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Legal English: Belt and Suspenders

Today’s phrase is “belt and suspenders,” which is commonly used in business negotiations to describe a situation in which two protective strategies are used to minimize the risk that would be present if only a single protective strategy were in place...

The Next Frontier in the Criminal Justice Conversation

[View text-only version] Over the past several years, high-profile news coverage from places like Ferguson and Baltimore have jump-started a national conversation about the state of the U.S. criminal justice system. The events that took place in these cities, and the fervent public response to them, have served to magnify deep flaws in the criminal justice system.In fact, research from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law Professor Peter Joy suggests that it “is stacked against you if you are a person of color or are poor, and is doubly unjust if you are both a person of color […]