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Diary of a Mad Law Professor

Patricia Williams

From Sacco and Vanzetti to Troy Davis, witnesses to crime scenes get it wrong too often. So why did the Supreme Court just make it harder to challenge such evidence in court?

The National Defense Authorization Act would authorize indefinite military detention for US citizens, stripping Americans of their constitutional rights.

The Department of Justice has told the Supreme Court that police should be allowed to secretly put GPS devices on our cars. But we have already surrendered more privacy than we realize.

Yes, rape cases are notoriously difficult to prove. But in the DSK case, the criminal justice system worked.

From Dominique Strauss-Kahn to Casey Anthony to Rupert Murdoch, the media are debasing the public conversation—and therefore our democratic process.

Americans love to say “We're all just people.” So why are we so bent out of shape by not knowing a child’s gender?

Transgender people face assaults that run the gamut from physical to emotional. It's past time to resolve our society's discomfort with those outside the gender binary.

With all due respect to the First Amendment, we need to be careful about incendiary public speech.


Patricia J. Williams
Patricia J. Williams, a professor of law at Columbia University, was born in...