The Brain on Trial.
Advances in brain science are calling into question the volition behind many criminal acts. A leading neuroscientist describes how the foundations of our criminal-justice system are beginning to crumble, and proposes a new way forward for law and order.
"We may someday find that many types of bad behavior have a basic biological explanation—as has happened with schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, and mania." [more inside]
If you have been charged
with multiple crimes
and not convicted on all charges
, the judge may increase your sentence based on
'acquitted conduct', the crimes for which you were not convicted. This policy is beginning to get a lot more attention due to Jim Caron, writing to a U.S. District Court judge as 'Juror No. 6'
and recently highlighted by articles in the Washington Post
and the Washington Times
. His offense at the idea that his work as a juror had been nullified by this policy has opened a can of worms with all sorts of people
who view this "in terms of defendant's rights versus government interests." Too late for Mr. Caron, a distinguished agricultural economist with the USDA
, who died
suddenly last year.
Billy Jean's not my lover.
Should non-fathers pay child support to someone else's children? More states are saying "no."
Is our legal system asleep at the wheel?
A Michigan auto dealership that failed to complete the title transfer on a car involved in a fatal accident has been hit with a $12 million jury verdict.
God's Justice and Ours.
Justice Antonin Scalia writes on capital punishment in First Things
: "In my view, the major impetus behind modern aversion to the death penalty is the equation of private morality with governmental morality. This is a predictable (though I believe erroneous and regrettable) reaction to modern, democratic self–government.
DeCSS Trial Begins Today.
Today is 2600's day in court. This trial deserves more media attention than it's been getting.