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The Right Coast

The Right Coast

Thoughts from San Diego on law, politics, and culture. By Thomas A. Smith.

http://rightcoast.typepad.com/rightcoast/
  • Nov 21

    30,000 missing emails from IRS' Lerner recovered | WashingtonExaminer.com

    30,000 missing emails from IRS' Lerner recovered | WashingtonExaminer.com
    Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever. via www.washingtonexaminer.com
  • Nov 21

    A Constitutional Crisis | National Review Online

    A Constitutional Crisis | National Review Online
    President Obama’s hubris has forced a constitutional crisis. Republicans need to start saying that — and acting like it. via www.nationalreview.com Well, I need to read more, but I don't think so. It's a sharp conflict between the…
  • Nov 21

    Why Gruber-gate Is So Devastating to Democrats | The Fiscal Time

    Why Gruber-gate Is So Devastating to Democrats | The Fiscal Time
    But I’m in a unique position when it comes to Gruber. My public criticism of him goes back to 2010, when he exhibited precisely the traits of deception and evasiveness that have gotten him in trouble now. In fact, he...
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Legal Theory Blog

Legal Theory Blog

Covers constitutional theory, feminist legal theory, law and economics, normative legal theory and more. By University of Illinois Professor Lawrence B. Solum.

http://lsolum.typepad.com/legaltheory/
  • Nov 21

    Cohen on Normative Foundations for Organ Market Regulation

    Cohen on Normative Foundations for Organ Market Regulation
    I. Glenn Cohen (Harvard Law School) has posted Regulating the Organ Market: Normative Foundations for Market Regulation (Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 77, No. 3, 2014) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Should organs for transplant be…
  • Nov 21

    Stinneford on Originalism & the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause

    Stinneford on Originalism & the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause
    John F. Stinneford (University of Florida Levin College of Law) has posted Death, Desuetude, and Original Meaning (William & Mary Law Review, Vol. 56, 2014) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: One of the most common objections to originalism…
  • Nov 21

    Olken on Charles Evans Hughes & Blaisdell

    Olken on Charles Evans Hughes & Blaisdell
    Samuel R. Olken (John Marshall Law School) has posted Charles Evans Hughes and the Blaisdell Decision: A Historical Study of Contract Clause Jurisprudence (Oregon Law Review, Vol. 72, p. 513, 1993) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: In 1934,…
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Juris Diversitas

Juris Diversitas

An international, interdisciplinary community for the study of legal and normative mixtures and movements.

http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 21

    SSRN ARTICLE ANNOUNCEMENT: Law and Society in Brazil at the Crossroads: A Review

    SSRN ARTICLE ANNOUNCEMENT: Law and Society in Brazil at the Crossroads: A Review
    We suggest some interesting articles from SOCIAL & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY eJOURNAL, Vol. 7, No. 155: Nov 19, 2014. Please click here to view the full full abstracts for this issue."Law and Courts in Authoritarian…
  • Nov 21

    JOURNAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Theory and Practice of Legislation new issue

    JOURNAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Theory and Practice of Legislation new issue
    Hart Publishing has just published a new issue, volume 2, no. 2, of The Theory and Practice of Legislation.Click here to visit the Journal's homepage.The Theory and Practice of Legislation aims to offer an international and interdisciplinary…
  • Nov 21

    BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Legal Innovations in Asia

    BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Legal Innovations in Asia
    Judicial Lawmaking and the Influence of Comparative LawEdited by John O. Haley, Affiliate Professor of Law, University of Washington, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University and William R. Orthwein Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus,…
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Dorf on Law

Dorf on Law

By Cornell Law School Professor Michael Dorf and his friends.

http://www.dorfonlaw.org/
  • Nov 21

    A Farewell to Basketball

    A Farewell to Basketball
    by Michael DorfMy retirement from my favorite sport looked nothing like Derek Jeter's retirement from his. There were no standing ovations, no sneaker ads, no ESPN encomia. That's fair enough. If not quite the second coming of Babe Ruth that…
  • Nov 20

    Medicare For All: The Steps Between Here and There

    Medicare For All: The Steps Between Here and There
    -- Posted by Neil H. BuchananIn my new Verdict column, "Disdainful Economists, Hubristic Jurists, and Fanatical Republicans: A Recipe for Single-Payer Health Care?" I try to figure out what the "end game" is for the great debate over the U.S.…
  • Nov 19

    Issue Voting Versus Outcome Voting in King v. Burwell

    Issue Voting Versus Outcome Voting in King v. Burwell
    by Michael DorfIn my latest Verdict column I warn of a possible danger in King v. Burwell, the latest SCOTUS challenge to Obamacare: I explain that even if a majority of the Court rejects the petitioners' argument that subsidies should not be…
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Nexus

