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Warnings Of Violence In Ferguson Could Become Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

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All the warnings of violence in the wake of an expected imminent announcement from the Grand Jury in the Michael brown case could become self-fulfilling prophecy.

Missouri Governor Declares State of Emergency In Anticipation Of Grand Jury Decision In Michael Brown Shooting

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

In what seems like a sign that an announcement is imminent, in terms of days at least if not sooner, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a State Of Emergency in the Ferguson, Missouri area in anticipation of the announcement of a Grand Jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) […]

Stealing Isn’t a Crime When Police Do It

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Civil asset forfeiture gives “highway robbery” a whole new meaning.

Majority Of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization, 64% For Americans 18-34

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Support for legalizing marijuana continues to grow slowly but surely.

Virginia Judge Rules Police Can Compel Suspect To Unlock Phone Locked Via Fingerprint

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The Fourth and Fifth Amendments do not prevent the police from compelling you to unlock your phone if you used fingerprint scan technology to lock it, Virginia Judge has ruled.

NFL Players Association Wants Adrian Peterson Reinstated Immediately

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Just days after entering a plea to reduced offenses related to the felony child abuse charges that were made against him earlier this season, charges which led to his indefinite suspension from the NFL, the NFL Player’s union says that Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson should be reinstated immediately: The NFL Players Association sent […]

Most PATRIOT Act ‘Sneak And Peek’ Warrants Used In War On Drugs, Not War On Terror

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Not surprisingly, a law passed in the wake of the September 11th attacks has been used mostly for things that have nothing to do with terrorism.

Report: Federal Civil Rights Charges Unlikely In Michael Brown Shooting Case

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

Reports from the Justice Department seem to be laying the groundwork for more disappointment for those hoping for charges against Officer Darren Wilson.

Creigh Deeds One Year Later, And The Problems With Mental Health Care In The U.S.

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Just over one year ago, Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds was attacked by his son, revealing problems with our mental health system that have yet to be adequately addressed.

Senator Jeff Merkley Becomes First Senator To Endorse Pot Legalization

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Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley has ventured into an issue that, so far, none of his fellow Senators have felt comfortable following: Sen. Jeff Merkley says he plans to vote for a ballot measure on Election Day to legalize marijuana in Oregon. “I lean in support of it,” the Democratic senator told TPM in an interview […]

Two Dead, Three Injured In Shooting At Seattle Area High School

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Another school shooting.

Evidence Presented To Michael Brown Grand Jury Appears To Support Officer’s Version Of Events

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

What if the Grand Jury investigating the Michael Brown shooting fails to indict Officer Darren Wilson? We may find out if newly leaked evidence is accurate.

Another White House Fence Jumper

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Mere hours after a gunman fired shots outside and inside Canada’s Parliament, another man jumped the fence at the White House, although this time the Secret Service didn’t hesitate to apprehend him: A man jumped the White House fence Wednesday night and was taken into custody after being bitten by a guard dog, officials said, […]

F.B.I. Director Hints At Regulatory Action Against Apple, Google Over Encyrption

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Law enforcement remains unhappy about the recent changes that will make it harder to break into a locked smartphone.

Young African-American Males 21 Times More Likely To Be Shot By Cops

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

The numbers don’t lie.

Another Police Shooting In Missouri

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

Nearly exactly two months to the day after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, another African-American man has been shot and killed in the St. Louis area, and it has set off another round of protests: An off-duty police officer shot and killed a black teenager in St. Louis on Wednesday night, setting off a […]

Are Some Crimes More Equal Than Others?

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Does the seriousness of a crime vary depending on the gender of the parties involved?

Federal Civil Rights Charges Against George Zimmerman Said To Be Off The Table

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It appears that there will be no Federal charges against George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin. This is not a surprise.

No, Pennsylvania Is Not Blaming A Woman For Her Own Rape

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Facts are stubborn things.

Oklahoma Beheading Linked to Islam

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A fired Oklahoma worker beheaded a woman and was attacking another when he was shot. Workplace violence? Or terrorism.

South Carolina Cop Charged After Dashcam Video Of Shooting Of Unarmed Man Emerges

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A South Carolina State Trooper has been charged in connection with the shooting of an unarmed man at a gas station that seem pretty outrageous: (emphasis mine) On Sept. 4, Groubert pulled over Levar Edward Jones for a seatbelt violation in Columbia, South Carolina, and subsequently shot the unarmed man in the hip. In newly […]

Dinesh D’Souza Avoids Prison In Campaign Finance Case

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Conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza won’t have to worry about spending time in prison on his conviction for breaking campaign finance laws: The conservative author and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was spared prison time on Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to violating federal campaign finance laws. Judge Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court […]

N.C.A.A. Lifts All Of Its Sanctions Against Penn State

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Well, that punishment didn’t last for very long.

