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Life, Prison, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Life, Prison, and the Pursuit of Happiness

ALICE GOFFMAN’S On the Run couldn’t be more aptly titled. In the Philadelphia suburb that is the focus of Goffman’s powerful sociological study, young Black men are “on the run” for real, an...

Don Franzen Talks with Lisa Bloom

Don Franzen Talks with Lisa Bloom

DON FRANZEN: Lisa Bloom, thank you for taking the time to talk to me about your new and very interesting book, Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to...

Five Minutes with Glenn Greenwald

Five Minutes with Glenn Greenwald

LARB's legal affairs editor, Don Franzen caught up with Glenn Greenwald during his hectic day in Los Angeles and had a five-minute chat about Edward Snowden and the NSA, about his hopes and regrets,...

Springtime for Equality

Springtime for Equality

Editor’s Note: Monday, October 6, 2014, the first day of the Supreme Court’s term, brought a surprise turn of events: the Court declined to review any of the three pending lower court decisions th...

Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion

IN SUSPICION NATION, best-selling author Lisa Bloom has written two books and put them under one cover. The first book is a dissection of the Trayvon Martin case with a highly critical analysis of the...

An Illiberal Reading of the Constitution

An Illiberal Reading of the Constitution

BEWARE OF SCHOLARS claiming the one true path by positioning themselves between two other positions deemed extreme or misguided. In his new book, The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Ques...

Acquittal Fails to Illuminate

Acquittal Fails to Illuminate

THE CHINESE SAY that: “To enter a courtroom is to enter the mouth of the dragon.” Charles Dickens, who spent many years in a courtroom, said: “Suffer any wrong that can be done you rather than c...

Culture Shock: The Problem of Juvenile Justice

Culture Shock: The Problem of Juvenile Justice

WHEN the Center for Investigative Reporting recently visited the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall — widely considered one of the best juvenile detention centers in the country — they found remarkab...

Supremely Frustrating

Supremely Frustrating

IN RECENT DECADES the US Supreme Court has become something quite other than the crown jewel in the third branch of government. Under Chief Justices Rehnquist and Roberts it has become much more like ...

Derrida and the Death Penalty

Derrida and the Death Penalty

WHILE 48 of 49 European nations have abolished the death penalty, it remains legal in 32 US states, with no shortage of politicians and voters eager to lend it their vocal support. Surveys indicate th...