When asked to talk for fifteen minutes about the criminal law and criminal procedure cases of the Roberts Court, I was a bit daunted because, of course, that is an umbrella that includes a lot of really meaty topics: Fourth Amendment search and seizure, Fifth Amendment compelled self-incrimination, death penalty jurisprudence, the revolution in sentencing–or should I say judicial fact-finding in sentencing-that we have had since 2000 and the Apprendi v. New Jersey decision, and then of course the terribly significant, but perhaps undertaught, habeas corpus area of law. That is something that often falls through law school cracks but is a hugely important area of the Supreme Court’s work and the nation’s judicial caseload.

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