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Coulibaly v. Stevance, decided Wednesday by the Indiana Court of Appeals, considers whether Indiana courts should honor a Malian child custody decree (involving Malian citizens). Indiana has adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), under which state courts must enforce out-of-state and...

As central banks go, the Federal Reserve is one of the best. Much academic literature suggests that one of the reasons for its relative success is its relative political independence and freedom from partisanship. Central banks that are partisan or politicized are likely to engineer...

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...