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What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

The Deal Prosecutors Offer When They Have No Cards Left to Play

When DNA evidence exonerated two men convicted in a 1987 murder, one took his chances on a retrial to overturn his conviction. The other accepted a special deal and left prison immediately—as a convicted killer.<p>On October 15, 2008, James Owens shuffled, head high despite his shackles, into a …

Why U.S. Criminal Courts Are So Dependent on Plea Bargaining

Side effects include inordinately powerful prosecutors and infrequent access to jury trials.<p>Shondel Church was arrested in Kansas City, Missouri, last July, accused of stealing a generator and a tool box from his stepmother. He sat in Lafayette County Jail for six weeks before his first …

What Will Happen to Americans Who Can't Afford an Attorney?

President Trump’s budget would eliminate the Legal Services Corporation, which helps low-income individuals obtain representation in civil proceedings.<p>On the campaign trail, President Trump pledged “to bring hope to every forgotten stretch of this country.” But his new budget has critics …

A Pause in International Students?

A new survey says U.S. colleges are worried about future enrollment.<p>A new survey reveals that four in 10 U.S. colleges have experienced a decline in international applicants for the Fall 2017 term. The survey of around 250 colleges and universities—which will be released in its entirety later this …

A ‘Constitutional Crisis’ in Missouri

In a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday, a group of defendants argued the state’s public-defender system is too underfunded and overworked to meet the Sixth Amendment’s standards.<p>When the ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit against Missouri’s struggling public-defender system on Thursday, Michael …

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No al artículo 13 de la Ley de Seguridad Social

El Estado mexicano, con todo y su reforma constitucional en derechos humanos, discrimina a las trabajadoras del hogar y perpetua su situación de …

Caso de abuso de un pastor contra una menor quedará impune, dice Procuraduría de Hidalgo

Por errores en la integración del expediente por parte de un Ministerio Público local, el acusado obtuvo un amparo que lo mantiene en libertad.<p>Javier …

A Dark Time in Denmark's History

An Oscar-nominated film explores possible war crimes in the country after World War II.<p>Had the Allies landed on the Western coast of Denmark on D-Day, the Nazis would have been ready. The German forces had built up the defensive Atlantic Wall, which stretched along the European coast from the top …

When Your Judge Isn't A Lawyer

In some states, justices of the peace don’t need a law degree to put defendants behind bars.<p>Do you want to be a massage therapist in Helena, Montana? You’ll need 500 hours of study to receive your license first.<p>What about a barber at a shop in Billings? Get ready to spend 1,500 hours practicing …

How Conservatives Can Save America

If properly understood and marshaled, they “can be a liberal democracy's strongest bulwark against the dangers posed by intolerant social movements.”<p>Conservatives can save America in 2017.<p>That’s my takeaway from a passage that I haven’t stopped thinking about since Donald Trump’s election. It …

Trump's Sloppy, Unconstitutional Order on 'Sanctuary Cities'

The president’s executive order threatening to deny federal funds to jurisdictions that don’t help the feds deport undocumented immigrants reads like it was drafted by Lionel Hutz.<p>A lifetime ago, some legal thinkers bristled at the supposed “executive overreach” of Barack Obama’s immigration …

The Democratic Party Faces a Daunting Future

It won’t be easy for the party to win back voters lost to the GOP.<p>Democrats are locked out of power in Washington after losing the White House and failing to win back Congress. Hillary Clinton’s defeat has left the party without a unifying leader, and its hold on state legislatures has eroded …

A Blueprint to End Mass Incarceration

A Brennan Center report argues that releasing the “unnecessarily incarcerated” could reduce U.S. prison populations by almost 40 percent.<p>Much of the debate surrounding mass incarceration is centered on its statistics: The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of its …

More Prisons Are Phasing Out the 'Box’

A new study offers data on the continued use of solitary confinement, and a corrections leader weighs in on the practice’s future.<p>Tens of thousands of inmates in the United States still spend months and even years in solitary confinement, despite mounting evidence that the practice has little …

The Electoral College Wasn't Meant to Overturn Elections

Electors were intended to be faceless hacks whose independent exercise of judgment was neither wanted nor permitted.<p>Here is Question One on this year’s Constitutional Law exam.<p>The “electoral college” is<p>a terrible idea that has gone wrong repeatedly and now bids fair to destroy the Republic.<p>a wise …

Is Juvenile Justice Beyond Repair?

