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Unsettled: How Climate Change Challenges A Foundation Of Our Legal System, And Adapting The Legal State, Victor B. Flatt Nov 2016

Unsettled: How Climate Change Challenges A Foundation Of Our Legal System, And Adapting The Legal State, Victor B. Flatt

BYU Law Review

One of the fundamental goals of law is to end disputes. This push to “settlement” is foundational and has historically worked to increase societal efficiency and justice by engendering legitimate expectations among the citizenry. However, the efficient nature of much legal finality, settlement and repose only exists against a background of evolution of the physical environment that is predictable and slowpaced. That background no longer exists. The alteration of the physical world, and thus, the background for our societal structure and decisions, is accelerating rapidly due to human-caused climate change. This creates a mismatch between the law’s tendency to ...


Criminals Behind The Veil: Political Philosophy And Punishment, Chad Flanders Nov 2016

Criminals Behind The Veil: Political Philosophy And Punishment, Chad Flanders

Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law

No abstract provided.


Utilizing Prosecutorial Discretion To Reduce The Number Of Juveniles With Disabilities In The Juvenile Justice System, Mary Willis Mar 2016

Utilizing Prosecutorial Discretion To Reduce The Number Of Juveniles With Disabilities In The Juvenile Justice System, Mary Willis

Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal

No abstract provided.


The Peril Of Paroline: How The Supreme Court Made It More Difficult For Victims Of Child Pornography, Janet Lawrence Feb 2016

The Peril Of Paroline: How The Supreme Court Made It More Difficult For Victims Of Child Pornography, Janet Lawrence

BYU Law Review

No abstract provided.


How To Incite Crime With Words: Clarifying Brandenburg’S Incitement Test With Speech Act Theory, Bradley J. Pew Oct 2015

How To Incite Crime With Words: Clarifying Brandenburg’S Incitement Test With Speech Act Theory, Bradley J. Pew

BYU Law Review

No abstract provided.


Establishing Russia's Responsibility For Cyber-Crime Based On Its Hacker Culture, Trevor Mcdougal Aug 2015

Establishing Russia's Responsibility For Cyber-Crime Based On Its Hacker Culture, Trevor Mcdougal

Brigham Young University International Law & Management Review

No abstract provided.


Mass Crimes Adjudication In Indonesia: Learning From The Cambodian Example, Renée Harrison Aug 2015

Mass Crimes Adjudication In Indonesia: Learning From The Cambodian Example, Renée Harrison

Brigham Young University International Law & Management Review

No abstract provided.


Imprisonment Inertia And Public Attitudes Toward "Truth In Sentencing", Michael O'Hear, Darren Wheelock Mar 2015

Imprisonment Inertia And Public Attitudes Toward "Truth In Sentencing", Michael O'Hear, Darren Wheelock

BYU Law Review

No abstract provided.


Justice Deferred Is Justice Denied: We Must End Our Failed Experiment In Deferring Corporate Criminal Prosecutions, Peter R. Reilly Mar 2015

Justice Deferred Is Justice Denied: We Must End Our Failed Experiment In Deferring Corporate Criminal Prosecutions, Peter R. Reilly

BYU Law Review

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, deferred prosecution agreements are said to occupy an “important middle ground” between declining to prosecute on the one hand, and trials or guilty pleas on the other. A top DOJ official has declared that over the last decade, the agreements have become a “mainstay” of white collar criminal law enforcement; a prominent criminal law professor calls their increased use part of the “biggest change in corporate law enforcement policy in the last ten years.”

However, despite deferred prosecution’s apparent rise in popularity among law enforcement officials, this Article sets forth the ...


Eric Holder's Recent Curtailment Of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing, Its Implications, And Prospects For Effective Reform, Alan Dahl Nov 2014

Eric Holder's Recent Curtailment Of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing, Its Implications, And Prospects For Effective Reform, Alan Dahl

Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law

No abstract provided.


Essay: Philemon, Marbury, And The Passive-Aggressive Assertion Of Legal Authority, Paul J. Larkin Jr. Nov 2014

Essay: Philemon, Marbury, And The Passive-Aggressive Assertion Of Legal Authority, Paul J. Larkin Jr.

Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law

No abstract provided.


What Color Is The Number Seven? Category Mistakes Analysis And The "Legislative/Non-Legislative" Distinction, John Martinez Nov 2014

What Color Is The Number Seven? Category Mistakes Analysis And The "Legislative/Non-Legislative" Distinction, John Martinez

Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law

No abstract provided.


Can Retributivism Be Saved?, Chad Flanders May 2014

Can Retributivism Be Saved?, Chad Flanders

BYU Law Review

Retributive theory has long held pride of place among theories of criminal punishment in both philosophy and in law. It has seemed, at various times, either much more intuitive, or rationally persuasive, or simply more normatively right than other theories. But retributive theory is limited, both in theory and practice, and in many of its versions is best conceived not as a theory of punishment in its own right, but instead as shorthand for a set of constraints on the exercise of punishment. Whether some version of retributive theory is a live possibility in the contemporary world remains very much ...


The Best Interest Is The Child: A Historical Philosophy For Modern Issues, Lahny R. Silva Mar 2014

The Best Interest Is The Child: A Historical Philosophy For Modern Issues, Lahny R. Silva

Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law

A little over a century after the creation of the first juvenile court in America, the states and the federal government continue to try to find an effective and practical solution to juvenile delinquency. Beginning with the “Best Interest of the Child Standard” in 1899, juvenile justice policy has evolved into a mixed bag of philosophies. State statutes littered with “Best Interest” rhetoric, have interestingly resulted in state policies that are retributive in nature and disproportionately affect minority communities. The disconnect between theory and practice is the product of decades of socio-political influence on juvenile justice policy as well as ...


