Human Sacrifice: A Look at the Death Penalty in America

Friedrich Nietzsche postulated that, in pre-modern times, when a man was wronged he retaliated against the transgressor irrespective of the transgressor’s “intent”, “negligence”, or “soundness of mind.” Before the inception of “free will”, along with the notion that man “chooses” to commit wrongs, pain was inflicted to forge a memory. It mattered not whether the …More

Pharma Fiasco or: How America Learned to Forget its Problems and Hate the Pharma Bro

In this era of divisive politics, infrastructure deficits, extra judicial police killings and budget crises, there appears to be little common ground to share in our public debate. The one exception appears to be our collective feelings towards Martin Shkreli, the hedge fund manager and pharmaceutical executive better known by his nickname, “Pharma Bro.” Just …More

Federalists Rise Above the Rancor with Panel Discussions

This past year the John Marshall Law School’s Federalist Society has hosted a series of conversations which have been free and open to all students. The events have included discussions about the role of the police, the ideological propensities of the Chief Jus- tice Roberts, and how federal regulations affect the craft brewing industry. The …More

Scribes Bestow Lifetime Achievement Award on Judges Easterbrook and Posner

On Friday, April 15 The John Marshall Law School co-sponsored the American Society of Legal Writers (Scribes) for a CLE and awards ceremony.  The Scribes is an organization of professional writers who focus on legal subjects and matters of cultural and professional significance. The topics of the panels included; Ethics and Writing, Storytelling for Lawyers, …More

When You Are $111 Billion in the Hole, Is It Better to Dig or Climb? A Critical Look at Illinois’ State Pension Obligations

That’s right, billion with a ‘b.’ That’s how much Illinois’s unfunded public pension debt has grown to according to a state legislative report from the General Assembly’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. That includes five pension systems the state is responsible for (state university employees, public school teachers, judges, state lawmakers and state workers). …More

Give Me Back my NCAA Football Video Games

Since 1993, the NCAA released a video game based on college football and basketball games every year. This tradition has come to an end in 2014 due to the mounting pressure placed on the organization from former college athletes. They are complaining that their image and likeness has been used by EA Sports without their …More

Infringing on Criticism: Abusing Copyright Protection to Silence Game Journalists

Video game reviewer, James Stanton, better known by his alias, Jim Sterling, has a distinctively brash, but artful style of utterly ripping apart games via his channel on YouTube. Sterling’s foul-mouthed and brutal criticism of video games did not go unnoticed by one target in particular: independent game studio, Digital Homicide. In Digital Homicide’s attempts …More

Let Them Play: A Look at Sony’s Failed Attempt to Trademark “Let’s Play”

On October 28, 2015 Sony filed an intention to use application for the mark “Let’s Play.” When news of Sony’s application broke on January 8, 2016 the public’s reaction was overwhelmingly negative. Sony’s application was refused for Likelihood of confusion in a non-final office action on December 29, 2015. A Georgia company, Let’z Play of …More

Tax Hikes Raise Tensions Over Budget Shortfalls

$754 million. That was the projected short- fall for the City of Chicago’s budget this year. That shortfall comes as Mayor Rahm Emanuel has already been borrowing at high interest rates to keep the city afloat. There’s no dispute that rising public pension costs are responsible for most of the city’s spending deficit as they …More