Nexus

Chapman's Journal of Law and Public Policy

http://www.lawschoolblog.org/
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Written Description

Written Description

Reviews recent scholarship in patent law, intellectual property theory, and innovation. By Christopher Suarez, Sarah Tran, and Tan Mau Wu.

http://writtendescription.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 20

    Tun-Jen Chiang on Patentable Subject Matter

    Tun-Jen Chiang on Patentable Subject Matter
    Patent law is usually justified on utilitarian grounds. To be sure, significant contrary views have appeared in recent scholarship. For example, Professor Robert Merges’ work provides a partly Lockean  account of intellectual…
  • Nov 18

    Frakes & Wasserman on Time-Crunched Patent Examiner

    Frakes & Wasserman on Time-Crunched Patent Examiner
    Next in my CELS IP recap: Melissa Wasserman (Illinois) presented Is the Time Allocated to Review Patent Applications Inducing Examiners to Grant Invalid Patents?: Evidence from Micro-Level Application Data (coauthored with Michael Frakes at…
  • Nov 12

    Abrams et al. on Patent Value and Citation

    Abrams et al. on Patent Value and Citation
    Next up in my CELS IP recap: David Abrams (Penn) presented Patent Value and Citations: Creative Destruction or Strategic Disruption? (with Ufuk Akcigit & Jillian Popadak), for which Browyn Hall served as the discussant. This paper…
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Religious Left Law

Religious Left Law

Politically progressive law professors from various religious traditions discuss law and cognate subjects from their unique perspectives: Legal theory, politics, and comparative theology.

http://www.religiousleftlaw.com/
  • Nov 20

    What's Wrong with the Constitution?

    What's Wrong with the Constitution?
    A recent Princeton study by Martin Gillens and Benjamin I. Page concludes that the U.S. no longer has a democracy. “Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich,…
  • Nov 16

    From behavior to belief...or the possible virtues of novel political participation

    From behavior to belief...or the possible virtues of novel political participation
    Analogous to the Pascalian prescription for acting as if one believes and has faith (‘Follow the way by which they began; by acting as if they believed, taking the holy water, having masses said, etc. Even this will naturally make you…
  • Nov 14

    Post Card From the Fringe: Right-Wing Dissidents Against Pope Franci

    Post Card From the Fringe: Right-Wing Dissidents Against Pope Franci
    The Catholic Church at this moment in history is faced with a rising chorus of right-wing dissent. This movement poses a threat to Pope Francis's reforms, but the threat should not be overblown. The self-proclaimed leader of the resistance…
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Law & Economics Prof Blog

Law & Economics Prof Blog

Edited by Murat C. Mungan, David Gamage, Eric Rasmusen, Ben Depoorter, Gerrit de Geest, Shi-Ling Hsu, Manuel A. Utset, Jr., Brian Galle and Yuval Feldman.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_econ/
  • Nov 20

    Why the U.S.-China Climate Deal Could Be A Tipping Point

    Why the U.S.-China Climate Deal Could Be A Tipping Point
    The Obama administration announced a climate agreement with China last week, which was immediately criticized as giving away the store. However, this climate agreement may be a turning point. As I wrote three years ago, and international…
  • Nov 17

    Malum in se, malum in lex

    Malum in se, malum in lex
    In my last post I deliberately contrasted "malum in se" with "malum in lex". The usual term for the second phrase is "malum prohibitum". That is better Latin, I think, and customary, but it is not parallel and…
  • Nov 17

    When Should You Feel Guilty about Copyright Violation

    When Should You Feel Guilty about Copyright Violation
    I came across some old notes of mine on how wealth maximization would construct a norm for when one should feel guilty about violating copyright. Such violations are situations where malum in se and malum in lex differ often. The...
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Federalist Society Multimedia…

Federalist Society Multimedia Archive

Audio of recent events, speeches and conferences of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

http://www.fed-soc.org/publications/page/multimedia-from-past-federalist-society-events-2014
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The Albany Government Law Review…

The Albany Government Law Review Fireplace

The Albany Government Law Review runs this student written and edited law blog engaged in substantive law review-like legal analysis and academic speculation.

http://aglr.wordpress.com/
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Tillers on Evidence and Inference

Tillers on Evidence and Inference

The evidence blog of Professor Peter Tillers of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

http://tillerstillers.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 5

    National Academies Press: Eyewitness Identification

    National Academies Press: Eyewitness Identification
    See new report on eyewitness identification published by the National Academies Press. &&& The dynamic evidence page Evidence marshaling software MarshalPlan
  • Sep 19

