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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.

U.S. Captures Suspect In Benghazi Attack

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Ahmed Abu Kattalah, the alleged ringleader of the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, has been arrested.

Majority Supports Life Without Parole Over Death Penalty For Murder

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A turning point in public opinion?

South Dakota Republican Loses Primary, Gets Arrested Next Morning

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Within 24 hours, South Dakota Republican Annette Bostworth learned she had lost her bid to be the GOP candidate for Senate, and she was arrested: SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Annette Bosworth, a defeated Senate candidate, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with several counts of perjury and filing false election documents. The state authorities said […]

Minnesota Man Threatens To Kill Father Teaching His Daughter To Ride A Bike

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A Minnesota man was arrested after threatening to kill a father who was teaching his daughter to ride a bike on a street in front of their homes: A Minnesota man was arrested last week after pulling a shotgun on a neighbor who was teaching his 7-year-old daughter to ride a bike. According to the arrest complaint, […]

House Votes To Protect States That Legalize Marijuana From Federal Raids

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A victory for Federalism and sanity in the War On Drugs.

Edward Snowden: I Was More Than Just A ‘Data Analyst’

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For the first time, Edward Snowden is talking to the American media.

Tennessee Brings Back The Electric Chair

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Tennessee makes an unfortunate return to the past.

Mississippi Tea Party Leader Arrested In Cochran Nursing Home Video Case

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An attorney who also happens to be Vice Chairman of a Central Mississippi Tea Party group has been arrested along with one other person in connection with a break-in at the nursing home where Senator Thad Cochran’s lives: A tea party activist in has been arrested in connection with the filming of Sen. Thad Cochran’s […]

Yellowstone’s ‘Zone Of Death’: Where You Can Get Away With Murder

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Vox’s Dylan Matthews writes about what appears to be a really big loophole in the law: Let’s imagine Daniel and Henry are vacationing in Yellowstone National Park, and set up camp in the 50 square miles of the park that are in Idaho (unlike most of the park, which is in Wyoming). They get into a fight […]

Federal Judge Refuses To Dismiss Charges Against Bob McDonnell

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A Federal Judge in Richmond has denied a defense request to dismiss the corruption charges against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell: A federal judge in Richmond today denied defense motions to dismiss the corruption charges against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and former first lady Maureen McDonnell. U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer also denied the […]

Dinesh D’Souza Pleads Guilty To Being A Really Stupid Criminal

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Committing a crime is bad enough, committing a stupid crime in the dumbest way possible is orders of magnitude bad.

Aaron Hernandez Indicted For Two More Murders

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Former New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez, who is already facing charges of murder in the death of his friend Odin Lloyd, has been charged in two non-related murders that occurred two years earlier: BOSTON — The former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was in custody on one murder charge, has […]

The Death Penalty Has Resulted In The Death Of Innocent People

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Innocent men have been put to death on the orders of the state.

The Mugshots Explain It All

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The Huffington Post passes along the story of a Utah woman who has plead guilty but mentally ill to charges related to an incident in which she convinced her husband to shoot their neighbor by convincing him that he had “telepathically raped” her. You can read the details in full here. But, really, those mugshots […]

Rob Ford Caught Smoking Crack Again

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North America’s craziest Mayor is at it again: TORONTO — Citing “a problem with alcohol,” Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto said late Wednesday night that he was temporarily stepping aside from his duties as mayor and his re-election campaign. The statement from the embattled mayor followed the online appearance of a still photograph from a video […]

Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law

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A legal setback for Voter ID laws in Wisconsin.

Snowden Looking For A Deal?

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A report in The New York Times seems to suggest that NSA leaker Edward Snowden may be looking for a deal that will allow him to come home: WASHINGTON — Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who provided journalists a trove of classified documents, retained a well-known Washington defense lawyer last summer in […]

New York GOP Congressman Michael Grimm Indicted For Fraud

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As expected, Congressman Michael Grimm was taken into custody today and indicted on multiple counts of fraud: Representative Michael G. Grimm, a second-term congressman from Staten Island, was indicted Monday on federal fraud charges for underreporting the wages and payroll while running an Upper East Side restaurant, concealing the actual payroll in a separate set […]

Hate Crimes, Freedom Of Speech, And Equal Protection Of The Law

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Continuing the discussion from earlier this week on hate crimes.

Supreme Court Voids $3.4 Million Restitution Award To Child Pornography Victim

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The Court gets the result right, but their reasoning will make things much more difficult for courts, defendants, and victims.

Supreme Court Further Guts The Fourth Amendment

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Yesterday the Supreme Court greatly expanded the circumstances under which police can rely on anonymous tips.

