Silence of the Lambs

On January 21, 2022, one day before the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Virginia’s new attorney general, by way of the state’s solicitor general, advised  SCOTUS that the landmark case was “wrongly decided” and that “Virginia is now of… Read More ›


COVID 19 has encouraged a number of alternate ways to cope with home confinement and selection of entertainment. Classic movies are easily and inexpensively available. On the Tuesday evening before the SCOTUS broadcast of oral argument on the Mississippi case… Read More ›

Common Sense Jurisprudence

Media accounts of decisions by SCOTUS concerning voting rights are often devoid of reference to the language of the statute under interpretation. Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 (subsequently amended in 1982 and 2006) seems, on… Read More ›

Policing the Police

Civilian oversight of state and local law enforcement has largely been characterized by benign neglect. The United States has been debited by its English heritage with a significant social and cultural heritage with respect to the present relationship among law… Read More ›

I Hear Ya Knockin’

This month, Virginia became one of three states to ban “no knock” warrants. Thirteen states have legislated in favor of this police power while the remainder deem such searches permissible with court approval. The procedure has had a troubled history,… Read More ›

RBG Shines in Dissent

Editors’ Note: Adapted from Vox, September 18, 2020. One of the most compelling examples of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s devotion to equality and the rule of law is her dissent in the 2013 case Shelby County… Read More ›

Upon Being a Ass, a Idiot

Published in 1838 by Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist features Mr. Bumble, who is told by a court that it is presumed that his wife acted under his direction. Bumble replies “if the law supposes that, the law is a ass,… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

PWC ESTABLISHES PUBLIC DEFENDER Virginia’s second-most-populous jurisdiction, and the only Virginia county that is majority-people of color, Prince William County, has lacked a public defender’s office. It relied, instead on a  system of poorly compensated, court-appointed counsel to represent low-income defendants…. Read More ›

Kagan on Gerrymandering

Editors’ Note: History has a way of  teaching  us that the wisdom of  SCOTUS dissents evolve to become the rule of law.  Excerpted from HuffPost, October 28, 2019. By Sam Levine In a 5-4 decision this past June, the U.S…. Read More ›