The Politicization of American Courts
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Flash-back alert: Article originally published Oct. 26, 2010 on the old Change.org. Political attack ads are commonplace this time of year. Though we’re accustomed to seeing them from mayoral and legislative candidates, there are a rising number of judges taking to the airwaves as well. These judicial campaigns seem to resemble the other partisan campaigns a little more each year [...]

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The US Public Defense System: More Broken Than Ever
Can justice still be found in these rooms?

You might know that when charged with a crime, you have a “right to an attorney” and you may even know that if you can’t afford a private attorney “one will be appointed to you” at no cost. But did you know that the attorneys within this public defense system often don’t have the tools to effectively defend you? Or [...]

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Petition filed seeking missing transcript in IRP6 wrongful conviction case

The IRP6 is a group of six businessmen believed to have been wrongfully convicted in the state of Colorado. I blogged several months ago about the effort to see them exonerated for their crimes. The case is complex but involves the men’s company, IRP Solutions, developing software for law enforcement, software that it seemed was destined for greatness. Ultimately the [...]

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How you are being misled on the prescription drug problem

Prescription drug abuse is a problem. If you believe law makers and the media, it’s a major problem that will only be solved by harsh laws. But the portrayal of the prescription drug problem is skewed. Choosing just one article out of the news to dissect, you can see how the people are being misled into buying stricter laws and [...]

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Mandatory minimum sentences turn prosecutors into power-wielders
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Mandatory minimum sentences were sold as the solution to crime. They were supposed to eliminate disparities while sticking it to the “bad guys”, delivering harsh sentences without compromise. But, they’ve failed. They’ve failed horribly. Mandatory minimum sentences, paired with the War on Drugs have helped to propel the U.S. into uncharted incarceration territory. We imprison more people than any other [...]

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Arming Everyone: Department of Education Passes Out Glocks to Agents
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These days the police resemble armed forces and it seems every federal agency is beginning to resemble the police. If the militarization of law enforcement is frightening, then the arming of agents in the Department of Education should similarly cause alarm. Special agents with the Department of Education are now supplied with Glock pistols to carry out their duties. What [...]

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NBC to Pay Kidnapping Victim: The problems of paid news-media ventures
The real suspect.

If I own a company that makes money off of customers, my interests lie in having more customers. If you have a story to tell and I pay you for that story, wouldn’t it benefit everyone if your story brought me more customers? Such goes part of the argument against paid news-media ventures. When news organizations pay for the news, [...]

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Can you fly with marijuana? The TSA says maybe
Something clever about "getting high"

Attitudes about marijuana are changing across this country. Not only did Colorado and Washington state become the first to legalize recreational marijuana, but another 20 states have medical pot legislation in place, and the Justice Department basically announced a hands-off approach on people adhering to their state laws. With this, people who partake of the healing herb– whether for medicine [...]

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PA prison guards encouraged inmate assaults in exchange for food, coffee

Three correctional officers in Pennsylvania are facing criminal charges for organizing what they called the “Retard Olympics”, forcing inmates to do vile and degrading things in exchange for food and coffee. While the guards argue that the inmates willingly participated, their position of power negates the inmates’ consent. The “willingness” argument is akin to a family member or statutory rape [...]

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In case you missed it: FBI Informants allowed to break law 37464287646932564765 times…or something like that

What does it take to get away with drug trafficking, theft or even murder? It’s all in who you know. And if you are cozy with the FBI, you could get away with all of these things and then some. In my giant pile of things “to blog about”, this story is gathering some dust. So, in case you missed [...]

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