Courses: National Government; State and Local Government
Scholarly Research and Papers:
The End of Acquiescence: The Judiciary’s Reassertion of its Power to Use Discretion in Sentencing- An examination of the Supreme Court’s ultimate decision that the Federal Sentencing Guidelines violate the due process clauses of the Fifth and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution- Separation of Powers- 2009.
Explaining the Strengths and Weaknesses of Charter School Legislation- An examination of the relative strengths and weaknesses of charter school laws throughout the states and the factors that explain why certain laws are strong and why certain laws are weak- State and Local Systems- 2009.
The Bay of Pigs Invasion and the 2003 Iraq Invasion Explained: The Rational-Actor Model and the Bureaucratic Model- An explanation of the Bay of Pigs invasion using the ration-actor decision-making model and an explanation of the decision to invade Iraq using the bureaucratic model of decision-making- Theories of the International System- 2009.
The Relationship Between the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Supreme Court- Examination and quantitative analysis of cases heard by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that made their way to the U.S. Supreme Court.- State Court Systems- 2008.
Offshore Drilling and Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge- An examination of the current debate over increased drilling, the pros and cons of drilling, and increased drilling’s effects on oil and gas prices.- Environmental Policy- 2008.
Three Religions and the Death Penalty: How Jews, Christians and Muslims Regard Capital Punishment- An examination of the historical and current support for the death penalty among America’s three largest religions.
Paul House: An Innocent Man on Death Row? - A report and analysis of the upcoming Supreme Court case, House v. Bell, the petitioner’s habeas corpus claim of actual innocence, and his chance of victory at the Court, in light of the strict standard under the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. - Death Penalty Seminar- 2005.
The Second Amendment- Should the Framers’ Original Intent Determine the Amendment’s Existence? - The origins of the right to bear arms, the reason for the inclusion of that right in the Bill of Rights, and the relevance of the amendment today, despite the fact that the original reason for the inclusion is obsolete.- Gun Control Seminar- 2005.
Is “Under God” Unconstitutional? - A report and analysis of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s holding in Newdow v. Elk Grove Unified School District, which held that the inclusion of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance was an establishment of religion and, therefore, unconstitutional.- Constitutional Law II- 2004.
Women's Right to Contraception and Pharmacists' Religious Freedoms Must Be Protected
Supreme Court Averts Danger by Disallowing the Death Penalty for Child Rape- http://public.getlegal.com/articles/death-penalty-child-rape
Prosecutorial Misconduct is a Crime- Attorneys Who Are Guilty Should Be Punished- http://peacesecurity.suite101.com/article.cfm/prosecutorial_misconduct_is_a_crime
California and Gay Marriage- California Supreme Court Says Constitution Affords Gays the Utmost Protection- http://peacesecurity.suite101.com/article.cfm/california_and_gay_marriage
Supreme Court Grants Habeas Rights- Court Rules that Guantanamo Prisoners Can Challenge Their Detentions- http://peacesecurity.suite101.com/article.cfm/supreme_court_grants_habeas_rights
Martin Luther King and Race- 40Years After His Death, Race in America is Still an Issue-
Obama Denounces Wright’s Comments- The Reverend’s Controversial Comments Signal a Troubling Issue- http://us-elections.suite101.com/article.cfm/obama_repudiates_wrights_comments
American Political Science Association