Faculty in the News

Ohio State law professors are sought out for their expertise by a number of news media outlets and blogs with large audiences. Topics range from the death penalty to voter ID laws to artificial insemination – and our faculty members’ quotes and analysis can be found everywhere from small-town and national newspapers to radio broadcasts to cable news programs. The following is a selection of media coverage for Moritz College of Law faculty.

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Recent Media Coverage

Obama commutes dozens of sentences, but remains the ‘Scrooge’ of pardons

July 13, 2015

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman was quoted in a Yahoo! news article about Obama commuting dozens of sentences, but offering few pardons.

“He’s been unusually stingy — he’s a clemency Grinch,” Berman said.


The Illusion of a Liberal Supreme Court

July 9, 2015

Featured Expert: Gregory A. Caldeira

Professor Gregory A. Caldeira's 2009 journal article “Measuring Policy Content on the U.S. Supreme Court,” was cited in an opinion piece that appeared in The New York Times this month discussing the illusion of a liberal supreme court.


Solving the Problem of Too Little Crime

July 1, 2015

Featured Expert: Michelle Alexander

Professor Michelle Alexander was cited in a Commentary Magazine article on politics, public safety, and crime.

"According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2,805 black males over the age of 18, out of every 100,000 in the national population, were imprisoned in a federal or state facility in 2013. Measured the same way, comparable numbers for Hispanic and non-Hispanic white males were 1,134 and 466, respectively. Such disparities are the basis of Ohio State law professor Michelle Alexander’s argument that in 'an era of colorblindness,' we have come to “use our criminal-justice system to associate criminality with people of color and then engage in the prejudiced practices we supposedly left behind.”
 


Demands at home should be priority

July 1, 2015

Featured Expert: John B. Quigley

Professor John B. Quigley wrote an op-ed that was published in Philly.com. In the lead, he wrote:

"More spending on the military is not what this country  needs."

U.S. Supreme Court Redistricting, Death Penalty Decisions Reverberate in California

June 30, 2015

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Douglas A. Berman was quoted in an article on AllGov California discussing the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings in a number of recent cases, including one in which they upheld Oklahoma's right to execute death row prisoners using a controversial combination of lethal injection drugs.

 “(It is) a pretty strong green light for California to go forward with whatever lethal injection protocol fits their own regulations and interests,” Berman said.


Where Do the Death Penalty Abolitionists Go From Here?

June 30, 2015

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Douglas A. Berman was quoted in a Bloomberg Business article on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruing in Glossip v. Gross, where the court upheld Oklahoma's use of the sedative midazolam in lethal injections.

"Seven of the nine standing Supreme Court justices—excluding Justices Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who signed on to his dissent—'apparently do not question the death penalty's essential constitutionality,'" Berman said.  


Editorial: Supreme Court upholds use of lethal injection drug

June 30, 2015

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Douglas A. Berman was mentioned in an editorial piece in The Independent discussing U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to upholding the state of Oklahoma's use of the lethal injection drug midazolam.

 


Arkansas governor tells state to find execution drug supply

June 30, 2015

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Douglas A. Berman was quoted in an article on the Rapid News Network discussing the effect a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld Oklahoma's use of the sedative midazolam in lethal injections, could have on California.

"(It is) a pretty strong green light for California to go forward with whatever lethal injection protocol fits their own regulations and interests," Berman said.


U.S. Supreme Court's death-penalty ruling could impede challenges to Ohio's execution drugs

June 30, 2015

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman was quoted in a Cleveland.com story about the U.S. Supreme Court's death-penalty ruling.

"Ohio certainly should feel emboldened, if not vindicated, to try to move forward with whatever execution method it thinks makes the most sense," Berman said.


Supreme Court Ruling Won’t Stop Search for Execution Drugs

June 29, 2015

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Douglas A. Berman was quoted in an article for Time on the search for more-effective lethal-injection drugs and execution methods following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that Oklahoma’s use of midazolam during lethal injections did not violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

“I think this ruling will make states feel a little more comfortable moving forward with different drugs and different methods,” Berman said. "But states will still have their own challenges securing the drug, even though the constitutional issue is out of the way.”