This Week:

Dec 19, 2014



Defendant in Warning Shot Case Agrees to Plea Deal In 2010, 31-year-old Marissa Alexander fired a warning shot at her husband after he allegedly broke down her bathroom door, charged her, and threatened her. Following her trial in 2012, a jury took only 12 minutes to sentence Alexander to 20 years; though her warning shot [...]

Johns Hopkins and Baltimore: The Case for Better Community Work


The rhetoric proffered to Johns Hopkins students regarding Baltimore City is complicated. Communications from the University to student body about the larger city are pivotal in how we, a population of mostly non-natives, come to understand and interact with our surroundings. While politically correct promises of commitment to community filter down from President Daniels’ office, [...]

“Established by the State”: Chevron and the Affordable Care Act


The Affordable Care Act has returned to the Supreme Court. After the 5-4 decision in 2012 that upheld the law’s individual mandate as a constitutional exercise of Congress’s taxing power, the Supreme Court has recently granted review to another case concerning the health care law. This new case, King v. Burwell, does not question the [...]

Why We Need the G-20: An Analysis of the Regime and Recap of Brisbane 2014


The 2009 global financial crisis continues to plague the international community, and fixing the world economy has clearly dominated the agenda for almost every U.N. meeting for the past five years. The G-20 Summit held on November 15th and 16th in Brisbane, Australia was no different. The “Group of Twenty” represents a vast plurality of [...]

Petrobras: The Perils of Putting State Enterprise on a Pedestal


A carefully constructed and concealed web of corruption has exploded into a public scandal surrounding the Brazilian state oil conglomerate Petrobras. What started as a black market money dealer attempting to purchase a Range Rover for a former Petrobras executive has snowballed into a massive anti-corruption police operation, in which Petrobras has been subpoenaed by [...]