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Harvard Law Report: Arkansas Ignoring Mental States Of Death Row Inmates, Representation Rigths
A report released on Thursday by one of the nation’s top law schools concludes the state of Arkansas has ignored the mental states and legal representation of eight death row inmates scheduled to die next month. It’s the latest wrinkle in the state’s drive to kill eight inmates in 10 days. Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project
claims five of the eight men suffer from either a serious mental illness or intellectual impairment. One death row inmates has an IQ of 70 after suffering a head injury. Another is a paranoid schizophrenic who says he sees his dead father around the prison as well as dogs. The report from Harvard Law notes the U.S. Supreme court has ruled it a violation of the Eight Amendment to execute people with intellectual disabilities.
Dayton Daily News
What keeps former inmates from returning to prison?
Higher wages for low-skilled jobs often prevents return to prison. The mission statement for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is: “Reduce recidivism among those we touch.” But a big factor keeping a parolee from going back to prison is what the job opportunities are like where an inmate is released, according to a recent study. Ex-offenders released to counties with higher low-skilled wages stand a better chance of not going back to jail, wrote Crystal Yang
, a Harvard Law School researcher. Yang studied 4 million offenders in 43 states released between 2000 and 2013. Among those were inmates released from Ohio prisons between 2009-2013. At the beginning of 2013, Ohio parolees numbered 14,653, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
The Weekly Standard
Flynn Asks for Immunity In Russia Investigations
Michael Flynn, the short-tenured national security advisor for President Trump, is offering to testify to both the FBI and the congressional intelligence committees about possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia in exchange for immunity...What does Flynn's public offer to testify mean? Alex Whiting
, a Harvard law professor and national security law expert, makes a convincing case that Flynn is attempting to "bait" one of the congressional committees, not federal prosecutors, into getting him to testify: "I suspect that Flynn's lawyer is really targeting Congress. He is hoping that one of the Congressional committees will take the bait and grant him immunity in exchange for his testimony. If that happened, it would be extremely difficult to prosecute Flynn after he testified. Remember Oliver North?..." Whiting concludes the gambit wouldn't work and wonders if Flynn's lawyer knows his client doesn't have much to offer prosecutors and may be looking for a way to avoid charges himself.
The Huffington Post
Over 90 Organizations Demand Trump Administration Enforce Title IX In Powerful Letter
Early Friday morning, more than 90 national organizations published a letter to President Trump’s administration demanding the federal government enforce Title IX...Sarah Gutman
[`18], a Harvard Law student and member of the graduate program’s Harassment & Assault Law-Student Team, told HuffPost she hopes DeVos takes note of their demands. “We hope the administration, and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in particular, realizes the fundamental importance of Title IX and its promise,” Gutman said. “Every student deserves equal access to education and that can only happen through the enforcement of Title IX.”
Naming a Baby Is Hard Enough Without the State Involved
An op-ed by Noah Feldman.
The state of Georgia is refusing to allow a couple to give their baby the last name Allah -- not because it’s sacrilegious but because the state requires a baby’s last name to be the same as one of its parents’ or a combination of the two. That’s arguably unconstitutional, although it’s not an open and shut question. It also raises the broader question of what it means to name a child legally, and what rights parents have in relation to the government.
‘He’s Free to Go’: Mexican Man Says He’s Hopeful for Future
A Mexican man who had been arrested despite his participation in a program designed to prevent the deportation of those brought to the U.S. illegally as children walked free after more than six weeks in custody...His legal team, which includes the Los Angeles-based pro bono firm Public Counsel and Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe
, pressed claims in federal court that the arrest and detention violated Ramirez's constitutional rights.
The Harvard Crimson
Peers Remember a Humble, Intelligent, Fun-Loving Friend in Will Zhang
Remembering Will Zhang
, India G. McAlister, Zhang’s college friend, recalls an intelligent, humble friend with a passion for Greek philosophy, international law, and finding the best steak in Toronto. “I think we should remember him as being a very multilayered person. He was able to be at one hand very thoughtful and very deep. He enjoyed deep conversation and philosophy. On the other hand, he was kind of like a child in the sense that he just loved doing things that were fun,” McAlister said. “He was someone whose passion and whose love for life was definitely contagious.” Zhang, a first-year student at Harvard Law School, died March 23. He was 23.