Category Archives: law

Patricia Churchland on the effects of neurobiology on criminal law

Scientific American has a new article, “20 big questions about the future of humanity“, in which twenty well known scientists prognosticate about our collective fate. It’s not clear whether the questions were generated by the scientists themselves or by the magazine, but most of them, and the answers, don’t inspire me much. It’s not that I […]

Mass murderers: mental illness or extreme ideology?

Anders Breivik is the Norwegian white supremacist who killed 77 of his countrymen in 2011: 8 in a car bomb in Oslo, and then 69 later that day in a worker’s camp on an island. Many of the dead were young people. Before the murders he had written manifestos about his opposition to Muslims in his […]

Senate passes bill allowing U.S. citizens to sue Saudi Arabia for its role in 9/11

This is pretty big news, but I haven’t seen that much coverage in the press. But, according to the Independent and The New York Times, the Senate passed a bill yesterday allowing U.S. citizens to sue Saudi Arabia for its purported role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York.  This overturns previous legislation giving foreign […]

New Title IX guidelines a disaster for colleges

Note: This is not about the new Federal guidelines on transgender access to bathrooms. Please read the article before you comment! A while back, the Obama administration’s Education Department informed American colleges that those persons accused of Title IX violations (e.g., sexual harassment and assault) should be judged by “preponderance of the evidence” versus the […]

Did the FBI lie about the killing of LaVoy Finicum?

Reader Lou Jost has been doing some investigation of the shooting of LaVoy Finicum. As you may recall, Finicum was one of those who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in protest over the arrest of two ranchers for arson on federal land. That protest began in January, and on the 26th of that month […]

Chief Justice of Alabama Supreme Court suspended

Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme court has had what can charitably be called a checkered career—all based on his right-wing and hyper-religious views that repeatedly tainted his rulings. In 2003, he was removed as Chief Justice for disobeying a federal court order that he remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the […]

Obama is about to speak

At the U of Chicago, on the Supreme Court stuff. Listen live here.

Obama to speak on Supreme Court; livestreamed at 2:30 Chicago time

At 2:30 Central time (1:30 Eastern time; 8:30 London time), President Obama will be speaking at the University of Chicago Law School about the Supreme Court. We just got a link from the University News office, so if you click on the video below at that time, you’ll get to hear Obama’s talk. He’ll certainly […]

Obama to announce Supreme Court nominee this morning

Get your popcorn: this morning President Obama is going to nominate a Supreme Court justice to replace Antonin Scalia. There are, as announced by both the New York times and CBS News, three nominees on the short list. Among the finalists are the federal appellate judges Sri Srinivasan, Merrick B. Garland and Paul Watford. My money is […]

Hillary Clinton supports the federal death penalty

Here’s a video of the prime Democratic candidate supporting the federal death penalty. Clinton’s answer is in response to a question at Ohio State University from a man unjustly convicted of murder. She says she supports the penalty for “terrorists,” including American terrorists like Timothy McVeigh, “in cases where there have been horrific mass killings.” And yet, at the beginning […]

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