Is California Death Penalty Ruling a Bellwether for the Nation?

California Death Penalty Ruling

David Love: If the process by which the death penalty is applied amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, and the death penalty machine cannot provide equity, fairness or a modicum of due process, then the death penalty is no more legitimate than its extrajudicial cousin – lynching.

Packing Heat in the Brothers’ ’Hood

Texas Open Carry

Walter Brasch: A group of white gun-rights advocates plan to sling rifles, shotguns, and semi-automatic assault weapons onto their bodies, and walk through a Black neighborhood in Houston. What could possibly go wrong with that?!

Octogenarian Who Killed Pregnant Burglar No Hero

Pregnant Burglar Shot

Jasmyne Cannick: This is not a case of self-defense or standing your ground. It’s a case of a man who was upset about being attacked and robbed in his own home and decided to dole out some vigilante justice–the lethal kind.

Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?

national security state

Norman Solomon: When a drone or cruise missile implements an assumed right to snuff out a life, without a semblance of due process, the presidential emulation of divine intervention is implicit.

Will Oscar Pistorius Get Off?

Oscar Pistorius Verdict Prediction

Lisa Bloom: Circumstantial evidence is sufficient and, in fact, is normally the only evidence the state has in a murder trial. Even if the panel tends toward leniency…

Defending Our Right to Take Pictures in Public

Take Pictures in Public

Julia Harumi Mass: If “acting suspiciously” or being somewhere someone thinks you don’t “belong” is enough to put people into federal counter-terrorism databases, it’s no wonder the databases are full of irrelevant information

Hobby Lobby’s Silver Linings

Hobby Lobby Ruling

Tom Hall: For all the fears that Hobby Lobby will open the door to new claims by people who want to use religious excuses to discriminate, it appears equally clear that the decision writes finality to arguments about marriage equality.

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