NFL Punishing Victim in Ray Rice Case

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The firing actually hurts Janay Rice much more than it does Ray.

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Convicted On Corruption Charges

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A once rising GOP star hits bottom.

DNA Evidence Clears Two Men After 31 Years, Including One Who Was Sentenced To Die

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Two men in North Carolina are free after spending 31 years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.

Aurora Theater Shooting Foreseeable Rules Federal Judge

Europe Wrestles With Debt Crisis

Lawsuits against the theater where 12 people were murdered in 2012 may go forward.

What If “Justice” In The Mike Brown Case Doesn’t End In A Conviction?

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

There is a good possibility that Darren Wilson could be acquitted in the shooting of Michael Brown.. Are the protesters ready to accept that reality?

Public Opinion On Ferguson Shows Deep Racial Divisions

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What you think about the events in Ferguson depends quite a lot on whether you’re black or white.

Police Are Not Soldiers; Our Communities Are Not War Zones

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We should not tolerate them acting otherwise.

Watch your Mouth in North Augusta, SC

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Via WSPA:  SC mom arrested for using ‘F-word’ in grocery store in front of her kids Wolf, age 22, moved to South Carolina with her family 3 weeks ago but a night at a grocery store has her wanting to move back to Ohio. "He was like, ‘You’re under arrest’…right in front of kids, in […]

Another Night Of Unrest In Ferguson, And An Assault On Journalism

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The situation in Ferguson, Missouri isn’t calming down.

The Michael Brown Shooting And The Militarization Of American Police

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The shooting of Michael Brown is just another example of an ongoing problem.

James Brady Death a Homicide

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Former Reagan speechwriter and gun control activist Jim Brady’s death has been ruled a homicide. No, there was no foul play involved—at least not recently.

James Brady’s Death Ruled A Homicide

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Could John Hinckley, Jr. face murder charges 30 years after his attempted assassination of President Reagan?

Sanity Prevails In Case Of Sexting Teen Charged With Child Pornography

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In some sense, justice has prevailed.

Bob McDonnell Trial Opens On A Pathetic And Sordid Note

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The trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife opened yesterday, and it sounded more like a soap opera than a legal proceeding.

Black And White Stripes Are The New Orange

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A jail in Michigan is switching prison garb to old-style black and white stripes because prisoners have become enamored of the orange they had been wearing due to the popularity of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black: SAGINAW, MI — If orange is the new black, as the popular TV show title says, then black-and-white stripes are […]

Sex Offender Registry Insanity

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Good intentions, bad results.

Mother Charged For Leaving 11 Year Old In A Car: Protecting Children, Or Paranoia?

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To some extent, we seem to be becoming overprotective.

Virginia Police Drop Demand To Take Explicit Photos Of Minor Defendant In Sexting Case

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Police and prosecutors in Prince William County, Virginia have announced they will not attempt to have sexually explicit photos taken of a 17 year-old Defendant in a sexting case currently pending in that county’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: Police say that they will no longer be pursuing efforts to take sexually explicit photos […]

Prosecutors Want To Create Child Pornography To Help Prosecute A Child Pornography Case

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The law’s insane over-reaction to teen “sexting” has gotten even more insane in one Virginia County.

The Supreme Court’s Most Important Decision Wasn’t Hobby Lobby

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Hobby Lobby Is an important decision, but it’s one that the Supreme Court handed down a week earlier that will have the widest impact.

Abu Khattala Will Be Tried In A Criminal Court, As He Should Be

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The justice system works, there’s no need to scrap it.

Special Prosecutor: Scott Walker Not A Target Of Investigation

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It turns out there was much less to that Scott Walker document dump than the press coverage claimed.

Another Capo Caught

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Via the BBC:  Mexican Tijuana cartel boss Sanchez Arellano ‘captured’ The Mexican army says it has captured the leader of the once-powerful Tijuana cartel, Luis Fernando Sanchez Arellano. In the 1990s, the cartel controlled much of the drugs flow from the northern Mexican city of Tijuana to the United States. But it was dealt a […]

Egypt Sentences Three Journalists To Prison

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In yet another sign of just what the future of Egypt is likely to look like, three al-Jazeera journalists have been sentenced to prison for allegedly collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood: CAIRO — A judge on Monday convicted three journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false reports of civil strife in Egypt. […]

Conservatives Attack Hillary Clinton For Being A Criminal Defense Attorney 40 Years Ago

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Once again, Republicans are attacking someone for doing a job the Bill of Rights itself makes necessary and important.

New York City To Settle Wrongful Conviction Case For $40 Million

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Justice delayed, but justice nonetheless.

Where’s The Line Between Protected Online Speech And Criminal Threats?

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Next term, the Supreme Court will try to decide when online speech crosses the line and becomes a criminal threat.

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