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  • Trump is 100 percent right about Congressman John Lewis

    01/17/2017 6:49:13 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/17/17 | Tona Trent
    For decades in Congress, John Lewis opposed every piece of criminal justice or welfare reform legislation that would make the people of his district safer, more self-reliant, and more prosperous For nearly 20 years, I lived in Congressman John Lewis’ (D) district in southeast Atlanta, most of those years in a tiny house I bought for $19,000. My neighborhood, Boulevard Heights, was then a poor community in the shadow of the federal prison where Cuban criminals from the Mariel boatlifts famously rioted in 1987. I moved to Boulevard Heights a few years after the riots but heard the stories.
  • All Your Favorite Rappers Met With President Obama About Criminal Justice Reform

    04/16/2016 8:51:39 AM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies ^ | April 15, 2016 | Maya Rhodan
    President Obama hosted some of hip-hop’s biggest stars for a meeting at the White House on Friday. According to a White House official Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper, Alicia Keys, Wale, J. Cole, and Ludacris were among the stars who sat down with Obama and some of his top advisers to talk about criminal justice reform and the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. An official says the stars were singled out due to their work within communities to confront issues facing young people. “Through their own nonprofit work or artistic commitment, many of these artists have found ways to engage on...
  • The Shocking Truth About the Electric Chair

    03/29/2016 9:46:40 AM PDT · by DGA · 139 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03-28-16 | Daniel Allott
    Seven hundred and forty-four people have been executed in the United States over the last 15 years. Just nine of them, according to the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center, were killed by electrocution. But that number may soon rise. Amid controversies over lethal injection drugs, several states are in the midst of reintroducing the electric chair as a method of state-sanctioned capital punishment. The Virginia House of Delegates recently passed legislation that would require the use of the electric chair for condemned prisoners if lethal injection drugs cannot be found. Similar legislation passed Alabama's state house last year and became...
  • House Criminal Justice Reform Bill Will Help Extricate Us From Alice's Wonderland

    12/02/2015 10:21:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | December 2, 2015 | Bob Barr
    Were one to watch the iconic segment from the 1976 Schoolhouse Rock! television program about a bill becoming a law, the process might seem like a meticulous, but noble, undertaking; a simple idea from citizens is passed along to their elected official and, after much debate and several votes, finally transformed into public policy. Anyone even vaguely familiar with how things operate in our nation's capital, however, knows that the process is far more complex and time-consuming than any fictional depiction. Many have compared the process to watching sausage being made; an analogy that is unfair to sausage makers, who...
  • Obama to free dozens of inmates, tour federal prison this week

    07/11/2015 7:39:39 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 20 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | July 11, 2015 | Liz Goodwin Senior National Affairs Reporter
    President Obama will use his clemency power to release dozens of inmates from federal custody this week, doubling the commutations he’s granted so far and reassuring advocates that he is serious about using his executive authority to free people serving long decades for nonviolent crimes. If the president grants another 40 or so commutations as expected, he will have shortened the sentences of more prisoners than any president since Gerald Ford, who extended clemency to thousands of Vietnam draft dodgers. (Obama’s record on pardoning ex-convicts outside of prison, however, has remained stingy by historical standards.) The commutations will be granted...
  • President Obama will visit federal prison

    07/11/2015 4:58:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    “The president will outline the unfairness in much of our criminal justice system, highlight bipartisan ideas for reform and lay out his ideas to make our country fairer, smarter and more cost effective while keeping the American people safe and secure,” Earnest said. Obama, who views sentencing reform as one of the remaining areas where he may be able to forge a bipartisan compromise before leaving office, will visit El Reno, a medium security prison in El Reno, Oklahoma. Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels, who recently announced he will retire by the end of the year, is expected...
  • Solving Jail Overcrowding Through Public & Private Partnerships

    07/09/2015 12:04:17 PM PDT · by View Out West · 15 replies
    Westside Today ^ | 6/20/15 | Eric Granof
    Jail overcrowding here in California has been an ongoing problem for many years. However, it has been greatly exacerbated by AB109, the prison realignment initiative, which has pushed increasing numbers of convicted state prisoners down to our local jails. The influx of these individuals has overwhelmed community leaders, who are at a loss as to how to handle inmates that county jails were never intended to accommodate. County jails were originally designed to house persons awaiting trial (pretrial populations), as well as those serving sentences of one year or less. Those with longer sentences were sent to a state prison....
  • How Many Federal Laws Are There Again?

