When the Nobel Committee awarded President Obama the Peace Prize in 2009, the world assumed that the Committee was making a political statement. The New York Times wrote that awarding President Obama the prize was “a (barely) implicit condemnation of [George W.] Bush’s presidency.” Indeed, President Obama had held the office for only nine months when the Nobel Committee … [Read more...] about How’s that Peace Prize Treating You?
It is not only the changing meaning of words that federal judges must navigate these days. There have also been some recent cases where federal courts have had to confront the physical world and make tough choices about the reality we see before us. To begin with, a D.C. District Court judge has settled the fact that decorative fireplaces are not meant to heat anything, so the … [Read more...] about If You Must, Mustache
Unconfirmed reports that a Saudi Arabian man who brutally murdered his five-year old daughter would be released after paying “blood money” to the girl’s mother have sparked intense debate and condemnation. The victim suffered horrific injuries, including a crushed skull, broken back, broken ribs, a broken left arm and extensive bruising and burns. The father, a self-styled … [Read more...] about Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia Under Scrutiny—Again
By Hudson Kingston Last month a judge in the UK caught a fair amount of flak from everyone, up to and including the prime minister, for saying that it takes a lot of courage to commit a burglary. He received a formal reprimand, and piqued the attention of satirist David Mitchell, who said: “David Cameron said that burglars weren’t brave at all but were ‘cowards’. I don’t know … [Read more...] about Burglary’s Silver Lining
By idalton While the world’s economic interest has focussed for much of the last month on seemingly unending negotiations in the US over the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling, certain Eurozone leaders have been trying to use this respite to make progress in resolving their own crises. Although political dramas such as those developing in Italy and Germany are attractive headlines, … [Read more...] about Evaluating Ireland’s Special Case
By Jonathan Peters Follow me @jonathanwpeters on Twitter. I have no idea if it’s ironic to have 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife (I mean, why have so many spoons in the first place?), but I do know it’s ironic to exercise your First Amendment rights in order to deport a man for exercising his First Amendment rights, all to discuss a provision of the Bill of … [Read more...] about Piers Morgan and the First Amendment
By Anthony Kammer Dylan Matthews posted a fascinating interview with law professor Barak Orbach yesterday, which goes a long way toward explaining the current, withered state of antitrust law. Robert Bork, more than any other individual, is responsible for the transformation of anti-trust law from one of the most important checks against consolidated economic and political … [Read more...] about Saving Antitrust from Bork’s Influence
By Jonathan Peters This is the eleventh 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. Rod Smolla is president of Furman University. Previously, he was dean of the Washington and Lee School of Law, dean of the University of Richmond School of Law, and director of the … [Read more...] about Rod Smolla: Most off-campus Internet speech will be ruled beyond the reach of public schools
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?
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