Arpaio: It’s Not My Fault I Cost the County Tens of Millions

Fascist Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio still refuses to accept any responsibility for the money he has cost the county defending his blatant misconduct and racist policing, which now amounts to well over $100 million. But it's not his fault, he says, it's the government and those pesky people who sue him over it. … [Read more...]

Trump Supreme Court A-Lister Argued Against Overturning Sodomy Laws

Donald Trump released a list of 11 people from whom he would pick potential Supreme Court nominees if he's elected president. Most of the list is pretty mundane, but one name jumped out at me -- William Pryor. He's among the most right-wing judges on the bench and he once argued that states should still be allowed to put people in jail just for being gay. … [Read more...]

Stone: Trump Should Pull CNN’s FCC License if Elected

Roger Stone, Donald Trump's consigliere, is really steamed that CNN banned him from their airwaves for his constant and vicious sexism and racism. And like his pal Trump, he's thin skinned enough to think the government should punish anyone who makes him mad. … [Read more...]

VA Cops Beat Handcuffed Man, Threaten Witnesses

Two officers from the Portsmouth, VA police department beat a man after he was handcuffed, then threatened to have any of the witnesses evicted from their apartments if they didn't leave. And another officer deleted a cell phone video showing the beating, but another video of the eviction threats and lies has been released. … [Read more...]

Virginia County Prevents Muslims from Building a Mosque

The highly bigoted people of Culpepper County, Virginia, many of whom undoubtedly scream about the terrible persecution they must endure as Christians -- you know, War on Christmas and all that horrible abuse -- have prevented a small group of Muslims there to build a mosque on an abandoned lot. … [Read more...]

Delaware May Reform Civil Asset Forfeitures

A couple other states have reined in the outrageously unconstitutional practice of civil asset forfeiture and now Delaware may be looking to partially reform their system. A bill has been submitted with bipartisan support that would do away with what is essentially a slush fund from such forfeitures, but it doesn't really go far enough. … [Read more...]

Another Way the Courts Deny Justice

I've long written about our criminal injustice system and the many ways it makes it easy for wrongful convictions and difficult to secure justice. Here's another way, which involves making it all but impossible for federal judges to overturn state convictions even if they were clearly wrong. … [Read more...]

DOJ Restarts Unconstitutional Asset Forfeiture Program

A few months ago I cheered when the Obama Department of Justice announced that it was suspending the program whereby it shared the plunder from blatantly unconstitutional civil asset forfeitures with local police department. So much for that. They've now restarted the program: … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz’ Odd Definition of Success

In defending his demand that law enforcement "patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods," Ted Cruz is pointing to the NYPD's Muslim surveillance program, which was ended in 2014 and the subject of a settled lawsuit between the ACLU and the city. He called the program "very successful" and the "finest there is in the world." … [Read more...]

Cruz Makes ‘Patrol and Secure’ Idea Even Worse

Immediately after the bombings in Brussels the Republican candidates were using it to justify a stronger police state and more unconstitutional intrusions. Ted Cruz demanded that the police "patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods." He then tried to clarify his remarks and made them even worse. … [Read more...]

7th Circuit Strikes a Blow Against Asset Forfeiture

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has handed down a ruling that says the police can't seize money from someone without presenting actual evidence that the money was gained in or used for a criminal act. Imagine that, having to actually show that someone committed a crime before you take their stuff. … [Read more...]

Immigration Judges Hammer DOJ Official on Child Refugees

A new brief has been filed in the ACLU's case seeking right to counsel for children seeking refugee status in immigration court proceedings. The brief was filed by three former immigration judges hammering a former judge and current DOJ official for his ludicrous claim that he has taught immigration law to three- and four-year olds. … [Read more...]