    06/06/2015 6:30:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | June 6, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    It should come to no one’s surprise that we have way too many federal laws. It’s to the point where–on average–we break at least three of them every day without ever knowing it. Conservatives may complain about out tax code–and they should–but our criminal code is also out of control. At the recent conference on justice reform hosted by FreedomWorks in June, our criminal code was subject to a prolonged discussion regarding how outrageous it has become There are at least 5,000 federal criminal laws, with 10,000-300,000 regulations that can be enforced criminally. In fact, our entire criminal code has...
  • South Dakota Legislature Moves to Reform Juvenile Justice System

    03/11/2015 1:46:38 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    esterday, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed the Juvenile Justice Public Safety Improvement Act, legislation that aims to strengthen the state’s juvenile justice system by safely prioritizing spending on the most serious offenders. The legislation now goes to Governor Daugaard for his signature. The passage of the comprehensive juvenile justice reform follows on the success of South Dakota’s Public Safety Improvement Act of 2013, bipartisan legislation aimed at fixing the adult criminal justice system. Through principles and ideas similar to those found in its adult-focused predecessor, the Juvenile Justice Public Safety Improvement Act will prioritize spending on violent juvenile...
  • I’m Not a Criminal. Why Should I Care About Criminal Justice Reform?

    02/24/2015 8:44:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | February 24, 2015 | Julie Borowski
    Criminal justice reform has been a hot topic lately. It’s something that both Republicans and Democrats can find common ground on. However, I get the sense that many Americans aren’t convinced that it would benefit them personally. Most of us are probably law-obeying citizens whom would never dream of being involved in illicit activities. We don’t have regular run-ins with the police. We don’t sell or use illegal drugs. We’re just normal people trying to do what’s right and take care of our families. So, why should non-criminals care about criminal justice reform? First, eliminating or reducing mandatory minimum sentences would benefit...
  • Michigan’s absurd laws criminalize the population

    12/08/2014 1:25:02 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 9 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 12-8-14 | Cara Sullivan
    Did you know that Michigan has a higher incarceration rate than Iran, Russia and Cuba? This is partly because Michigan state law, like that of other states and the federal government, has gone overboard in criminalizing activities that are not inherently wrong. This means Michiganians could, and probably do, break the law without even knowing it. According to a new report by the Mackinac Center and Manhattan Institute, Michigan has created an average of 45 criminal offenses a year — 44 percent of which are felonies — over the past six years. The rapid expansion of criminal laws has brought...
  • Number of Federal Prisoners Declines for First Time Since 1980

    10/14/2014 2:12:31 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 17 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10+14-14 | Jasabet Munoz
    Number of Federal Prisoners Declines for First Time Since 1980 Jasabet Munoz | October 14, 2014 | Add a comment In September, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released their annual report on the prison population of the United States. In 2013 an estimated 1,574,700 prisoners were held under the legal authority of state and federal correctional officials–a figure that excludes the population of local jails. This is an increase in over 4,000 offenders from 2012. However, while the number of people in prisons increased, for the first time since 1980 the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) imprisoned fewer inmates at...
  • The Overfederalization of Crime in America

    04/04/2014 1:01:43 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 29 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-4-14 | Cara Sullivan
    In March 2013, Anthony Brasfield released a dozen heart-shaped balloons in the air as a romantic gesture for his girlfriend. After a Florida Highway Patrol officer spotted the gesture, Brasfield was charged with polluting to harm humans, animals and plants—a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. While some criminal laws and sanctions are necessary to protect safety and ensure justice, America’s criminal code includes many activities that Americans and business owners have little way of knowing are crimes. As a result, law-abiding individuals and businesses spend innumerable hours and dollars fending off criminal prosecution for...
  • California 'lifers' leaving prison at record pace

