ASU football signs 23 players to letters of intent

February 1, 2012

Arizona State University has signed 23 student-athletes to national letters of intent to study and participate in football at ASU, Todd Graham, head football coach, announced Feb. 1.

Coach Graham's first signing class at ASU provides the Sun Devils with excellent talent on offense, defense and special teams and includes players from multiple states across the country as well as the United States' borders. Download Full Image

The class consists of 14 freshmen, eight juniors and one sophomore. Three of the juniors are midyear transfers already on campus that will participate in spring practice.

ASU's 2012 signing class includes:

• players from eight different states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Washington) and one from Canada;

• eight high school players ranked among the nation's top 40 at their position: D.J. Foster, Easton Wahlstrom, Evan Goodman, Stephon McCray, Salamo Fiso, Richard Smith and Matthew Rowe;

• six junior college signees ranked in the nation's top 100: RB Marion Grice, CB Oliver Johnson, LB Steffon Martin, DL Mike Pennel, DL Jake Sheffield and WR Alonzo Agwuenu;

• twelve defensive players, 11 offensive players and one specialist;

• four defensive linemen, four linebackers, three defensive backs, three offensive linemen, three running backs, three wide receivers, two tight ends and one long snapper.

For a complete list of players and their biographies, click here.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

Weinstein brief, article cited in 10th Circuit decision

February 1, 2012

An amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court by James Weinstein, Amelia Lewis Professor of Constitutional Law at the College of Law, and Eugene Volokh, a prominent UCLA law professor and noted free speech expert, was cited in a recent federal appeals court decision.

The brief, of which Volokh is the principal author and to which Weinstein contributed, in United States v. Alvarez, argues in favor of the Stolen Valor Act, which makes lying about having received military awards a federal crime. The brief urges the Court to hold that, with certain limitations, one does not have a First Amendment right to make a knowingly false statement of fact. The Court is expected to hear arguments on the issue this term. Download Full Image

Click here to read the brief.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a decision issued on Jan. 27, in United States v. Rick Glen Strandlof and The American Legion, upheld the act. Two of the three judges on the panel agreed that lies are not worthy of constitutional protection.

That ruling both refers to Volokh’s and Weinstein’s brief, as well as to Weinstein’s article, “Speech Categorization and the Limits of First Amendment Formalism: Lessons from Nike v. Kasky,” published in the Case Western Reserve Law Review in 2004.

The 10th Circuit is the second federal appellate court to consider the act’s constitutionality. The 9th Circuit previously ruled the act unconstitutional in a separate case. To read the 10th Circuit decision, click here.

Weinstein's areas of academic interest are constitutional law, especially free speech, as well as jurisprudence and legal history.