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An Innocent Prisoner's Will To Be Free

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 08.15.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

After sixteen and a half years in prison for a crime I was innocent of, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated my sentence on the grounds of insufficient evidence--which is equivalent to a "not guilty" verdict--and ordered my immediate release, barring a retrial. I was released and reunited with my family.

Latino Community Rallies Around Clinton

Sara Warner | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics
Sara Warner

To see what the Trump/Clinton matchup really means, it's helpful to look not just at this week's Democratic convention but to another convention. Earlier in July, speaking to an energized crowd at the annual LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) gathering in Washington, D.C.

Is the Constitution at stake in this year's election?

The Conversation US | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Patrick Wiseman, Georgia State University If Senate Republicans are true to their word, the next president of the United States will nominate Justice...

Sex Discrimination At Wal-Mart: The "Bitches" Lawsuit That Just Won't Die

Al Norman | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Al Norman

The day before Betty Dukes and 4 other women workers at Wal-Mart dropped their suit, 6 other women from the affected plaintiff class stepped forward to assert their right to pursue their civil rights.

Un-Trapped: Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Law Limiting Abortion

The Conversation US | Posted 06.29.2016 | Women
The Conversation US

The ruling in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstadt will affect states' powers generally to limit women's access to pre-viability abortion: it throws into question the validity of laws in at least 24 other states with similar requirements.

Will SCOTUS Apply Its Ruling On Political Corruption To Itself?

Jamie Court | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Jamie Court

In light of the ruling in McDonnell v. United States, eroding conflict of interest laws and claiming violations of specific standards are necessary for proving abuse of public trust, shouldn't the Supreme Court set specific standards for itself?

A Victory for Women

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Rep. Chris Taylor

Women got a long-awaited victory today in the Supreme Court's decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. They struck down as unconstitutional tw...


Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A celebration of Latin Night at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando turned into a killing field fueled by intolerance, hate and weapons of war. Now is the time to remember those who stand up and stand together in love.

Preventing Same-Sex Divorce after the Obergefell Decision

Joslin Davis | Posted 06.24.2016 | Divorce
Joslin Davis

While the United States Supreme Court passed its landmark civil rights decision in favor of same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges last year, there...

Sport and Society for Arete - Ali

Richard Crepeau | Posted 06.06.2016 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

Looking back on this remarkable life, it seems to me that Muhammad Ali changed nearly everything. He and I are nearly the same age and so our lives ran in parallel paths that seldom crossed but often swept across similar territory.

Excluding Black Jurors Voids Georgia Murder Conviction

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 06.02.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

In a landmark 7-1 decision earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court voided a nearly 30-year-old murder conviction of a black inmate in Georgia due to...

The Overriding Importance of the Supreme Court in This Presidential Election: Do Not Throw Away Your Vote

Brenda M. Cotter | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Brenda M. Cotter

Whether or not we personally like a particular candidate, we must consider the power they will wield and the choices they will make. Nowhere is this clearer than in the power to appoint Supreme Court justices.

'The Advocate's Daughter,' A Conversation with Anthony Franze

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.25.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Minotaur Books Anthony Franze has received praise for his work as an attorney, handling cases before the Appellate and Supreme Courts. Both th...

The Supreme Court Nomination Process Has Become Hopelessly Political

Robin Elizabeth Herr, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Robin Elizabeth Herr, Ph.D.

Clearly, the Supreme Court nomination process has become hopelessly political. Reform is in order. But until that happens, the choice is left to us, the voters. This time, our vote is not just for the next four years, it is for the next generation.

Refusing to Consider Judge Merrick Garland: What Would Hamilton Think?

Brenda M. Cotter | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Brenda M. Cotter

The Republican leadership of the United States Senate has made clear that they will exercise their majority power to ensure that the Senate will not take up the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, or any other nominee, to the United States Supreme Court until a new President is elected.

In a Sense, Donald Trump Is Correct about Women and Abortions

Mark Baer | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
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Mark Baer

In a sense, Donald Trump is correct that women who have abortions if the procedure is banned should face "some sort of punishment." Before you misconstrue my opinion, please note that I have always been an advocate of pro-choice.

For Judicial Independence--and Against Elective Despotism: A Further Reply to Greg Weiner

Evan Bernick | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Greg Weiner has a problem with authority--judicial authority, that is. In an incisive (and often quite amusing) reply to my critique of his recent effort to distinguish between judicial deference to Congress (which he lauds) and judicial deference to executive agencies (which he condemns), Weiner makes plain that he regards the federal judiciary as an ever-present threat to representative democracy.

Contraceptive-Only Plans: Questions and Answers

Alina Salganicoff | Posted 03.29.2016 | Women
Alina Salganicoff

On March 23rd the oral arguments for the Zubik v. Burwell case were heard by the Supreme Court. The case involves the "accommodation" that was develop...

Texas Mothers Jailed 5 Days in Louisiana Over 2 Hot Dogs

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

The two women expected their case to go to trial. They planned to show the court their receipt for the soup and explain to the judge that Ms. Ellis is a vegan and never eats meat of any kind, much less a hot dog. But when their case came up, they were told there was not going to be a trial.

Will the Confirmation Process Ever Get Beyond Politics?

James Heffernan | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics
James Heffernan

I have news for Senator McConnell and his fellow Republican senators. When the American people re-elected Barack Obama as president in 2012, they authorized him to nominate anyone he chose to fill a vacancy on the court -- right up to his final day in office.

In Easter Week Move, Obama Nominates Jesus to Supreme Court

Flora Nicholas | Posted 03.25.2016 | Comedy
Flora Nicholas

President Obama ramped up the pressure on Republicans today by withdrawing his nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court and replacing him with what he believes to be the ultimate consensus and "Holier than thou" candidate: Jesus of Nazareth.

The Supreme Court and the Republican Coup D'état

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.20.2016 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Although there are liberals who are disappointed that President Obama did not nominate someone more in the spirit of a William Brennan or a Thurgood Marshall, Merrick Garland is an exceptional choice. But Senate Republicans, led by the likes of Mitch McConnell and Charles Grassley, refuse even to consider his nomination.

Garland: An Excellent Choice for the Supreme Court

Adam Winkler | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
Adam Winkler

No one can say that Garland is a political pick. He does not have a notably liberal record, and as a white male he does not appeal to die-hard liberals. Obama didn't pick him to motivate voters. He picked him because he is a bipartisan choice who is undoubtedly qualified for the position.

POTUS Seeking SCOTUS, Must Love Dogs and Legal Analysis

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
R.F. Hemphill

There is a delicious scenario that could play out like this, if the President were willing. Think of it as Games of Thrones without quite as much bloodshed, luscious costumes or attractive participants.

Justice Scalia's Greatest Failure

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.05.2016 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Although some measure of judicial restraint is essential to the legitimacy of constitutional interpretation, even conservatives recognize that judicial restraint in all cases would seriously abdicate a fundamental responsibility that the Framers themselves entrusted to the judiciary.