    02/25/2014 9:24:02 AM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 25, 2014
    For decades, California's criminal justice policies ensured that murderers and others sentenced to life, with the possibility of parole, could expect to die in prison. And most of the time, they did. Since Gov. Jerry Brown assumed office in January 2011, a record number of inmates with life sentences are winning parole. Brown has allowed the release of nearly 1,400 lifers, while going along with the parole board about 82 percent of the time.
  • Study: Real-Life Hit Men Nothing Like 'Sherlock' Shadowy Snipers

    02/02/2014 6:12:05 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    Live Science ^ | January 27, 2014 | Stephanie Pappas
    In the second season of the BBC's hit show "Sherlock," shadowy snipers threaten the eponymous detective's friends by skulking around stairwells with high-powered rifles or infiltrating their homes and workplaces. In real life, targets of assassination in Britain are more likely to be killed while walking their dogs or going shopping, new research finds. The study of contract killings spanning from 1974 to 2013, published in The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, finds that assassinations are often rather mundane. "Hit men are familiar figures in films and video games, carrying out 'hits' in underworld bars or from the rooftops with...
  • Should False Rape Accusers Be Sued?

    12/17/2013 5:04:38 PM PST · by OddLane · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | December 17, 2013 | Roxanne Jones
    Eighty years -- that's about how long it took the state of Alabama to posthumously pardon the last three of nine men who were falsely accused and wrongly convicted of raping two white women on a train. They infamously were called the Scottsboro Boys, because the nine black men were just 12- to 19-years-old when they were arrested in 1931. It turned out that the women, Ruby Bates and Victoria Price, had lied to police about the rapes. At one of the trials, Bates recanted her testimony, saying she had made it all up. Still, the all-white jury convicted the...
  • Hundreds of violent felons improperly getting Cook County boot camp

    11/22/2013 10:43:58 AM PST · by Q-ManRN · 16 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 21, 2013 | Frank Main
    A Sun-Times survey of thousands of pages of court records found that since 2006, Cook County judges have handed down hundreds of improper boot camp sentences to violent felons. Simons’ case ended in tragedy. Less than two years after he was sent to the four-month boot camp program, Simons was charged with murdering Kermit Delashment II, a 21-year-old college student with big dreams. Delashment’s death was the 500th killing of 2008 in Chicago. In all, 17 armed robbers got such a break during that period in Cook County. After their release from the program, 12 of those 17 men were...
  • Crime Control and the Enemies of the People

    04/13/2013 7:31:13 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 13, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Ever think of what gun control has to do with crime prevention? Ever think about the political parties desires regarding crime prevention at all? Just as an intellectual exercise, let’s imagine for a moment that you weren’t happy about the level of crime in America, and you wished there was more of it. I know, sounds ridiculous, even impossible. But just for the moment, let’s consider what one might do – what policies one might further, what positions a political party might adopt – in pursuit of such a goal. FREEDOM FOR THE GUILTY You might want to start by...
  • When You’re Falsely Accused of a Gun Crime – 12 Things You Need to Know

    11/29/2012 7:30:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 94 replies ^ | 28 November, 2012 | Michelle Gesse
    Until you’re accused of a crime, you may be blissfully ignorant of the fact that “innocent until proven guilty” is a myth. In reality, it’s the opposite. Michelle Gesse, whose husband lived the nightmare of being falsely accused of a firearms related felony, explains what all Americans need to know now about the criminal justice system. Boulder, CO (November 2012)—The scary part of this story is how easily it could happen to any one of us. Steven and Michelle Gesse thought that the small dinner party they hosted on the night of April 5, 2009, would be just that: an...
  • Should There Be Mercy For the Murderous?

