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

Bundestag, Constitutional Law, Election Law, Federal Constitutional Court

What to Do About Germany’s Ever-Expanding Parliament?

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?

Basic Rights, Bundestag, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Federal Constitutional Court

A “Justice Offensive” to Legalize Marijuana in Germany

The German Hemp Federation (GHF), a German marijuana-legalization lobby, has started what it calls a "justice offensive" (g) to convince the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) to declare laws against marijuana unconstitutional. The current state of play in Germany is that it is illegal nationwide, under § 29 (g) of the Narcotics Law, to possess… Continue reading A “Justice Offensive” to Legalize Marijuana in Germany