Greasing the Wheel: How the Criminal Justice System Hurts Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered People and Why Hate Crime Laws Won’t Save Them
On a cold night in October 1998, Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney allegedly beat Matthew Shepard, a young, gay, white college student. Shepard subsequently died from his injuries. When prosecutors announced that they would seek the death penalty against Henderson and McKinney, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) community divided. Numerous GLBT individuals and organizations supported executing Henderson and McKinney. They suggested that only by putting Henderson and McKinney to death would Shepard’s life as a gay man be recognized as valued. Other GLBT individuals and organizations were more reserved, arguing that the death penalty is not a “gay issue,” and thus deferring to the prosecutor’s judgment. Still other GLBT individuals and organizations voiced a firm stance not only against the death penalty for Henderson and McKinney but against- the death penalty more generally, including eleven prominent GLBT organizations that released a joint statement against the death penalty. In a survey conducted by a gay community web site, those surveyed were evenly divided over whether the death penalty was ever an appropriate punishment for a crime. Responses were similarly split regarding whether the death penalty was appropriate in the specific cases of McKinney and Henderson.
U.S. Elections 2020: Where and How Do We Draw a Constitutionally Permissible Line to a Candidate's Inflammatory Political Rhetoric?
"It's important to note that scholars have long observed that political discourse and political events can contribute to the frequency of bias incidents. In fact, this phenomenon has a name today. It's called the Trump Effect."
Mass Violence Motivated by Hate: Are New Domestic Terrorism Laws the Answer?
Do new domestic terrorism laws put Black Lives Matter supporters, anti-war protestors, and/or animal rights activists at risk? Do they presently incorporate sufficient safeguards against such misuse and abuse?
Review of Immigration-Related U.S. Supreme Court Cases: Challenges, Ramifications, and What to Expect
Scholars discuss the most significant immigration-related cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, their ramifications, and what to expect in 2020.
The Muslim Ban Revisited: Trump v. Hawaii Two Years Later
The discriminatory laws, practices, and policies promised and delivered by President Trump have social, political, and economic ramifications. First, they reinforce misconceptions about Islam as an inherently violent religion. Second, they breed intolerance, fear, and hostility among the general population