    11/26/2012 12:26:57 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 37 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 26, 2012 | JP
    It’s been 20 years since I sat across a conference table from the attorney representing Robert Alton Harris, a double-murderer who had spent 13 years on California’s Death Row. The attorney hoped to make the case that, despite his crimes, Harris should be spared his scheduled date with the executioner. He related that the convicted murderer was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. That he was neglected as a child. That he was abused as an adolescent. I’m sorry, I told the attorney. Your client killed two boys. He deserves to pay the forfeit for taking innocent lives. And not long...
  • Pastor’s Faith Tested By His Son’s Murder

    08/13/2012 8:43:25 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 14 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 13, 2012 | JP
    Imagine yourself a parent whose 22-year-old son was brutally murdered by three thugs, two of whom have lengthy criminal rap sheets. And imagine the trial of your son’s killers delayed not once, not twice, but three times over the past three and a half years, owing to the legal maneuvers of lawyers representing the accused. That’s the ordeal Pastor Ron Armstrong has endured. And today he makes his way to a Southern California courtroom – yet again – praying that his son’s killers will finally answer for their crime. Pastor Ron freely admits that his soul has been tormented since...
  • Despite ‘Castle Doctrine,’ Defendant is Convicted in Slaying (Disabled, Retired Marine Convicted)

    05/31/2012 8:25:13 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 86 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Wed, May. 30, 2012 | Mensah M. Dean
    Despite ‘Castle Doctrine,’ defendant is convicted in slaying A PHILADELPHIA JUDGE said Wednesday he was convinced that a disabled, retired Marine was being attacked in the moments before he fatally stabbed a man last October, but he concluded that the stabbing was still a criminal act rather than self-defense. Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner then convicted Jonathan Lowe, 57, of voluntary manslaughter and possession of an instrument of crime. The judge found him not guilty of the more-serious charges of first- and third-degree murder. Lowe, who wears a pacemaker and has survived two strokes and two heart surgeries, could face...
  • South Korea Unveils Robotic Prison Guards, Promises Futuristic Cavity Searches

    05/28/2012 4:26:01 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 16, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar
    South Korea unveils robotic prison guards, promises futuristic cavity searches To round out their drug-sniffing clone dog army, South Korean authorities are now experimenting with robotic prison guards. Lest you think these cyber-wardens will be equipped with gatling guns in the style of Robocop's ED-209, know that this alarm-equipped bot has more in common with the Death Star's delivery droids. Of course, the robots' responsibilities may expand as the technology improves. Explains Reuters of these security machines' potential uses: The robot has been designed to patrol a prison autonomously, but an IPad will allow manual control as well. The next...
  • Welcome To The World's Nicest Prison (Summer-Camp-Like Island Prison in Southern Norway)

    05/25/2012 9:07:16 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    ABC 7 News Denver ^ | May 24, 2012 | John D. Sutter CNN
    Welcome To The World's Nicest Prison BASTOY, Norway (CNN) -- Jan Petter Vala, who is serving a prison sentence for murder, has hands the size of dinner plates and shoulders like those of an ox. In an alcoholic rage, he used his brutish strength to strangle his girlfriend to death a few years ago. On a recent Thursday, however, at this summer-camp-like island prison in southern Norway, where convicts hold keys to their rooms and there are no armed guards or fences, Vala used those same enormous hands to help bring life into the world. The 42-year-old murderer stood watch...
  • CA death penalty poll shows dramatic consensus (The vast majority want it)

    03/02/2012 10:32:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/02/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Longtime readers know that I personally oppose the death penalty, and that mine is a minority opinion around here — and I’m comfortable with that. If I wasn’t, I might look for moral support from one of the most hopelessly liberal states in the country, my native state of California. Surely, if one state would have an electorate opposed to the death penalty, it would be the one who keeps cluelessly electing Democrats in a near-one-party government despite thundering towards fiscal and economic collapse. Right?Wrong: By 2:1, CA Voters Back Death Penalty: 61% of registered voters from the state of...
  • US inmates' 40 years in solitary must end: Amnesty

