• Supreme Court and Capital Punishment | Constitutional Regulation
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    Supreme Court and Capital Punishment | Constitutional Regulation

    LARRY TRIBE: Good afternoon. I’m very glad to see you all here. I’m Larry Tribe, and I’m honored that Carol asked me to moderate this closing panel discussion of the conference marking the publication of Carol and Jordan’s monumental work, Courting Death. Unfortunately, the only parts of today’s conference that I was able to attend were this morning’s panel, which was spectacular, I thought, and this final panel, which I hope will not disappoint. If the panel on race and the panel on broader criminal justice issues were nearly as exciting as I found the first panel, and if Don Verrilli was his usual, very thoughtful and deeply insightful self,…

  • Jeff Sessions Is Living His Best Confederate Life |The Daily Show
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    Jeff Sessions Is Living His Best Confederate Life |The Daily Show

    From the day Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, President Trump has been accusing him and abusing him harder than Popeye abuses steroids. Spinach, my ass. And as time has gone on, Trump’s attacks on his attorney general have only gotten worse. I am disappointed in the attorney general. He should not have recused himself. He made what I consider to be a very terrible mistake for the country. NEWSWOMAN: The president has been scathing, calling Sessions “beleaguered,” and “weak.” He privately calls Jeff Sessions Mr. Magoo. NEWSMAN: A source close to the president telling NBC News, Mr. Trump is “constantly bashing Sessions in private” for recusing himself…

  • Supreme Court and Capital Punishment | Race and the American Death Penalty
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    Supreme Court and Capital Punishment | Race and the American Death Penalty

    JORDAN STEIKER: Let’s come to order. So, this is a panel on race and the American death penalty. We’ve got a wonderful set of speakers. The speakers have arranged themselves in order. Let’s proceed. JOHN BESSLER: All right. My name is John Bessler. I have written a lot of books about the death penalty. I always joke that I do winter reading as opposed to summer reading. I’m working on a book right now on, actually, The Death Penalty As Torture, which I might say a word about at the end. And because so much of my writing is directed at the Supreme Court, my audience is nine, but now…

  • A Grasp on the Bill of Rights
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    A Grasp on the Bill of Rights

    If you need to remember the Bill of Rights really quickly, using just your hands, here we go. The First Amendment has five rights: Speech, Press, Religion, Petition, and Assembly. The Second Amendment is your right to bear arms. The Third Amendment is your protection from quartering of troops. The Fourth Amendment is your protection from unreasonable search and seizure. The Fifth Amendment is your right to remain silent, protection from double jeopardy, and right to eminent domain. The Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial by jury. The Seventh Amendment is your right to federally sue someone over $20. The Eight Amendment is your protection against cruel and unusual…

  • 2018 Supreme Court Preview at Georgetown Law
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    2018 Supreme Court Preview at Georgetown Law

    – Well, welcome, everybody, to our annual press preview. And I’ll just start with a very brief opening remarks before, and to set up the format for what we’re going to do, and then we’ll get started with the cases, and, well, actually, we’ll get started with something else. But last term was a term of blockbusters, most of which fizzled out. This term, by contrast, doesn’t have any blockbusters to begin with. (audience laughs) But I think a more accurate caption for this term is the calm before the storm. We are headed for a whole new world, and the only real questions, I think, is how far are…