Should college students have to pay fees that go to groups they don’t support?

Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by The Washington Post, Oct. 29, 2017

“I wish there were a way I could opt out of my taxes going to things I don’t like, but I can’t, because the tax system would collapse if I did,” said Chemerinsky. … “I regard student fees for student groups the same way,” he said. “If students could opt out of paying the student activity fees, the campuses will lose that multiplicity of student groups and diverse views.”

Who ordered killing of Honduran activist? Evidence of broad plot is found

Roxanna Altholz quoted by The New York Times, Oct. 28, 2017

“There was this criminal structure comprised of company executives and employees, state agents and criminal gangs that used violence, threats and intimidation,” said Roxanna Altholz, the associate director of the Human Rights Law Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, and a member of the lawyers’ group.

Numbers show police training drill may be causing unnecessary deaths

Franklin Zimring quoted by NBC Bay Area, Oct. 27, 2017

“The threat that the police officer faces (when a suspect has an edged weapon) is not a threat to the police officer’s life,” said Zimring. … “The number of cases we found…of somebody with a visible weapon charging at a police officer actually killing the police officer in the United States was zero.” Zimring said. FBI data backs him up.

Erwin Chemerinsky: What students don’t understand about free speech

Erwin Chemerinsky interviewed by Truthdig, Oct. 27, 2017

“It’s based on a faith that we’re all going to be better off when there’s more ideas expressed, than having the government pick and choose which ideas are acceptable and which are unacceptable. Maybe that faith is misplaced, but the alternative, to me, is much more frightening.”

5 questions for Congress on tax reform

Alan Auerbach writes for Bloomberg, Oct. 27, 2017

The U.S. business tax system sorely needs reform, particularly in the way it deals with multinational corporations. But we must pay close attention to what Congress and the Trump administration propose. Change in the guise of reform has the capacity to make things worse, and the secretive, often chaotic nature of the current process provides ample opportunity to do so.

Why laws against prostitution are unconstitutional

Erwin Chemerinsky writes for The Sacramento Bee, Oct. 26, 2017

The 9th Circuit and Supreme Court have the chance to establish a basic principle of constitutional law: the liberty protected by the Constitution protects a right of consenting adults to engage in private sexual activity, including when they are paying for it or getting paid.