    06/06/2011 7:52:42 PM PDT · by PROCON · 73 replies
    AFP ^ | June 6, 2011
    Two US prisoners who have been held in solitary confinement for nearly 40 years should have their isolation ended immediately, Amnesty International said Tuesday. Albert Woodfox, 64, and Herman Wallace, 69, have been held in solitary at Louisiana State Penitentiary ever since they were convicted of murdering a prison guard in 1972, the London-based human rights group said. Their four-decade ordeal "is cruel and inhumane and a violation of the US's obligations under international law," said Guadalupe Marengo, Amnesty's Americas deputy director.
  • Lawyer involved In prosecution Of Sen. Ted Stevens commits suicide

    09/27/2010 12:26:14 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | September 26, 2010
    NPR's Carrie Johnson has learned that lawyer Nick Marsh took his own life over the weekend. Marsh was one of the lawyers who prosecuted former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens for corruption, a prosecution that failed amidst charges of misconduct. The Attorney General dropped that case, saying there were problems with sharing evidence with the defense. The judge in the case appointed a special prosecutor to investigate whether the government had broken the law. Separately, the Justice department's Office of Professional Responsibility launched a probe of its own. The investigation had been going on for more than a year and a...
  • Domestic Violence Fairytales Threaten Constitutional Protections

    09/02/2010 5:21:40 AM PDT · by FreeManDC · 41 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 2, 2010 | Carey Roberts
    Kristin Ruggiero of New Hampshire figured it would be a slam dunk. The gambit worked like a charm during the divorce hearing; now she would bring the case to criminal court. Her husband Jeffrey, an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, was an incorrigible batterer, at least that’s what she led to the judge to believe. That got him convicted of criminal threatening, and she won custody of their 7-year-old daughter. But Kristin Ruggiero wasn’t finished. One day, the woman bragged to her startled ex, “I took all your money, I took your daughter, and now I’m going to take...
  • Were Killers Nabbed in an Illegal Traffic Stop?

    08/12/2010 4:55:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Late one night in March 1988, Officer Alan Wightman was patrolling Main Street in downtown Visalia (Tulare County) when he saw a Ford Fairmont speckled with raindrops approaching an intersection. Because the rain had stopped a few hours earlier, Wightman deduced that the car had been parked nearby, in an area where auto thefts and other crimes had been rampant. So he decided to follow it. The driver cruised along city streets and onto a short stretch of freeway, where he kept his speed at 40 miles an hour in a 55-mph zone. Wightman by then had checked the plates...
  • Inside A Psychopath's Brain: The Sentencing Debate

    06/30/2010 12:57:18 PM PDT · by Borges · 34 replies · 1+ views
    NPR ^ | 06/30/10 | Barbara Bradley Hagerty
    Kent Kiehl has studied hundreds of psychopaths. Kiehl is one of the world's leading investigators of psychopathy and a professor at the University of New Mexico. He says he can often see it in their eyes: There's an intensity in their stare, as if they're trying to pick up signals on how to respond. But the eyes are not an element of psychopathy, just a clue. Officially, Kiehl scores their pathology on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, which measures traits such as the inability to feel empathy or remorse, pathological lying, or impulsivity. "The scores range from zero to 40," Kiehl...
  • Finger-in-Chili Woman Banned From Wendy's

    03/12/2010 3:39:14 PM PST · by Baladas · 8 replies · 556+ views
    AOL News ^ | 03/12/10 | David Knowles
    March 11) -- Anna Ayala will not be dining at a Wendy's restaurant anytime soon. The woman who gained infamy in 2005 when she planted a severed finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili is out of prison. One of the conditions of her probation is that she never set foot in the fast-food chain again. In her first interview since her release, Ayala admitted to CBS affiliate KPIX-TV that she had cooked the finger in a bowl of chili and later transferred it into a Wendy's container. "I cooked it," she told KPIX. Ayala said that, following a Wendy's...
  • Time out: Alabama judge delays trial for college football

