Ryan is a third-year law student at Columbia Law School and serves as Essays Editor on the Columbia Law Review. Prior to law school, Ryan was a product marketing manager at Google and then founded Hatch.co, a startup in New York City. Ryan has served as a summer intern at the United States Attorney's Office in Brooklyn and as a summer associate at Covington & Burling, LLP in Washington, DC.
I reviewed all federal circuit courts of appeals cases, federal district court cases, and state supreme court cases for obstruction of justice cases involving a defendant’s use of language similar to “I hope” or “I’m hoping.” The results are in line with what we would expect if “hope” verbiage is uncontroversially and generally understood as implying direction.
The Trump Administration may already have the tools it would need to predict with high accuracy the religious identity of a significant percentage of U.S. citizens and visiting Muslims. And software engineers, not lawyers, may be our first line of alarm and defense.