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Springtime for Equality

Springtime for Equality

JUNE 26 LAST YEAR, on the last day of its session, the United States Supreme Court released two momentous and long-awaited decisions. In United States v. Windsor, it ruled by a 5 to 4 majority that th...

Culture Shock: The Problem of Juvenile Justice

Culture Shock: The Problem of Juvenile Justice

WHEN the Center for Investigative Reporting recently visited the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall — widely considered one of the best juvenile detention centers in the country — they found remarkab...

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...