Jon Guze

Director of Legal Studies

Posts by Jon Guze (page 3)

  • Is “Shooting the Bird” Evidence of Disorderly Conduct?

    A recent decision by the North Carolina Court of Appeals suggests that it is. However, UNC School of Government Professor Jeff Welty has his doubts: Last week … a divided panel of the court of appeals held that a trooper properly stopped a vehicle “after witnessing…
    Jon Guze, August 15, 2019
  • Unintended Consequences

    In Changes in Family Structure and Welfare Participation Since the 1960S: The Role of Legal Services, Jamein Cunningham and Andrew Goodman-Bacon document the unintended and undesirable consequences of a federal program that continues to attract widespread, bipartisan support. From the Abstract: This paper evaluates the effects of the War…
    Jon Guze, July 26, 2019
  • Doesn’t Fit the Narrative

    The National Academy of Sciences has just published a study–“Officer characteristics and racial disparities in fatal officer-involved shootings.” In their introductory remarks, authors state, “We find no evidence of anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparities across shootings, and White officers are not more likely to shoot minority civilians than non-White officers.”…
    Jon Guze, July 23, 2019
  • Message for Some of North Carolina’s Political Leaders: Registered voters are just not that into you.

    Morning Consult regularly surveys registered voters on a variety of topics, including the extent to which those voters approve of elected office holders. Recent results for state governors are striking. All of the 10 most popular governors are Republicans. Roy Cooper made a barely respectable showing. His…
    Jon Guze, July 18, 2019
  • Bitter-Sweet Thoughts About Apollo 11

    I think Tamara Winter speaks for a lot of us in this tweet: My advice? Forget the bitterness, and just enjoy, and marvel, at what the Apollo team accomplished. One way to do that is to read One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew…
    Jon Guze, July 17, 2019
  • Uh-Oh!

    According to a recent NBC report, “At Oak Ridge National Laboratory in eastern Tennessee, physicist Leah Broussard is trying to open a portal to a parallel universe.” Here are the details: In a series of experiments she plans to run at Oak Ridge this summer, Broussard will…
    Jon Guze, July 9, 2019
  • Durham DA Signs Joint Statement Regarding Abortion Laws

    Last month more than 40 state and local prosecutors–including Durham County District Attorney Satana Deberry–signed a joint statement that said, in part: As elected prosecutors, we are committed to protecting the safety and well-being of all individuals in our communities. We are also charged with protecting the…
    Jon Guze, July 8, 2019
  • Exposing Criminal Justice Reform Myths

    Criminal justice contrarian John Pfaff recently published an article in which he explodes five “myths about prisons.” According to Pfaff, “Much of the debate about criminal justice is built on misconceptions that often push reform in inadequate and even counterproductive directions.” The piece is worth reading in full, but…
    Jon Guze, July 8, 2019