Yale Law School Dean to Discuss Fourth Amendment at Quinney College

On January 17, 2008, Dan M. Kahan, deputy dean at Yale University Law School, will visit the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law as its first Utah Criminal Justice Center Scholar-in-Residence.

In a free, public lecture, Kahan will discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in Scott v. Harris. In Scott, the Court held that a police officer did not violate the Fourth Amendment when he deliberately rammed the car of a fleeing motorist who refused to pull over for speeding. The majority did not attempt to rebut the arguments of the lone justice who disagreed with its conclusion that “no reasonable juror” could find that the driver in flight did not pose a deadly risk to the public. Instead, the Court uploaded to its website a video of the chase, filmed from inside the pursuing police cruisers, and invited members of the public to make up their own minds.

The lecture will be held at 12:15 p.m. in the Quinney College’s Sutherland Moot Courtroom.