Jerry Brown’s Humble, Humane Decision
All lawmakers should follow his example, especially when thinking about life and death.
Pope 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.
The Supreme Court’s Most Important Cases of the New TermJust how bad will things be for abortion, affirmative action, unions, and voting rights?
You Really Shouldn’t HaveA stunning Kentucky lawsuit alleges that what looks a lot like bribery is in fact a form of free speech.
Carly Fiorina’s Big LieEven if you take your facts on some sort of sliding scale, her fibs about Planned Parenthood are appalling.
Just Ignore Them?Unfortunately, that won’t make publicity-hungry, unserious, outrageous people go away.
Zero Tolerance for ChildhoodA reminder as the school year opens: The juvenile justice system eats kids for breakfast.
Sonia Sotomayor, OutsiderIn a remarkable conversation, the justice talks about why she doesn’t feel like she belongs on the Supreme Court.
Texas 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.
What Happened at Slate This Week?International affairs writer Joshua Keating on what to read to understand the apparently permanent slowdown of the Chinese economy.
“1 Shot Fired by Officer”The shape-shifting story of a cop who pulled over a driver and ended up shooting himself.
The 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.
How the Supreme Court Justices Spent Their Summer VacationAs the new term begins, can they ever forgive one another?
Justice After InjusticeWhat happens after a wrongfully convicted person is exonerated—and the witness finds out she identified the wrong man.
Humane Criminal Justice Is Not HopelessThe Supreme Court is beginning to take cruel and unusual punishment seriously—just like Pope Francis is.
The Supreme Court Has Nothing to Hide, So Don’t LookStephen Breyer swears the justices are just the nicest people.
Who Feeds the Supreme Court?The judges who send law clerks—the future leaders of the legal profession—are still white men.
Is Southern California the New Deep South?Los Angeles County has sentenced more people to death than five Southern states combined.
How Can This Possibly Happen?Geoffrey Sant wrote about drivers in China who intentionally kill pedestrians. Ask him anything.
Make This Death Not in VainHow did a mentally ill man charged with a trivial crime waste away in jail for months?
What’s the Difference?How Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor brought wisdom to the Supreme Court.
What Happened at Slate This Week?The best part of the week? Meeting members like you at happy hours in New York and D.C.
The 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.