From The “I’d Hate To Be This Guy’s Lawyer” File

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A Kansas man on trial for murder has an interesting tattoo:  A Kansas man facing first-degree murder charges is trying to convince the government to let him do something about his giant “MURDER” neck tattoo before the trial begins. The first-degree murder case against Jeffrey Chapman is scheduled to begin next week. Prosecutors say Chapman killed a man […]

Obama Reportedly Planning Clemency For Hundreds Of Drug Offenders

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Perhaps some justice for the casualties in the War On Drugs

Should We Eliminate “Hate” Crimes?

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Does it really matter why Fraizer Glenn Miller murdered three people in Kansas?

Dutch Police Arrest 14 Year Old Girl For Twitter Threat Against American Airlines

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A Dutch teenager is apparently getting a lesson in the perils of not thinking before you communicate online: AMSTERDAM — Police in the Netherlands have arrested a 14-year-old girl on suspicion of threatening American Airlines in a tweet. Police spokesman Roland Ekkers said the girl, who has not been identified for privacy reasons, turned herself […]

Pakistani Police Accuse Nine Month Old Of Plotting Murder

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A nine month old boy in Pakistan is facing charges that he assaulted and attempted to murder a police officer: A nine-month-old boy has appeared in court in Pakistan on charges of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs, it appears. Baby Muhammad Mosa Khan is one of more than 30 people […]

Jonathan Pollard To Be Freed As Part Of Middle East Peace Deal?

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Middle East peace talks are apparently in such bad shape that the U.S. is thinking of releasing Jonathan Pollard as an incentive to Israel.

Ray Rice Celebrates Aggravated Assault Indictment by Marrying Victim

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Ray Rice celebrated his aggravated assault indictment by marrying his victim.

Anger Mismanagement

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A South Carolina man is under arrest after hitting his girlfriend with an anger management book: SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) – A Spartanburg County man is accused of hitting his girlfriend with his anger management book while she was accused of stabbing him with a boxcutter, landing both of them in jail. Deputies said they […]

Hawaii Police No Longer Allowed To Have Sex With Prostitutes

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Hawaiian legislators have agreed to change a law that made it legal for police to have sex with prostitutes: HONOLULU (AP) — A key Hawaii lawmaker considering an anti-prostitution bill says he and Honolulu police have agreed to get rid of a longtime exemption that allowed officers to have sex with prostitutes. State Sen. Clayton […]

N.J. Man Released From Prison Robs Same Shoe Store He Robbed 15 Years Earlier

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Apparently, he really liked being in prison: TOMS RIVER — The day after Christopher M. Miller finished a 15-year prison sentence for robbing a Stride Rite store in Toms River, he committed an almost identical crime at the same store, said Ralph Stocco, police spokesman. Miller, 40, formerly of Tulsa, Okla., was released on Friday […]

Amish Buggy Sought In Hit And Run

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Well, here’s a story you don’t read every day: NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — State police are searching for an unlikely suspect in a western Pennsylvania hit-and-run accident: the driver of an Amish buggy. Troopers from the Mercer barracks say the buggy twice hit a passenger vehicle at a crossroads on Route 158 in Wilmington Township, […]

Army’s Top Sexual Assault Prosecutor Charged With Groping Colleague At Sexual Assault Seminar

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As if the military’s sexual assault problem weren’t already bad enough, the Army is dealing with new allegations regarding the person in charge of prosecuting sexual assault cases: The Army is investigating its top sex-crimes prosecutor on allegations that he groped a female lawyer at a sexual-assault conference in 2011, Army officials disclosed Thursday. Lt. […]

Appeals Court: Upskirt Photos Not Illegal Because Legislature Didn’t Make Them Illegal

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From Massachusetts, a ruling that might make little sense to the lay person but which seems to be right on the law.

Boston Bomber Trial Set For November 3rd

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The date for the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been set: BOSTON — A federal judge here on Wednesday set Nov. 3 as the start of the trial for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of the deadly bombing of the Boston Marathon last year. Prosecutors say Mr. Tsarnaev, 20, worked with […]

Texas Police Arrest Man Dressed As Banana While Carrying An AK-47

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So, this happened: BEAUMONT, Texas (KBMT) - A Beaumont man was cited by police after riling up motorists by standing at an intersection carrying an AK-47 while dressed as a banana. Derek Poe, owner of Golden Triangle Tactical gun shop, said the stunt was part of the store’s grand opening after moving locations. Poe said the […]

McGruff The Crime Dog Gets 16 Years In Prison

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An actor who has portrayed McGruff the Crime Dog in public appearances has been sentenced to 16 years in prison in Texas: GALVESTON, Texas – John Morales, the actor who played the crime-fighting cartoon character McGruff the Crime Dog, was sentenced to 16 years in prison stemming from a 2011 arrest in which police seized […]

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