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Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion

IN SUSPICION NATION, best-selling author Lisa Bloom has written two books and put them under one cover. The first book is a dissection of the Trayvon Martin case with a highly critical analysis of the...

An Illiberal Reading of the Constitution

An Illiberal Reading of the Constitution

BEWARE OF SCHOLARS claiming the one true path by positioning themselves between two other positions deemed extreme or misguided. In his new book, The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Ques...

Acquittal Fails to Illuminate

Acquittal Fails to Illuminate

THE CHINESE SAY that: “To enter a courtroom is to enter the mouth of the dragon.” Charles Dickens, who spent many years in a courtroom, said: “Suffer any wrong that can be done you rather than c...

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 ...