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Mass Murder Has A Gender

August 7, 2012 by

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When the headlines start screaming about gunshots on campus, or a shooter on a rampage, we really don’t need anyone to stop and clarify that it’s a man. Of course it’s a man. It’s always a man. Except that one time, but otherwise, it’s always a man. So you might say that mass murder or […]

Hate and Bias Crime Data

August 6, 2012 by

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  In the midst of the ongoing Chick-fil-A mess, now seems like a good time to take a look at hate and bias crime. If you haven’t already read it, you really should start with last week’s post about Chick-fil-A. It deals with some of the free speech issues. To reiterate: hate speech is generally, […]

Free Speech, Hate Speech, Chick-fil-A Speech

August 3, 2012 by

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Even vegetarians who don’t own televisions and live on Mars are, by now, aware of the Chick-fil-A brouhaha. Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, made public, anti-gay statements. And then it turned out that Chick-fil-A funnels buckets of money to anti-gay organizations. The fight since then is about two things: gay rights and free speech. Let’s […]

Yes! SCOTUS Lets Maryland Return to Arrestee DNA Testing

August 2, 2012 by

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Apparently, the Supreme Court has some sense when it comes to DNA testing. Maybe. We hope. Because, no foolin’, super serial you guys, DNA is the future of criminal justice. We can absolutely transform our entire criminal justice system with some policy changes on DNA. Chief Justice Roberts issued an opinion on Monday that effectively […]

Race, Ethnicity, and School Discipline

August 1, 2012 by

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I’ll admit: I got sucked in to some sensationalist coverage about changes to school discipline. Alarmist “journalists” described the new policies as imposing racially based quotas on school discipline. I didn’t read carefully – it was just a passing skim on my smartphone – and not everything that shows up in the google news reader […]