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Chicago Cop Charged With First-Degree Murder In 2014 Death Of 17 Year-Old African-American Male

Laquan McDonald Protest

A Chicago Police Office has been charged with murder in the death of a 17 year old African-American male that, from the evidence that has been released, seems completely unjustifiable.

Jonathan Pollard Released From Federal Prison After Thirty Years

Jonathan Pollard

After thirty years in Federal Prison, Jonathan Pollard is a free man. Make no mistake, though. Pollard is not, and never has been, a hero and he deserves to be remembered as nothing but the criminal that he is.

Chief Suspect In Paris Attacks Killed In Police Raid, French Authorities Report

Paris Attack November 13-2

French officials have confirmed that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the man believed to be the plotter of last Friday’s attacks in Paris, was killed in a police raid early Wednesday morning. This doesn’t mean authorities in France or elsewhere in Europe are any less concerned about future attacks, though.

Pennsylvania Court Reinstates Jerry Sandusky’s State Pension

Sandusky in Shackles

This is likely to outrage a lot of people, but it may not be incorrect under the law.

Supreme Court Considers Case Where Civil Asset Forfeiture And The Sixth Amendment Collide

Criminal Defense Attorney In Court

The Supreme Court is now considering a case that deals with the problem of overly broad civil asset forfeiture laws and a Defendant’s right to counsel under the Sixth Amendment.

Louisiana Police Officers Charged With Murder In Death Of Six Year Old During Chase

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Thanks apparently in part to body camera footage, two police officers in Louisiana are facing murder charges in the shooting death of a child during a police chase.

Greg Hardy is a Bad Human Being and a Good Football Player


My favorite sports team employs a thug.

Bernie Sanders Wants To End The Federal Marijuana Ban, Conservatives Should Support Him


Senator Bernie Sanders wants to let states decide how to regulate marijuana, or to not regulate it at all if they choose. Intellectually honest conservatives should support his effort.

Dennis Hastert’s Portrait Removed From House Of Representatives

GOP Convention 2012

Politico reports that one of the first notable impacts of Paul Ryan’s Speakership has been the removal of the portrait of Dennis Hastert from the group of portraits of former Speakers Of The House that are displayed in an area just off the House Floor. Hastert, you will recall, was indicted over the summer on Federal […]

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Pleads Guilty On Federal Banking Law Charges

GOP Convention 2012

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has entered a guilty plea in the Federal banking fraud case that he was indicted on earlier this year: CHICAGO — J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to trying to evade federal banking laws, telling a district judge here that he had known […]

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert Reaches Plea Deal In Banking Law/Sexual Misconduct Case


Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was indicted on charges that he structured withdrawals from his bank accounts to evade Federal reporting requirements, has apparently reached a plea deal with Federal prosecutors: CHICAGO — J. Dennis Hastert, the small-town wrestling coach who rose to political power as the longest-serving Republican speaker of the House, intends […]

Ten Dead, Multiple People Injured, In Shooting On Oregon College Campus

Roseburg Oregon Shooting

Up to 13 people are dead and as many 20 injured after another mass shooting on a college campus.

South Carolina To Seek Death Penalty For Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof

Dylann Roof In Custody

Prosecutors in South Carolina announced that they will seek the death penalty for Charleston shooter Dylann Roof.

Virginia Man Dies After Being Held In Jail For Four Months Without Trial Or Bail

Handcuffs Jail

Four months in jail, no opportunity for bail, no trial, no access to mental health care. And, now Jamycheal Mitchell is dead.

The Daily News Crosses The Line From Journalism To Murder Porn


A front page cover on yesterday’s murders in Virginia crosses the line from reporting to exploitation.

Reporter And Cameraman Shot To Death Live On The Air In Virginia

Roanoke Shooting

A reporter and cameraman for a local television station were killed, and a third person wounded, live on the air this morning.

Colorado Jury Spares James Holmes From Death Penalty In Aurora Movie Theater Shooting Case

Aurora Colorado Shooting

Somewhat surprisingly, a jury in Colorado was unable to agree on a unanimous death sentence for Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes.

Cincinnati Cop Indicted For Murder In Traffic Stop Shooting Death

Police Pistol

A police officer in Cincinnati has been indicted for murder in a case that seems to be a pretty clear cut example of improper use of force.

Chris Christie Still Has Reefer Madness

Marijuana Plant

Chris Christie says he would ignore states that have legalized marijuana if he became President. Fortunately, he will most likely never be President.

Jonathan Pollard To Be Released November 21st

Jonathan Pollard

After 30 years in prison, Jonathan Pollard will be released later this year.

U.S. Considering Releasing Jonathan Pollard?

Jonathan Pollard

Reports are circulating that the Obama Administration is considering releasing Jonathan Pollard, and many are seeing it as an effort to placate Israel in the wake of the Iran deal.

Texas Appeals Court Tosses One Of Two Counts Against Rick Perry


A big win in Court for the former Texas Governor, but it’s unclear what this means politically.

Special Prosecutors For Police-Involved Shootings?


Removing the responsibility to investigate police misconduct from the prosecutors who have to work with those police on a daily basis is a good idea.

Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Indicted On Federal Hate Crimes Charges

Dylann Roof

Dylann Roof has been indicted in Federal Court for completely unnecessary reasons.

