Tag Archives: Volume 34

The Evolution of the “Patient”: Shifts in Attitudes About Consent, Genetic Information, and Commercialization in Health Care

A momentous ideological change in the world of health care has accompanied the advent of managed care, third party payers, soaring costs, and sophisticated medical technology. The ideological change has facilitated a far-reaching transformation in the physician-patient relationship. A form … Continue reading

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Re-membering Law in the Internationalizing World

This article addresses the current unprecedented intermingling of laws and legal norms in our internationalizing world. It examines in particular the meeting of the common and civil law in the European Union as an indication of the often unseen and … Continue reading

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Responsibility and Control

In two recent cases, Kansas v. Hendricks and Kansas v. Crane, the Supreme Court upheld sex predator legislation. The Kansas statute, which is similar to legislation adopted in other states, provides for the indefinite detention of those classified as sex … Continue reading

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Why We Need a Federal Reporter’s Privilege

Over the past year, I have publicly criticized members of the press for overstating their First Amendment rights and New York Times reporter Judith Miller for refusing to abide by the rule of law. When journalists disregard lawful court orders … Continue reading

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The Community Dimension of State Child Protection

The other day I had a conversation with a civil liberties lawyer about racial inequities in the child welfare system, the institution charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect. America’s child welfare system is marked by pronounced and disturbing … Continue reading

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Kelo and the Local Political Process

Most of the commentary on the recent decision in Kelo v. City of New London, in which the Supreme Court upheld a municipality’s right to condemn private land for economic development, has focused on the substantive rights allocated by the … Continue reading

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The Crimes of Crime Labs

In November 2005, a man was convicted in New York City for a thirty-two-year-old rape. The circumstances were quite unusual, even for cold cases. The original 1974 trial had ended in a hung jury, and the defendant had jumped bail … Continue reading

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