Supreme Court: Anti-trust, Global Warming & Affirmative Action
Following up on the previous post about the abortion cases the Supreme Court is hearing, here's some information about others regarding anti-trust law that could be very consumer unfriendly, global warming that could be very unfriendly to the earth's inhabitants, and affirmative-action that could be very minority and diversity unfriendly.  The overviews of each case are from Cornell Law's case preview combined with some of my own commentary. Weyerhaeuser Co. v. Ross-Simmons Hardwood Lumber Co., Inc. (05-381)For anyone interested in the concentration of corporate power, this is a case to follow. Don't get bogged down in the technical details of... continue reading »

Supreme Court Abortion Cases (Gonzales v Planned Parenthood, Gonzales v Carhart)
As a law geek scholar skeptical of media, I try to read original sources where possible, and I subscribe to a service of Cornell Law School that emails a summary of Supreme Court cases, along with a link to the full text of the opinion. It's interesting to see that the vast majority of what the Court does is dry, technical and not of much interest outside the immediate parties - or perhaps to specialized fields. Obviously, the abortion cases are in a different category, and I wanted to share some info on them for those who wanted to dig... continue reading »

Catching Up, Moving On (private prisons, tattoos and televised executions)
From the rate of posting here, you would think I've gone into hibernation or disappeared. But it has actually been quite busy, so I'll be using this to catch up on some of this activity - which also sets the agenda for the near future. First, the good news: the Class, Race, Gender & Crime book is now out. I received my copies just a day before my birthday and thought they looked good. It was also nice to see them on display at the American Society of Criminology conference last week in LA. [More on that in a minute.]The... continue reading »