    12/18/2009 8:11:22 PM PST · by UAConservative · 12 replies · 438+ views
    Yahoo News (CS Monitor) ^ | December 18, 2009 | Carmen K. Sisson
    Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Every good Southerner knows there are only two religions in Alabama – football and football. This week, a new maxim emerged: When it comes to the state judicial system, there’s a lot of crimson hiding beneath those billowing black robes. Circuit Judge Dan King announced Wednesday he would grant a delay in the civil suit Traywick v. Energen Corporation, which was scheduled for trial Jan. 4 in Bessemer, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham. The reason? Energen’s defense attorneys want to attend the showdown between the University of Alabama and University of Texas at Austin, scheduled for Jan....
  • Doing Crime Without Time

    08/28/2009 8:56:11 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 278+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 28, 2009 | Anthony Kang
    Doing Crime Without Time by: Anthony Kang, August 28, 2009 The rule of law is imperative in order for any nation and society to function, prosper, and survive. In regards to the law and order most appropriate and just for juvenile offenders under the age of 18, decisions about sentencing are delegated to the juvenile court systems for judgment and rehabilitation. Therefore, the 2005 Roper v. Simmons decision was highly scrutinized, as the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision banned capital punishment’s applicability against defendants who were held on trial for crimes they had originally committed under the age of 18....
  • Cruel to Be Kind

    08/27/2009 10:35:02 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 382+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 27, 2009 | Brittany Fortier
    Cruel to Be Kind? by: Brittany Fortier, August 27, 2009 One of the more controversial trends in the criminal justice system today is the lobbying effort currently underway to abolish life-without-parole for juvenile offenders. Anti-incarceration activists seek to extend the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roper v. Simmons, which prohibited the death penalty in the cases for juveniles. If they are successful, the “cruel and unusual punishment” analysis used in Roper will be applied to life-without-parole sentences. A panel of legal experts discussed this issue at the Heritage Foundation on August 17, 2009. Paul Wallace, Chief of Appeals at the Delaware...
  • MSNBC: Congressman Calls for Obama to Apologize

    07/29/2009 5:42:59 AM PDT · by liesel2000 · 19 replies · 879+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | July 29, 2009 | John Perazzo
    Yesterday on MSNBC’s Hardball, Republican Congressman Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan told Chris Matthews why he has called for a formal act of Congress telling Barack Obama to apologize for saying that Cambridge Police Sergeant Jim Crowley had “acted stupidly” in arresting Henry Louis Gates two weeks ago. (Snip) While apologizing to Crowley and to the Cambridge police would indeed be an appropriate thing for Obama to do, an act of far greater significance would be for him to retract another portion of his statement – his claim that the arrest of Gates was emblematic of the “long history in this...
  • Obama Says Racism Affects Criminal-Justice System

    07/23/2009 10:19:47 AM PDT · by liesel2000 · 30 replies · 1,508+ views
    NewsReal ^ | July 23, 2009 | John Perazzo
    Racism in the criminal-justice system is not a thing of the past, says Barack Obama, citing the recent arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates. (Snip) Yesterday President Obama spoke out about the incident: “I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us [in Gates’ position] would be pretty angry. Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And number three — what I think we know separate and apart from this incident — is that there is a long history in this...
  • Hip Hype Justice?

    07/13/2009 10:36:21 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 398+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 13, 2009 | Brittany Fortier
    Hip Hype Justice? by: Brittany Fortier, July 13, 2009 The ongoing debate concerning the disproportionate presence of African-Americans and other minorities in the criminal justice system has become crucial as the United States tries to find an approach to fund its prisons in an ailing economy. Paul Butler, a former prosecutor and author of the book Let’s Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice, spoke about this issue at the Center for American Progress (CAP) on July 1, 2009. He believes the criminal justice system needs to undergo major reform. “I didn’t go to law school to put anybody...
  • Response to DOJ 'Fact Sheet' (Prosecuting/Detaining Terrorists in U.S. Criminal Justice System

