- Spam With a Smileby Kent Scheidegger on October 22, 2021 at 4:49 pm
Spam is mostly a pain in the gluteas maximus, but every once in a while it furnishes some amusement. I got this gem in my inbox this morning. I’m emailing you today because I noticed James H wrote […]
- How Education Helps Women Incarcerees Resist ‘Inhumanity’ of Prisonby shandelman on October 22, 2021 at 11:30 am
American prisons are profoundly inhospitable for incarcerated women — but prison education programs can help women on the inside resist the ‘inhumanity’ of incarceration, say Kathy Boudin and […]
- California ‘Red Flag Law’ Hampered by Funding, Coordination Issues: Studyby andrea cipriano on October 22, 2021 at 11:20 am
Lack of sufficient funding and a failure to coordinate between law enforcement agencies has reduced the effectiveness of a 2016 California law authorizing police to remove firearms from people […]
- Border Patrol and Title 42: Violence Multipliedby shandelman on October 22, 2021 at 11:15 am
The Biden administration is using a 1944 public health statute to enforce an inhumane policy blocking access to asylum, writes an immigration policy author.
- Seaton: The Dentist’s Office and Why I Need A Drink Nowby Chris Seaton on October 22, 2021 at 11:01 am
So last week was a bit of a feel good story involving my two children. Today, not so much. You see, last Friday I really did have to take both kids to the dentist’s office for their annual cleaning […]
- Calamari Brainby SHG on October 22, 2021 at 10:50 am
It took Dr. SJ and me three tries to make it through the first episode of the new “phenomenon” Netflix series “Squid Games.” We found it repugnant. We found nothing likeable about the […]
- U.S. House of Representatives Holds Bannon in Contempt of Congressby TCR Staff on October 22, 2021 at 10:48 am
While the decision could expose Steve Bannon to criminal prosecution, the final decision remains in the hands of the attorney general and the Department of Justice.
- NYPD Officers on Misconduct Watchlist Still Able to Jeopardize Casesby TCR Staff on October 22, 2021 at 10:30 am
Despite a 2019 law intended to speed up needed disclosures of officer credibility, officer history remains inscrutable and those flagged for misconduct continue to jeopardize cases.
- Sentence for Minneapolis Cop Who Killed 911 Caller Cut By More Than Halfby TCR Staff on October 22, 2021 at 10:29 am
Mohamed Noor, who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape happening behind her home, has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison — the most the judge […]
- St.Louis-Chicago Gun Trafficking Network Developed on Facebookby TCR Staff on October 22, 2021 at 10:28 am
Jerome Boykin and Rogelio Mancera met on a Facebook specialty sneaker group and started trading guns for marijuana about a year ago to traffic guns supplied by a retiree who’d traveled the country […]
- Lyft Records Over 4,000 Sexual Assault Cases Over 3 Yearsby TCR Staff on October 22, 2021 at 10:26 am
Lyft has pledged to improve its safety practices over the years, noting the issue is a work in progress and that the overwhelming majority of rides ended without incident.
