The Beauty of Grey

12 06 2013

Category; Law, Politics

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It must be tough being a US Supreme Court Justice, knowing that your application of overriding principle leads to flagrant, obvious and pitiless injustice, but that is the decision they faced recently in the case of Maryland v Kingclick here.

A rapist, caught and charged years after the offence, given away by a DNA sample collected in an entirely unrelated matter.

Was that an unreasonable search (click here), did the constitution allow such a thing or ought the conviction to be struck down, and a man who everyone knows is a rapist be set free on a point of principle? Read the rest of this entry »

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Disarmingly Ignorant

12 03 2010

Category: Law, Politics

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

That’s the Second Amendment to the US Constitution (text from US National Archives) which is currently being considered by the Supreme Court (where its meaning is continually debated). I thought I’d experiment with a little constitutional analysis of my own… Read the rest of this entry »