In 2009, Jae Lee–a legal resident but not an American citizen– was charged with possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute. The evidence against Lee was staggering, and his lawyer incorrectly promised that a plea deal would not put him in danger of deportation. The
This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the judicially created “provocation rule” comports with the Court’s precedents. The action under review, Mendez v. County of Los Angeles, involves an incident that occurred in the desert town of Lancaster, California, where sheriff deputies unlawfully
Professor Klarman joined the Harvard Law School faculty in 2008. He is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor, and focuses on constitutional law and constitutional history. In particular, professor Klarman focuses on race in the context of constitutional history. He came to Harvard Law School after
A procedural issue may allow the Supreme Court to avoid confronting an egregious instance of racism in a death penalty case.
Last November, the Court heard oral arguments in Foster v. Chatman. The question in Foster is whether racial bias motivated prosecutors’ peremptory strikes, violating Batson.
At the height of the Great Society in 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), a piece of legislation aimed at ending housing discrimination. For the past thirty-seven years, every federal appellate court has interpreted discrimination under the FHA as providing both for claims
Imagine that you are walking on your way to work. As usual, you listen to your iPod as you walk. Unconsciously, you begin to sing along to your favorite song, which just so happens to be Bob Marley’s classic “I Shot the Sheriff.” By the
On Wednesday, 10/30, Mr. Aaron Street, a Partner at Baker Botts LLP, and Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of International Law, met to discuss the case Town of Greece v. Galloway, which is slated to have oral argument on November 6th in the Supreme Court.
Mr. Aaron Streett
“Arguments are cheap. Briefs are filled with thousands. What matters is what grabs you.” Justice Breyer stopped by Wasserstein on October 1 for an hour of wry advice, reflection, and jokes.
Breyer began by discussing the mechanics of the Supreme Court’s work. “Most people think we
Linda Greenhouse – October 10, 2013
Ms. Greenhouse began by noting that it is an under appreciated aspect of the Supreme Court that the Court gets to decide which cases it wants to decide. There are some cases where the Court is more likely to intervene,
On Thursday, September 26th, Harvard Law School held a review of the previous term of the Supreme Court. The panelists included Professors Charles Fried, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Michael Klarman, Visiting Professor Justin Driver, and the event was moderated by Dean Martha Minow.
The panelists first discussed the