Trump and the Death of Democracy

I have focused on the sexism, racism, homophobia, and xenophobia that is deeply and expressly embedded in Trump’s rhetoric, and the bias he tuned into, in many supporters, to become elected. This morning I have read the wise words of Michael Lerner, a rabbi, who I’ll paraphrase this way: The Trump supporters really are disgusted, […]

THE SOUND OF SILENCE after Berghuis v Thompkins:[1] silence as evidence now that the Fifth Amendment right to silence must be explicitly invoked.

Overview A man is brought in to custody in a police station for questioning. He does not invoke his right to silence, but he remains quiet.  He is given Miranda warnings, and still, remains quiet.  He is accused of a crime by interrogating police. He fails to protest his innocence.  At that defendant’s trial, the […]