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Qualified Immunity Under Fire

CLAYTON SCHMITT—As policing remains a hot topic across America, reformers from both sides of the political spectrum have started to call for an end to the doctrine of qualified immunity. Essentially, these reformers make the same point: the doctrine ratifies police misconduct and prevents citizens whose rights have been violated by law enforcement officers from […]

The Aftermath of Murphy v. NCAA: New York’s Path to Legalized Sports Gambling

MICHAEL HARDER—In May 2018, the Supreme Court released the highly anticipated decision of Murphy v. NCAA, better known as “the sports gambling case.” Although the Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the 1992 federal statute prohibiting the states from authorizing sports gambling, most states have yet to capitalize on the […]

Rethinking Redistricting: Why States Should Act Where The Court Stood Still

MICHAEL J. KIMOK—In early 2018, lawmakers, voters, and election lawyers were eagerly awaiting a ruling from the Supreme Court in Gill v. Whitford. The Court had accepted not one, but two separate equal protection challenges to congressional district maps based on political partisanship. Despite a spirited debate among the Justices, the Court ultimately punted on […]

Immigrants, Gangs, and Due Process: Unconstitutional Vagueness in Immigration Law

HANNAH GORDON—Considering the manner in which President Donald J. Trump started off his campaign, it’s no surprise that immigration remains a constantly discussed topic in the news. This summer, we saw many headlines about the administration’s “zero tolerance policy” for people who cross the southern border without visas. Although crossing the border without a visa […]

The Battle for DIY Handguns

GABRIELA S. HERNANDEZ—On August 27, 2018, Judge Lasnik of the U.S. District Court for Western Washington issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration from releasing blueprints for 3D-printed handguns. Judge Lasnik reasoned that States may suffer irreparable harm if the blueprints are released to the public. This decision extended previous blocks of the blueprints’ […]