Eighth Amendment

Integrity and Mandatory Minimums

Integrity and Mandatory Minimums

Judges are generally prohibited by ethics rules from commenting publicly on cases that they preside over. In Nashville, Tn., we...

North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act

North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act

What can be done to stop racial discrimination in jury selection, and, in general, to make our courts equal to...

S.C. Woman arrested for failure to return a movie rental

S.C. Woman arrested for failure to return a movie rental

A woman was arrested in Pickens County on a 9 year old warrant for petty larceny for failing to return...

State v. Dykes – lifetime GPS monitoring is still unconstitutional

State v. Dykes – lifetime GPS monitoring is still unconstitutional

In State v. Dykes, decided May 22, 2013, the S.C. Supreme Court revisited it’s May 9 opinion, muddying the waters...

Cottageville S.C. police department stores their criminals in old freezers?

Get arrested in Cottageville, S.C., and your holding cell may look like this: Gotta love the warning: “TO AVOID SUFFICATING...

Louisiana justice of the peace refuses to marry interracial couple

Louisiana justice of the peace refuses to marry interracial couple

Keith Bardwell, a justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, apparently refused to issue a marriage license to an...