Ongoing debate over the Confederate battle flag continues to enflame deeply held beliefs and passions. Does it memorialize and enshrine a legacy of slavery and racial violence in the South? Or does it commemorate the sacrifice and dedication of Confederate soldiers who fought—and died—in our nation’s bloodiest war?
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is planning to give $9,000 to each of four health advocacy groups willing to work with landlords and developers on banning smoking within their buildings. Is this idea a step in the right direction for public health? Or another instance of bureaucrats telling adults what they can and cannot do?
What is clear from the arrest video is that Officer Encinia wanted to assert his dominance over Ms. Bland, even though it was a routine traffic stop for failing to signal. At every opportunity where he could ratchet up the tense encounter or calm it down, he chose to escalate. Ms. Bland was treated like the enemy, rather than a citizen motorist who had committed only the most minor infraction that caused no harm to anyone.
The finger. The bird. Flipping someone off. Whatever you call it, it’s a rude gesture meant to express disdain and provoke a reaction. So, if you flip off a cop, can you get arrested? In January 2013, a federal court said no. Hurrah for freedom of expression! But not so fast. Just because you can legally give a police officer the finger doesn’t mean you should.
In a dissent authored by Justice Sotomayor and joined by Justices Ginsberg, Breyer, and Kagan, Sotomayor chastised the majority not only for its recognition of the death penalty as a constitutional form of punishment under the Eighth Amendment, but also for ignoring the petitioners’ requests for a stay of execution pending the final resolution of the ongoing midazolam debate.
US politicians have suddenly woken up and realized—finally—that something has to be done about mass incarceration. In a recent speech to the NAACP, President Barack Obama called for a sentencing overhaul bill to be passed this year that would reduce mandatory minimum sentences “or get rid of them entirely,” favoring treatment or other alternatives for many drug offenders. Remarkably, Republican House Speaker John Boehner largely agrees, and said he supports a bipartisan bill currently making its way through the House that would, among other things, lower mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders.
Mr. Trump’s blanket insulting statements about Mexican Americans are clearly the definition of racism.
Despite the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage, there are still some hoops to jump through for those planning LGB weddings.
Is spanking as a form of corporal punishment “firmly woven into our nation’s social fabric,” as one state’s highest court recently asserted?
The oldest profession in the world has been around for quite some time, but prostitution still hasn’t found a comfortable place in society.