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Does Victory Have A Price?

December 10th, 2012 No comments

In this Slate article, I argue that the recent success of same-sex marriage at the ballot box might, paradoxically, make it harder for equality advocates to win at the Supreme Court. But I think they should win, anyway.

Concussions, Cigarettes, and Liability: The Cover-Up is Worse than the “Crime”

July 27th, 2011 2 comments

In my latest piece for Slate, I look closely at the complaint recently filed by a group (75!!) of former NFL players against the league and the manufacturers of the helmets the players wore.

The comparison to tobacco is this: the cover-up (danger of long-term consequences of even mild concussions for the NFL, the health risks and addictive nature of tobacco for the cigarette companies) is usually worse than the crime. Everyone knows this, and at least pays lip service to it, but it continues as a catch phrase because it still happens…again and again.

They’ve moved the piece up near the top (in the band of stories just below the headline group), which is a first for me. It would help if you’d wander over there and “like” (or even better, comment) on the piece.

The NFL on Defense

February 2nd, 2011 No comments

I’m now officially a contributor to Slate! Here’s my latest article, where I assess the prospects of suits against the NFL for failing to disclose the long-term neurological consequence of repeated head injuries.

Happy Super Bowl!