Wednesday is Link Dump Day

More links than I throw a bundle of sticks at, so I’m unloading them on you. Have fun, tip your waiters and remember to always say thank you. You’re welcome.

  • In one of the most bizarre stories I’ve seen in a while, Yale University has a proposal to team up with the Department of Defense to train U.S. Special Forces in interrogation techniques in conjunction with psychiatry professor Charles Morgan. The volunteers to be interrogated: New Haven’t immigrant community. No, I’m not kidding. More here.
  • What’s even weirder about that last story is that it comes around the same time as a deal announced yesterday between the Malloy administration (the DOC, really) and Yale’s Jerome N. Frank clinic – a regular defender of immigrants’ rights – that the DOC will only turn over a limited number of inmates to DOC a year – and only those that are violent.
  • SCOTUS has kept us all very busy this week, with opinions [PDF] on drug sniffs [Greenfield, Reason, Balko]; on salvaging [PDF] a shred of dignity for the 4th Amendment; on double jeopardy [PDF] barring retrials where a judge erroneously grants an acquittal; and finally concluding [PDF] that Padilla v. Kentucky doesn’t apply retroactively.
  • What SCOTUS didn’t do, is decide to say that yes, in order for a person to be found guilty, all the jurors must agree. They yet again ignored the issue.
  • Meanwhile, the State of Georgia continues to get away with the most blatant flouting of SCOTUS’ opinion in Atkins v. Virginia, which held that it is unconstitutional to execute someone who’s mentally retarded. GA has made it the defendant’s burden, beyond a reasonable doubt, to show he’s retarded, a standard no other state employs. They’re trying to kill Warren Hill and almost did last night, until the 11th Circuit intervened. Now, GA is asking SCOTUS to overrule that stay and let them kill a retarded man. I hate Georgia.
  • Erica Hashimoto has this interesting new paper titled ‘Reclaiming the Equitable Heritage of Habeas’.
  • Here’s another one about plea bargaining and the real world (it’s not as exciting as the title would suggest).
  • Orin Kerr has these insightful thoughts on the upcoming argument in the DNA-upon-arrest case Maryland v. King.
  • Orin also wants to know what are the weirdest Constitutional arguments ever asserted. This should be fun.
  • Pigs are flying in Alabama, where an appeals court has reversed a death sentence for a man, on various grounds.
  • A lawyer was jailed by a judge for contempt because he called the judge’s bond ridiculous. That’s ridiculous. How about we start making “a thick skin” a requirement for judicial appointment?
  • A Canadian court (yeah, I know, Canada) has ruled that when arrested, a person has the right to use Google to call a lawyer for his “one phone call” and not rely on those outdated things, with the pages and the numbers and the such and like.

Now lunch.

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