Adam Cohen

@adamscohen TIME magazine journalist; Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School; author of Nothing to Fear, The Perfect Store: Inside eBay, and American Pharaoh


Don’t Stand Your Ground: In Praise of Retreat


Nearly 250 years ago, William Blackstone included in his classic Commentaries on the Laws of England a well-established rule: “[T]o excuse homicide by the plea of self defense, it must appear that the slayer had no other possible means of escaping from his assailant.” Sir Blackstone understood why people should be required to retreat before…


Don’t Stand Your Ground: In Praise of Retreat


Nearly 250 years ago, William Blackstone included in his classic Commentaries on the Laws of England a well-established rule: “[T]o excuse homicide by the plea of self defense, it must appear that the slayer had no other possible means of escaping from his assailant.” Sir Blackstone understood why people should be required to retreat before…


The Supreme Court Gives — and Takes Away

Gay rights enter the mainstream, but racial equality is forgotten even as Paula Deen rules the airwaves


This week the Supreme Court declared that one great American civil rights movement has officially entered the mainstream and another is essentially over. The court’s bold ruling in favor of same-sex marriage…