Court: You Can’t Search a Car Because of the State It Comes From

In states that border states that have legal marijuana, either recreational or medicinal, the police often focus their attention on cars coming out of those states because it's more likely they're transporting pot. But an appeals court just ruled that you can't do a search merely because of that. … [Read more...]

DOJ Brief: No Pretrial Detention for Inability to Pay Bond

The Obama administration filed a brief in an important case arguing that judges should not be able to order defendants held in jail pending trial merely because they are too poor to afford to pay a bond. The DOJ has been on a nice roll lately. … [Read more...]

Judge Refers Arpaio for Criminal Contempt Charges

Here's some good news. The judge in Joe Arpaio's trial over his refusal to comply with federal court orders in the lawsuit filed over racial profiling has said that he is going to refer the near-fascist Maricopa County Sheriff to prosecutors for criminal contempt charges. … [Read more...]

Racist Stabs Black Man, Tells Cops He Did It for Them

A white supremacist in Washington stabbed a black man and injured his girlfriend as well in an attack motivated by his hatred of Black Lives Matter. In fact, he actually told the police that he did it in order to protect them from black activists. … [Read more...]

DOJ to End Private Federal Prisons

In what is an important first step, the Department of Justice announced on Thursday that it will end the use of private prisons at the federal level. This follows a DOJ investigation and report that found them to be less safe and more dysfunctional than government-run prisons. … [Read more...]

DeLemus Pleads Guilty Over Bundy Ranch Standoff

Gerry DeLemus, co-chair of Donald Trump's veterans committee in New Hampshire, has pleaded guilty to his role in the Bundy ranch standoff with federal law enforcement officers two years ago. This is not the same as Jon Ritzheimer, who pleaded guilty to charges from the Oregon standoff. … [Read more...]

Giuliani’s Substance-Free Response to DOJ Report on Baltimore PD

Fox News invited Rudy Giuliani on to talk about the Department of Justice report on rampant civil rights violations by the Baltimore Police Department and, predictably, he offered not a single substantive argument against any of its findings. … [Read more...]

DOJ Report on Baltimore Police Confirms Decades of Other Studies

The Department of Justice released its long-awaited investigation of the Baltimore Police Department on Wednesday and it confirms what we know from decades of studies of other police departments, that racial bias is absolutely pervasive in law enforcement. … [Read more...]

The Intentional Gutting of Trial by Jury

The New York Times has an article about the almost total loss of trial by jury for the overwhelming majority of criminal defendants. Around 95% of all criminal cases now result in plea bargains, a result of prosecutorial leverage and the intentional underfunding of our public defender systems. … [Read more...]

Lord: Gun Deaths Due to Abortion

Weapons-grade buffoon Jeffrey Lord gives us that old nonsensical argument about abortion undermining the value of life and therefore being the cause of all violence that costs life. In this case, gun violence happens because of abortion. … [Read more...]

Why People Believe Crime is Going Up

The disconnect between actual rates of violent crime and the public perception of the rates of violent crime is astonishing. In 2014, 63% of Americans believed that violent crime was going up when, in reality, it's been dropping steadily for 25 years and has dropped 20% in the last 8 years. In fact, a majority of Americans have believed that every year since 2003. … [Read more...]

Qualified Immunity Overruled in Blatant Establishment Clause Case

Police in this country are given "qualified immunity" from civil suits, which means that in the vast majority of cases they can't be sued in their personal capacity for their actions. But in a Puerto Rico case where they blatantly violated the Establishment Clause, a judge has thrown out that immunity. … [Read more...]


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