Moneyball Sentencing

University of New Mexico School of Law Professor Dawinder Sidhu has an excellent article available at SSRN about the criminal justice’s system increasing use of statistics to predict a defendant’s future dangerousness.  Professor Sidhu analogizes to the concept of Moneyball—or … Continue reading

What can Moneyball teach us about the debate over racial preferences?

Some things are accepted as so obvious that people rarely ask whether they are true. Take baseball for example. There used to be a time when fans and managers alike hyped up a pitcher as a “winner,” a batter as … Continue reading

Is the denial of preferential treatment discrimination?

One group in the State of Washington thinks so. White female contractors are threatening to sue that state’s department of transportation if they aren’t given preferential treatment based on their race and gender. The commotion stems from Washington’s implementation of the infamous … Continue reading

Brown signs bill that purports to overturn Schuette

Ten days ago, Governor Brown signed AB 2646 into law.  The stated purpose of the statute is return the law to where it was before the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Schuette v. BAMN — the case that upheld the … Continue reading

Why the Colbert Report is wrong about friend-of-the-court briefs

Various news and entertainment outlets have questioned the usefulness of friend-of-the-court briefs (also known as amicus briefs) at the Supreme Court. Both the New York Times and the Colbert Report recently endorsed a law professor’s article questioning the validity of … Continue reading

NR-PLF Supreme Court preview event: fish and raisin jokes, and some serious Supreme Court analysis

National Review/Pacific Legal Foundation’s “first annual” preview event on Monday of the Supreme Court’s term was a great success, as reflected by the live coverage and two re-broadcasts by C-SPAN. The event’s focus was on cases the Supreme Court had … Continue reading

Supreme Court to decide if the Fair Housing Act allows disparate impact claims

Today the Supreme Court announced it would accept review in the case Texas Dept. of Hous. & Community  Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project on the one issue that has escaped resolution by the Court twice before. That issue is:  Are disparate-impact … Continue reading

Federal courts expanding disparate impact analysis in recent Voting Rights Act cases

Here on the Liberty Blog, we have often posted about the perils of “disparate impact” laws; that is, laws that allow courts to find illicit discrimination in a facially neutral action without any showing of improper intent (here, here, and here, … Continue reading

Will the Supreme Court finally get to rule on disparate impact?

Will the third time be the charm for having the U.S. Supreme Court decide whether disparate impact discrimination claims are allowed under the Fair Housing Act?  Later this month, on September 29th, the Court will decide whether to accept review … Continue reading

Chief Judge Kozinski skewers Guam lawyer

Guam has created a political process that only allows Chamorros – and their ancestors — to vote on Guam independence.  This is a blatant attempt to restrict the right to vote on the basis of ancestry, and is prohibited by both … Continue reading