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Fun Facts About Early Criminal Appellate Procedure

I commend this article by David Rossman about the history of appellate review of criminal convictions in America as (among other things) a trove of fun facts.  782 more words


Buyer Beware: Seeking damages under principles of contract, tort, or "contort" law?

Both contract and tort are civil wrongs affecting individuals…The distinction between contract and is an extremely difficult one to make and in many modern legal systems has become blurred… Considerable academic debate has concentrated on whether the distinction should be maintained.

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Cole, "Just War and the Ethics of Espionage"

This month, Routledge Publishing releases “Just War and the Ethics of Espionage” by Darrell Cole (Drew University).  The publisher’s description follows:

The War on Terror has raised many new, thorny issues of how we can determine acceptable action in defense of our liberties. 142 more words

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At the scene of crime with the Romans

For a number of very sensible reasons the history of Roman law has a prominent place within the study of legal history. However, in most cases we tend to focus on Roman private law, sometimes we take public law into account, and criminal law holds at its best a marginal place. 1,309 more words

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The Civil Rights Revolution

As the host of New Books in Law, I had the opportunity to interview Bruce Ackerman about his new book “We The People, Volume 3: The Civil Rights Revolution.” Check out the podcast… 308 more words

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The Mélange that Breeds Social Activism

By the summer of 1975, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall had gained a reputation as a curmudgeon with little warmth in his heart for his home city of Baltimore or the state of Maryland. 692 more words

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