Monthly Archives: August 2012

Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Trop v. Dulles




This is the second in a series of posts on the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause of the Eighth Amendment. See Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Weems v. United States, posted on August 9. Nearly fifty years after the split decision … Continue reading




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The Growth of American Business: The Role of the Courts Before the Civil War




Courts can facilitate or hinder the growth of business and the economy by their interpretations of the governing law, as well as by their decisions in specific cases. Throughout the course of American history, both state and federal courts, including … Continue reading




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The Growth of American Business: The Role of Transportation




By the early twentieth century, the United States had the largest economy in the world. Multiple factors contributed to the country’s rapid economic growth. In this post, we examine the impact of transportation, through which once separate local or regional … Continue reading




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Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Weems v. United States




The Eighth Amendment bans the infliction of “cruel and unusual punishments.” Those four words are hardly self-explanatory, and raise numerous issues regarding their proper application. In a series of posts discussing a few of the leading cases, we will examine … Continue reading




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The Exaggerated Impact of Citizens United — Updated




The decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) continues to¬†agitate the Progressive left. In a recent issue of the New York Review of Books, for example, authors of two separate … Continue reading




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