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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

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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

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

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

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Some will say two years isn’t long enough, but under the circumstances it seems appropriate.

John Hinckley Jr. Will Not Be Charged In Death Of James Brady

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An entirely unsurprising decision from Federal Prosecutors in Washington, D.C.

Congressman Michael Grimm To Resign

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A week after pleading guilty, and just shy of two months of being re-elected despite facing a 20 count indictment, Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm will be resigning Congress: WASHINGTON — Michael G. Grimm, the Republican Party’s lone congressional representative in New York City, announced late Monday night that he would resign effective Jan. 5, […]

Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

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Some eight months after being indicted, Michael Grimm, the only Republican representing a Congressional District inside New York City, has plead guilty to a single count of tax evasion, raising questions about how he can continue in office: A former Marine and agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who first ran for office as […]

Only One Person Has ‘Blood On His Hands’ In The Deaths Of Officers Ramos And Liu, And He’s Already Dead

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NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot dead while sitting in their patrol car In Brooklyn. And those suggesting that anyone other than the killer has “blood on their hands” are being absurd.

Supreme Court: Police Can Make ‘Reasonable’ Mistakes Of Law In Executing A Traffic Stop

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The Supreme Court says that police who have a “reasonable” misunderstanding of the law can still pull you over.

Hostage Crisis In Sydney, Australia Cafe Apparently Linked To Terrorism

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A hostage crisis has been unfolding overnight at a cafe in Sydney, Australia that has apparent links to international terrorism.

Torture Report’s Long Shadow

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What now?

Bill Cosby vs. Ben Roethlisberger

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Chris Rock wants us to remember that Bill Cosby isn’t the only celebrity accused of rape.

Independent Prosecutors For Police Misconduct Cases Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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Many have suggested that prosecution of cases involving police misconduct should be handled by prosecutors who don’t work with local police departments on a regular basis. They’re right.

Law (and Law Enforcement) Need not Lead to Violence

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Despite some of the commentary on threads from recent posts, the presence of the law does not mean that force is around the corner (or that law enforcement officers have no choice but resort to violence in the face of malefactors). Via AL.com: Police officer buys eggs for woman caught shoplifting to feed her family […]

On Resisting Arrest

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Several of my recent posts have been on the question of whether a specific law can be said to be to blame for outcomes like the Eric Garner situation or whether it is about the enforcement of those laws (and the behavior of the police). To add some numbers to that debate we have the […]

On “Black-on-Black” Crime

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Yet another example of the need for context when discussing stats.

On “Broken Windows” Policing

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Worth a read from Slate:  Broken Windows Policing Doesn’t Work.

A Quick Observation on the “Too Many Laws” Argument (as Linked to Garner)

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While I need to formulate (and am working on it, in fact) more well developed response to the discussion of the role played by the law on cigarettes in the death of Eric Garner, I do have a simple response I want to note (it is a thought that has occurred to me more than […]

Rolling Stone Walks Back Key Allegations Of Campus Rape Expose

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An utter journalistic failure from Rolling Stone.

The Eric Garner Case Is About Excessive Force And Unequal Justice, Not Cigarette Taxes

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While conservatives have been generally as appalled as others with the news out of Staten Island, some of them are looking in the wrong place for blame.

Blue Trumps Black and White

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A former RNC chair says a black man’s life isn’t worth a ham sandwich.

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