Sessions Wants More Civil Asset Forfeiture

Over the last few years, many states have passed laws to restrict the manifestly corrupt and unconstitutional practice of civil asset forfeiture. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, predictably, wants to reverse that so the government can steal money and property from people who have done nothing wrong. … [Read more...]

Napolitano’s Fear Mongering Over Intelligence ‘Unmasking’

Andrew Napolitano is still carrying water for Donald Trump, repeating the administration's talking points by trying to distract attention from the Russia investigation to the "unmasking" of Trump associates who were caught on intercepted calls with Russian officials. … [Read more...]

No, It Still Isn’t Treason

With the new story about Jared Kushner trying to set up a backchannel to communicate with the Russians without our intelligence agencies intercepting the messages, the cries of treason are arising again. Here's what Richard Painter, the ethics counsel in the Bush 43 White House claimed: … [Read more...]

FBI, ICE Using Anti-Terrorism Tool in Immigration Cases

The Detroit News reports that the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are using a tool that was supposed to be used for anti-terrorism cases -- a machine that mimics cell phone towers to capture phone calls and text messages -- in routine immigration cases. … [Read more...]

Savage Loves Brutal, Barbaric Thug Duterte

Trump had a "very friendly" call with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, a brutal, vicious thug who has let vigilante gangs loose on drug dealers -- and others -- in that country. No surprise there, Trump loves autocratic dictators. So does his buddy Michael Savage: … [Read more...]

Sessions Gets Rid of Scientific Advisory Panel on Forensic Science

This is a story that infuriates me. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has disbanded an advisory panel of scientists set up to help the DOJ reform the use and often abuse of forensic science in our courts and police departments. Because why would we want scientists to advise us on science, amirite? … [Read more...]

Trump Has No Idea What Asset Forfeiture Is

I wrote last week about the meeting Trump had with a bunch of county sheriffs in Texas where civil asset forfeiture came up and Trump simply couldn't believe that anyone would want it curtailed. But a look at the full conversation shows that Trump has absolutely no idea what it is or how it works. … [Read more...]

Important Suit Filed Against Louisiana’s Indigent Defense System

A major class action suit has been filed by a coalition of civil rights organizations against the state of Louisiana for failure to provide adequate legal representation to poor people accused of crimes. Almost 90% of those arrested in that state require a public defender. … [Read more...]

The FBI’s Extraordinary Chutzpah

On Martin Luther King Day, the FBI decided to express its support for the late civil rights leader for whom had at least an indirect role in murdering. This is what they put up on Twitter: … [Read more...]

Sekulow Doesn’t Know What the DOJ Is Supposed to Do

Jordan Sekulow, part of his father Jay's Christian legal empire that he has milked for every dollar he can get his hands on, does a podcast. In his latest one, he cheers on the nomination of Jeff Sessions and says he will end the DOJ's "obsess[ion] with the civil rights issue." … [Read more...]

Secular Writers, Critics Disappear in Pakistan

In a very disturbing development, four secular writers who have been staunch critics of the government, have disappeared in Pakistan over the last week. The only question is whether those responsible are militant Muslims or the government (but I repeat myself). … [Read more...]

Sessions Lies About Handling Civil Rights Cases

I was sort of half-watching the Rachel Maddow show tonight and she was introducing a guest who had written an op-ed that I had not yet seen about Jeff Sessions lying about having handled several civil rights and desegregation cases. I knew before she said his name that it had to be Gerry Hebert. … [Read more...]