September 8, 2010


Amar, Akhil Reed, The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles (New Haven & London: Yale U. Press, 1997) ("Here is where law professors come in. For one socially useful role of the not-for-hire academic should be to articulate long-run systematic values that the partisans and the temporary, self-interested agents will predictably slight. We have, for example, a rich academic law and economic literature decrying special-interest rent seeking--the honey subsidies, the grazing fee giveaways, and so on--but we lack an equally vigorous literature championing the common good over the special interest in jury law. Law professors have, in general, been better capitalists than democrats." Id. at 165.).