Tag Archives: Justice Stevens

Stevens in Bush v. Gore

Lest we forget: What must underlie petitioners’ entire federal assault on the Florida election procedures is an unstated lack of confidence in the impartiality and capacity of the state judges who would make the critical decisions if the vote count were to proceed. Otherwise, their position is wholly without merit. The endorsement of that position […]

AEDPA & Troy Davis: The Death Penalty, Actual Innocence, and Federal Deference

There are few political footballs that’ve been kicked around more, and with greater reprecussions, than the writ of habeas corpus. The “great writ,” of course, traces its origin to the Magna Carta — “no free man shall be taken, imprisoned … or any other wise destroyed … but by lawful judgment of his Peers” — […]

About Time

I love Congressman Barney Frank’s response to this “concerned citizen” — But I admit that I’m not sure if it’s the “right” response. Indeed, none of the proposed strategies I’ve heard for dealing with screeching, irrational mobs seem the best option. As has been the case for centuries, the vocal, boorishly irrational always put intelligent […]