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Obergefell v. Hodges: Marriage, but not Equality

  On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court decided in favor of extending to same-sex couples the right to marry. The case, Obergefell v. Hodges, made national a conception of marriage that had already been enacted in 37 states: that two members of either sex could marry. Though it notably […]

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The 2016 Election and Capital Punishment

The 2016 Election and Capital Punishment

2016 hasn’t been a great year for opponents of the death penalty. But Steffen Seitz blogs about a few reasons for hope, and a way forward.

Thinking Past Trump: Senate Races and the Supreme Court

Thinking Past Trump: Senate Races and the Supreme Court

“Before the death of Scalia, the court had been one of the most conservative in the last century—additional nominees from the right would shift the balance disastrously.”

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Dispatches from the War on Women

Dispatches from the War on Women

Defunding Planned Parenthood would disenfranchise oppressed and marginalized groups without distinguishing along party lines. Because of this, we, as Americans, have a collective responsibility to work to empower us all, no matter what combination of privileged and oppressed identities we hold as individuals.

A History of Commodifying Criminal Justice

A History of Commodifying Criminal Justice

If anything, isolating prisons and executions from society has opened up a fertile imaginative space in which the anxieties and curiosities of the free citizenry can manifest. Rather than facilitating real empathy for the plight of the incarcerated, popular culture has appropriated the high stakes of trial and punishment for the sake of ratings and publicity.

Stop and Frisk: The Legal Challenges

Stop and Frisk: The Legal Challenges

Over the last few years, nothing has been more controversial in the American criminal justice system than the New York City Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy.

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The Progressive’s 2014 Predictions: SCOTUS

by Madhu Ramankutty – 2013 was a big year for the Supreme Court. From Marriage Equality to Affirmative Action to Section 4 of the VRA, the issues that SCOTUS considered this past year were wide in scope. So what can we expect in 2014? 

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The Dimensions of Solitude

By Daniel Teehan – If you were passing by Frist on your way to class on Thursday, you might have noticed that the perpetually hyped rugby biker had a solemn companion: a student silently occupying a seven by nine foot cell.

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The Right to Self-Defense

by Madhu Ramankutty A tattoo-covered, rat-tailed, bulky-armed, middle-aged, Vermont libertarian once asked me, “What are you going to do when you get raped in an alley? You think the government is gonna come save you?” Leaving aside his misguided assumption that my rape was inevitable, the question wasn’t all that […]

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