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Bill Blum
Bill Blum

Bill Blum is a former judge and death penalty defense attorney. He is the author of three legal thrillers published by Penguin/Putnam (“Prejudicial...

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AP/Charles Krupa

Mass Violence, Gun Control and the American Culture of Death

In the wake of Monday’s deadly Boston Marathon bombings, should we urge the Senate to proceed with the gun control debate as scheduled? Or should we condemn both chambers of Congress and the president for doing too little, too late to deal with the problem of mass violence and what some have termed the nation’s culture of death?

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AP/Pablo Martinez

Post-Argument Recap: Prop. 8 and DOMA Are Going Down

Nevertheless, the Supreme Court’s likely rulings on the issue of gay marriage will not be complete victories for those who support allowing same-sex couples to wed. 

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AP/Rogelio V. Solis

Why the Supreme Court Will Uphold Gay Marriage

There is good reason to be optimistic that the Roberts court will bow to the growing public acceptance of same-sex marriage.

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AP/Evan Vucci

The Political Forces Behind the Attack on the Voting Rights Act

Take it from the ultraconservative and increasingly unrestrained Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: What’s really at stake in the case of Shelby County v. Holder isn’t simply the technical constitutionality of Sections 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but the “perpetuation of racial entitlement” in the law’s renewal.

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AP/U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Targeted Killings: A Legal History

Assassinations have long been regarded as a basic element of foreign relations that largely remained in the dark, unspoken of but widely practiced in response to perceived threats to national security.

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There’s Nothing Racist About Gun Control ... Anymore

Just when you thought the debate over gun control couldn’t get any more twisted, the old claim has been revived that slavery might not have lasted so long in America if black people had been granted the right to bear arms at the outset of their arrival in the new world.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Is Right on the Debt Ceiling

According to the Obama administration, there is nothing the president can do on his own to raise the ceiling or maneuver around it. As much as some of us may disagree, Obama is correct. Here’s why.

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Bill Blum
Bill Blum

Bill Blum is a former judge and death penalty defense attorney. He is the author of three legal thrillers published by Penguin/Putnam (“Prejudicial Error,” “The Last Appeal” and “The Face of Justice”) and is a contributing writer for California Lawyer magazine. His nonfiction work has appeared in such publications as Crawdaddy magazine, In These Times, The Nation, The Progressive, the ABA Journal, the Orange County Register, the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly and Los Angeles magazine.

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