Law Professor Cited by Supreme Court

Published: March 7th, 2005

Category: News Briefs

The work of Stephen C. O’Connell Professor Christopher Slobogin was cited in the Supreme Court’s arguments in Roper v. Simmons, in which the Court ruled 5-4 to ban the death penalty for defendants who were juveniles at the time of their offense.

Justice Antonin Scalia cited Slobogin’s casebook, Criminal Procedure: Regulation of Police Investigation, in his dissenting opinion in the case. Scalia disputed the majority’s argument that American law should conform to the laws of other countries, arguing that some aspects of U.S. law are “distinctly American.” He cited Slobogin’s casebook to show that British courts rarely reject evidence collected in illegal searches, despite the exclusionary rule observed by American courts.