    Wigmore Lifetime Achievement Award

    Wigmore Lifetime Achievement Award
    Peter Tillers will be the recipient of the Wigmore Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s (Jan. 2015) AALS meeting; the presentation will be made during our section’s joint luncheon with the Criminal Justice section. Thanks to…
  • Sep 18

    Precise reasoning about reasoning with fuzzy word

    Precise reasoning about reasoning with fuzzy word
    Comment by Tillers: legal scholars might avoid uttering a great deal of nonsense about imprecise legal concepts if they took the trouble to study fuzzy logic. Lotfi A.…
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Journal of Law, Economics & Policy

Journal of Law, Economics & Policy

From George Mason University School of Law.

http://jlep.net/home/
  • Sep 30

    JLEP Congratulates Its New Candidate Members!

    JLEP Congratulates Its New Candidate Members!
    The Journal of Law, Economics & Policy would like to announce and welcome its 2014-2015 Candidate Members.  Congratulations! Elif Aksoy Gwen Ball Liz Dalton Matt Devendorf Manmeet Dhindsa Sammy Grunberg Christopher…
  • Apr 4

    JLEP Congratulates Its 2014-2015 Incoming Masthead

    JLEP Congratulates Its 2014-2015 Incoming Masthead
     Editor-in-Chief Daniel Russell Executive Editor Karen Schroeder Managing Editor Jacob Hamburger Senior Articles Editor James Beaty Senior Notes Editor Jeff Kuhlman Notes Editor Tamta Zhorzholiani Senior Research Editors Daniel McCain…
  • Mar 22

    JLEP Featured On Blog “Above The Law”

    JLEP Featured On Blog “Above The Law”
    The Journal of Law, Economics & Policy was recently featured on the popular blog Above The Law for its Fall 2013 issue!  In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the pivotal Supreme Court decision Erie Railroad v.…
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Jurisdynamics

Jurisdynamics

Describes the interplay between legal responses to exogenous change and the law's own endogenous capacity for adaptation. By Louis D. Brandeis Dean Jim Chen.

http://jurisdynamics.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 13

    Call for papers: Ebola and the law

    Call for papers: Ebola and the law
    Call for papers Ebola and the Law Biolaw section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS)Washington, D.C.Monday, January 5, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The 2014 west African outbreak of the Ebola virus is the most severe epidemic…
  • Apr 23

    Minority Television Project, Inc. v. FCC, No. 13-1124, Brief for Amici Curiae Law Professors in Support of Petitioner

    Minority Television Project, Inc. v. FCC, No. 13-1124, Brief for Amici Curiae Law Professors in Support of Petitioner
    Minority Television Project, Inc. v. FCC, No. 13-1124, Brief for Amici Curiae Law Professors in Support of Petitioner, available at http://bit.ly/MinorityTelevisionAmicus: This brief amicus curiae in support of petitioner Minority Television…
  • Mar 25

    An Agricultural Law Jeremiad: The Harvest Is Past, the Summer Is Ended, and Seed Is Not Saved

    An Agricultural Law Jeremiad: The Harvest Is Past, the Summer Is Ended, and Seed Is Not Saved
    James Ming Chen, An Agricultural Law Jeremiad: The Harvest Is Past, the Summer Is Ended, and Seed Is Not Saved, 2014 Wisconsin Law Review (forthcoming), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2387998 or http://bit.ly/SeedIsNotSaved, and to be…
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Lawyers are boring.

Lawyers are boring.

Covers Taxonomy, Open Access, Free Legal Sources, Plain Language, BigData, IT to create new law and new lawyers.

http://lawyersareboring.tumblr.com
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The Becker-Posner Blog

The Becker-Posner Blog

A law and economics blog by University of Chicago Law School Professors Gary Becker and Senior Lecturer Judge Richard Posner

http://uchicagolaw.typepad.com/beckerposner/
  • May 10

    Farewell

    Farewell
    In memoriam: Gary S. Becker, 1930-2014. The Becker-Posner blog is terminated. Richard A. Posner
  • Mar 14

    Sabbatical Notice

    Sabbatical Notice
    Starting this weekend, we will be taking a one-month sabbatical from blogging. We will resume at the end of that period.
  • Mar 3

    The Embargo of Cuba: Time to Go- Becker

    The Embargo of Cuba: Time to Go- Becker
    The US embargo of Cuba began in 1960, a year after Fidel Castro turned this island toward communism. It was extended to food and medicines in 1962, the same year as the showdown with Russia over the installation of missiles there. The embargo…
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Law, Politics & Culture

