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January 31, 2007

Watching for crime and punishment in PBS SCOTUS history

Howard Bashman has been covering very well (see here and here) all the coverage of the PBS mini-series "The Supreme Court."  Though I have my DVR set to record this exciting program, I have a feeling I will be annoyed by how crime and punishment issues will be covered (or not covered). 

Of course, I never expected Apprendi or Blakely to have a role in a quick review of Supreme Court history, the Court's impact on the operation of criminal justice systems should be a big part of any discussion of SCOTUS's impact.  However, the PBS account landmark cases seems to have only two real criminal cases (Gideon and Miranda) among a list of more than 40 cases.  I would have thought Furman and/or Gregg would make the list, not to mention Mapp and Katz and perhaps a few others.

January 31, 2007 at 08:11 AM | Permalink


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