Ruth Marcus

08/21/2014 - 6:21pm

    The headlines bring the accidentally colliding tale of two governors and, with it, a valuable debate about the proper role -- and proper limits -- of criminal law in policing political behavior.

    Exhibit A is the questionable -- "sketchy" was the apt word used by, of all people, Democratic...

07/14/2014 - 2:29am

    The Israeli soldier shot Yousef Bashir in the back in the front yard of his father's house in Gaza. It was Feb. 18, 2004, a week after Yousef's 15th birthday. The bullet splintered into three fragments, severing nerves near the teenager's spine.

    Ten years...

07/10/2014 - 1:50am

    It should not be necessary to write this column.

    Lawyers represent clients. Criminal defense lawyers represent clients accused of crimes -- sometimes horrible, evil clients accused of heinous crimes. It is the ethical and professional responsibility of these lawyers...

07/03/2014 - 4:29pm

    How did the Supreme Court manage to agree unanimously that police must obtain a warrant before searching cellphones, yet split on whether employers must offer contraception as part of their health care plans?

    My explanation, slightly crude but perhaps compelling: All...

06/26/2014 - 4:38pm

    From her perch as head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nora Volkow watches anxiously as the country embarks on what she sees as a risky social experiment in legalizing marijuana.

    For those who argue that marijuana is no more dangerous than tobacco and alcohol...

06/23/2014 - 3:31pm

    Some politicians know they want to be in public office and scramble to come up with the reason why. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is an accidental, improbable politician -- a self-described "outsider" -- who knows exactly what she wants to accomplish on the inside.

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