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March, 2010

Statewide Capital Punishment: The Case for Eliminating Counties’ Role in the Death Penalty

Mar. 27, 2010—In almost every state that authorizes capital punishment, local county prosecutors are responsible for handling capital trials and for deciding when to seek the death penalty. This approach has proven to be arbitrary and inefficient. Because death penalty cases are extremely expensive and complicated, counties with large budgets and experienced prosecutors are able to seek...

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The Consequences of Congress’s Choice of Delegate: Judicial and Agency Interpretations of Title VII

Mar. 27, 2010—Although Congress delegates lawmaking authority to both courts and agencies, we know remarkably little about the determinants—and even less about the consequences—of the choice between judicial and administrative process. The few scholars who have sought to understand the choice of delegate have used formal modeling to illuminate various aspects of the decision from the perspective...

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Preempting Discrimination: Lessons from the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

Mar. 27, 2010—The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”), enacted in May 2008, protects individuals against discrimination by insurance companies and employers on the basis of genetic information. GINA is not only the first civil rights law of the new millennium, but it is also the first preemptive antidiscrimination statute in American history. Traditionally, Congress has passed retrospective...

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