    06/16/2009 1:41:32 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 3 replies · 654+ views ^ | June 16, 2009 | Debra Burlingame
    In Washington today and tomorrow, the DOJ's Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OVT) is briefing American family members of those murdered by terrorists, as well as those injured during terrorist attacks. The stated purpose of the briefing is to: ...[offer] those interested the opportunity to meet task force members, hear an overview of task force work, and express views about the policy questions the Detention Policy Task Force is studying. Please click on the link for the Detention Policy Task Force to see some of the questions that the task force is considering. ... For those unable...
  • Killer Wilson executed at Lucasville

    06/03/2009 6:44:40 PM PDT · by Newtoidaho · 9 replies · 587+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 6-3-09 | Alan Johnson
    LUCASVILLE, Ohio -- The "horrendous decision" that Daniel Wilson made 18 years ago came full circle this morning when he was executed for locking Carol Lutz in the trunk of her car and setting it on fire. Wilson, 39, died at 10:33 a.m. after receiving a lethal injection of drugs at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville.
  • Killer Parolees: Who, How And Why

    02/17/2009 7:24:56 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 4 replies · 465+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | February 17, 2009 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    More to come about this
  • Sacramento judge finds sex offender law unconstitutional

    02/14/2009 10:51:09 AM PST · by Califreak · 35 replies · 1,147+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Feb. 14, 2009 | Denny Walsh
    In only the third such ruling in the nation, a Sacramento judge has found to be unconstitutional a statute that makes it a federal crime for someone to fail to register as a sex offender and relocate from one state to another. U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton found that, in enacting the 2006 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, "Congress overstepped its authority under the (Constitution's) commerce clause." Karlton made rulings this week in two prosecutions and threw them out, saying SORNA does not meet the U.S. Supreme Court's standard for congressional jurisdiction over interstate commerce. Federal prosecutors immediately...
  • Rapist worked at L.A. County hospitals despite reviews of record

    01/31/2009 4:14:29 PM PST · by Baladas · 9 replies · 653+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 31, 2009 | Garrett Therolf
    A man who raped women as an on-duty Los Angeles police officer, threatening them with arrest and jail if they did not submit, was hired by Los Angeles County as an X-ray technologist after he got out of prison, even though the job would leave him working alone and unsupervised with female patients. His hiring at County-USC Medical Center a decade ago was not an oversight. The man -- whose actions cost the city of Los Angeles nearly $300,000 in settlements for his victims -- disclosed his criminal history in his county job application. Both the head of hospital human...
  • Notorious Oregon child killer Diane Downs up for parole

    12/03/2008 5:48:01 PM PST · by Baladas · 28 replies · 1,989+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 3, 2008 | AP staff
    SALEM, Ore. — Twenty-five years later, Diane Downs still insists that she is innocent of shooting her children, one fatally, in a crime that riveted Oregonians and was recounted in an Ann Rule book and a TV movie starring Farrah Fawcett. Next Tuesday, she comes up for a parole hearing. Anticipating a crowd of reporters and others, the parole board has moved its hearing to a community college studio. Downs, now 53, was convicted in 1984. Suspicion turned to her shortly after she arrived at a Springfield hospital, her three children wounded and a bullet in her left arm, shouting,...
  • Judge Who Freed Accused Killer Defended (MA)

    11/26/2007 2:19:40 PM PST · by Baladas · 39 replies · 120+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 26 05:27 PM US/Eastern | DENISE LAVOIE
    BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts judge was just doing her job when she freed a convicted killer now charged with murdering a newlywed couple, the chief judge of the state Superior Court said Monday in a case that has become enmeshed in the presidential campaign. Republican Rudy Giuliani has cited the case to criticize former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's record on crime. Romney, who appointed the judge, has called on her to resign. On Monday, Chief Justice Barbara Rouse said Judge Kathe Tuttman applied the law to the facts that were before her when she made the decision to free...
  • Government leaders target teacher sexual misconduct (opens its now-secret books)

