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Ty Alper is a clinical professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

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An Encouraging Bump in the Road to Death Penalty Abolition

(4) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 11:30 AM

I'm not a huge fan of quoting kids' political analyses. Most major policy issues are more complicated than the naive and innocent elementary school mind. Most, but not all.

So far, every four years in my 10-year-old daughter's life, the people of the United States elect an inspiring African-American president,...

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Since When Don't We Put a Price Tag on Justice?

(19) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 7:54 PM

Faced with unassailable evidence that the death penalty in California costs hundreds of millions of dollars per year, death penalty supporters tend to respond with what is intended to be a conversation stopper: "You can't put a price tag on justice."

But wait a minute....

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Watching Gay Marriage Opponents Evolve

(77) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 11:53 AM

I'm a sucker for YouTube videos of politicians who once opposed gay marriage explaining why they have changed their minds. It's a little genre that, happily, is growing.

These accounts tend to follow a pattern. They are often emotional. They almost always reference gay family members, co-workers, or friends --...

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Solving Early Baby Waking, Part I: The Christmas Morning Theory

(6) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 10:04 AM

As a new parent, you knew the goal was to get your baby to sleep through the night. What nobody told you was that "sleeping through the night" often means "waking up for good at 4:30am." Speaking as a father of three, early morning waking is perhaps the most debilitating...

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Berkeley Chancellor's Disturbing Response to Police Beating

(64) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 4:19 PM

By now, many have seen the video (embedded below) of police beating UC Berkeley students on campus Wednesday night. Some of the students were linking arms and had refused commands to move. Instead of arresting them, police in riot gear began beating them with batons. The video -- in which...

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Why the Execution of a White Supremacist Murderer Matters Too

(6) Comments | Posted September 25, 2011 | 4:15 PM

Wednesday night, two men were executed. Georgia executed Troy Davis, an African-American man whose guilt in the 1989 murder of a white police officer was very much in doubt. And Texas executed Lawrence Brewer, a white supremacist who was unquestionably guilty of the gruesome dragging death slaying of a black...

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