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Lawyers, Judges, and Money

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On April 16, 2008
The recently retired Justice O'Connor recently spoke at Hunter College with Justice Breyer, and was asked by a student if there was a vote she regretted casting. After rejecting the student's suggestion that she choose Bush v. Gore, O'Connor named a case in involving judicial...

The Individualized Second Amendment

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On March 19, 2008
The first question about the D.C. gun case is, how will they rule? Reporters who observed the oral argument today seem nearly certain that 1)a majority of the Court will find some individual right to gun ownership in the Second Amendment, and 2)the D.C. gun...

Exclusionary Rule Back On the Chopping Block

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On February 20, 2008
I cringe whenever I see that the Roberts Court is taking a case like this:In theory, a criminal-law doctrine known as the exclusionary rule forbids prosecutors from using evidence obtained by the police as the result of an improper search. In practice, the rule has...

Bad Signs for Baze

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On January 8, 2008
It's been buried by NH primary news, but it's worth noting that the Supreme Court heard Baze v. Rees yesterday. The case challenges Kentucky's use of a three-drug cocktail to execute the condemned. By all accounts, it does not look good for Baze, who is...
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