March 01, 2013 10:29:09 AM by
In a bizarre mid-February opinion in the case of Florida v. Clayton Harris, the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a drug-sniffing dog’s credentials—rather than his field accuracy—are what matter in determining whether the dog’s tail-wagging “alert” creates sufficient probable cause for police to conduct a search without a warrant. This elevation of credentials over demonstrated skill should come as no surprise: Of the nine Supreme Court justices, five were full-time academics at some point before joining the Court, three were adjunct professors and only one earned his stripes exclusively in the real world. In my most recent piece for Forbes.com, I explain how the Florida v. Clayton Harris ruling is an invasion of citizens’ privacy rights that nevertheless united a divided Court based on the justices’ shared reverence for impressive curriculum vitae.
The column after the jump...
February 04, 2013 12:03:45 PM by
My book review of Jess Bravin’s new book, TERROR COURTS: ROUGH JUSTICE AT GUANTANAMO BAY (Yale University Press) is now available on Reason.com. The book is a very interesting read by a very sophisticated reporter of law and justice issues. The review after the jump...
January 23, 2013 3:14:11 PM by