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Criminal Justice news and analysis from The Nation

  • November 26, 2003

    Adam and Steve–Together at Last

    Will someone please explain to me how permitting gays and lesbians to marry threatens the institution of marriage?

    Katha Pollitt

  • November 20, 2003

    Reason for Doubt

    “Iwouldn’t ask him to escort my daughter to her senior prom,” explained one of the jurors who in mid-November acquitted Robert Durst of murdering his quarrelsome neighbor, Morris Black.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • November 20, 2003

    Boston Marriage

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision in favor of gay marriage may have set off a political earthquake, but as a matter of law it was a no-brainer.

    The Editors

  • September 18, 2003

    Recall Recalls 2000

    The tangled web that a narrow Supreme Court majority wove to shut down the Florida recount of presidential ballots in December 2000 made it possible for Republican George W.

    The Editors

  • September 11, 2003

    Why Estrada Went Down

    A few hours after Miguel Estrada withdrew his name for a judgeship on the Court of Appeals for the Washington, DC, Circuit, a leading Senate liberal was asked about the meaning of the two-year

    Jack Newfield


  • September 4, 2003

    The Twilight-Zone Court

    The attacks of September 11, 2001, ushered in a multitude of legal transformations that restrict civil liberties in the name of national security.

    Steven Donziger

  • May 29, 2003

    Liberalizing the Law

    With the Bush Administration continuing to fill the federal courts with right-wing judges, liberals have turned with renewed vigor to a strategy that not only allows them to defeat individual n

    Alexander Wohl

  • February 13, 2003

    Filibustering on Estrada

    Few of George W. Bush’s judicial nominees have generated as much opposition as has Miguel Estrada.

    John Nichols

  • January 16, 2003

    The Enemy Within

    “Ask for a lawyer immediately upon your arrest,” reads the little informational card the ACLU hands out to citizens.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • December 12, 2002

    Reasons for Doubt

    When I was in college, I joined a court-watching project in Roxbury, Massachusetts. We observed criminal trials, then interviewed judges, lawyers and witnesses.

    Patricia J. Williams