Category: The Law

Put Obama on the SCOTUS

Putting President Obama on the Supreme Court is sort of a no-brainer, and I expect Hillary Clinton to seriously consider it if a slot opens up while she’s serving as president. Obviously, I am making a lot of assumptions here,…

Race and Religion and the Death Penalty

Sometimes it is almost embarrassing to ask questions: While 59 percent of white Catholics favored the death penalty, only 37 percent of Hispanic Catholics felt the same. Race appears to be a better predictor of one’s beliefs about capital punishment…

A Political SCOTUS

Since I used to be a county organizer for ACORN/Project Vote, I have first-hand experience with the challenges people in our inner cities have providing the documentation they need to get hired for a simple job like going out on…

The Net Neutrality “Victory”

It’s not that I don’t think Net Neutrality is important. It’s just that I can’t be energized by every issue under the Sun. Discussing broadband throttling rates is less interesting to me than discussing macramé. So, I can’t take even…

Libertarians Prefer Clarence Thomas

In the January/February issue of the Washington Monthly, attorney Michael O’Donnell has a piece on the differences between judicial conservatives and libertarians. It’s part of a review of two new books on the Supreme Court: Overruled: The Long War for…

For Corporate Law, “The Public Be Damned”

I love a good story and Kent Greenfield’s sidebar in the January/February issue of the Washington Monthly provides one. “The public be damned,” railroad magnate William Henry Vanderbilt snorted at a reporter in 1882. The impertinent scribe had asked whether…