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A Missed Chance For Justice In Court, Tamar R. Birckhead May 2011

A Missed Chance For Justice In Court, Tamar R. Birckhead

Tamar R Birckhead

This op-ed argues that Osama bin Laden should have been captured and tried in a court of law, rather than assassinated under circumstances suggesting he was unarmed and posed no immediate threat.


Good Guys, Bad Guys -- And Miranda, Tamar R. Birckhead May 2011

Good Guys, Bad Guys -- And Miranda, Tamar R. Birckhead

Tamar R Birckhead

This op-ed argues that we as a society must get beyond our single-minded focus on the Miranda warnings and find a better way to elicit accurate information from suspects while lowering the risk of false confessions.


Juvenile Justice Reform 2.0, Tamar R. Birckhead Jan 2011

Juvenile Justice Reform 2.0, Tamar R. Birckhead

Tamar R Birckhead

Before the 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the United States Supreme Court’s exercise of judicial review did not support the notion that constitutional litigation could be an effective instrument of social reform. The Court’s principled rejection of racially segregated public education, however, gave new legitimacy to the concept of judicial review, transforming it from an obstacle into a principal means of achieving social progress. Since then, federal courts have impacted public policy in many areas – from housing, welfare, and transportation to mental health institutions, prisons, and juvenile courts. Yet, there are inherent structural challenges to effecting …