In Race, Crime, and the Law, Professor Randall Kennedy confronts the complex and volatile subject of the impact of race on the administration of criminal justice. The promised reach of the book, to explore the “bitterly contested crossroads where race relations intersect with the rules that govern the apprehension, trial, and punishment of criminals,”‘ exceeds in important respects the author’s grasp. Still, Kennedy’s effort serves to broaden the terms of the debate on the extent of racism in the criminal process and provides a valuable source of ideas for grappling with this complex and pressing problem.
Voting rights advocates should explore section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act as a vehicle to combat voter intimidation.
Mandatory arbitration for guestworkers, a uniquely vulnerable group, will result in class inequality and worse conditions for all workers.
DOJ guidance for mentally impaired detainees in immigration removal proceedings should be amended to provide counsel at earlier signs of incompetence.
An evidentiary privilege to protect workers' confidential communications from disclosure in federal and state court proceedings would support unions.