One advocate describes what happens in a family when a child is behind bars.<p><i>This is the fourth article in a six-part series about young people with siblings in prison. Read part one here.</i><p>The Youth First Initiative wants to help end the use of youth prisons. The justice-advocacy group works from the …

Twitter's Misbegotten Censorship

The right way to deal with social media’s neo-Nazis is not by taking away their platforms, but by taking away their audiences.<p>The very last tweet from the now-suspended Twitter account of the alt-right leader Richard B. Spencer was directed at me.<p>On Tuesday afternoon, I tweeted a link to a <i>BuzzFeed</i> …

Marijuana's Moment

As many as five states could approve its recreational use this November, potentially signaling a point of no return for legalized pot.<p>Recreational marijuana users can now legally light up a joint in states representing about 5 percent of the U.S. population. By the time Americans wake up on …

How America Outlawed Adolescence

At least 22 states make it a crime to disturb school in ways that teenagers are wired to do. Why did this happen?<p>One Monday morning last fall, at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, a 16-year-old girl refused to hand over her cellphone to her algebra teacher. After multiple …

On the Right to Know Everything

Here’s an interesting piece from Hamilton Nolan arguing for a rather expansive journalistic mission. The cause is the recent unmasking of celebrated novelist Elena Ferrante. As most of her fans know, “Elena Ferrante” is (or was) a pseudonym. Nolan believes that the revelation of Ferrante’s real …

How Brock Turner Changed California's Rape Laws

Governor Jerry Brown signs two new bills into law inspired by the Stanford rape case.<p><b>NEWS BRIEF</b> California expanded its definition of rape and added new mandatory-minimum sentences for sexual assaults on Friday, five months after a judge’s lenient sentence for former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner …

Por qué preocupa tanto el Deutsche Bank, el banco más grande de Alemania y el "más peligroso del mundo"

El mes pasado el Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI) describió al Deutsche Bank como "el banco más peligroso del mundo".<p>Y desde entonces <b>la amenaza del prestamista más grande de Alemania</b>, el país más poderoso de Europa, parece ir en aumento.<p>Esta semana las acciones del banco <b>tocaron un mínimo</b> …

¿Son estos los 10 mejores programas de TV estadounidenses de todos los tiempos?

Desde un retrato inflexible de la vida de un gángster -con todo su estrés y sus vulnerabilidades- hasta una visión ultrarrealista de los creativos de la década de 1960 y el drama de la caída gradual de un hombre de familia.<p>Son las premisas de <b>The Sopranos, Mad Men y Breaking Bad</b>. Tres series de …

Why Poor, Low-Level Offenders Often Plead to Worse Crimes

Whether or not a person stays in jail before going to trial often affects the outcome of his or her case.<p>In the United States, local jails process over 11 million admissions in a single year. Most of those who are arrested get the option to post bail and go free until they are arraigned. But those …

Mina sistema de justicia crítica infundada.- Corte

Abel Barajas<p>El Ministro presidente de la Suprema Corte de Justicia, Luis María Aguilar, cuestionó ayer a los críticos del debido proceso y a quienes …

Political Violence in the Era of Trump

What do the violent attacks of Trump protesters on Trump supporters reveal?<p>An outbreak of violence at a rally for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in San Jose, California on Thursday touched off arguments about utility, legality, and moral rightness of political violence. My …

Are Prosecutors the Key to Justice Reform?

Given their autonomy—only if they want to be.<p>A consensus is building around the need to seriously rethink the role of the prosecutor in the administration of justice. Power dynamics are unbalanced, sentencing guidelines are outdated, and old-fashioned human biases persist. And …

The Limits of the Late-Night Comedy Takedown

Samantha Bee or John Oliver may do biting, amusing segments on Trump or Syria—but fans shouldn’t overstate their real-life influence.<p>You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but John Oliver, the host of HBO’s <i>Last Week Tonight</i>, is a violent man. In the last year, he’s destroyed a “lying, hypocritical …