Jerry Brown’s Humble, Humane Decision

All lawmakers should follow his example, especially when thinking about life and death.

Oct. 5 2015 4:48 PMPope Francis’ Message Isn’t Echoed at Red MassA reminder that the only faith that should matter at the Supreme Court is faith in the Constitution.
Oct. 1 2015 5:13 PMThe Supreme Court’s Most Important Cases of the New TermJust how bad will things be for abortion, affirmative action, unions, and voting rights?
Sept. 30 2015 5:30 AMSafety LastOne of the most reprehensible bosses in recent history is finally facing justice.
Sept. 29 2015 12:36 PMYou Really Shouldn’t HaveA stunning Kentucky lawsuit alleges that what looks a lot like bribery is in fact a form of free speech.
Sept. 25 2015 4:46 PMCarly Fiorina’s Big LieEven if you take your facts on some sort of sliding scale, her fibs about Planned Parenthood are appalling.
Sept. 21 2015 1:16 PMJust Ignore Them?Unfortunately, that won’t make publicity-hungry, unserious, outrageous people go away.
Sept. 15 2015 12:04 PMGroundhog Day NightmareOklahoma is about to execute a man who is probably innocent.
Sept. 9 2015 4:59 PMZero Tolerance for ChildhoodA reminder as the school year opens: The juvenile justice system eats kids for breakfast.
Sept. 4 2015 4:12 PMSonia Sotomayor, OutsiderIn a remarkable conversation, the justice talks about why she doesn’t feel like she belongs on the Supreme Court.
Sept. 2 2015 12:36 PMTexas Two-Steps All Over Voting RightsIt says it can make voting as difficult as it wants to, and any law that says otherwise is unconstitutional.
Aug. 28 2015 12:31 PMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?International affairs writer Joshua Keating on what to read to understand the apparently permanent slowdown of the Chinese economy.
Aug. 25 2015 3:32 PMLife Is Short. Litigate.The many, many lawsuits of Ashley Madison.
Aug. 19 2015 4:47 PM“1 Shot Fired by Officer”The shape-shifting story of a cop who pulled over a driver and ended up shooting himself.
Aug. 16 2015 9:02 PMThe Trials of Ed GrafIn 1988, he was convicted of killing his stepsons—based on arson science we now know is bunk. A quarter of a century later, Texas granted him a new trial, one that pitted modern forensics against old-fashioned Texas justice.
Aug. 4 2015 11:26 AM“If We Launch a Gay Section, Will You Write for It?”How I covered the battle for marriage equality, from Windsor to Obergefell.
Oct. 2 2015 9:03 AMWill Sandra Day O’Connor’s Legacy Live On?We’re lucky it lasted as long as it did.
Oct. 1 2015 12:47 PMHow the Supreme Court Justices Spent Their Summer VacationAs the new term begins, can they ever forgive one another?
Sept. 30 2015 5:02 AMJustice After InjusticeWhat happens after a wrongfully convicted person is exonerated—and the witness finds out she identified the wrong man.
Sept. 28 2015 4:12 PMHumane Criminal Justice Is Not HopelessThe Supreme Court is beginning to take cruel and unusual punishment seriously—just like Pope Francis is.
Sept. 22 2015 10:50 AMJesus TownAn Arizona city council votes for Christian-only prayers, citing the Constitution.
Sept. 17 2015 11:28 AMThe Supreme Court Has Nothing to Hide, So Don’t LookStephen Breyer swears the justices are just the nicest people.
Sept. 14 2015 10:36 AMWho Feeds the Supreme Court?The judges who send law clerks—the future leaders of the legal profession—are still white men.
Sept. 7 2015 8:03 PMIs Southern California the New Deep South?Los Angeles County has sentenced more people to death than five Southern states combined.
Sept. 4 2015 12:16 PMHow Can This Possibly Happen?Geoffrey Sant wrote about drivers in China who intentionally kill pedestrians. Ask him anything.
Sept. 1 2015 6:07 PMMake This Death Not in VainHow did a mentally ill man charged with a trivial crime waste away in jail for months?
Aug. 26 2015 11:15 AMWhat’s the Difference?How Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor brought wisdom to the Supreme Court.
Aug. 21 2015 2:50 PMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?The best part of the week? Meeting members like you at happy hours in New York and D.C.
Aug. 19 2015 11:55 AMThe Liberty to End One’s LifeHow the marriage equality movement led the way for death with dignity.
Aug. 12 2015 1:43 PMThe Hidden Bias of CamerasBody and dashboard-mounted cameras used by police don’t give an objective account of the facts. Here’s how we should reform them.
July 31 2015 2:16 PMJudge Denies Legal Personhood to Chimps—for NowLGBTQ cases show that rights are not defined by who exercised them in the past.