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    Justice Curtis in the Civil War Era: At the Crossroads of American Constitutionalism (Go to University of Virginia Press, 2005) (examines the Civil War period as a critical juncture in American constitutional development by looking at a series of constitutional crises in which Justice Benjamin Curtis was involved, including the fugitive slave controversy, the Dred Scott case, Lincoln's use of military tribunals, and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson).

    Articles and Essays

    “The War Crimes Trial That Never Was: An Inquiry into the War on Terrorism, the Laws of War, and Presidential Accountability.”  University of San Francisco Law Review 45 (2011): 959-1004 (assesses the complexities of human rights accountability in connection with the Bush administration's treatment of detainees).
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    “The Illusion of Accountability: The Idea of an American Truth Commission on Torture.” Global Dialogue, vol. 12 (winter/spring 2010) (questions the institutional capacity of an independent commission to investigate allegations of prisoner abuse in the war against terrorism).
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    “What Would Warren Do? A Brief Historical Comment on Brown and Parents Involved.” Tennessee Law Review 76 (2008): 159-86 (argues that the Supreme Court’s plurality opinion in Parents Involved distorted the central meaning of Brown by stripping the principles stated in that landmark opinion from the historical and cultural context in which they were made).
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    “Mad about Yoo, or, Why Worry about the Next Unconstitutional War?” Journal of Law & Politics 24 (2008): 93-128 (analyzes historical, textual, and structural arguments concerning the constitutional allocation of legislative and executive powers to decide on the use of military force abroad).
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    Brown v. Board of Education and Judicial Craftmanship.” Education Law Review 35 (2006): 178-90 (building on Jack M. Balkin’s edited collection of revisionist opinions in What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said, this essay argues that, when seen in political context, Chief Justice Warren’s opinion was a model study of legal craftsmanship, contrary to the conventional view of his decision-making).

    “War, Politics, and the U.S. Constitution Today.” Nomos 16 (2005): 41-50 (argues that a structural method of constitutional interpretation offers the most promising analytic approach to allocate institutional authority over the power to go to war).
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    “Justice Curtis’s Dissent in the Dred Scott Case: An Interpretive Study.” Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 24 (1997): 509-44 (offers a new interpretation of Curtis’s constitutional arguments in his famous dissenting opinion by outlining the potentially far-reaching implications of his view of African-American citizenship and by explaining how he employed a structural argument to justify Congress’s plenary power to regulate slavery in the territories).
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    “Double Jeopardy and Federal Prosecution after State Jury Acquittal.Michigan Law Review 80 (1982): 1073-94 (explores the tension between protecting the rights of the accused under the double jeopardy clause and federal prosecutorial interests in promoting civil rights in high-profile cases of police brutality).
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    Book Reviews

    Review of The People’s Darling Privilege: Struggles for Freedom of Expression in American History, by Michael Kent Curtis. In Law and Politics Book Review 11 (2001): 324-26.
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    Review of Abraham Lincoln, Constitutionalism, and Equal Rights in the Civil War Era, by Herman Belz. In American Journal of Legal History 43 (1999): 108-9.
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    Review of The Supreme Court Reborn: The Constitutional Revolution in the Age of Roosevelt, by William E. Leuchtenburg. In American Journal of Legal History 40 (1996): 223-24.
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    Other Publications

    “The Worst Decision Ever?” Legal Times, 12 Mar. 2007.
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    “Capital Punishment: Arbitrariness Undermines Integrity of Justice System.” Miami Herald, 13 July 2006.
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    “Robert Cooper Grier,” in American National Biography, ed. John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. 9: 583-84.
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    “Joel Parker,” in American National Biography (1999). 17: 31-32.
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    “Gergengate.The Nation, 19 July 1993.