Over the last eight years, the US Congress has established a long track record of not doing things. But on September 28, for the first time in Obama’s administration, Congress mustered up a rare showing of bipartisan cooperation and overrode the president’s veto. Unfortunately, this exceptional time for Congress to decide to get something done […]

On September 11, 2015, 75-year-old Lee Carroll Brooker, a disabled war veteran with chronic pain, received the news he had been dreading for months; his Supreme Court petition, challenging his life sentence for growing three dozen marijuana plants, had been denied. “[If the court] could sentence you to a term that is less than life […]

Law and Order has in many ways informed a nation of its constitutional rights upon arrest. Now, Miranda rights have so been engrained in our memory that we can recite them like a pervasive car commercial jingle.“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a […]

Jestina Clayton came to America as a refugee from war-torn Sierra Leone and strived to provide for her family by creating and operating her own hair braiding business. She believed that the skills she had honed from a young age could provide a great service to those in her new country and provide a means […]

“The only statement I want to make is that I am an innocent man — convicted of a crime I did not commit.” These were some of the last words Cameron Todd Willingham spoke right before he was executed by lethal injection on February 17, 2004. As it turns out, Willingham was right. Six years […]

The recent tragedy in Orlando has once again brought the perpetual debate regarding gun control, domestic terrorism, and national security to the forefront of the American political agenda. Amidst the many painful lessons of yet another incident of gun violence, we must scrutinize the shortcomings of the legal system that tolerate, and even enable, such […]