Bostic v. Dunbar: Petition denied. What’s next?

An important juvenile sentencing case was up for review at the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, Bostic v. Dunbar. In March, I did a quick case summary citing legal history, news clips, a scientific study, and a detailed report from The Intercept. Petitioner Bobby Bostic was 16 years-old when he committed a series of armed…

Next time, make two trips

I have always been a fan of cooking and DIY shows. If you remember Rachael Ray’s “30 Minute Meals,” then you might also remember how Racheal would fill a big bowl of ingredients – from pantry to fridge – all in one shot. Just don’t forget the EVOO. Efficient, quick, and fun right? Something about…

“A distinction without a difference:” Bostic v. Dunbar

Winter, 1995. A 16 year-old teenager named Bobby Bostic had committed a series of armed robberies in his neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri. Bostic and his friend, Donald Hutson (18 at the time), held victims at gunpoint during a neighborhood Christmas donations drive. They took violent advantage of their community’s kindheartedness…all for what would probably…

The English Major

A week ago I sat in a Starbucks in Lansdale – typing away, ear buds in, getting some work done. It was evening and dark outside. The last rush of coffee drinkers and daily meetings were coming to an end before the nighttime lull of cleanup and dimmed lights. I had a corner table and…

En una temporada de nuevos comienzos

“In God’s time, when He gives you a dream, you better believe that it will come to pass.” – Pastor Charles Olmeda. [English translation] Happy New Year! ~ Happy 2018. This is a time of new beginnings, or “una temporada de nuevos comienzos.” The things we left behind in 2017 remain in 2017 – or we can…

“3 Shifts Method” to study and work from home

[This could also be applied to authoring, writing articles/doing full-time research, or preparing a submission to an academic journal]. 1. Early morning -> early afternoon Most focused; complete assignments in class or at a “worksite” No distractions, (not even phone calls unless emergency or on 5-minute break to talk to family, e.g.). Go in “airplane mode” or just turn…