If so, we might have Sonia Sotomayor to thank.
Law and Justice
The shootings in Orlando and debates over transgender bathroom access show that marriage is only the beginning in the push for full equality.
I met recently with a nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce prison usage in the United States. After our meeting, I tried to come up with a list of ideas and policies that I think should have wider circulation amongst the body politic that would help to promote a deep re-thinking of mass incarceration. I… Read more »
When the Supreme Court considers what it hears this week in United States v. Texas – the Republican lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s immigration initiatives – the justices should start by getting the basic facts right, which is something that both the administration’s political opponents and lower court judges have scrupulously failed to do. While… Read more »
The 1994 crime bill is back at the center of the Democratic presidential debate. This is largely, if not solely, the result of Black Lives Matter protesters interrupting a speech last week by the man who signed it, Bill Clinton, and Clinton’s vigorous and detailed attempt to address their shouted complaints. Fact-checking sites are now… Read more »
I’m glad to see this coverage in the New York Times today acknowledging that the federal government isn’t the main event when it comes to mass incarceration, an idea to which I have long subscribed. I’ve actually been planning a longer post about this, focusing on the ways in which criminal legal scholarship is disproportionately… Read more »
It would probably delight the late Justice Antonin Scalia to know that the fight over his successor was generating constitutional controversy. Indeed, like many controversies that Justice Scalia fueled, this one concerns not only the implications of particular clauses, but the very nature of constitutional law. In nominating Judge Merrick B. Garland to succeed Justice… Read more »
Hilary BrickenÂ heads the cannabis law group at atÂ Harris Moure, PLLCÂ and will lead the panel on “investing in cannabis” at the NYU Cannabis Science & Policy Summit two weeks from now. She has some good advice both for firms in the cannabis business seeking investors and for potential investors about the risks the firms need… Read more »
PALO ALTO – Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik argued in court last week that his detention in solitary confinement violates the European Convention on Human Rights. Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing 77 people in a politically motivated bomb attack and shooting rampage in 2011. Norway takes a relatively gentle… Read more »
How many times have you heard that making pot illegal was “The New Jim Crow”, producing by design massive racial disparities in drug arrests? As is so often the case in drug policy, the data are unkind to theory. About 18 months ago, Dr. Mike Males published a report showing that legalizing/decriminalizing marijuana had if… Read more »