A Dilemma in the Matters of Black Lives

By: Raisa O’Dyley On Tuesday night’s Democratic Presidential debate, Sterling Arthur Wilkins, a second year law student at Drake University, asked the presidential hopefuls a very loaded question: “Do black lives matter, or do all lives matter?” Setting aside the increasing presence of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement (BLM), I paused to consider the gravity of such…

Using the Federal Rules of Evidence’s Rules Regarding Expert Testimony to Demand a Higher Standard for Effective Assistance of Counsel

By: Samuel Goldsmith The constitutional standard for ineffective assistance of counsel is too strict. In setting the standard, the Supreme Court in Strickland v. Washington hoped to keep courts from meddling in attorneys’ strategic decisions. In the process, the Court went too far. Defendants have felt the brunt of criminal punishment despite having been represented…

Economics and Intolerance, Painted with a Crude Brush

By: Henry Rouse Every day, the people of the United States bear fresh witness to our society’s continuing intolerance. Experience tells us that the problem is intractable and multifaceted. Reason tells us that an all-out effort to fix the situation requires examining it from all angles. Economics, abstract and cold though it may seem, provides…

Lack of Understanding Leads to Confusion and Hostility toward Protestors of Police Violence

By: Paul Filippelli A 2013 study by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) estimated that White Americans’ social networks are 91% White while Black Americans’ are 83% Black and Hispanic Americans’ are 64% Hispanic.  Alarmingly, only 1% of people with whom White Americans said they “discussed important matters” in the last six months were Black.  http://publicreligion.org/research/2014/08/analysis-social-network/…