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New reports on Richard Thaler, who received the “Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences” this year usually mentioned, albeit in passing, Thaler’s doctoral dissertation on the topic of estimating the value of a human life. This topic is often taken to represent economics at its...

Is neurological impairment sufficient evidence to relieve an accused person of criminal liability for his or her acts? In many cases—especially those involving the death penalty—evidence showing that neurological damage influenced criminal behavior, can be a “double-edged sword,” used by prosecutors as well as defense attorneys,...

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of University of Pennsylvania law professor Stephanos Bibas and Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and 10th Circuit, respectively. Each vote was approved along party lines, 11-9. Also...

For The Washington Post, Robert Barnes reports that six Harvard Law School graduates who also happen to be current or retired Supreme Court justices convened in Cambridge, Massachusetts, yesterday to help celebrate the law school’s 200th anniversary. Additional coverage comes from the Associated Press and...

Are you being true to yourself? Should you? Better question: What in the world is a true self, anyway? In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Polonius counsels his son: This above all: to thine ownself be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be...

The petition of the day is: Butts v. Sellers 17-512 Issues: (1) Whether a court unreasonably applies Strickland v. Washington by measuring trial counsel’s performance against the prevailing professional norms of a local judicial circuit where those local practices deviated from prevailing national or state norms; and (2)...