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Democracy vs. Neutrality in Courts

Professor Ken Klein

This lecture will discuss the tension between democracy and neutrality in courts. When Stanford alum Judge Aaron Persky sentenced former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for the rape of an unconscious woman, the public response was explosive. Judge Persky ultimately faced a formal recall campaign. This lecture will ask whether the story of Judge Persky is an object lesson in laudable judicial independence or lamentable judicial unresponsiveness, and how, through tools such as juries, elections, advise-and-consent hearings, and/or judicial-recusal rules, courts appropriately can be independent within norms of democratic government.

Instructor: Ken Klein is Professor of Law at California Western School of Law. His research has two focuses: the role of democracy in courts and the legal/policy response to natural disasters. Professor Klein received his BA (cum laude) from Rice University and his JD (with highest honors) from the University of Texas.

Coordinator: Mark Evans

Course Number: OSHR-70008   Credit: 0 units


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Dates Class Type Section ID Fee
05/12/2017 In-class 123339 $0.00  

Day and Time: Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla