Robert J. Smith
Robert J. Smith

Robert J. Smith is a senior fellow at Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute and a visiting scholar at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Follow him on Twitter.

Jurisprudence
Jan. 13 2017 12:54 PMRed Justice in a Blue StateOregon has one of the worst criminal justice systems in the country. These prosecutors are largely to blame.
Jurisprudence
Feb. 15 2016 7:28 AMAntonin Scalia’s Other LegacyHe was often a friend of criminal defendants.
Jurisprudence
Oct. 20 2015 12:32 PMScalia Is Wrong About KansasHis speculation that voters would oust judges who “don’t like the death penalty” was dead wrong.
Jurisprudence
Sept. 15 2015 12:04 PMGroundhog Day NightmareOklahoma is about to execute a man who is probably innocent.
Jurisprudence
July 1 2015 1:37 PMThe End of the Death Penalty?Recent Supreme Court opinions suggest there are five votes to abolish capital punishment.
Jurisprudence
May 5 2016 4:04 PMThere’s No Separating the Death Penalty and RaceThe only way to get rid of racial bias in death penalty cases is to get rid of the death penalty.
Jurisprudence
Nov. 4 2015 5:00 AMThe Worst LawyersDeath sentences are down across the country—except for where one of these guys is the defense attorney.
Jurisprudence
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.
Jurisprudence
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.
Jurisprudence
May 14 2015 3:54 AMAmerica’s Deadliest ProsecutorsThe last stubborn, bloodthirsty devotees of the death penalty.