    11/04/2007 5:10:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies · 201+ views
    The News Virginian ^ | 10/03/07 | Robert Tanner
    Government leaders target teacher sexual misconductBy Robert Tanner The Associated Press Saturday, November 3, 2007 The state government would open its now-secret books on teacher sexual misconduct in Maine. Missouri school districts would be barred from backroom deals that let misbehaving teachers quietly move on. New York would be able to swiftly remove convicted teachers’ licenses. Across the country, governors, legislative leaders and top education officials are pledging to close loopholes that have allowed teacher sexual misconduct to persist. In Congress, legislation that targets such misbehavior has gathered more sponsors. The efforts follow an Associated Press investigation last month that...
  • Child Rape Suspect Considered 'Free Man,' Local Authorities Say (gag alert)

    07/24/2007 3:40:15 PM PDT · by Baladas · 10 replies · 573+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | July 24, 2007 | Kristin Brown, Gretchen Gailey and Greg Simmons
    Mahamu Kanneh, 23, was indicted in December 2004 on nine counts of rape, sex abuse and child abuse related to allegations involving Kanneh's two nieces — one 7 at the time, and the other 18 months old. Last week, a Montgomery County, Md., judge dismissed the case on grounds that Kanneh's rights to a speedy trial were violated. The local prosecutor is appealing the decision.
  • Pedophiles would be banned from living in 90 percent of Fort Lauderdale under proposal

    06/20/2007 12:19:11 PM PDT · by Baladas · 14 replies · 395+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | June 20 2007 | Brittany Wallman
    FORT LAUDERDALE -- FORT LAUDERDALE Sexual offenders and predators would be banned from living in 90 percent of Fort Lauderdale, under a proposed law the city intends to pass later this year. Commissioners said Tuesday they plan to join the long list of municipalities — 25 in Broward so far — adopting their own restrictions about how close to schools, parks and day-care facilities sexual offenders can live. The ordinances are intended to be tougher than state law, to protect children from pedophiles living nearby. Fort Lauderdale's proposal would leave more places for offenders to live, compared with some Broward...
  • Thomas makes moves to deny bail to immigrants accused of crimes (AZ)

    06/15/2007 8:49:57 PM PDT · by Baladas · 9 replies · 482+ views
    KVOA ^ | June 15, 2007 | KVOA staff
    PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas on Friday opened two new fronts in his push to prod judges in the state's most populous county to enforce a voter-approval ban on bail for illegal immigrants accused of serious crime. Thomas filed a special-action appeal with the Arizona Supreme Court, asking the justices to overturn a Superior Court commissioner's decision to allow release of a kidnapping defendant who, the appeal said, acknowledged to police that he'd been smuggled into the United States. The commissioner applied too high of a legal standard when determining whether the defendant was an illegal immigrant, and...
  • Man confesses to molesting 13 children after slitting wrist (yes, an illegal)

    06/14/2007 1:02:02 PM PDT · by Baladas · 18 replies · 781+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | June 13, 2007 | The Associated Press
    MAGNOLIA, Texas -- An illegal immigrant confessed to sexually assaulting 13 children when police responded to an emergency medical call after he slit his wrist, police said. Mauricio Ojeda, 29, remained jailed Wednesday on a charge of indecency with a child after telling police about the assaults when they responded to the call at his house April 29. Magnolia Police Chief Ronald Cunningham said Ojeda had self-inflicted cuts on his wrist and no pulse when they arrived. Ojeda was revived by medical personnel and said he had been "a bad boy" and had assaulted 13 children who had lived in...
  • Former ACLU president in Va. to plead guilty in child porn case

    05/23/2007 7:00:11 PM PDT · by Baladas · 40 replies · 1,281+ views
    WDBJ7-Roanoke ^ | May 23, 2007 | Associated Press staff
    McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Court records show a former president of the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is expected to plead guilty to charges stemming from child pornography possession case. A judge in Alexandria today scheduled a plea agreement hearing for 51-year-old Charles Rust-Tierney of Arlington. It was not clear what charges would be included in the plea agreement. A grand jury indicted Rust-Tierney earlier this month on one count each of receipt and possession of child pornography. According to federal sentencing guidelines, a conviction at trial on both counts could have resulted in a prison sentence...