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The 2015 SCOTUS Awards: A Look Back at the Highs, Lows and Yearly Shenanigans of the Supreme Court

The 2015 SCOTUS Awards: A Look Back at the Highs, Lows and Yearly Shenanigans of the Supreme Court

Bill Blum  12.30.2015
Attention, fans of law and celebrity culture: It's that time of year when--in keeping with the grand Truthdig tradition inaugurated last...
The Supreme Court Had A Landmark Year. Here Are Its Greatest Hits.

The Supreme Court Had A Landmark Year. Here Are Its Greatest Hits.

Cristian Farias  12.23.2015
For all the talk of gridlock and dysfunction in Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court stood out this year for some quality work.  It's...
Slavery Never Ended. It Just Evolved.

Slavery Never Ended. It Just Evolved.

Jim Wallis  12.18.2015
We pilgrimaged to a lonely spot on the outskirts of the city and another site in the town of Wetumpka. We dug dirt from the holy ground...
Top Five Holiday Wishes for People in Prison

Top Five Holiday Wishes for People in Prison

Jessica S. Henry  12.17.2015
As I celebrate the holiday season surrounded by loving family and friends, my thoughts turn to the millions of incarcerated men and women...
2015 Was A Historic Year For The Death Penalty In America

2015 Was A Historic Year For The Death Penalty In America

Kim Bellware  12.15.2015
From papal speeches to street protests, death penalty news loomed large in 2015.   Some states like Pennsylvania,...
What the Number of Veterans on Death Row Really Tells Us

What the Number of Veterans on Death Row Really Tells Us

Chris Marvin  12.11.2015
The number of veterans on death row is disproportionate to their presence in the general population -- but the fact is that veterans are...
Executioner Wanted -- Care to Apply?

Executioner Wanted -- Care to Apply?

Garry Rodgers  12. 7.2015
Surveys consistently indicate a majority of North American adults support capital punishment... under the right circumstances. So if you...

My Life and Guns

Susanne Mentzer  12. 7.2015
Writing about the arts seems light-weight at the time of extreme violence. I cannot sit silently anymore regarding the tragic events of...
Is the Criminal Justice System Just and What Do We Do if It's Not?

Is the Criminal Justice System Just and What Do We Do if It's Not?

Hope Lloyd  12. 3.2015
It's been demonstrated time and time again that the trends and tenets of mass incarceration in America are regrettable and wrong. But regret...
Jeb Bush Says He's Conflicted On The Death Penalty. His Record Tells Another Story.

Jeb Bush Says He's Conflicted On The Death Penalty. His Record Tells Another Story.

Jason Cherkis  12. 3.2015
In December 2006, Warden Randall Bryant visited Angel Diaz at his cell in the death house. Diaz had a week to go before his execution,...
Bernie Sanders Takes On Trump, Wall Street and Citizens United in This Epic Animated Rap Video

Bernie Sanders Takes On Trump, Wall Street and Citizens United in This Epic Animated Rap Video

Brian Hanley  12. 2.2015
You couldn't have scripted it any better. On one hand you have Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist, and on the other, Donald Trump,...
Congressional Candidate Wants To Execute Some Repeat Border Crossers

Congressional Candidate Wants To Execute Some Repeat Border Crossers

Andy Campbell  12. 1.2015
Iowa state Sen. Mark Chelgren (R) has a message for any immigrant felons who re-enter the U.S. illegally: You should be executed. Chelgren...
Can a Lawyer Oppose a Client's Plea to Live?

Can a Lawyer Oppose a Client's Plea to Live?

Brandon L. Garrett  12. 1.2015
Lawyers cannot give up working on a case, or put their own interests above their client's. And yet that is what two Texas lawyers appear...
Saudi Arabia To Execute 50 People Accused Of Terrorism: Report

Saudi Arabia To Execute 50 People Accused Of Terrorism: Report

Reuters  11.26.2015
RIYADH, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia plans to execute more than 50 people convicted of terrorism, two Saudi newspapers reported this...