David Simon everywhere
I know that further topical posts are coming about the season finale, but I wanted to note two David Simon sightings:
1. Slate’s interview with Simon is worth the time. Simon mostly repeats points he has elsewhere, but his arguments are, as usual, erudite and thoughtful. The interview is longer than I expected, which is a good thing.
2. Additionally, and, admittedly, in much more nerdy fashion, Simon’s Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets was excerpted in my Criminal Procedure casebook. The excerpt details the Baltimore police department’s adherence to Miranda v. Arizona, the watershed Supreme Court opinion requiring police to warn suspects of their rights to silence and an attorney when interrogating them in custody, and includes some academic reactions to Simon’s passages. (As should not be surprising to The Wire‘s viewers, Baltimore’s finest are a bit lacking in their fidelity to Chief Justice Warren’s prescription. ) While the casebook’s reflection on Homicide is not timely, it’s interesting to see how Simon’s popular works have affected scholarly debate. You can find more of legal academia’s take on Baltimore’s police practices and Simon’s reporting here.