The Wisdom of Abner Mikva

Former Judge Abner Mikva passed away recently. He was a remarkable man having served in Congress, served as the Chief Judge on the DC Circuit and briefly as White House Counsel. The Marshall Project had this short piece about him:

On Nov. 16, 1994, Mikva gave a lecture, “The Treadmill of Criminal Justice Reform,” at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Ohio. Mikva’s lecture was delivered two months after President Bill Clinton signed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and a year and a half before he would sign the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. The former helped accelerate mass incarceration while the latter stripped habeas corpus appeals of considerable force.


Judge Mikva’s lecture is well worth reading…and perhaps we would all be better off had more people read it when it was delivered.

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