Legislators enact laws, law enforcement personnel execute laws, and, within limits, judges interpret both the laws and their execution. Although this operative concept generally shapes the way we think about the criminal justice system, the paradigm is incomplete. As every law student learns in a professional responsibility or legal ethics course, all members of the legal profession share a responsibility for improving the legal system. Thus, while constitutional and statutory rules provide the structural framework within which legal actors operate, systemic obligations to seek and secure justice–defined, in part, by preventing erroneous convictions-directly inform and guide the entire decision-making process.
Scholars discuss the most significant immigration-related cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, their ramifications, and what to expect in 2020.
Experts discuss legal developments and related ramifications one year after President Trump declared a national emergency at the U.S. Southern Border with Mexico in order to build a wall.
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
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?