Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln Caplan, a senior research scholar at Yale Law School, teaches writing there and in Yale’s English Department. He is the author of six books about legal affairs and is a member of the Scholar's editorial board.

Cultural or Criminal?

How to explain Texas’s hunger for executions

by Lincoln Caplan | Monday, February 08, 2021

Indefensible Torture, Unfree Speech

What Censorship Kept America from Learning about the Futility of “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques”

by Lincoln Caplan | Saturday, November 07, 2020

Billy Joe Wardlow, RIP

The subject of a Scholar cover story, executed in Texas

by Lincoln Caplan | Thursday, July 09, 2020

This Man Should Not Be Executed

Billy Joe Wardlow murdered a man, but mitigating facts say he should not pay for that crime with his life

by Lincoln Caplan | Monday, December 02, 2019

Leaks and Consequences

Why treating leakers as spies puts journalists at legal risk

by Lincoln Caplan | Thursday, September 05, 2013

A Blueprint for a Safer, Saner Society

How to reduce crime and warehousing in America’s prisons

by Lincoln Caplan | Thursday, April 18, 2019

Stress Test for Free Speech

Social media are destroying the democratic culture that the First Amendment is meant to protect

by Lincoln Caplan | Tuesday, September 04, 2018

The Fear Factor

Long-held predictions of economic chaos as baby boomers grow old are based on formulas that are just plain wrong

by Lincoln Caplan | Monday, June 09, 2014

The Embattled First Amendment

The Supreme Court is interpreting free speech in new ways that threaten our democracy

by Lincoln Caplan | Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Chicago Hope

Can the collaboration between a progressive boarding school and a big-city charter academy transform American Public High School Education?

by Lincoln Caplan | Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Courting All Voters

The judicial effects of American civic engagement

by Lincoln Caplan | Monday, June 06, 2016

Justice for Sale

How big money is overwhelming judicial elections and corroding our confidence in the courts

by Lincoln Caplan | Friday, June 01, 2012

Anthony Lewis and the March to Equality

In his writing, he explained an activist Supreme Court to the nation

by Lincoln Caplan | Monday, March 25, 2013

Truth and Consequences

In the Whitewater investigation, the biggest loser was the legal profession

by Lincoln Caplan | Monday, March 01, 2010

Who Cares About Executive Supremacy?

The scope of presidential power is the most urgent and the most ignored legal and political issue of our time

by Lincoln Caplan | Saturday, December 01, 2007