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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 […]

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Constitutional Law General

A Bench Light On Defense

Last fall, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke about the lack of diversity on the federal bench including the Supreme Court. She wasn’t talking just about the glass ceiling on women (thought the current Court has three women on its bench)  she was talking about the lack of diversity in legal experience. She noted that […]

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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 […]