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Graham v. Florida and Elena Kagan

On Crime and Consequences, Kent Scheidegger points out that Solicitor General Elena Kagan was AWOL in Graham v. Florida, even though the question in the case clearly had potential—and, as it turns out, actual—implications for the provisions of federal law that authorize sentences of life without parole for nonhomicide juvenile offenders and for those federal offenders currently incarcerated under such sentences. Was it politically convenient for Kagan to sit this case out? Or was there some good reason?

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Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes? Chico Marx in Duck Soup (1933) The long-rising blue tide that has colored American politics and values may have crested, but it could still have enough momentum to make it through the election year. Even if Trump is somehow reelected, the wielders of power and ... Read More

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Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes? Chico Marx in Duck Soup (1933) The long-rising blue tide that has colored American politics and values may have crested, but it could still have enough momentum to make it through the election year. Even if Trump is somehow reelected, the wielders of power and ... Read More