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Here’s a question to our readers who are reporters or editors. Let’s say that someone e-mails you with something like the following message: I was convicted [X] years ago of a crime [e.g., theft, DUI, or even teacher-student sex with a 17-year-old student]. I have served...

An uncharitable reading of Tom Cutterham’s new book would suggest the alternative title: “An Economic Interpretation of the Buildup to the Constitutional Convention.” But Cutterham, a lecturer in U.S. history at the University of Birmingham in Britain, is up to something more interesting, and perhaps...

This morning the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two criminal-procedure cases. The first is Ayestas v. Davis, which involves the standards for funding an investigation establishing an ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claim in a capital case. Steve Vladeck previewed the case for this blog. Another preview...