What Lies Beneath: Interpretive Methodology, Constitutional Authority, And The Case Of Originalism, Christopher J. Peters Feb 2014

What Lies Beneath: Interpretive Methodology, Constitutional Authority, And The Case Of Originalism, Christopher J. Peters

BYU Law Review

No abstract provided.


Creating Crimmigration, César Cuahtémoc García Hernández Feb 2014

Creating Crimmigration, César Cuahtémoc García Hernández

BYU Law Review

No abstract provided.


Trans-Substantivity And The Processes Of American Law, David Marcus Feb 2014

Trans-Substantivity And The Processes Of American Law, David Marcus

BYU Law Review

The term “trans-substantive” refers to doctrine that, in form and manner of application, does not vary from one substantive context to the next. Trans-substantivity has long influenced the design of the law of civil procedure, and whether the principle should continue to do so has prompted a lot of debate among scholars. But this focus on civil procedure is too narrow. Doctrines that regulate all the processes of American law, from civil litigation to public administration, often hew to a trans-substantive norm. This Article draws upon administrative law, the doctrine of statutory interpretation, and the law of civil procedure to ...


Taking Mistakes Seriously, Paul J. Larkin Jr. Jul 2013

Taking Mistakes Seriously, Paul J. Larkin Jr.

Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law

Part I of this article discusses the principle that mistake or ignorance of the law is no excuse. It is settled law that no one can defend against a criminal charge on the grounds that he did not intend to flout the law and, at worst, made only a reasonable, honest mistake as to what he was free to do. Part II examines several areas in which the law does precisely the opposite by repeatedly manifesting a willingness to forgive reasonable mistakes by one or more actors in the criminal justice system. Part III then asks whether the developments discussed ...


Clark Memorandum: Spring 2013, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Byu Law School Alumni Association, J. Reuben Clark Law School Apr 2013

Clark Memorandum: Spring 2013, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Byu Law School Alumni Association, J. Reuben Clark Law School

The Clark Memorandum


The Forgotten Founding Document: Considering The Ends Of The Law, A. Scott Loveless Mar 2013

The Forgotten Founding Document: Considering The Ends Of The Law, A. Scott Loveless

Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law

On the difficult moral issues confronting the judiciary today, a long overlooked bit of guidance is provided in the Declaration of Independence, natural law. This paper discusses the moral foundations of the Constitution and their relation to positive law, primarily addressing "same-sex marriage" in the context of Proposition 8 in California, but broadly applicable to other moral/legal conflicts such as abortion and the display of religious texts on public grounds, such as the Ten Commandments. It also challenges the judicial activism evident in many such cases as a judicial violation of the requirements of substantive due process.


Construing The Outer Limits Of Sentencing Authority: A Proposed Bright-Line Rule For Noncapital Proportionality Review, Kevin White May 2011

Construing The Outer Limits Of Sentencing Authority: A Proposed Bright-Line Rule For Noncapital Proportionality Review, Kevin White

BYU Law Review

No abstract provided.


Modifying The Restrictions On Sentence Modification: United States V. Cobb, Jackie Bosshardt Mar 2011

Modifying The Restrictions On Sentence Modification: United States V. Cobb, Jackie Bosshardt

BYU Law Review

No abstract provided.


Sidestepping Deference: How United States V. Ressam Encourages Overly Stringent Review Of Sentencing Decisions, Joseph Leavitt Mar 2011

Sidestepping Deference: How United States V. Ressam Encourages Overly Stringent Review Of Sentencing Decisions, Joseph Leavitt

BYU Law Review

No abstract provided.


Evil Has A New Name (And A New Narrative): Bernard Madoff, A. Christine Hurt Dec 2009

Evil Has A New Name (And A New Narrative): Bernard Madoff, A. Christine Hurt

Faculty Scholarship

No abstract provided.


The Swinging Pendulum Of Sentencing Reform: Political Actors Regulating District Court Discretion, Lydia Brashear Tiede May 2009

The Swinging Pendulum Of Sentencing Reform: Political Actors Regulating District Court Discretion, Lydia Brashear Tiede

Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law

No abstract provided.


Situating Emotion: A Critical Realist View Of Emotion And Nonconscious Cognitive Processes For Law And Legal Theory, David J. Arkush Dec 2008

Situating Emotion: A Critical Realist View Of Emotion And Nonconscious Cognitive Processes For Law And Legal Theory, David J. Arkush

BYU Law Review

No abstract provided.


Cunningham V. California: The U.S. Supreme Court Painted Into A Corner, Jacob Strain Mar 2008

Cunningham V. California: The U.S. Supreme Court Painted Into A Corner, Jacob Strain

Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law

No abstract provided.


Proposition 36: Ignoring Amenability And Avoiding Accountability, Mehgan Porter May 2007

Proposition 36: Ignoring Amenability And Avoiding Accountability, Mehgan Porter

Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law

No abstract provided.


Holding Virtual Child Pornography Creators Liable By Judicial Redress: An Alternative Approach To Overcoming The Obstacles Presented In Ashcroft V. Free Speech Coalition, Daniel W. Bower Mar 2004

Holding Virtual Child Pornography Creators Liable By Judicial Redress: An Alternative Approach To Overcoming The Obstacles Presented In Ashcroft V. Free Speech Coalition, Daniel W. Bower

Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law

No abstract provided.


Which Crime Is It? The Role Of Proportionality In Recidivist Sentencing After Ewing V. California, Richard H. Andrus Mar 2004

Which Crime Is It? The Role Of Proportionality In Recidivist Sentencing After Ewing V. California, Richard H. Andrus

Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law

No abstract provided.