Monthly Archives: March 2015


Privacy Uber Alles?

By Charles McGonigal Andreas Lubitz was medically unfit to work when he apparently crashed the Germanwings flight last Tuesday, according to a doctor’s note found in Lubitz’ apartment. Why? Nobody knows. Germanwings, as his employer, would not know because German law allows these declarations to be written without a diagnosis or reason, to protect the…


Same-Sex Marriage: A View from Virginia

The following is a question-and-answer with Stuart Raphael, the Solicitor General of Virginia. Virginia has filed an amicus brief supporting the plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges, a Supreme Court case challenging state same-sex marriage bans. Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was struck down by a federal court last year in Bostic v. Schaefer. Q: Virginia’s amicus brief in Obergefell…


Equality and Liberty in the Same-Sex Marriage Case

By Michael C. Dorf Since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, invalidating Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, a clear majority of lower courts to hear challenges to state laws forbidding same-sex marriage have found for the plaintiffs. Some state executive officials—like those in New Jersey and Pennsylvania—graciously accepted…


Clinging to Capital Punishment

By Lisa Ebersole Last week the Utah state legislature passed a law that would reinstitute death by firing squad as an option for capital punishment if the state were unable to maintain adequate supplies of lethal injection drugs. Many are skeptical of this seemingly barbaric and primitive method of execution—in a recent poll only 12…


Echoes of Unsung Selmas

By Ryan Cohen As a Millennial, I have few memories of protests shaking the foundations of my world the way Selma did in 1965. That’s not because there are not injustices in society, or people determined to speak out against them. Perhaps it’s partly because my generation has found a new public forum in the…

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