Two Pharmacists are Accused of Second-degree murder in Meningitis Outbreak

On December 25, 2014, Posted by , In Criminal Law, By , , With No Comments

(DEBRA CASSENS WEISS) A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses two pharmacists of second-degree murder in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed at least 64 people and injured about 750 others. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced the 131-count indictment Wednesday against the pharmacists and 12 other people associated with the…

Same Crime, Different Sentence

On October 23, 2014, Posted by , In Criminal Law, By , , With No Comments

One of the many interesting questions in the world of post-Booker federal sentencing is whether a judge, in sentencing one defendant, is required (or permitted) to take into account the sentences imposed on codefendants. Yesterday, the Third Circuit issued an interesting opinion on this question. (Doug Berman has an excerpt…

Pre Crime: Why are we so confident that we can prevent acts of terrible violence?

On September 15, 2014, Posted by , In Criminal Law, By ,, , With No Comments

(Jonathan Simon) As politicians and officials in Washington (state) and Arkansas battle over who should have stopped Maurice Clemmons before he apparently shot to death four Washington state police officers outside a strip mall coffee shop near Tacoma last weekend before being shot dead by Seattle police, we can observe a…

Crime Decline Conundrum

On September 8, 2014, Posted by , In Criminal Law, By , With No Comments

(Jonathan Simon) With aviation terrorism and a still lackluster employment market dominating year end headlines, the one piece of good news appears to be a fairly widespread decline in homicides in major cities. New York, as trumpeted in yesterday’s NYtimes (read Al Baker’sreporting) had a year with fewer homicides than…

Libertarians and the Claims of Democratic Authority in the Context of Criminalization Debates

On August 20, 2014, Posted by , In Criminal Law, By , , With No Comments

(Dan Markel) I have a section in this paper I’m working on –designed to be a love letter of sorts between retributive justice and liberal democracy —  that I’m afraid I’m not sure is fully there yet, and I was wondering if those with a political philosophy bent might have…

A Zombie in the Wild

On August 8, 2014, Posted by , In Criminal Law, By , , With No Comments

(Eric Rasmusen) I have long thought fairly highly of the Atlantic, both as a magazine and as a blog. So the following article by Richard Gunderman1 is disheartening to read. It is a perfect example of the very zombie I am trying so hard to kill: the “Standard Story” that unquestioningly accepts the…