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Pepper Spray

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On November 21, 2011
When I called it torture, I meant it. Imagine being sprayed with a concentrated dose of something more than ten times hotter than a habanero pepper, or nearly 1000 times hotter than a jalapeno pepper. Hence: We were never warned that we were going to be pepper-sprayed. Lt. Pike walked up to my friend, and […]

To Tide You Over

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On November 9, 2011

I’m about to take the worst kind of red-eye flight, i.e. the one that leaves at 6 so you don’t get any sleep but it’s morning when you land. But I will end up in Ireland,so even if i

Litwhwick’s depressing account of the oral arguments in Perry v. New Hampshire makes it pretty clear that the Supreme Court is disinclined to require any changes to how courts deal with eyewitness testimony despite extensive evidence that its unreliability is particularly likely to lead to miscarriages of justice: In his rebuttal, Guerriero tries to explain […]
Adam Liptak has a useful roundup of yesterday’s oral argument in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of Burlington County. The case involves a blanket policy of strip searching people arrested for minor offenses.    It is a classic case where Supreme Court intervention to protect Fourth Amendment rights is warranted.   The state is […]

So We Agree!

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On October 7, 2011
Michael Medved argues: “Nevertheless, Brewer met justice nine years more promptly than the African-American, Davis. In any just society, the race of the perpetrator—or victim—should have no bearing on the treatment of a killer.” The rather obvious problem here is that Brewer was clearly guilty while Davis was convicted solely by evidence we know to […]
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