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September 05, 2013 8:00 AM How Do We Judge Defendants Who Defy Stereotypes?

New research by Blake McKimmie and colleagues (abstract here, full article paywalled) suggests that evidence matters more in criminal cases when the person accused of the crime fits the stereotype of the typical offender. Mock jurors were asked to determine...

By Keith Humphreys

September 01, 2013 9:27 PM Heroes and Soldiers of the Supreme Court

As the Supreme Court prepares to begin its new term, observers have been discussing the familiar divisions among the justices. Judicial activism is opposed to judicial restraint, liberalism is opposed to conservatism, and those who believe in an evolving or...

By Cass Sunstein

August 27, 2013 8:51 AM The Very Slow Legalization of Marijuana

When I saw Dylan Scott’s story reporting that some Colorado officials were claiming “tacit approval” from the Justice Department for going ahead with the taxed and regulated cannabis market approved by Colorado voters, I was puzzled about exactly what was...

By Mark Kleiman

July 31, 2013 11:50 AM Pardon Dick Cheney, and Pardon Bradley Manning

Since it's timely, I’m republishing my modest proposal from last year, one half of which is meant in all seriousness: It’s not at all surprising that most US media have yawned at today’s news that a UN rapporteur has found...

By Henry Farrell

July 23, 2013 10:00 AM How Legalization Can Expand a Black Market

Human trafficking is one of the most revolting crimes on the planet, and it is therefore understandable that some governments have taken radical action to attempt to eliminate it, including legalizing prostitution. The argument, which seems sound on its face,...

By Keith Humphreys