This past Monday the Supreme Court split in Salinas v. Texas deciding that a prosecutor may take advantage of a defendant’s right to remain silent, in pre-custodial circumstances, if that right was not expressly asserted by the defendant. In other words, the court suggested that
Like me, I imagine that many young, idealistic, progressive law students begin their legal educations under the impression that federal courts act—to use Professor Michael Klarman’s witty, if not slightly sardonic turn of phrase—as counter-majoritarian heroes. As such, federal judges are just chomping at the
“There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus
On Tuesday, Massachusetts voters will be asked to wrestle with that problem and vote up or down on Question 2. I urge them to vote yes.
If Question 2 passes
Democrats are ceding a winning issue by remaining silent on LGBT equality. President Obama and his campaign should be working to highlight the Administration's actions and to make the case for continuing those policies and priorities into a second-term.
Given the consequences of the Farm Bill, one might surmise that Congress spends a long time weighing costs and benefits before foisting it upon us. But in the parallel universe of Washington DC, that's not quite how things work.
To be sure, being stripped naked and visually inspected by strangers is a violation of basic dignity and personal privacy, especially in the absence of any suspicion of risk. Kennedy’s “balance” of privacy and security needs sure seems like more of a complete sacrifice
The question we should be asking now is how to use the multistakeholder framework of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights in order to give an effective voice to privacy rights advocates.
There are two distinct problems with data aggregation as a window into character. The first is that the accuracy of profiles built on data aggregation is questionable. The deeper problem is that even with greater accuracy, data is necessarily incomplete.
While there has always been a resistance to affirmative action policies, the present debate has added a new dimension. There has been a rise in rhetoric concerning the notion of white victimhood, and policies like affirmative action are cited as justification for these theories.