by Jim Thompson
Richard L. Hasen at Talking Points Memo contends that the future composition of the Supreme Court is “the most important civil rights cause of our time,” for it will determine the fate of many current civil rights struggles.
In The Washington Post, Geoffrey R. Stone and Will Creeley urge colleges and universities to publicly reaffirm their commitment to free speech on campus.
In Washington Monthly, Steve Sanders criticizes the Christian right for hijacking the term “religious liberty,” which once reflected a bedrock American value, and abusing it such that it “became just another synonym for bigotry.”
G. Ben Cohen and Michael Admirand at the Harvard Law and Policy Review discuss the fallibility of finality in the legal system, especially in cases involving capital punishment.
Eric M. Ruben and Saul Cornell in The Yale Law Journal argue that recent decisions to strike down bans on the public carrying of handguns are rooted in nineteenth century Southern opinions that reflect a regional, outdated conception of the Second Amendment.