By Hudson Kingston Why do governments kill people? Ignoring the extra cost and unequal application of the death penalty for a moment, what are the justifications for keeping it in a democratic society? … [Read more...] about Where is Thy Sting?
Archives for November 2012
By David Yin On Nov. 9th the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Maryland v. King, 425 Md. 550 (2012), a case from the Maryland Court of Appeals, that state’s highest court. Maryland, like many states, has a statute requiring state and local police to collect DNA samples from individuals merely arrested for crimes of violence or burglary, MD Code Pub. Safety § 2-504. The … [Read more...] about Maryland v. King: The Constitutionality of DNA Fingerprinting for Arrestees
By Anthony Kammer Florida State University law professor Franita Tolson had an interesting guest post at Rick Hasen’s Election Law Blog this weekend, laying out an argument that might end up being important in the constitutional challenge of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. To provide some background, the issue before the Court in Shelby County v. Holder is whether … [Read more...] about What is a “proportional” congressional response when states violate people’s voting rights?
By Jonathan Peters Dear Walter, I teach journalism courses at the University of Missouri and Ohio University, and every semester I help freshmen and sophomores write their first stories. Many of them struggle. They don’t know what to include, where to put things, how to edit for clarity, and so on. As they fight the blank page, they learn how to write and how not to write. I … [Read more...] about An Open Letter to Walter Kirn About Ohio
By Jonathan Peters This is the tenth in a series of interviews I’m conducting with lawyers and scholars who’ve made a mark on freedom of expression. Follow me @jonathanwpeters on Twitter. Martin Garbus is a trial lawyer and First Amendment expert who has appeared multiple times before the U.S. Supreme Court and in trial and appellate courts around the country. His clients … [Read more...] about Martin Garbus: Citizens United is the most serious threat today to free speech, and “there are two First Amendments”
By Mark Wilson Last week’s oral arguments in companion dog-sniffing cases will probably fall along predictable lines. And by “lines,” I mean “property lines.” The Court will likely reverse Florida v. Jardines on the ground that the officer who brought adorable canine cop Franky to the front door of Jardines’ house was within the curtilage, the space adjacent to and associated … [Read more...] about Can We Get Over the Property Thing Already!