Law, Politics & Culture

Covers social science approaches to law and legal institutions, legal doctrine and legal policy implementation, and profession issues for academics. By Professors Jeff Yates and Andrew Whitford.

http://lawandcourts.com/
  • Apr 23

    Josh Zingher on social group membership and the evolution of political partie

    Josh Zingher on social group membership and the evolution of political partie
    Josh Zingher has posted his paper “An Analysis of the Changing Social Bases of American Political Parties: 1952-2008″ on SSRN. Josh is is a Doctoral Candidate in Political Science at Binghamton University.  His research…
  • Jan 2

    Binge-watching with Obama

    Binge-watching with Obama
    From Margaret Carlson at Bloomberg View: Obama hearted “Cards” just a few weeks ago when he took aside Netflix Inc. Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings at a White House meeting of technology gurus to discuss problems with…
  • Dec 23

    Do Policy Messengers Matter?

    Do Policy Messengers Matter?
    If you download this paper, it will change your life — I mean, it will if you believe in the whole ‘Butterfly Effect’ phenomenon …. My co-author, Scott Boddery, recently posted our paper “Do Policy Messengers…
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BlawgConomics

BlawgConomics

Explores the intersection of law and economics. By Joshua Sturtevant.

http://blawgconomics.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 5

    The Problem with Libertarianism

    The Problem with Libertarianism
    Libertarianism has created some excitement among the American masses recently in lock-step with the perception that government interference in citizens' lives is on the rise. However, opponents like to point out that libertarianism…
  • Nov 4

    Obamacare Proving My Point Better Than I Ever Could

    Obamacare Proving My Point Better Than I Ever Could
    I have spoken unfavorably about Obamacare many times on this page. While I didn't like the voting process related to it, the forced coverage language or the taxes and the rising costs that would necessarily be associated…
  • Nov 2

    The Price of Liberty...

    The Price of Liberty...
    I had to make a quick stop into the office this morning. Unfortunately, part of the Metro system I would have taken was closed. Fear not dear readers - this was due to weekend track work, not a lesser-reported government…
Rank this Week: 1114

Point of Law Forum

Point of Law Forum

Provides information and opinion on the U.S. litigation system. By the Manhattan Institute and AEI Liability Project. Contributors include Professors Michael Krauss, David Bernstein, Lester Brickman, Michael DeBow, Richard Epstein, Daniel P. Kessler and Stephen Presser.

http://www.pointoflaw.com/
  • Nov 27

    Chairman Schapiro's Troubled Tenure at the SEC

    Chairman Schapiro's Troubled Tenure at the SEC
    Chairman Schapiro announced yesterday that she will be stepping down as head of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in several weeks. Accompanying her announcement, was a nine-page list of her accomplishments during her nearly…
  • Nov 26

    The Philadelphia Story

    The Philadelphia Story
    The success of trial lawyers in Philadelphia has come at the expense of the Pennsylvania economy. Our own Jim Copland explains in an op-ed and at great detail in Trial Lawyers Inc. - Philadelphia....
  • Nov 25

    Senator-elect Warren's Quandary

    Senator-elect Warren's Quandary
    There has been a lot of speculation about whether Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren will get a seat on the Senate Banking Committee, a perfect forum to go after the financial industry. If Ms. Warren does get the coveted spot, she may...
Rank this Week: 112

The Legal Conservative

The Legal Conservative

Discusses law and cases from a conservative perspective. By the Woodring Law Firm.

http://www.woodringlawfirm.com/legal_conservative_blog
  • May 2

    Individual Mandate: 2 Lawyers Debate Constitutionality: Introduction

    Individual Mandate: 2 Lawyers Debate Constitutionality: Introduction
    Individual Mandate: 2 Lawyers Debate Constitutionality: Introduction. First of three articles I have the privilege to write for Medscape to cover the healthcare lawsuit argued topics. Note, you may have to do a free sign up to access the…
  • Sep 6

    Nice Background on Florida Solicitor General Scott Makar

    Nice Background on Florida Solicitor General Scott Makar
    A Certain Appeal || Gulf Coast Business Review | Tampa Bay, Bradenton, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Naples. Interesting read on the background of a friend, Solicitor General Scott Makar.  I believe at this point he is the longest serving Florida…
  • Aug 12

    Breaking: Eleventh Circuit Rules Obamacare’s Individual Mandate is Unconstitutional – Forbe

