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Diary of a Mad Law Professor

Patricia Williams

What makes this case exceptional is neither race nor the politics of self-defense alone but the total failure to investigate it for so long.

Today's “right to life” rhetoric is a bizarre cross between the theological imperative to be fruitful and multiply and the fetishism of microbiological cellular promise.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s ruthless austerity measures have made the state a bleak place to live, work  and go to school.

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.

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

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