Monthly Archives: November 2014

Curbing Agency Power: Is Deference Owed to Agency Interpretations of Criminal Statutes?




Buried at the end of 24 pages of Supreme Court Orders on November 10, 2014 is an intriguing three-page Statement by Justice Scalia, joined by Justice Thomas, respecting the denial of certiorari in Whitman v. United States, No. 14-29. Whitman involved a criminal … Continue reading




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Off with the Fisherman’s Head: Yates v. United States and Prosecutorial Discretion




John Yates was a fisherman who allegedly threw undersized fish overboard to avoid prosecution for catching and keeping them in violation of federal regulations. In Yates v. United States, No. 13-7451 (argued November 5, 2014), the Supreme Court is asked to … Continue reading




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The Slave South: 10 Key Points




I have just completed an excellent online course on the History of the Slave South offered by University of Pennsylvania History Professor Stephanie McCurry. This course was available on Coursera to Penn alumni as an abridged version of the course … Continue reading




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