PIAC’s Gun Control Series: How to Stop Gun Violence (or at least have less)?

By:  Robert Bryson and Ridgeway Woulfe This is Rob and Ridgeway.  We’ll be spearheading PIAC’s Gun Control Series, with contributions from others along the way.  This series will provide a thorough data and legal-based analysis for the issues that arise in the gun debate.  Before we begin the series, however, we wanted to take the … Continue reading PIAC’s Gun Control Series: How to Stop Gun Violence (or at least have less)?

An Open Letter to Professors Amy Waxer and Larry Alexander: Don’t Misrepresent Facts, Assert Controversial Positions, and Act Surprised When You Receive Aggressive Responses

By: Robert Bryson Don’t Misrepresent Facts to Assert Controversial Positions On August 9, 2017, Professors Amy Waxer of the University of the Pennsylvania, School of Law, and Larry Alexander, of the University of San Diego, School of Law (my alma mater), published a controversial article in the Philadelphia Inquirer “Paying the Price for Breakdown of … Continue reading An Open Letter to Professors Amy Waxer and Larry Alexander: Don’t Misrepresent Facts, Assert Controversial Positions, and Act Surprised When You Receive Aggressive Responses

How Stand Your Ground Laws Allow Implicit Bias to Legalize Death

By:  Ridgeway Woulfe and Robert Bryson The entire country, and most of the world, is familiar with George Zimmerman and his acquittal of charges after killing black teenager Trayvon Martin.  At the time of Zimmerman’s arrest, the debate concerning “stand your ground” laws surged. By the time Zimmerman was acquitted, over 30 states had stand … Continue reading How Stand Your Ground Laws Allow Implicit Bias to Legalize Death

Give it a Shot: President Trump Highly Unlikely to be Able to Emulate Chinese President Xi’s Removal of Term Limits

By:  Ridgeway Woulfe Recently, President Trump stated during a Mar-a-Lago fundraiser that Chinese President Xi’s bid to remove term limits, allowing him to serve indefinitely, was “great.”  Lightheartedly, President Trump added, “maybe we’ll have to give that a shot one day.”  The comment is being treated as a joke, and it was certainly not an … Continue reading Give it a Shot: President Trump Highly Unlikely to be Able to Emulate Chinese President Xi’s Removal of Term Limits

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the House of Representatives Look to Loosen Rules on Payday Lenders

By:  Robert Bryson Don’t get one of these – that is the summation of this article. With that aside, let’s dig into payday loans. What are payday loans? Payday lenders offer loan products to “high-risk” individuals, people who ordinarily cannot access credit. A payday loan involves taking out a loan against anticipated future income. For … Continue reading Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the House of Representatives Look to Loosen Rules on Payday Lenders

Counterpoint: Jerry Brown Denies Parole to Leslie Van Houten, Charles Manson Follower and Convicted Murder Shows Some Crimes Cannot Be Redeemed and Not Everyone is Eligible for Parole

By:  Robert Bryson Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding California policies is that it is always progressive, it is always a leader, an example for the rest of the country and the world. But, that simply isn’t true. California is as much the founder of voluntary workers’ compensation in the United States as it … Continue reading Counterpoint: Jerry Brown Denies Parole to Leslie Van Houten, Charles Manson Follower and Convicted Murder Shows Some Crimes Cannot Be Redeemed and Not Everyone is Eligible for Parole

Voter Fraud: What is at stake in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute?

By: Robert Bryson and Jessica Colburn In our journey down the rabbit hole of voter fraud, we have discussed how voter identification laws are still a thing, and whether voter fraud even happens. We also talked about Trump’s commission on voter fraud and its ultimate decommissioning. Most recently, we considered the delicate balance between encouraging … Continue reading Voter Fraud: What is at stake in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute?