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THE SUPREME COURT'S MONDAY ORAL ARGUMENT: HOW THE COURT CAN AVOID THE BAD VARIETY OF JUDICIAL ACTIVISM
FindLaw columnist, author, and former Supreme Court clerk Edward Lazarus considers what the charge of "judicial activism" really means; offers a distinction between good and bad kinds of activism; and suggests how the U.S. Supreme Court, in resolving the issues argued Monday, can avoid the bad type of activism that may delegitimize the Court as an institution.
Tueday, Dec. 12, 2000

WHAT THE U.S. SUPREME COURT'S OPINION MEANS
FindLaw columnist, former Supreme Clerk, and author Edward Lazarus explains the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's Monday decision regarding the Florida Supreme Court's extension of the manual recount deadline. Lazarus concludes that the Florida court may, if it chooses, re-issue a decision that would achieve the same result through different analysis, and suggests that the U.S. Supreme Court's wise ruling is an act of statesmanship that will bolster its institutional status.
Tueday, Dec. 05, 2000

WHY THE SUPREME COURT CHOSE TO HEAR GEORGE W. BUSH'S CASE
FindLaw columnist, former Supreme Court clerk, and Closed Chambers author Edward Lazarus considers two possible reasons for the Supreme Court's decision to hear George W. Bush's challenge to the Florida Supreme Court's ruling this Friday, and reflects on whether the Court will use the case to foster unity (perhaps with a unanimous decision) or sow division.
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000

A NEW ANALOGY FOR THE CURRENT ELECTION PREDICAMENT
Many pundits have suggested the best analogy for the current election debacle can be found in other Presidential elections held in the 19th century. But FindLaw columnist, attorney, and author Edward Lazarus has a different take: the election, Lazarus contends, is best analogized to the O.J. Simpson murder trial, for both have revealed our society's deepest rifts.
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000

IF ANYONE SHOULD CONCEDE, IT SHOULD BE BUSH, NOT GORE
Attorney, author, and FindLaw columnist Edward Lazarus takes the Bush campaign to task for pushing for a Gore concession. Lazarus argues that if anyone should concede, it should be Bush, who lost the popular vote nationally and may win it in Florida by luck alone.
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000

ASSESSING BUSH'S CONVICTIONS
FindLaw columnist and legal Author Edward Lazarus reflects on how the media has chosen to focus more on who may have "leaked" the news of George W. Bush's DUI arrest, rather than the fact that he was convicted at all. Lazarus also assesses Bush's reasons for keeping his conviction a secret - until now.
Saturday, Nov. 04, 2000

THE L.A.P.D. SCANDAL
Legal author Edward Lazarus explains why police reform in L.A. has not worked historically -- resulting in the infamous recent scandal -- and what is necessary for reform to work in the future.
Thursday, Oct. 05, 2000

SUPREME COURT ROULETTE
A former Supreme Court clerk addresses the conventional wisdom that the next presidential election will transform the Supreme Court.
Wednesday, Aug. 08, 2000

CONFESSING ERROR
In a death penalty case recently decided by the Supreme Court, Texas confessed error -- an unusual development in capital cases. A legal writer discusses the politics of confessing error.
Friday, Jun. 16, 2000

HOW MIRANDA REALLY WORKS
A former federal prosecutor tells the Supreme Court to preserve the famous ruling.
Monday, Jun. 05, 2000

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