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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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So much for freedom of speech.

The Warrior v. the Guardian

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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

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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

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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 (?)

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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

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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

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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”

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The next shoe drops in the Dennis Hastert case.

Nebraska Repeals The Death Penalty

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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

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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

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

Baltimore Grand Jury Issues Indictments Against Police Officers In Freddie Gray Case

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The six Baltimore cops charged in the April death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a Grand Jury.

Nebraska Could Be The Next State To Repeal The Death Penalty

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The largely conservative state of Nebraska seems to be on the verge of repealing its law authorizing capital punishment.

Tsarnaev Jurors Were Pro-Death Penalty

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The gang at The Week are surprised that “Only jurors who were open to the death penalty were chosen for the Tsarnaev trial.”

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced To Death In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

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Final justice, but far from the end of the road.

Chart: Deaths from Police Shootings

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I do not have a lot to say about the following at the moment, but it is still worth a look (via The Economist):   Yes, one comparative stat is not sufficient to tell the whole story (as was true when I posted on the death penalty and the US in comparative perspective).  I will […]

Two Christie Aides Indicted In Bridgegate Scandal While A Third Pleads Guilty

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Two of Chris Christie’s closest aides were indicted in connection with the Birdgegate scandal today, a third plead guilty, and Christie’s Presidential ambitions are pretty much dead.

Six Baltimore Police Officers Charged In Death Of Freddie Gray

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Big news out of Baltimore and, perhaps, the beginning of justice for Freddie Gray.

Baltimore: Nonviolence as Nonviolence

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is insightful and eloquent. He’s wrong in this instance.

Baltimore Under Siege

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Just over a week after a death at the hands of police that remains incredibly suspicious, Baltimore is the sight of violent riots.

Colorado Man Shoots Malfunctioning Computer

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A Colorado Man finally had enough of his malfunctioning Dell: When ctrl + alt + delete doesn’t work, just shoot the darn thing. That’s what one man did on Monday night, according to Colorado Springs police. Lucas Hinch, 37, was cited for discharging a weapon within city limits after he took the fight with his […]

Supreme Court Limits Ability Of Police To Use Routine Traffic Stops To Search For Drugs

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In a 6-3 vote that defied traditional expectations, the Justices have limited the ability of police to detain people on the side of the road for long periods of time.

FBI Admits Its Forensic Experts Gave False Testimony In Hundreds Of Cases

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An elite FBI Forensics unit gave flawed and false testimony in cases over a period that lasted more than 20 years.

Parents Of Youngest Victim Of Boston Marathon Bombing Call For Tsarnaev’s Life To Be Spared

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The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing argue that his killer should be spared from the death penalty.

TSA Officers Allegedly Conspired To Grope “Attractive” Flyers

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TSA abuse stories had kind of disappeared from the news, but they’re back now in a big way.

Aaron Hernandez Convicted Of Murder

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Former New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez was convicted this morning of First Degree Murder in the death Odin Lloyd and will spend the rest of his life in prison: A jury in Fall River, Mass., found Aaron Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday after seven days of deliberation. Mr. Hernandez was sentenced by […]

‘Volunteer’ Sheriff’s Deputy Charged With Manslaughter In Death Of African-American Suspect

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A volunteer for an Oklahoma Sheriff’s Department killed a suspect thanks to what can only be described as extreme criminal negligence.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Convicted On All Charges In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

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An unsurprising outcome as we approach the second anniversary of the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

South Carolina Police Officer Charged With Murder In Death of African-American Man

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Thanks to one civilian with a camera, a police officer is facing charges in what appears to clearly be an improper shooting.

Illinois Teens Charged As Child Pornographers In ‘Sexting’ Case

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Another case of teenagers ‘sexting,’ another dumb overreaction by law enforcement.

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez Indicted On Corruption Charges

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As expected, New Jersey’s senior Senator has been indicted.

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Other Offenses As White House Narrative Collapses

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Bowe Bergdahl will face charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and the White House’s narrative about this release lies in tatters.

Another Secret Service Incident Leads To Questions Of Drunk Driving And A Cover Up

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Last week, two members of the Secret Service were involved in an incident near the White House that may have included driving while drunk: The Obama administration is investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of the president’s protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades after […]

Senator Bob Menendez To Reportedly Face Federal Corruption Charges

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A powerful Democratic Senator looks like he’s about to be in a whole lot of trouble.

Justice Department Will Not Charge Darren Wilson In Connection With Michael Brown Shooting

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Unsurprisingly, Darren Wilson will not face federal charges in connection with the shooting of Michael Brown.

David Petraeus Pleads Guilty To Sharing Classified Information

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The most widely honored General from the Iraq and Afghanistan War has plead guilty to sharing classified information with his mistress.

Justice Department Announces There Will Be No Federal Charges Against George Zimmerman

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Nearly three years to the day after it started, the George Zimmerman case is essentially over.

Federal Civil Rights Charges Unlikely Against Darren Wilson In Michael Brown Shooting

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

Not surprisingly, the Federal investigation of the Michael Brown shooting is ending much like the state investigation did.

Joe Paterno’s Wins Restored

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A victory for evil.

Virginia Legislator Wins Special Election Despite Being In Jail

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A former Democratic state legislator in Virginia was re-elected last night despite the fact that he’s in jail.

Petraeus Committed Felonies, FBI Finds

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David Petraeus provided highly classified secrets to his mistress. Will he be charged?

Charlie Hebdo Suspects Dead After Dual Standoffs

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The men responsible for the Charlie Hebdo massacre are dead, but the problems for France, and the rest of Europe, may just be at the beginning.

Cleveland Police Let 12 Year Old Tamir Rice Lay Dying After Unprovoked Shooting

Tamir Rice

New details in the shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice raise more questions.

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