The death penalty is … you fill in the blank. Depending on who you talk to it’s either cruel and unusual or necessary and just (or for most folks probably somewhere in between). Add in the question of the mode of execution and you’re looking at trouble from all angles.

Thankfully, though, Berkeley Law assistant professor Ty Alper is looking into doctors’ participation in these executions. He just received the Casterline Award for Excellence in Writing for his article “The Role of State Medical Boards in Regulating Physician Participation in Executions.”

What he found may surprise you. Basically, even though the American Medical Association’s code of ethics bans doctors from participating in executions, it still happens. Only seven death-penalty states read more »

Goodwin Liu of UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law is slated to snag an Obama nomination for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. If confirmed, he’ll be wear the coveted “sole full-time Asian American judge on a federal appellate court” crown. Every little boy’s dream, right?

Allegedly Liu’s got fans on both side of the aisle, however, the Clog remains skeptical. He’s been known to be “affable and savvy” in front of the camera, engaging in some pretty angry nose-to-nose dialogue read more »