brief and to the point. "I'm not a murderer," he told me. "I want people to know that I'm

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Leonard Fein Speaks at JSPAN Kickoff

NEWS - March, 2004 By Susan Myers More than 120 people braved the snow and ice of a mid-March storm to hear Leonard Fein, one of the nation’s leading Jewish activists, address the inaugural public meeting of JSPAN. Dr. Fein began his remarks with a series of vignettes describing several areas of the world beset by cruelties and miseries; he then introduced his audience to those individuals whose devotion to the amelioration of human suffering in these places shines forth as a beacon of hope in this difficult world.

Commentary: Church and State

JSPAN COMMENTARY - March, 2004 Washington State excludes funding to pursue a theology degree from its otherwise-inclusive scholarship aid program. In Locke v. Davey, the Supreme Court held that this does not violate the Free Exercise Clause. A JSPAN commentary follows.

JSPAN Launches Policy Center on Bioethics

JSPAN POLICY PAPER - March, 2004 Although discussions of medical ethics can be found in Jewish writings since ancient times, recent technological advances have raised a host of questions that are of special concern to the Jewish community. From enhancing fertility to sustaining life mechanically, from decoding the human genome to integrating technology into the human body, scientific progress threatens to outpace public policy. As a result, JSPAN has initiated a Policy Center to examine current issues in bioethics and propose public policy solutions.

JSPAN Launches Policy Center for Reform of Pennsylvania Election Law

JSPAN POLICY PAPER - February, 2004 It took more than two months after the 2003 general election, before Pennsylvania voters learned who won the last open seat on the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In the closest statewide election since the Civil War, the final result depended upon the resolution of court challenges and recount requests.

JSPAN Wants Sound Energy Policy

JSPAN POLICY PAPER - January, 2004 The national energy bill (S.16) that came out of conference – but was held up in the Senate by a filibuster in December – is going to be a leading issue as the Senate reconvenes this month. This bill is not a balanced energy policy, but mainly a collection of gifts to special interests. As one Senator put it, in this energy bill “No lobbyist was left behind!”
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