On the Colloquy: McDonald, Citizens United, and more
Second Amendment scholar Patrick Charles provides a response to Professors Lawrence Rosenthal and Joyce Lee Malcolm in the wake of McDonald v. City of Chicago. Mr. Charles presents historical guideposts to make an argument about the constitutionality of open-carry and conceal-carry prohibitions. The article goes on to critically assess the “well-regulated militia” language of the Second Amendment.
Northwestern’s own Professor John McGinnis discusses the promises and perils of artificial intelligence in a recent podcast. Professor McGinnis is the author of the essay Accelerating AI, recently published in the print journal, and the forthcoming book Accelerating Democracy, which will examine the interaction of technological growth and democratic governance.
Famed Chicago public defender Alex Polikoff discusses the recent Citizens United case on the applicability of First Amendment rights to corporations in elections. He questions several parts of Justice Kennedy’s decision and ultimately finds the majority opinion untenable.
Professor Howard Wasserman explores the ways in which this most recent Supreme Court, including in the unanimous 2010 decision Morrison v. National Australia Bank, now explicitly requires lower courts to maintain clear, determinate lines between jurisdictional rules and those rules reaching the substance on the merits.
Judge Paul Cassell and Steven Joffee respond to Danielle Levine’s recent article on the Crime Victims’ Rights Act. Cassell and Joffee argue that victims’ rights do not impair the just adjudication of criminal cases, but rather improve it.