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States in a Nation

States in a Nation

PROFESSOR AKHIL REED AMAR has written a book that is simultaneously profound in its insights about the United States Constitution and quite frustrating for the reader. The book is filled with fascinat...

Is the First Amendment Poetic?

Is the First Amendment Poetic?

IN THE NAME OF CELEBRATING what he sees as the music and poetry of the First Amendment, and with impeccable credentials — as former national legal director of the ACLU, founding legal director of th...

Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking

Jake Heggie has been called "arguably the world's most popular 21st century opera composer" by the Wall Street Journal. His most famous opera, Dead Man Walking, a story about a death row ...

Guantánamo Diary: Random American Justice

Guantánamo Diary: Random American Justice

MOHAMEDOU OULD SLAHI’S Guantánamo Diary is a page-turner. Unlike the Senate’s 500-page Senate Select Intelligence Committee Study, also known as the “torture report,” this one will keep you u...

Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?

Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?

The history of crime and punishment across the millennia remains an inconsistent chronicle of experimentation, borrowing and adaptation, often dependent on time, place and history. The global history ...

Between the Pen and the Protest

Between the Pen and the Protest

THERE IS NO CLEARER example of a state enmeshed with, and subject to the phenomena of, imprisonment as the United States of the 20th and 21st centuries. The US incarcerates, and subjects to supervisio...

Fabulous!

Fabulous!

THERE IS ONLY ONE WORD to describe Creatocracy: How the Constitution Invented Hollywood, Elizabeth Wurtzel’s paean to patent and copyright law and their influence on American history. Fabulous. ...

Freedom from Religion

Freedom from Religion

ARE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND PRACTICES entitled to special exemptions from laws of general application? Consider that according to a 2006 decision of the Canadian Supreme Court, despite the fact that th...

Unique Justice

Unique Justice

IT WAS HARD to force myself to finish reading this biography of Antonin Scalia. Reading nearly 500 pages about someone I dislike is an enormous chore. For many reasons, I am not a fan of Scalia. I am...

Guilty as Charged

Guilty as Charged

ERWIN CHEMERINSKY has a lot of nerve. Thank goodness. If more scholars had his intellectual power, passion, and pluck, the country would be better off. In a more perfect Union, his new book, The Case...

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...

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...