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...]

Andrew McCarthy’s Fantasy World of White Privilege

Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor who usually rants about the evils of civilian trials for those accused of terrorism, has decided to lend his unbelievably inane views to the subject of federal sentencing reform. Not only is the criminal justice system not racist, he says, it's the least racist institution in all of society! … [Read more...]

Why We Need Federal Funding for Indigent Defense

John Pfaff, a law professor at Fordham University, has an op-ed in the New York Times about the deplorable state of our indigent defense system in the United States, which is left entirely up to state and local governments and is vastly underfunded and lacking in resources. … [Read more...]

VA Man Exonerated by DNA Evidence After 33 Years in Prison

A man in Virginia has become the 341st person to be exonerated by DNA evidence after spending 33 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit. He was convicted largely on the testimony of two "experts" on bite marks, a forensic "science" that has no validity at all. … [Read more...]

Nebraska Requires Conviction for Civil Asset Forfeiture

This is great news. The state of Nebraska has done what every other state should do, passed a law that forbids the state from seizing cash or assets from someone until they've been convicted of a crime and proven that those assets were either gained as a result of that crime or used to commit it. … [Read more...]

Hastert Gets Light Sentence

Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert got an incredibly light 15-month sentence even after admitting in court that he had molested multiple teenage boys while he was a wrestling coach decades ago. The judge cited his age and failing health as the reason for the leniency. … [Read more...]

Christian Republican Defends Child Molesting Denny Hastert

Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is about to be sentenced after being caught paying hush money to cover up the fact that he molested several underage boys when he was a wrestling coach and his fellow God-fearing Christians want the judge to know what a swell guy he is. … [Read more...]

O’Reilly, Bolling Ignore Racist Drug Enforcement

Bill O'Reilly and Eric Bolling offer up the usual right-wing inanity on the drug war and our criminal justice system in order to claim that black people are incarcerated at many times the rate of white people because they do and sell more drugs than white people. … [Read more...]

BYU Jeopardizing Rape Trial of Student

Brigham Young University is apparently more concerned about whether a female student may have broken the school's "honor code" than about making sure she gets her day in court against a man who allegedly raped her. The local prosecutor is publicly chastising the university over it. … [Read more...]

Greta on the Argument About Atheists in Prison

One of the very common and highly annoying arguments I hear from my fellow atheists is that something like 99% of prison inmates are religious and atheists are underrepresented, therefore atheists are more moral. The argument is utter nonsense and Greta Christina does a nice job of explaining one of the reasons why: … [Read more...]

Guess What? The Criminal Justice System is Racist

Longtime readers of my blog will certainly not be surprised to hear that the criminal justice system is racist, but let's put more evidence onto the pile anyway. A new study shows that white people are more likely -- far more likely in some cases -- to use hard drugs than black people. Guess who gets arrested, charged, convicted and imprisoned more? … [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...]