Arizona Takes a Step Toward Abolishing the Death Penalty
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by Austin Sarat
4d ago
Sometimes progress in the fight to end the death penalty comes in bold gestures: a legislature passes an abolition bill, or a governor orders the dismantling of death row. Other times, even small steps can signal a real change in the situation of capital punishment in this country. On January 20, newly installed Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs took such a step when she issued an executive order directing an independent commissioner to review certain aspects of the death penalty process in her state. She joined the governors of Alabama, Ohio, and Tennessee, each of whom has ordered ..read more
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What Ann Coulter Doesn’t Know and Doesn’t Want Her Readers to Know About Capital Punishment
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by Austin Sarat
1w ago
On January 18, the ultra-conservative propagandist Ann Coulter published a scathing attack against the innocence movement and a rallying cry to revive America’s fading romance with the death penalty. Her writing is, as always, engaging, even playful, and clear in its purpose to “own the libs.” It is also, however, untethered from facts and evidence. The mere fact that the death penalty drew Coulter’s attention highlights the progress death penalty opponents have made in changing the way Americans think about capital punishment. Coulter would not have bothered with an attack were ..read more
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Imagine We Lived in a Different World
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by Joseph Margulies
1w ago
Suppose we lived in a world where, when something went horribly wrong, the first question we asked was, “How do we make sure this never happens again?” That might not be the only question we ask, but it would always be the first and most important. You might think we already live in this world. We don’t. We live in a world where the first, and often the only, question we ask is, “Who is to blame for this wrong, and how can we punish them?” I hope you can see that these are two very different orientations. The first looks outward to the farthest reaches of causation. It asks, in th ..read more
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The “Not Renewed” Excuse at Hamline and Elsewhere
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by Michael C. Dorf
1w ago
Hamline University, a liberal arts college in Minnesota, has been the scene of recent controversy following the university administration’s dismissal of adjunct professor Erika Lopez Prater, whose actions the university’s vice president for inclusive excellence publicly condemned as “undeniably inconsiderate, disrespectful and Islamophobic.” Lopez Prater’s offense? In her art history class, she displayed (among many other works of art) a well-known and historically important 14th-century painting of the prophet Muhammad—but only after warning students both in her syllabus and during c ..read more
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Neither Biden nor Trump Will Be Charged with any Unlawful Conduct Resulting from Their Possession of Classified Documents, but for Very Different Reasons
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by Jon May
1w ago
I previously wrote about the hurdles facing prosecutors should former President Donald Trump be indicted for unlawfully concealing or removing documents related to national security. In that article, I reviewed in detail the statutes listed on the search warrant authorizing the FBI to search Trump’s residence and office at Mar-a-Lago. But while I addressed the various defenses Trump could raise, I did not dispute the fact that there was a factual basis for contending Trump’s conduct violated the statutes. To recap from my prior article: One year after Trump left the White House and ..read more
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No Snowflakes Here: The Cornell University Parole Initiative
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by Joseph Margulies
1w ago
There is a story you hear about young people nowadays. It’s cobbled from bits and bobs scattered across space and time. An episode in Tucson is stitched to an example from Tampa and pretty soon someone gathers all the adjectives together to create a profile: Entitled. Pampered. And most of all, obsessed with identity and identity politics. The young, we are often told, are so busy erupting in outrage over every imagined affront to their innumerable identities that they have no time for anything else, and certainly not THE SERIOUS THINGS that really matter in the world. Young people ar ..read more
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What Role, If Any, Should Hatred Play in the Justice Department’s Investigation of Donald Trump?
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by Austin Sarat
2w ago
Donald Trump lives in a world in which everything is, or must be, about him. As a June 2016 article in The Atlanticobserved, “It is almost impossible to talk about Donald Trump without using the word narcissism…. George Simon, a clinical psychologist who conducts seminars on manipulative behavior, says Trump is ‘so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because there’s no better example’ of narcissism. ‘Otherwise I would have had to hire actors and write vignettes. He’s like a dream come true.’” Like other narcissists, Trump constantly monitors how pe ..read more
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Why Unforgiveness Always Wins
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by Joseph Margulies
2w ago
This past weekend, I was happily working on my new book, which takes aim at our ruthlessly unforgiving society. I have written about the book before, so I won’t dwell on my objectives here. Suffice it to say that I had just finished a paragraph that lamented the way complaints about American life seem always to reinforce unforgiveness. It is an attitude and approach that we adopt so often and so reflexively that we have come to think of it as normal. As I wrote that last sentence, I knew I needed a few good examples that would help me make the point. You know the rule: Show, don’t tel ..read more
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Arizona Is a New Death Penalty Battleground State
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by Austin Sarat
3w ago
Arizona recently has turned into one of the key battlegrounds in American politics. Both the 2020 presidential election and last November’s midterms were hotly contested and decided by a razor-thin margin. In both instances, Democrats narrowly prevailed. One of those Democrats was Attorney General Kris Mayes. Mayes won her race by a margin of 280 votes out of two and one half million ballots cast. Mayes takes office at a time when Arizona’s use of the death penalty is in the national spotlight. She has a chance to put a brake on executions pending a thorough review and investigati ..read more
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To Become Speaker, McCarthy Undercuts Law, Order, and Country
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by Laurence H. Tribe and Dennis Aftergut
3w ago
Today the House debates the Rules extracted from newly elected House Speaker Kevin McCarthy by the “deranged disruptors”—former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich’s term. It will be the first test for McCarthy after last week’s circus where he effectively traded away the authority of leadership—and the House’s ability to function—so he could acquire the post. The movie version might be titled, “Honey, I Shrunk the Congress.” In the end, he chose ambition over law, order, and country. Law Politicoreported Saturday on a key eleventh-hour McCarthy concession—adding language to the ..read more
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