Law & Politics

Nature imagery calms prisoners

August 28, 2017

Sweeping shots of majestic landscapes. Glaciers, forests and waterfalls.  Research published today shows that these images, shown to people deprived of access to nature, can reduce tension, help defuse anger and make some of the harshest environments, like a solitary confinement cellblock in a maximum-security prison, a little easier to bear. The study, published in […]


Still handcuffing the cops?

July 11, 2017

Fifty years after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a historic decision in Miranda vs. Arizona — which determined that criminal suspects must be informed of their constitutional right to an attorney prior to police questioning — a pair of University of Utah researchers have found in a new analysis that the 1966 ruling today […]


Crime and virtual punishment

April 27, 2017

When it comes to crime and punishment, how judges dish out prison sentences is anything but a game. But students from the University of Utah have created a new mobile game for the iPhone and Android devices that demonstrates how software algorithms used by many of the nation’s judicial courts to evaluate defendants could be […]


The president’s “enemy” rhetoric and the press

April 13, 2017

President Donald Trump’s declarations that the press is the “enemy of the American people,” accompanied by overt hostile acts, are not merely different in degree but different in kind from the tensions and antagonisms with the media that have punctuated many previous presidencies, according to two Utah law professors. RonNell Andersen Jones of the University […]


U law professor: Change rules of CRISPR patents to broaden possibilities of future scientific breakthroughs

February 16, 2017

New research published by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Associate Professor Jorge Contreras in the journal Science today proposes that universities currently holding CRISPR patents open their licenses to broader segments of the biopharma industry — a change that could potentially lead to important discoveries for human health and medicine. “Because the potential for CRISPR as the […]


Co-founder of the Innocence Project, Barry Scheck, to speak at the U

February 1, 2017

The Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah presents the 2017 Tanner Lecture on Human Values “Human Values and The Innocence Project” by Barry Scheck, attorney and co-founder of the Innocence Project at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8. This event is free and open to the public and will […]


Utah: Getting a glimpse of the future

October 25, 2016

Increased life expectancy and lower mortality rates will dramatically change the demographic make-up of Utah over the next 50 years—best reflected, perhaps, in one statistic from a new policy brief from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. That finding: The number of centenarians in the state is projected to increase from 337 in 2015 to […]


New solar canopy at University of Utah bolsters energy efficiency on campus

October 7, 2016

The University of Utah will officially “flip the switch” to unveil a new solar parking canopy in the southwest corner of campus designed to save energy and serve as part of a broader sustainability plan. A short explanation of the solar canopy project will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct.7, at the structure, […]


KUED, Hinckley Institute of Politics launch new weekly series

September 29, 2016

KUED is launching a new weekly half-hour public affairs series in partnership with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at The University of Utah. “The Hinckley Report,” airing Fridays at 7:30 p.m., features host Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute and University of Utah vice president for government relations, with a rotating panel of Utah […]


University of Utah researcher: Trump University lawsuits lay groundwork for potential impeachment of Donald Trump

September 20, 2016

As the presidential race continues to heat up, a new legal analysis released today by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law professor Christopher L. Peterson outlines why there is a legally sufficient case to impeach Republican nominee Donald Trump under the U.S. Constitution on charges related to fraud and racketeering for prior conduct if he […]