Experts criticize US electronic devices ban on some flights from Middle East

Paul Schwartz and Christopher Hoofnagle quoted by The Guardian, March 21, 2017

Paul Schwartz … noted that the 9/11 hijackers had a cell in Hamburg, Germany. “One potential problem with this approach where you single out countries is that you ignore the extent to which the terrorist threat is kind of state-less,” he said. “The terrorists have cells throughout the entire world.”

Efforts to more broadly restrict laptops on planes would likely face widespread resistance, said Chris Hoofnagle. …. “It’s a massive inconvenience to have to check a laptop, and you can imagine that such a demand is met with resistance by air carriers, who are powerful lobbies.”

Arkansas’s cruel and unusual killing spree

Megan McCracken and Jennifer Moreno write for The New York Times, March 20, 2017

This will be the fastest spate of executions in any state in more than 40 years, placing extraordinary pressure on the execution team and increasing the risk of errors. What’s more, the state’s rationale for the schedule — the expiration date on its supply of midazolam, a common sedative — is faulty, because the drug shouldn’t be used in executions in the first place.

Lawmakers seek changes to California juvenile justice system

Stephanie Campos-Bui quoted by Associated Press, March 20, 2017

A new UC Berkeley School of Law study, “Making Families Pay,” says the fees disproportionately punish minorities. “These fees create tremendous harm to families, both economically and socially,” said Stephanie Campos-Bui, one of the report’s authors.

Should agencies decide law? Doctrine may be tested at Gorsuch hearing

Steven Davidoff Solomon writes for The New York Times, March 14, 2017

The doctrine is now in the spotlight because one of its most prominent critics is none other than Judge Gorsuch.

His view is very different from that of the conservative giant he would replace on the bench, Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last year. Justice Scalia loved Chevron deference…. Judge Gorsuch, however, came out swinging against the doctrine in an opinion last year on the grounds that it gave too much power to federal agencies.