The recent Supreme Court case, Moore v. Texas, illustrates how constitutional rights may be influenced by scientific and technological advancements. Other legal areas, such as the use of polygraphs, capital punishment, and forensics, also reveal the complicated framework between science and civil rights.
While it is difficult to get accurate statistics regarding transgender individuals – including the percentage of Americans who identify as such – it is well-documented that transgender people face higher than average rates of poverty, discrimination, and suicide. The 2016 U.S. Transgender Survey, the largest
As my classmates and I learned it, the civil rights movement belonged to a bygone era. Yet, this is clearly not the case. Civil rights are very much a live issue, encompassing race, gender, sexual identity, and more. Our grade school education system should reflect
While outrage over President Trump’s stance on immigration enforcement proliferates on social media, the new administration’s policies have also led to tension with an unexpected adversary: local law enforcement. The City of Los Angeles recently pushed back, with an objection that potentially has broad implications
Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy, sued his school district for the right to use his school’s men’s restroom. Last October, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Grimm that right, and the school board appealed. On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a one-sentence ruling vacating
In 1984, Catherine Fuller, a Washington D.C. mother of six, was walking to the pharmacy when she was abducted from her neighborhood. Fuller was forced into a nearby parking garage where she was robbed, beaten to death, and sodomized with a metal pole. Under enormous
Redistricting – the redrawing of state voting district boundaries every ten years – is intended to ensure that state legislatures fairly represent their voters. Instead, in a practice called gerrymandering, state lawmakers often architect voting districts that will favor the election of incumbents and their
A few weeks ago, I wrote about ineffective assistance of counsel and plea-bargaining in the context of the upcoming Supreme Court case, Lee v. United States. In deciding Lee, the Court will consider whether it is rational for a noncitizen defendant, despite strong inculpatory evidence against