Criminal Law, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Self-Promotion, Soering

The “One Article to Read” About Jens Söring

My long piece about Jens Söring in the FAZ has fortunately produced no shitstorms, but instead favorable commentary, for which I'm grateful. In fact, a columnist for the German media website Meedia titled a weekly roundup of media news: "If you read just one article about the Jens Söring case, please make it this one… Continue reading The “One Article to Read” About Jens Söring

Criminal Law, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Self-Promotion, Soering

Jens Soering Freed by Virginia Parole Board at Same Time my FAZ Article is Published

For the past few months on and off, I've been researching the case of Jens Soering (or Söring, in the proper German spelling we're going to need to get used to). He claims to be innocent of the 1985 double-murder he is in prison in Virginia for, but the more I looked into the case,… Continue reading Jens Soering Freed by Virginia Parole Board at Same Time my FAZ Article is Published

Basic Rights, Federal Constitutional Court, Human Dignity, Public Law, Social Welfare Law

The Federal Constitutional Court Eviscerates German Welfare Law. Or does it?

In 2005, the German Bundestag revolutionized social welfare law with the so-called Hartz IV(g) reforms. These reforms were pushed through by former Social Democratic German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, and quite possibly ended his political career. The reason? They tightened eligibility criteria, capped the amount of benefits people could receive, and tied the benefits to "cooperation"… Continue reading The Federal Constitutional Court Eviscerates German Welfare Law. Or does it?

Basic Rights, Criminal Law, Freedom of Speech, Right of Personality

‘Fascist’ as a Political Insult

Björn Höcke (g) is the baby-faced reactionary high school history teacher whom every right-thinking German loves to hate. He’s been called every name in the book, and any public appearance by him usually attracts a counter-demonstration. A left-wing German group called the Center for Political Beauty even built a miniature replica of the Holocaust Memorial next… Continue reading ‘Fascist’ as a Political Insult

Abortion, Commentaries, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Media Law

Abortion, Libel, Judges and Journalists

In 2018, there was a controversy in Germany about whether doctors who performed abortions could advertise this service. In 2017, a German doctor, Krista Hänel (g), had included a reference to the fact that she provided abortions on her website. She was then prosecuted under §219a of the German Criminal Code, which prohibits "advertising" abortion… Continue reading Abortion, Libel, Judges and Journalists