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?
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
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
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
The lower house of Germany's federal parliament, the Bundestag, now has 709 members, making it the second-largest parliament in the world. This is over 100 more members than the 598 seats Germany's voting laws formally provide for. Why is the Bundestag growing? To understand this, you have to understand German federal election law. Here's a… Continue reading What to Do About Germany’s Ever-Expanding Parliament?