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An uncharitable reading of Tom Cutterham’s new book would suggest the alternative title: “An Economic Interpretation of the Buildup to the Constitutional Convention.” But Cutterham, a lecturer in U.S. history at the University of Birmingham in Britain, is up to something more interesting, and perhaps...

This morning the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two criminal-procedure cases. The first is Ayestas v. Davis, which involves the standards for funding an investigation establishing an ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claim in a capital case. Steve Vladeck previewed the case for this blog. Another preview...

We expect orders from the October 27 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. The court will hear oral argument on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning at 10 a.m. each day. The calendar for the November sitting is available on the court’s website. On Friday the...

States including Colorado, Texas and California have begun to reduce use of solitary confinement, also called “segregation.” In 2015, Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel called it “unprecedented … that you have the corrections field … look at segregation and say, ‘Look, we need to do...

The FBI counterterrorism division’s identification of a new movement it calls “black identity extremists” is the latest addition to the broadening list of protesters and dissidents the agency puts in the “domestic terrorism” umbrella, McClatchy Newspapers reports. National security experts say the designation doesn’t describe...