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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Iowa Law Review: Predicting Wrongful Convictions

The Iowa Law Review with the Innocence Project of Iowa and the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights will present Professor Jon Gould on "Predicting Wrongful Convictions" on October 10.  The free lecture will be held in the Levitt Auditorium on the Iowa law school campus.  Gould is a professor at the American Univesity's Department of Justice, Law & Society and Principal Investigator at the department's Preventing Wrongful Convictions ProjectProfessor Gould's article, which includes three co-authors, is scheduled to be published in an upcoming issue of the Iowa Law Review.

Craig Estlinbaum

October 8, 2013 in Conferences, Faculty, Criminal Law, Due Process, Equal Protection, Law Review Articles | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Charlow on Batson 'Blame'

Robin Charlow (Hofstra) has posted "Batson 'Blame' and its Implications for Equal Protection" on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

Twenty-five years ago Batson v. Kentucky held that equal protection is violated when attorneys exercise racially discriminatory peremptory jury challenges and supply pretextual explanations for their strikes. Findings of Batson violations are tantamount to rulings that attorneys have discriminated and lied. Not only do Batson findings potentially subject violators to sanction under standards of professional ethics, but they also amount to imputations of personal fault or “blame” for socially undesirable conduct. This article explores, from both practical and theoretical perspectives, the problem of the attribution of personal fault to attorneys that is inherent in a finding of a Batson violation. On the practical side, although the blaming effect seems inevitable, it may prove counterproductive to Batson‘s goal of eliminating racial discrimination in jury selection. In terms of constitutional theory, Batson enforces the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee, and blame appears to be an inexorable consequence of either of the two dominant theories of equal protection analysis: “anticlassification” theory, used by the Supreme Court’s majority, and “antisubordination” theory, urged by Supreme Court dissenters and many academics. Assuming blame is unavoidable under either current theory, and yet that it interferes with rooting out discrimination, this Essay explores a third possible alternative view of equal protection — “antibalkanization” — which might resolve the problem of discriminatory peremptory strikes without necessarily implicating personal blame.

The Iowa Law Review has accepted the paper for publication.

Craig Estlinbaum

August 15, 2012 in Constitutional Law, Equal Protection, Law Review Articles | Permalink | Comments (0)