Bill Blum: He issues his opinions often in dissent or as idiosyncratic concurrences, geared toward upsetting liberal precedents, returning American law to the libertarian free-market jurisprudence of the Gilded Age, and neutralizing litigation as an instrument of progressive social and economic reform.
Ted Vaill: Bharara speculated that Barr might have wanted to have imprinted on people”s minds: “no collusion…no obstruction”.
Joe Mathews: Even if the governor succeeds in creating a permanent ban, Californians will lose the scrutiny that the death penalty brings to criminal justice, and we seem unlikely to find some other mechanism to replace it.
Ted Vaill: Trump does not use email, and may have developed a Mafia-like way of doing business which centers on “deniability”: he never directly issues orders, but does so through key trusted lieutenants.
Lance Simmens: While I can already hear the screams of indignant Trump partisans that the case is closed and further pursuit of the truth is neither needed nor desired I simply say, not so fast.
Ted Vaill: My belief is that there will be no more indictments because over the past few months Mueller has gotten the grand jury to issue some secret indictments that have been filed with the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. under seal.
David Love: 95 percent of the more than 2,400 elected prosecutors across the country are white — 85 percent of whom run unopposed — and 79 percent are white men. Meanwhile, only 4 percent are men of color, and 1 percent are women of color.
Bill Blum: Not only does it grant reprieves to the state’s 737 death row inmates, it repeals the state’s lethal-injection protocol and will close the infamous execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison.
Larry Wines: Some of the beneficiaries of the scheme—students in the elite schools whose way-in was bought—are fully aware of exactly how things were rigged in their behalf.
Kathy Kelly: Chelsea Manning has already paid an extraordinarily high price for educating the U.S. public about atrocities committed in the wars of choice the U.S. waged in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Michael T. Hertz: One could fairly interpret the First Amendment to deny providing any public funds to any religious institution on the grounds that this amounted to establishing religion.
Melina Abdullah and Dahlia Ferlito: Lacey has opposed all measures for reasonable criminal justice reform efforts in the county, even such widely supported measures as marijuana conviction resentencing.
Lance Simmens: An inconclusive verdict or outright exoneration will only feed an unhealthy cynicism that will continue to erode confidence in our experiment of republican democracy.