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Ruth Colker

The College Admissions Scandal and the Trouble With Strictly Timed Standardized Tests

“Stringently timed, high-stake tests have an adverse impact against racial minorities, women, those with low socio-economic status, non-native speakers of English, older applicants, and people with disabilities,” Colker writes. “Of course, that adverse impact is further exacerbated when the ultra-wealthy cheat to inflate their children’s scores.”

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Efthimios Parasidis

The Oregon tetanus case caused many to want justice. But do vaccines reach child neglect bar?

“We are all individuals living in a community and we have the freedom to choose badly,” Parasidis said. “Is it the state’s role to say you have made a bad choice?”

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Peter Shane

Why Americans should hope the Mueller report is not definitive

“The asterisk is that these investigations have very different purposes and very different constitutional roots,” Shane said.

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Douglas Berman

For Weed Arrests in Baltimore, It’s Catch-and-Release Season

“For the prosecutors that work for Mosby, this may be a way to empower them, or at least free them up to work on other matters that they think are much more important,” Berman said. “It may be exactly the flip for the police force. The rank-and-file police may think it’s important to be able to do further investigation based on some suspicion of marijuana activity.”

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Daniel Tokaji

Columbus’ rarely used ethnic-intimidation charge to face constitutional challenge

“After reading the ethnic intimidation statute in conjunction with the disorderly conduct section … I’m troubled,” Tokaji said.

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Micah Berman

Clearing the air about e-cigarettes, vaping, nicotine and health

“It seems to be that nicotine exposure in kids is linked to development in mood disorders, attention disorders, other drug-seeking behaviors,” Berman said.

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Micah Berman

Flavored vapes draw FDA ire, with some exceptions

“There’s a lot more that the FDA could do, and I think the exception for menthol is problematic,” Berman said. 

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Douglas Berman

Manafort will probably serve only 6.5 years

Owing to changes in the First Step Act, it is possible that Paul Manafort’s 7½ -year sentence could be reduced by 378 days, he said. 

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Peter Shane

Trump vows ‘VETO!’ after bipartisan U.S. Senate rebuke on wall

“Congress’s vote, even if vetoed, would solidify any court’s understanding that the so-called emergency is really part of an end-run around a legislative branch that is unconvinced an emergency exists, that refused to fund the wall, and that is constitutionally in charge of federal spending,” Shane said.

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Douglas Berman

Time’s Running Out in Michael Cohen’s Bid for a Reduced Prison Sentence

“For many prosecutors, there’s an inclination not to allow a defendant to benefit from cooperation so late in the day,” Berman said. 

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Nevada Considers Technology to Scan Cellphones After Crashes

Professor Ric Simmons was quoted in the Associated Press article that was featured in the New York Times titled, Nevada Considers Technology to Scan Cellphones After Crashes. “Lieberman points to a paper by Ric Simmons, a professor at Ohio State […]

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Douglas Berman

How to clear the air for victims of America’s unjust marijuana prohibition

“There is no limit to how much you can discriminate against a person with a criminal record,” Berman said.

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