Wally Hoggatt

The Dred Scott Decision and Its Many Repudiations

Chief Justice Roger Taney’s 1857 opinion in Dred Scott v. Sandford has justifiably been called the worst single decision of the United States Supreme Court, and in the years since the opinion was published it has been repudiated repeatedly.  The very name of the case now serves as a shorthand epithet to condemn any new court decision … Continued

Still Life, with Constitution

September 17th is Constitution Day in America.  It’s been eleven score years and ten since the founders finished their work after a long, hot summer in Philadelphia.  How should we think about the Constitution today?  Is it our very present help in times of trouble?

The Place of Execution

The message will be a few comments about the current state of the death penalty — including the bad news, the good news, and the bad news about the good news.  Bio: Wallace R. Hoggatt has been Judge of the Superior Court for 21 years.  Before taking the bench he spent close to 17 years … Continued