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Supremely Frustrating

Supremely Frustrating

IN RECENT DECADES the US Supreme Court has become something quite other than the crown jewel in the third branch of government. Under Chief Justices Rehnquist and Roberts it has become much more like ...

Derrida and the Death Penalty

Derrida and the Death Penalty

WHILE 48 of 49 European nations have abolished the death penalty, it remains legal in 32 US states, with no shortage of politicians and voters eager to lend it their vocal support. Surveys indicate th...

Drone Warfare: Jus Ad Bellum?

Drone Warfare: Jus Ad Bellum?

LAST MAY, during his address to Congress on national security, President Obama was interrupted by a woman’s voice from the floor. As captured on camera, the words of this disruptive questioner were ...

A Court of Law, Not of Justice

A Court of Law, Not of Justice

IN 1972, in Furman v. Georgia, the United States Supreme Court struck down Georgia’s death penalty law as constituting cruel and unusual punishment, suggesting the end of capital punishment in Ameri...

What exactly is "piracy" in the digital age?

What exactly is "piracy" in the digital age?

“PIRACY,” the newly created National Intellectual Property Rights Protection Coordination Center (IPR Center) informs DVD viewers, “is not a victimless crime.” Setting aside the fact that the ...

Words Matter: Marcia Coyle's "The Roberts Court"

Words Matter: Marcia Coyle's "The Roberts Court"

THERE IS A TELLING MOMENT early in the new book, The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution, when author Marcia Coyle quotes a 2011 interview with Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Wha...

On Defending Mike Diana

On Defending Mike Diana

MIKE DIANA has become the stuff of lore: on March 29, 1994, a jury in Pinellas County, Florida, found the comics creator guilty of three counts of obscenity. He was sentenced to undergo several punish...