New Hampshire Latest State to Pass Forfeiture Reforms

New Hampshire is the latest state -- the 8th this year -- to pass reforms to civil asset forfeiture laws and I think they got it right. The new law signed by the governor there actually requires a criminal conviction in order to seize assets from a suspect. … [Read more...]

Arpaio Wants to Put American Flags on Inmates’ Uniforms

Fascist Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is, well, being Joe Arpaio again, telling a right-wing radio show host that he doesn't care that the inmates in his tent concentration camp suffer through near-140 degree temps and that he's going to put American flags on their uniforms. Because of course he is. … [Read more...]

SCOTUS Weakens the 4th Amendment Further

The 4th Amendment, which is on life support if it still exists at all, was weakened yet again by the Supreme Court in Utah v Strieff, a case involving a pretextual traffic stop and the exclusionary rule. It was a 5-3 ruling, with Breyer joining the conservatives on the court and Thomas writing the opinion (of course). … [Read more...]

Donohue: Anti-Child Abuse Bill an Attempt to ‘Rape the Catholic Church’

The state of New York recently failed to pass the Child Victims Act, which would have extended the statute of limitations for child molestation by five years and allowed a window to file for older claims. Bill Donohue of the Catholic League is positively giddy about that. … [Read more...]

A Whole New Way for Police to Steal Your Money

Radley Balko reports on a whole new way for state and local police to seize your money without due process. It's bad enough that they can just take any cash they have on you if they pull you over, but now they can take your prepaid debit cards and empty them too. … [Read more...]

Cop Gets Away With Planting Evidence on a Suspect

A Wisconsin police officer who admitted to planting a suspect's ID and a bullet in a backpack in a search of his home in order to frame him has pretty much completely gotten away with it, getting only a short probation and some community service rather than jail time. … [Read more...]

Criminal Contempt Charges for Arpaio Seem Likely

Earlier this week, a hearing was held in the ongoing litigation against Joe Arpaio that was intended to address two questions: What kind of compensation victims of his racial profiling should be entitled to and whether Arpaio, who has already been charged with civil contempt, should be referred to prosecutors for criminal contempt and perjury as well. … [Read more...]

The Bill for Arpaio’s Misconduct Continues to Grow

The taxpayers of Maricopa County, Arizona have already paid out more than $120 million defending fascist Sheriff Joe Arpaio in court and paying out victims of his racism and misconduct. Now with the finding of civil contempt for refusing to follow court orders, that bill is going to get even bigger. … [Read more...]

NYPD Commish Blames Cell Phone Video for Violent Cops

With one of his officers on leave pending an investigation into him pointing his gun at bystanders, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is blaming the "epidemic" of cell phone videos of police officers committing misconduct and abuse for that misconduct. … [Read more...]

Pseudo-Macho Former Cop Running for Congress

In the long tradition of jerks like Joe Arpaio and David Clarke, Fox News favorites, meet Clay Higgins. The former cop resigned when his boss told him to tone down his incendiary rhetoric in official department Crime Stoppers videos, with the usual "I will now bow to political correctness" stupidity. … [Read more...]

Cotton: We Need to Imprison More People

Since joining the Senate a year and a half ago, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas has distinguished himself as quite possibly the most vile and ridiculous member of that body -- and imagine the competition for that title when we have James Inhofe bringing snowballs into the chambers to disprove global warming, for crying out loud. Cotton's latest pile of stupid: … [Read more...]

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...]