Ethics

TMQ Tidbits of the Week

Once again, here is the best of Gregg Easterbrook’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback column on ESPN.com. You can read the football bits here. Stats of the Week No. 10: On” Monday Night Football,” Tony Romo threw more touchdown passes to Chicago players than to Dallas players. (Honestly, this was included because I dislike the Cowboys.) ———————————— Disclaimer of the […]

On the Effectiveness of Non-violent Revolution

While this article (HT: Bruxy Cavey via Twitter) plainly states that it does not address the moral justification for violent or non-violent uprisings and revolutions, the authors investigated which method of revolution has been more effective from 1900-2006. Here are their surprising(?) findings: In ongoing struggles against oppressive governments, movements for change often confront a key […]

TED on Wrongful Convictions: Part VI

In today’s final installment of TED’s wrongful conviction series, David Dow points out the uncomfortable connection between childhood environment and eventually being sentenced to the death sentence. About three quarters of death row inmates have a history in the juvenile justice system. How can we break this link and help end this link? Dow has […]

TED on Wrongful Convictions: Part V

In today’s installment of TED’s wrongful conviction series, James Lockyer gives a case study of a wrongfully convicted client of his, and the long journey to justice. Some of the thoughts from previous talks in this series (click the Wrongful Convictions category above or the Wrongful Convictions tag to see other posts in this series, […]

TED on Wrongful Convictions: Part IV

In today’s installment of TED’s wrongful conviction series, Peter Donnelly discusses how misunderstanding statistics and probability can lead to wrongful convictions. Even the “experts” can really mess this up. The problem is often experts in other disciplines attempting to apply statistics and probability, and failing miserably. However, often no one seems to notice. We would […]

TED on Wrongful Convictions: Part III

In today’s installment of TED’s wrongful conviction series, Rob Warden discusses false confessions. Why would anyone admit to a crime that they did not commit? There are several reasons. Some are predictable (to make the interrogation stop), while others are more surprising (police have lied and implied they have evidence that they don’t). Warden gives example cases […]

TED on Wrongful Convictions: Part II

In today’s installment of TED’s wrongful conviction series, Bryan Stevenson talks about the issue of justice. Our criminal justice system is supposed to give every accused the same protections, but does it? Stevenson points out where it does not, and how we might be able to make a difference.