I am an unlikely blogger. I am a United States District Court judge for the District of Massachusetts. I have been a judge since 1994, and have taught Sentencing at the Yale Law School for the past nine years. (Emily Bazelon, in fact, was in my class!) I have taught discrimination law, and evidence law at Harvard, BU and a number of other school. I have travelled internationally training judges and advocates in human rights law. And I am an intermittent op-ed writer about issues involving punishment, prosecution policy, gender discrimination, etc. Although judges are more limited than other public actors in what they can say about a host of things, like cases pending before me or even cases pending before other judges, we are permitted to speak about the administration of justice and other general legal matters. To me, the issue goes beyond what we are "permitted" to comment about and what we are not "permitted" to comment about. I think judges have a responsibility to participate in the public debate and that's what I hope to do here -- all consistent with, indeed enhancing, my "day" job.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Right Target
Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.
The NFL Has No Business Punishing Players for Off-Field Conduct. Leave That to the Teams.
Meet the Allies the U.S. Won’t Admit It Needs in Its Fight Against ISIS
I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights
Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.
Should You Recline Your Seat? Two Economists Weigh In.
How to Stop Ebola
Survivors might be immune. Let’s recruit them to care for the infected.
- School District Wants to Censor American History Curriculum to Make It More Patriotic
- U.S. Federal Prison Population Drops for the First Time in Decades
- Conservative Star D’Souza Avoids Jail Time for Illegal Campaign Contributions
- Moderate Chinese Intellectual Sentenced to Life in Prison After Show Trial
America in Africa
The tragic, misunderstood history of Liberia—and why the United States has a special obligation to help it fight the Ebola epidemic.