In 2008, before he was the Solicitor General of the United States, Donald B. Verrilli Jr. argued the dangers of administering the three drug lethal injection protocol in Baze v. Rees. Now, following the botched execution of Clayton D. Lockett, many of the risks highlighted by General Verrilli have come true. Writing for The New York Times, ACS Board Member Linda Greenhouse discusses the state of capital punishment.
Adam Liptak at The New York Times describes the troubling case of Billy Wayne Cope, a man convicted of raping and murdering his 12 year-old daughter. After confessing three times to the crime, Cope’s lawyers are appealing his conviction, blaming intense police interrogation for his multiple confessions.
The Utah Supreme Court has granted a stay in response to previous orders for the state’s Department of Health “to issue birth certificates in same-sex parent adoptions.” The Associated Press has this story.
As we celebrate this year’s college graduates, Henry Louis Gates Jr. at The Root introduces his readers to America’s “first black collegians who faced a system that explicitly favored the white elite.”
Gerard Magliocca at Concurring Opinions examines the influence of M’Culloch v. Maryland and The Federalist.
An unclassified report released Wednesday by the departments of Justice and Defense assured members of Congress that “if Guantánamo Bay detainees were relocated to a prison inside the United States, it is unlikely that a court would order their release onto domestic soil.” Charlie Savage at The New York Times discusses how the report “addresses concerns over President Obama’s plan to close the controversial prison.
Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg upheld Washington, D.C.’s strong post-Heller gun regulations, finding that they “pass constitutional scrutiny.” Ann E. Marimow at The Washington Post has the story.
At The Week, Matt Bruenig argues in favor of term-limiting Supreme Court justices. In his article, Bruenig supports a proposal that would enable Supreme Court judges to serve single, staggered 18-year terms.
Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. Lesli A. Maxwell at Education Week explains why “school diversity remains more complex than ever.”
Amanda Holpuch at The Guardian comments on a report by Human Rights Watch which shows how young children who are “planting, weeding, and harvesting nicotine plants” are being “endangered by nicotine exposure in tobacco fields.”
At the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Judith E. Schaeffer notes that “when it comes to marriage discrimination, the Commonwealth of Virginia has a great deal to learn from its own history.”
Writing for CNN, Eric Segall urges the Supreme Court to televise its oral arguments and argues why life tenures for the justices must be removed.
At The New York Times, Charlie Savage discusses why the Obama administration is being accused of ignoring “statements it made to the Supreme Court about warrantless surveillance.”
Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a stay of the execution for Robert
James Cambell due to his intellectual disability. Mark Berman at The Washington Post reports on what “would have been the eighth execution in Texas and the 21st execution in the country so far this year.”
The Court of Justice of the European Union issued a ruling yesterday that experts say “could force Google and other search engines to delete references to old debts, long-ago arrests and other unflattering episodes.” The Associated Press addresses the implications of the court’s decision.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is calling for the impeachment of Arkansas Judge Christopher Piazza who struck down the gay marriage ban that Gov. Huckabee signed into law 17 years ago. Mario Trujillo at The Hill has the story.
Writing for The Daily Beast, Daniel I. Weiner discusses “the worst campaign finance ruling” since Citizens United.
In an op-ed for The Boston Globe Harvard Law Professors Charles Fried and Laurence H. Tribe discuss why the concerns raised by some over the nomination of David Barron to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit do not “justif[y] delaying a vote, or denying Barron a seat on the First Circuit.”
At Just Security, David Cole notes “why civil libertarians and drone critics should support David Barron.”
Fred Wertheimer at Democracy 21 explains why, when it comes to campaign finance, “one day, there will be a new majority on the Supreme Court that reflects the views about ‘corruption,’ contribution limits and corporate spending in elections, held by the Supreme Court for decades until 2010.”
Douglas Laycock at Balkinization discusses why the Supreme Court’s decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway “was no surprise…but [still] deeply disappointing.”
“What is it like to visit your mom in prison on Mother’s Day?” Katie Rose Quandt at MotherJones addresses the realities surrounding the “1 in 28 children in the US [who] have a parent behind bars.”