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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

U.S. Considering Releasing Jonathan Pollard?

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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

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

Special Prosecutors For Police-Involved Shootings?

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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

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

Another Troubling Police Encounter with a Black Motorist

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

More on Cosby

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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

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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

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Tragedy in Tennessee.

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

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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

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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…

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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

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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.

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