Gilad Edelman, a Washington Monthly contributing editor, is a politics writer for WIRED. He was formerly executive editor of the Monthly. His writing has also appeared in the New Yorker, Slate, and the Washington Post. Gilad has a degree from Yale Law School but is not a lawyer and can’t give you legal advice. Before journalism and the law, he had a brief career as a jazz saxophonist.
Ex-offenders need jobs to stay out of jail. But easy access to criminal records, a gift of the Internet age, means that employers won’t hire them.
“Textualists” argue that courts should read statutes without even asking what Congress intended; but here’s how they smuggle that question back into cases