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Writing for the New Republic earlier this year, Eric Segall revealed his thoughts on why replacing Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court would prove so difficult. Despite common references to the nation’s highest-ranking jurists as dispassionate analysts or mere “umpires,” Segall makes clear that in his opinion, Justices and those seeking the position are partisan […]

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I have been following a rather amusing story recently: one involving an eccentric attorney and some potentially salacious information. Today, the Supreme Court weighed in, and Steven Nelson of U.S. News and World Report took note: The Supreme Court announced Monday it would not intervene to allow release of phone records from the late ‘D.C. […]

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NBC News’ Pete Williams reported today on oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court. The arguments stem from former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell’s criminal appeal. McDonnell was convicted in federal court two years ago for accepting bribes while in office. From Williams’s report: A jury convicted McDonnell in 2014 on a host of federal bribery charges […]

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Last December, I wrote about the arguments before the Supreme Court in the case of Evenwel v. Texas. The plaintiffs were attempting to use the “one person, one vote” principle established by a history of Court rulings to change the system of apportioning Texas’ congressional districts. Currently, states use total population in dividing up districts. […]

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Most people seem to believe that Judge Merrick Garland—President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court vacancy—will not be given a hearing by the US Senate. Senate Republicans appear staunch in their position that they will only consider a nominee from the next President. Garland, according to the common wisdom, is a sacrificial lamb; his moderate bona […]

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Public defenders do not choose their clients (I know this firsthand; I have been one for almost ten years). Public defenders are assigned defendants who cannot afford to hire their own attorney, but who are nonetheless entitled to one. In turn, that attorney is required to provide a zealous defense. This entitlement is nothing less than […]

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On Monday, The New Yorker‘s resident Supreme Court commentator Jeffrey Toobin summarized his thoughts on the late Antonin Scalia’s legacy. Toobin doesn’t pull any punches in his critique: Belligerent with his colleagues, dismissive of his critics, nostalgic for a world where outsiders knew their place and stayed there, Scalia represents a perfect model for everything that […]

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Recently the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Montgomery v. Louisiana, essentially deciding that many prisoners serving life without parole who were juveniles when they committed their crimes may be granted a chance at freedom in their lifetimes. The case comes three years after Miller v. Alabama, which held that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juvenile […]

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Anna M. Phillips of the Tampa Bay Times reported big news yesterday from the US Supreme Court. In an 8-1 vote, the high court held in Hurst v. Florida that the state’s death penalty statute is unconstitutional. Specifically, the court decided that it is insufficient for juries on capital cases to simply recommend life or death. […]

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Writing for Slate.com, Dahlia Lithwick discusses the case of Evenwel v. Abbott, which was argued yesterday in the US Supreme Court. Lithwick sums up the competing positions: In the plainest sense, Evenwel v. Abbott simply asks the court to determine whether states—in this case Texas—should apportion legislative districts by counting the total population (as determined through the census) or the […]

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Slate columnist Dahlia Lithwick published an excerpt of her interview with Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, during which they discussed race as a factor in criminal court jury selection. Bright is lead counsel for Timothy Tyrone Foster, a convicted murderer whose appeal has reached the Supreme Court. At issue in his case— Foster v. Chatman— […]

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Slate columnist Dahlia Lithwick published an excerpt of her interview with Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, during which they discussed race as a factor in criminal court jury selection. Bright is lead counsel for Timothy Tyrone Foster, a convicted murderer whose appeal has reached the Supreme Court. At issue in his case— Foster v. Chatman— […]

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February 8, 2017

How does the slogan “man is a wolf to man” fit in with your later, somewhat hopeful image of camaraderie in the class struggle? I mean, if your starting assessment of human nature is correct, then doesn’t the class struggle actually come down to one group of savage beasts fighting another, the exploited class merely comprising those wolves with less opportunity to express their lupine ferocity? And don’t the exploiters no less than the exploited regularly turn against one another, so that besides the strife of classes, there is also the strife of each wolf against every other wolf? Wha...

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Slate columnist Dahlia Lithwick published an excerpt of her interview with Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, during which they discussed race as a factor in criminal court jury selection. Bright is lead counsel for Timothy Tyrone Foster, a convicted murderer whose appeal has reached the Supreme Court. At issue in his case— Foster v. Chatman— […]

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December 13, 2016

Any doubts I may have had have been thoroughly quashed.

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Slate columnist Dahlia Lithwick published an excerpt of her interview with Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, during which they discussed race as a factor in criminal court jury selection. Bright is lead counsel for Timothy Tyrone Foster, a convicted murderer whose appeal has reached the Supreme Court. At issue in his case— Foster v. Chatman— […]

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November 29, 2016

What a nice review ! I've read Bakewell and admire her courage and skill in mixing biography and philosophy in such an attractive way -- and I admire your skill in presenting the figures and themes of existentialism in an equally attractive way ! Mazel tov !

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