Bail reforms have been a failure because they neglected to factor in that fewer criminals incarcerated necessitates more police on the streets, more probation officers to monitor them, and more judges, prosecutors, and public defenders to dramatically accelerate trial dates and minimize the time between arrest and conviction, during which the accused remains free on the streets to cause more chaos.
Thank God this Brett Kavanaugh fiasco is now behind us. After weeks of hysterics, it seems especially fitting that a confirmation process, that somehow turned into a referendum on whether this country cares about women, ultimately hinged on the decision of one woman, who has now become the unlikely face, and victim, of misogyny. But […]
This is going to be a fight. Trump should select Judge Amul Thapar to go to battle with him. With the long-overdue retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, conservatives, by nature a pessimistic lot, are uniformly gleeful at the prospect of replacing this moderate “swing vote” with a judge dedicated to traditional conservative values. […]
Nominating Merrick Garland may have been the biggest mistake President Obama ever made. Christmas came in June this year for Republican followers of the Supreme Court, and let’s be honest, the Supreme Court is probably the primary reason that most Republican voters continue to vote Republican. The Good Lord knows it’s not because we ever […]
It’s always great to win and to have our fundamental rights re-affirmed. But keep in mind that the Hobby Lobby decision was only 5-4, meaning we were only one vote away from having the First Amendment line-item vetoed by the Supreme Court, and losing our right to religious freedom. There is nothing complicated about […]
In a recent lecture at Ohio State University, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg offered a theory as to why nations created judicial systems post World War II with the power to revoke legislation found to be contrary to their own constitutions. “What happened in Europe was the Holocaust,” she said, “and people came to see that […]