Who Wrote This?: Modern Forensic Authorship Analysis as a Model for Valid Forensic Science

By Janet Ainsworth and Patrick Juola
Introduction On September 5, 2018, the New York Times published what might be, according to one commentator, “the most significant and consequential op-ed ever published.”[1] The article, purportedly authored by a “senior official” within the Trump administration, contained a number of explosive assertions concerning the fitness of the President and claimed that the author, together with other officials in the administration,…

Presidential Powers, Immunities, and Pardons

By Alberto R. Gonzales
PDF Version Introduction Special Counsel Robert Mueller is conducting an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and the possible coordination and cooperation with the Donald Trump presidential campaign.1 The investigation has raised numerous legal questions with serious political and legal implications.2 Chief among them is whether a sitting President can be indicted and prosecuted for criminal wrongdoing.3…

Algorithmic Risk Assessments and the Double-Edged Sword of Youth

By Megan T. Stevenson and Christopher Slobogin
PDF Version Introduction      Risk assessment algorithms—statistical formulas that predict the likelihood a person will commit crime in the future—are used across the country to help make life-altering decisions in the criminal process, including setting bail, determining sentences, selecting probation conditions, and deciding parole.1 Yet many of these instruments are “black-box” tools. The algorithms they use are secret, both…

Appointing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Judges in the Trump Administration

By Carl Tobias
PDF Version      President Donald Trump incessantly brags that American citizens selected him to “Make the Judiciary Great Again” and constantly reminds the public that the huge number of federal jurists whom Trump has appointed will be deciding cases decades after his tenure is over. Trump has rapidly submitted many circuit and district court candidates, but not one of…