The Life of an Exonerated Inmate

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The number of people being exonerated of crimes they didn't commit, often after spending decades in prison, is higher than it's ever been. ThinkProgress has the story of an Alabama man who spent 30 years in solitary confinement for a murder he didn't commit and was recently released from prison. The transition is incredibly difficult. … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Allows Resentencing for Some Juvenile Offenders


The Supreme Court handed down a ruling this week that allows for resentencing for juvenile offenders originally sentenced to life in prison without parole, a ruling that will affect some inmates as old as their 70s. The ruling was 6-3, with Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice Roberts joining the four liberals and Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito, unsurprisingly, in dissent. … [Read more...]

Ammon Bundy, Others Arrested in Oregon


The FBI finally made their move, apparently, as Ammon Bundy and several other extremists who've been occupying have been arrested after they were stopped on the road on their way to a meeting. And according to early reports, they fired shots at FBI agents. This is all just being reported and details may be sketchy or even wrong. … [Read more...]

Texas Grand Jury Indicts Anti-Abortion Video Makers

Well this is a very interesting development. The producers of those very dishonestly edited videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood selling fetal tissue have been indicted by a grand jury in Texas. And the best part is, this happened because the prosecutor was asked to investigate Planned Parenthood but the investigation found the other side had violated the law instead. … [Read more...]

Christian Party Candidate Arrested for Stalking Ex-Wife


A Tennessee man who is running for president as the candidate of the obscure Christian Party, which openly advocates a Christian theocracy in America, has been arrested for stalking his ex-wife. He apparently has a long history of harassing her, as she has twice before had to file for personal protection orders against him. … [Read more...]

CIA Agent to Be Extradited Over Rendition


A judge in Portugal has ruled that an ex-CIA agent who was arrested there will be extradited to Italy, where she has already been convicted in absentia for the "extraordinary rendition" of an Egyptian imam to be tortured. This is a very interesting development and I'm wondering what the response of the American government will be, if they have one at all. … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Hits Florida for Death Penalty Sentencing


Wow. The Supreme Court issued an 8-1 ruling overturning the death sentence of a Florida man because judges, rather than juries, determine the aggravating factors that justify the death penalty in that state. And I'm astonished to see that Justices Scalia and Thomas were actually on the right side of a death penalty case. I'd have bet a whole lot of money against that. … [Read more...]

KKK Murderer: I Found Jesus, Let Me Go Home

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Almost 25 years ago, the "exalted cyclops" of the KKK murdered a young black girl by shooting her in the chest with a crossbow. He's been in prison ever since. But now he wants out and he thinks they should let him out because -- wait for it -- he found Jesus. And now all the hate in his heart has been expunged forever, washed clean in the blood of the lamb. … [Read more...]

CNN Commentator Gives Dumbest Argument Ever on Abortion


Jeffrey Lord, former Reagan administration official and now a commentator for CNN, offered up a staggeringly stupid argument about President Obama's new executive orders on background checks before buying a gun, saying that the real reason we have so much violent crime is because of -- wait for it -- abortion! You know, no respect for life, blah blah blah. … [Read more...]

How the War on Drugs Creates Law Enforcement Corruption


Two recent stories reveal one of the negative effects of the war on drugs that is rarely discussed, the fact that it causes massive corruption in our law enforcement agencies. A highly decorated Texas police officer has been revealed by court documents to be a member of a Mexican drug cartel and has been involved in moving cocaine and securing police equipment for the cartel. … [Read more...]

Tamir Rice and America’s Legacy of Racism


As I'm sure you know by now, and as anyone paying attention could have predicted, a grand jury decided not to indict the officer who shot and killed 12-year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland (more accurately, the prosecutor decided that the grand jury would not indict him). Stephen Henderson, an editor at the Detroit Free Press, correctly puts the killing in the context of America's troubled racial history: … [Read more...]

Another Federal Judge Rubber Stamps Illegal Police Behavior


My friend Radley Balko does his usual brilliant job of dissecting a terrible court ruling that, as is so often the case, allows the police to justify behavior that clearly violates the 4th Amendment with the most flimsy and ridiculous of excuses. The case involves a SWAT raid on a couple because they were believed to be growing pot. They were actually growing tomatoes. … [Read more...]