    Breaking: Eleventh Circuit Rules Obamacare’s Individual Mandate is Unconstitutional – Forbe
    Breaking: Eleventh Circuit Rules Obamacare’s Individual Mandate is Unconstitutional – Forbes. This is a 300 pg. opinion, so more comments to follow.  11th Circuit decision on Constitutionality of Healthcare Nice Quotes: In sum, the…
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Respondeat

Respondeat

Covers New York state law specifically, and law and philosophy generally.

http://respondeat.wordpress.com
Rank this Week: 3971

Zeugma

Zeugma

Covers legal education, technology, rhetoric and legal theory. By Lancaster University's Sefton Bloxham, University of Warwick's Patricia McKellar, University of Strathclyde's Karen Barton and Glasgow Graduate School of Law's Paul Maharg.

http://zeugma.typepad.com/zeugma/
  • Jul 18

    Moving on...

    Moving on...
    I'm moving blog host, from Typepad to Wordpress.  I hadn't expected to go, but Typepad's recent newsletters on their company policies are making me edgy and, having been stung, like many academics, by Ning's recent policy changes (Dropbox…
  • May 17

    Ross Priory, 2011

    Ross Priory, 2011
    Spent two days at the invitation of Alan Paterson (Strathclyde) and Richard Susskind discussing legal practice and legal education at Ross Priory, Strathclyde's retreat house on Loch Lomond, which has one of the best views anywhere in…
  • Apr 29

    New book series: Emerging Legal Learning - call for title

    New book series: Emerging Legal Learning - call for title
    Over the past six months or so, amongst much else I've been involved in putting together a couple of book series.
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The TransAtlantic Assembly

The TransAtlantic Assembly

Blog of American and European Practitioners and Academics on European and American Constitutional Law (with an eye to the European Constitution), International Law, European Law, and Law and Philosophy.

http://transatlanticassembly.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 4

    Italy's tragic future

    Italy's tragic future
    Silvio Berlusconi is a modern dictator. He controls all the most important functions of the state and is THE key player in the private sphere. Modern dictators are characterized by an ability to disguise their authoritarianism through subtle…
  • Sep 2

    No to Barroso

    No to Barroso
    Does anyone out there know who Barroso is? More importantly does anybody know what was his best achievement during his four years as President of the European Commission, the highest institution within the EU? Very few will be able to answer…
  • Jul 25

    Obama's Transatlantic Speech

    Obama's Transatlantic Speech
    Berlin was like a honeymoon between America and Europe. But Obama's honey words, were a little too sweet:
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Brian Leiter's Legal Philosophy…

Brian Leiter's Legal Philosophy Blog

Covers jurisprudence, legal realism, and legal theory. By Professor Brian R. Leiter and Prof. Daniel Filler

http://leiterlegalphilosophy.typepad.com/leiter/
  • Apr 14

    Green on Legal Realism and Naturalized Jurisprudence

    Green on Legal Realism and Naturalized Jurisprudence
    Via Solum, I learn that my (part-time) colleague Les Green's (long-gestating) paper on "Law and the Causes of Judicial Decision" is finally on SSRN (it will appear in final form in Green's forthcoming collection of papers from OUP).  I have…
  • Mar 28

    Jurisprudence II: Objectivity

    Jurisprudence II: Objectivity
    My tentative Spring Quarter Syllabus (Download Jurisprudence II Syllabus 2009), for those who might be interested.
  • Mar 12

    Which journals publish the highest quality work in philosophy of law?

    Which journals publish the highest quality work in philosophy of law?
    A new poll, which might provide some useful information for younger scholars figuring out where to submit their work.
Rank this Week: 3648

Federalist Society - University of…

Federalist Society - University of Washington Chapter

Covers limited government, freedom, federalism and judicial restraint.

http://uwfedsoc.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 25

    Somebody bless us, or something

    Somebody bless us, or something
    This is an encouraging sign. The freedom to worship whatever God we find most pleasing is perhaps the most fundamental freedom; it signifies freedom of thought. The fact that Iraqis are now free to worship Jesus if the mood strikes them…
  • Dec 15

    Fifth Amendment Victory

    Fifth Amendment Victory
    Saw an interesting post over on The Volokh Conspiracy about a first dip into a murky 5th Amendment issue - can the gov't compel a suspect to enter a computer password? A man was detained at the Vermont-Canada border on suspicion of…
  • Nov 22

    Holiday (Second Amendment) Reading

    Holiday (Second Amendment) Reading
    The Supreme Court's grant of cert. in DC v. Heller reminded me of an entertaining article on the Supreme Court's last Second Amendment ruling in 1939. I recommend Brian Frye, The Peculiar Story of United States vs. Miller, NYU Journal of Law…
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