Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Evidence, Miscarriages of Justice, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Policy, Soering, True Crime

Dr. Andy Griffiths’ Complete Report on Jens Söring’s Interrogation, Part 1 of 2

I. Introduction: The Griffiths Report Exists! Welcome to the first of two posts discussing Dr. Andy Griffiths' report on the questioning of Jens Söring. As followers of the Söring case know, Andy Griffiths is a retired English detective who runs a law-enforcement consulting business. By all accounts Griffiths is the real deal -- he has… Continue reading Dr. Andy Griffiths’ Complete Report on Jens Söring’s Interrogation, Part 1 of 2

Federal Constitutional Court, International Law, Policy, Public Law

German Word of the Week: Reichsbürger

Before committing a racist mass-shooting in Hanau, Germany, the schizophrenic killer, Tobias R., had sent a petition (g) to the German Federal Prosecutor's Office asking them to initiate formal legal proceedings against the shadowy "intelligence service" which was tracking, stealing, and broadcasting his thoughts. This raised the issue of how, and whether, authorities should respond… Continue reading German Word of the Week: Reichsbürger

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

Constitutional Law, Dublin III, ECJ, European Law, Federal Constitutional Court, Immigration and Asylum, Policy

‘Die Zauberlehrlinge’: Plausible Answers to Not Very Important Questions

Die Zauberlehrlinge (The Sorcerer's Apprentices) is a new book on the German response to the European asylum crisis. It has two authors: Maximilian Steinbeis, editor of Verfassungsblog, a site featuring commentary "on matters constitutional" by left-of-center academics, and Stephan Detjen (g) who is currently Chief Correspondent of Deutschlandradio, a nationwide public-radio station. This post is a… Continue reading ‘Die Zauberlehrlinge’: Plausible Answers to Not Very Important Questions

Dublin III, European Law, Federal Constitutional Court, Immigration and Asylum, Policy

Was Merkel’s Decision to Open Borders in 2015 Illegal?

The refugee influx of 2015 is a fait accompli, and the numbers of people applying for asylum in Germany is now back to more normal levels -- in September and October 2015, ten thousand people per day were arriving at the borders, now the numbers are more like ten thousand per month. So is the… Continue reading Was Merkel’s Decision to Open Borders in 2015 Illegal?