Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Death Penalty, Evidence, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Policy, Public Law, Self-Promotion, Social Media, True Crime

Essay about Defending Death Row Inmates published in ‘Berliner Zeitung’

A few weeks ago, an editor at the Berliner Zeitung asked if I might be interested in writing a piece about how lawyers defend death row inmates in the USA. I said 'Sure, why not?' (Beers may have been involved). The piece was just published this weekend, you can read it here. It's paywalled --… Continue reading Essay about Defending Death Row Inmates published in ‘Berliner Zeitung’

Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Evidence, Federal Constitutional Court, Human Dignity, Mental State, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Policy

What’s the Maximum Punishment under German Criminal Law?

I'm back after a long hiatus, thanks for your patience. I've just had tons of work lately on many different projects, and I needed to figure out how to fit in time for the blog. This post will be about German prison sentences, specifically the longest ones for the most serious crimes. Before that, though,… Continue reading What’s the Maximum Punishment under German Criminal Law?

Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Evidence, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering, True Crime

Lots and Lots of Legal Background on the Jens Söring Suppression Hearing

I just finished (re-) reading Jens Söring's testimony and cross-examination at his trial, which I will be posting about in some detail in the upcoming days/weeks, as my schedule permits. It turns out there's a pretty fascinating legal question raised by Söring's testimony at his suppression hearing -- just one of the many interesting legal… Continue reading Lots and Lots of Legal Background on the Jens Söring Suppression Hearing

Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Discrimination Law, Miscarriages of Justice, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Policy, Self-Promotion, Soering, True Crime

10 Commandments for Better Reporting on American Criminal Trials

In December 2019, I was cordially invited by the German media-criticism website Übermedien to write a critique of how German journalists cover American criminal court cases. I decided to focus on two German documentaries about Germans in prison for murder in the United States. The result was published here (g) on January 23. I've translated that… Continue reading 10 Commandments for Better Reporting on American Criminal Trials

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