The Belloni Decision and Its Legacy: United States v. Oregon and Its Far-Reaching Effects After a Half-CenturyMichael Blumm and Cari Baermann
Fifty years ago, Judge Robert Belloni handed down an historic treaty fishing rights case in Sohappy v. Smith, later consolidated into United States v. Oregon, which remains among the longest running federal district court cases in history.
It is common knowledge in American society that persons who have criminal records will have a more difficult path to obtaining legitimate employment. Similarly, conventional wisdom acknowledges the unfortunate fact that young people, on average, are more prone to engage in risky, impulsive, and other ill-advised behavior that might result in brushes with law enforcement authorities.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi was correct when she recently said that the best way to avoid a disputed election is for the result to be a blowout. But that is a hope, and we need a plan.
As 2020’s elections edge closer, recent troubling developments are casting new light on an old question—what will it take for the results to be trusted?
Consent is a concept at the center of criminal law and sexual assault. So, why is it so difficult to accurately define? Sexual assault laws have evolved from requiring the victim to resist toward requiring consent. However, “consent” is defined in many ways.
Caren Harp, a former prosecutor and public defender in Arkansas and a law professor at Liberty University, speaks about her role as Administrator of the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention in a recent LA Times interview.