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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Public Housing and Crime Trends

Here's an article from a downstate Illinois paper arguing that recent increases in crime in that part of the state are a result of Chicago tearing down its large public housing buildings in the late 90s, and causing residents of such buildings to move downstate and bring their "criminal tendencies" with them.  [Mark Godsey]

August 16, 2005 in Criminal Justice Policy | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

CSI Law School

An adjunct professor at Capital Law School, who is an AUSA by day, has created a new advanced forensics course.  Topics to be covered include explosives, dna, computer analysis, lifting fingerprints, etc.  Details. . .  [Mark Godsey]

August 16, 2005 in Teaching, Technology | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 15, 2005

Mexican Drug Lords Replace Columbians

The Christian Science Monitor has an interesting report here.  [Jack Chin]

August 15, 2005 in Drugs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, August 14, 2005

New Article Spotlight: Catholic Judges in Capital Cases

Ssrnlogo100_3 John Garvey of BC and Amy Barrett of Notre Dame have posted Catholic Judges in Capital Cases on SSRN.  Here's the abstract:

The Catholic Church's opposition to the death penalty places Catholic judges in a moral and legal bind. While these judges are obliged by oath, professional commitment, and the demands of citizenship to enforce the death penalty, they are also obliged to adhere to their church's teaching on moral matters. Although the legal system has a solution for this dilemma by allowing the recusal of judges whose convictions keep them from doing their job, Catholic judges will want to sit whenever possible without acting immorally. However, litigants and the general public are entitled to impartial justice, which may be something a judge who is heedful of ecclesiastical pronouncements cannot dispense. Therefore, the authors argue, we need to know whether judges are legally disqualified from hearing cases that their consciences would let them decide. While mere identification of a judge as Catholic is not sufficient reason for recusal under federal law, the authors suggest that the moral impossibility of enforcing capital punishment in such cases as sentencing, enforcing jury recommendations, and affirming are in fact reasons for not participating.

To obtain the paper, click here. [Mark Godsey]

August 14, 2005 in Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

New Criminal Law Casebook by CrimProfs Cynthia Lee and Angela Harris

Lee Congratulations to Cynthia Lee (George Washington University) and Angela Harris (Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley), who have teamed up to produce a brand new Criminal Law casebook, published by West earlier this year. Their casebook provides a fresh perspective on the criminal law, highlighting issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation where applicable, while keeping a fairly traditional organizational focus. A special feature of the book is the introductory text that appears at the outset of each chapter and at the beginning of most sections. These introductory comments provide a doctrinal roadmap for the student reader. Instead of bullet lists of notes and questions following the cases, Lee and Harris include such questions and possible answers in the Teachers Manual.  [Jack Chin]

August 14, 2005 in CrimProfs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Death Row USA Continues to Decline

Stats in NAACP's newest report show the decline in past year, as well as fact that 54.5% on death row in the USA are racial minorities.  Some of decline in past year due to juveniles being moved off death row after Roper.  Story and report . . .  [Mark Godsey]

August 14, 2005 in Capital Punishment | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

This Week's Top 5 Crim Papers

This weeks' top 5 crim papers, with number of recent downloads on SSRN, are:

(1) 367 Search and Seizure: Past, Present, and Future
Orin S. Kerr,
The George Washington University Law School,
Date posted to database: July 14, 2005
Last Revised: July 14, 2005
(2) 359 Cultural Cognition and Public Policy
Dan M. Kahan, Donald Braman,
Yale Law School, Yale University - Law School,
Date posted to database: August 2, 2005
Last Revised: August 2, 2005
(3) 214 Exonerations in the United States, 1989 through 2003
Samuel R. Gross, Kristen Jacoby, Daniel J. Matheson, Nicholas Montgomery, Sujata Patil,
University of Michigan Law School, University of Michigan Law School, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Law School, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia,
Date posted to database: July 6, 2005
Last Revised: July 26, 2005
(4) 117 Broken Windows: New Evidence from New York City and a Five-City Social Experiment
Bernard E. Harcourt, Jens Ludwig,
University of Chicago - Law School, Georgetown University - Public Policy Institute (GPPI),
Date posted to database: June 14, 2005
Last Revised: July 3, 2005
(5) 104 Appeal Waivers and the Future of Sentencing Policy
Nancy J. King, Michael O'Neill,
Vanderbilt University School of Law, George Mason University - School of Law,
Date posted to database: August 3, 2005
Last Revised: August 10, 2005

August 14, 2005 in Weekly Top 5 SSRN Crim Downloads | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

MI: Conviction in Jane Mixer Killing

The DNA-based prosecution of the person accused of the 1969 killing of Michigan Law Student Jane Mixer has led to a conviction.  However, the mysterious drop of blood found at the scene, linked to a third party with no known connection to the killer or victim, remains unexplained. [Jack Chin]

August 14, 2005 in News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)