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Missed Opportunities, Good Intentions: The Takings Decisions of Justice Antonin Scalia

Obergefell dissent insofar as it can be read to imply that the freedom of the People “to govern themselves” through the legislative process is subject to no substantive constitutional limitations at all. Obergefell , 135 S. Ct. at 2627 (Scalia, J. dissenting). That position cannot be tenable unless the entire structure of the Bill of Rights and Reconstruction Amendments are consigned to the shadows of American constitutional law, governed perhaps only by the weak rational basis test that is frequently used to uphold state regulation of private property. Early

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Two Concepts of Freedom in Criminal Jurisprudence

to be taken into consideration, there is no longer any basis to distinguish between act and omission where they result in identical harm. This is relevant to an analysis of the cases presented above, as will be elaborated upon in Part IV below. B Legal Definitions According to the liberty theory, the accepted test for defining act and omission is bodily movement. By this test, a muscle twitch that causes harm is classified as an act, while the lack of such a movement is classified as omission. S IMESTER & S ULLIVAN , supra note 7, at 70. More specifically

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Sentencing Disparities

federal system, individual defendants are nested (i.e., clustered) within groups at a higher level, being district courts. It is hypothesized that unique courtroom workgroups within district courts result in sentencing practices that differ across districts. Multilevel modeling, explained further herein, provides the ability to investigate how certain predictor factors are related to upward departures in individual cases while also testing whether the effects of those same factors differ among districts. The Article proceeds as follows. Section II outlines the federal

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Lying and the First Amendment

& Uncertainty 7, 9 (1988). No wonder a study of 126,000 stories tweeted by more than three million people more than 4.5 million times concluded that falsehoods spread faster and reached more people than truths. Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy & Sinan Aral, The Spread of True and False News Online , 359 Science 1146 (2018). But if the marketplace rationale is radically imperfect, still the standard American view is Holmes’ classic statement: “the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.” Abrams v. United States

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The Holmes Truth: Toward a Pragmatic, Holmes-Influenced Conceptualization of the Nature of Truth

with the statement that the First Amendment does not protect obscene content. Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973). The Court has consistently upheld this conclusion, though the challenge of defining what constitutes obscenity persists. Cass Sunstein, Pornography and the First Amendment , 1986 D UKE L.J. 589, 591-593 (1986). Prior to the Miller Test, Justice Potter Stewart expressed his frustration with defining obscenity when he wrote, “I shall not today attempt to further define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand

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Adventures in Higher Education, Happiness, And Mindfulness

at NYU with 100% faculty dependent tuition remission. I would have been able to live at home attending Columbia. Princeton was the choice because it was the highest ranked of the accepted set and known for its world class mathematics department. I did not graduate from Horace Mann because New York state law requires taking health and sex education to graduate and one had to be at least age 16 to take health and sex. I thus left Horace Mann without a high school diploma. Because I never took a General Educational Development (GED) test, GED Testing Service, https

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Normative and Institutional Dimensions of Rights’ Adjudication Around the World

and medieval thought was given its most complete expression by St. Thomas Aquinas who, together with the scholastics, identified an inaccessible first cause (i.e., God) that instituted second causes accessible to men by reason (e.g. physical laws regulating both physical phenomena and men). Klaus Gunther , The Legacies of Injustice and Fear , in The E.U. and Human Rights 99, 117-8 (Philip Alston ed., 1999); Josiah Ober, Law and Political Theory , in The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law , 395 (Michael Gagarin and David Cohen eds., 2005); David

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Posner’s Folly: The End of Legal Pragmatism and Coercion’s Clarity

experienced realities upon the typical conscious human mind, the essential elements of the concept of law—those elements needed to distinguish political positive law from other phenomena—can be discerned to necessarily include a socially-recognizable coercive intent on the part of a lawmaker toward her legal subjects, i.e. those bound in duty to obey her laws. That coercive intent ultimately must be backed by physical coercion or the threat of it, From now on, I will use “physical coercion” and “physical force” to include the threat of physical force unless indicated

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Felix Frankfurter and the Law

meets the stiff test of strict scrutiny, that is, there must be a compelling state interest and the law must be narrowly tailored. The flag salute requirement failed this test. Id . at 607. (Two years earlier, Stone had written the famous footnote four in United States v . Carolene Products , in which he proposed the strict scrutiny test. 304 U.S. 144, 152, n.4 [1938].) Frankfurter’s Gobitis opinion is studded like raisins in a pound cake with historical and philosophical observations. He speaks of “Centuries of strife over the erection of particular dogmas

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The U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clauses: How History, Behavioral Psychology, and the Framers’ Understanding of Corruption All Require an End to President Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

the face of that gap, Congress tracks not “the People” but “the funders.” Id . at 151-52. See also Martin Gillers and Benjamin I. Page, Testing Theories of American Politics, Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens , 12(3) Perspective on Politics 564, at 564 (2014) (“Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.”). In short, what Kahneman

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