Another Troubling Police Encounter with a Black Motorist

Gavel And Scales Of Justice

A few days late, but a story worth noting if it has escaped notice.

More on Cosby


Via the BBC: Bill Cosby ‘offered women money’ for silence after sex American comedian Bill Cosby admitted trying to pay women to keep quiet after having sex with them, according to testimony obtained by the New York Times. […] After Ms Constand became upset and returned to her native Canada, Mr Cosby offered to pay […]

James Holmes Found Guilty In Aurora Theater Shooting Trial

Aurora Colorado Shooting

Almost exactly three years after the attack on a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes was found guilty late yesterday.

Four Marines Killed In Shootings At Chattanooga Military Sites

Chattanooga Shooting

Tragedy in Tennessee.

Donald Trump’s Arguments About Immigrants And Crime Are Based On Lies

Donald Trump Speaking Closeup

Contrary to what Donald Trump claims, immigrants are less likely to commit crime than others.

President Obama Commutes Sentences Of 46 Federal Drug Offenders

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A good first step, but there’s a lot more than needs to be done to reform the criminal justice system.

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Loses Appeal On Corruption Conviction

Bob McDonnell Maureen McDonnell

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is likely going to Federal Prison very soon.

Will the Last Cosby Defender Turn off the Lights on the Way out…


Via the BBC:  Bill Cosby admitted he gave woman drugs before sex In his 2005 testimony, Mr Cosby admitted that he obtained Quaaludes in the 1970s, with the intent of giving it to women he wanted to have sex with. The case was brought by Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University – the […]

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Death Penalty

Death Chamber

The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the way the death penalty is administered, dealing a serious blow to opponents of the death penalty.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Apologizes For Boston Marathon Bombing, Is Sentenced To Die Anyway

Tsarnaev Trial

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in public for what is likely the last time in his life, apologized for the crimes he committed, and was unsurprisingly sentenced to death by a Federal Judge.

Does It Matter Whether Charleston Was Terrorism?

Emanual A.M.E. Church Marker

The debate is ultimately academic.

Another Case Of Sex Offender Registry Insanity

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A 19 year old from Indiana faces a quarter century as a registered sex offender because he met a girl who lied about her age.

Nine Dead In Shooting At African-American Church In Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston Church Shooting

Nine people died overnight in a shooting at an historic African-American Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Minnesota Archbishop Resigns In Wake Of Criminal Charges Over Sex Abuse

Catholic Abuse Scandal

The head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has resigned in the wake of criminal charges for covering up sexual abuse of children.

Ohio Judge Finds Probable Cause For Murder Charges In Tamir Rice Case

Tamir Rice

A Judge in Cleveland has found that there is probable cause to charge a Cleveland Police Officer with murder in the death of Tamir Rice, but that is hardly the end of the matter.

The Government Is Investigating People Who Leave Comments On The Internet Now


So much for freedom of speech.

The Warrior v. the Guardian


Some interesting insight on the McKinney pool party confrontation:  A Former Cop On What Went Wrong In McKinney The two officers in this brief video represent two different policing styles, two different mindsets that officers use as they interact with civilians: the Guardian and the Warrior. As a former police officer and current policing scholar, […]

Minnesota Archdiocese Faces Criminal Charges For Covering Up Child Sex Abuse

Catholic Abuse Scandal

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been charged criminally for its role in covering up sexual abuse of children by Priests.

More Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Dennis Hastert

GOP Convention 2012

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was indicted last week on charges involving currency transaction that were later revealed to be related to charges of sexual abuse when he was a high school teacher and coach, is now being accused of abusing another minor in a case apparently unrelated to last weeks’ charges: A woman […]

You Can’t Yell “You Did it Baby” at a Crowded Commencement (?)


It is an occupational hazard that I have been to far more commencement ceremonies than most people could ever dream of (or have nightmares about) attending.   At every one I have attended it has been asked of the audience that they hold their applause.  At every one I have attended, this request is ignored by […]

Supreme Court Tosses Out Conviction For “Threats” Made On Facebook


The Supreme Court has narrowed the means by which Federal prosecutors can prosecute someone for making statements online that could be perceived as threats.

A Good Run-down of the Hastert Situation


In terms of known facts (and some normative judgment I share–on the banking rules and Hastert’s finances), this a pretty good summary (via The Federalist):  The 4 Worst Things About Dennis Hastert’s Indictment. The conclusion is pretty succinct: Something $3.5-million-worth of bad happened in Hastert’s past, someone was paid money to keep quiet, federal criminalization of […]

Dennis Hastert Reportedly Made Payments To Conceal “Sexual Misconduct”

GOP Convention 2012

The next shoe drops in the Dennis Hastert case.

Nebraska Repeals The Death Penalty

Death Chamber

Despite a veto from the state’s Governor, today Nebraska became the latest state to repeal the death penalty. Hopefully, others will follow.

Justice Department Indicts Top FIFA Officials In Corruption And Bribery Scandal

FIFA Headquarters

Several of the top representatives of soccer’s governing body have been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in New York.

Cleveland Police Department Reaches Settlement With Justice Department On Abuse Report

Cleveland Skyline

The Cleveland Police Department has agreed to submit to significant monitoring in the wake of a damning Justice Department investigation.

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