Constitutional Law Criminal Law Wrongful Convictions

Three Sotomayor Dissents on Death Penalty Cases Are the Voice of Reason on the Issue

I am opposed to the death penalty. While my opposition principally comes from my work in wrongful conviction cases, my opposition is to the death penalty in all cases – even where the evidence of guilt is overwhelming or where the details of the crime are horrific and gruesome. I just feel it is a […]

Constitutional Law General

A Bench Light On Defense UPDATED

With all the hullabaloo surrounding President Biden’s promise to keep a central campaign promise by filling his first vacant Supreme Court seat with a Black woman, I thought it might be a good time to update this post from several years back, when I examined the background of all previous SCOTUS judges.  First I would […]


Sototmayor Blasts Prosecutor’s Racist Question But Defendant Still Loses His Appeal

The Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of Bongani Charles Calhoun, convicted of a Federal Drug Conspiracy and is likely doing decades in jail as a result. The primary issue at trial was whether Calhoun knew that the friend he had accompanied on a road trip, along with the friend’s associates, were about to […]