Judicature

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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 2, September/October

AJS-A Strong, Rich, and Vibrant Voice
It is an extraordinary honor to serve as your president. Often, one's actions can cause unforeseen consequences and this is what happened when I was offered a gift! About 15 years ago, as an active member of the League of Women Voters, I was asked to...
Ardent Advocates
Ardent advocates by Bert Brandenburg and Rachel Paine Caufield In Defense of Judicial Elections, by Chris W. Bonneau and M el i n da Cann Hall. Routledge. 2009. 200 pages. $30.95.Amid growing concern about trends in judicial elections, a backlash has...
Evolution of Judicial Careers in the Federal Courts, 1789-2008
In the past few decades, some signs of change in the judicial careers of federal judges have appeared. The most widely noted has been the strong tendency to recruit Supreme Court nominees from the ranks of sitting federal judges. After the selection...
It Is Time to End the War on Drugs
An over-reliance on law enforcement and incarceration to address the drug problem has led to seriously adverse consequences not only for public health, but also for the courts and correctional systems.A three-year-old visits his mom each month for a...
New Thinking on Miscarriages of Justice
New thinking on miscarriages of justice by Michael L Radelet When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarriages of Justice, edited by Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., and Austin Sarat. New York University Press. 2009. 349 pages. $70.00 cloth; $22.00 paperback.Scholarship...
Spreading the News
Communicating with the MEDIA during high-profile trialsIn a society in which each individual has but limited time and resources with which to observe at first han the operations of his government, he relies necessarily upon the press to bring him in...
The Causation Issue in Computer Security Breach Cases
The growing number of computer security breaches has led to a proliferation of lawsuits, including class actions, against the companies that have experienced breaches - and consequently exposed their customers and clients to the risk of identity theft....
The Puzzle of Memory: Reflections on the Divergence of Truth and Accuracy
Memory is not an exact faculty, a tape recorder replaying an imprinted vision of exactly what happened.An experienced judge can tell when it's coming. A lawyer has progressed in his or her cross-examination of a witness to the point where an inconsistency...