- Growing Number of Witnesses Film Crimes Before Reporting Them to Policeby TCR Staff on October 22, 2021 at 10:18 am
While it can be initially difficult for cops if they must solely rely on social media posts for crime activity rather than getting direct information, the video’s “play well in front of the […]
- News Roundupby Christopher Tyner on October 22, 2021 at 10:00 am
As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, jury selection began this week in the joint trial of three men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia in February of last year. The report says […]
- The Disparate Impact of Crimeby Kent Scheidegger on October 21, 2021 at 9:26 pm
Jason Riley has this column in the WSJ pointing out a problem that does not get enough attention. When crime rates go up, the added crimes hurt people of modest means much more than they hurt the […]
- Case Summaries: Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Sept. 2021)by Phil Dixon on October 21, 2021 at 7:36 pm
This post summarizes criminal and related decisions published by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals during September 2021. Decisions that may be interest to state practitioners are summarized […]
- Spike in Homicides Hits Midsized Cities Hardestby Michael Rushford on October 21, 2021 at 6:20 pm
“A recent poll from Morning Consult/Politico found that 78 percent of voters believe that violent crime is a major problem in the United States, and nearly as high a percentage thought that the […]
- The War on Cops Continuesby Michael Rushford on October 21, 2021 at 5:24 pm
Violence against police officers has accelerated over the past several years. Rick Sobey of the Boston Herald reports that so far this year, 59 police officers have been murdered in the line of […]
- Should the Justice Department Monitor School Board Meetings?by Bill Otis on October 21, 2021 at 3:24 pm
In a word, no. In ten words, ominous FBI surveillance like this would make Richard Nixon blush. Clark Neily of the libertarian Cato Institute and I often disagree — about drug legalization, […]
- View from the Trauma Center: Why Gun Violence Persistsby shandelman on October 21, 2021 at 1:00 pm
The young Black men most victimized by gun violence can tell us how to stop it, but “too often we ignore their voices,” criminologist Joseph Richardson tells Greg Berman in the latest installment […]
- Treasury Chief Yellen Calls Ransomware ‘Direct Threat’ to Economyby Nancy Bilyeau on October 21, 2021 at 11:15 am
At $600 million, the volume of suspected ransomware payments is likely to double what it reached last year.
- An Inmate’s Story: How I Turned Into the Person I Feared Mostby shandelman on October 21, 2021 at 11:10 am
As an 11-year-old he was bullied by classmates. Thirty years later he looked back with regret on the choices that turned him into a violent gang member serving life in prison, in this essay produced […]
- Older Americans Prime Targets of Fraud During Pandemic: DOJby shandelman on October 21, 2021 at 10:59 am
Since July 2020, the Justice Department has brought over 220 criminal and civil enforcement actions in nearly 20 different types of fraud cases that targeted the elderly, according to the DOJ’s […]
- She’s Baa-aaaack: Lhamon Confirmedby SHG on October 21, 2021 at 10:58 am
When asked by a senator who gave her the authority to make up her own rules, Catherine Lhamon smugly responded that the Senate did when it confirmed her. She had a point, that they knew who they were […]
- Chicago Gags Anti-Vax Union Leaders, as Indiana Poaches Rebel Copsby TCR Staff on October 21, 2021 at 10:55 am
The Indiana State Police are seeking to benefit from the ongoing confrontation between the Chicago Police Department and the city over vaccine mandates .
- To Breach the U.S. Border, Migrants Take to the Seaby TCR Staff on October 21, 2021 at 10:50 am
Advocates point to increased enforcement at the Mexican land border as one explanation for the jump in attempts at far more dangerous crossings by sea.
- Charges Unlikely for Bystanders Who Witnessed Rape on Philadelphia Trainby TCR Staff on October 21, 2021 at 10:41 am
It appeared that some held their phones up in the direction of the assault, seemingly to film the attack.
- Prosecutors Regularly Fail to Utilize Brady Lists as Tool to Force Police Reform by TCR Staff on October 21, 2021 at 10:17 am
Settlement agreements — and many police union contracts — often prohibit the release of the names of officers named in disciplinary records, but Brady Lists can blow open those closed doors..
- Human Rights Watch Obtains 160 Reports of Migrant Abuses by U.S. Border Officialsby TCR Staff on October 21, 2021 at 10:13 am
Many advocates say that reports of rampant abuse by asylum officers are par for the course.
- Police Recommend Charges for Four Protesters Over Sinema Bathroom Rowby TCR Staff on October 21, 2021 at 10:10 am
Police are recommending that four people involved in the incident receive misdemeanor charges related to disruption of an educational institution and disorderly conduct.
- U.S. Marshals Arrest 18 Sex Offenders, Rescue 8 Endangered Children in Louisiana by TCR Staff on October 21, 2021 at 10:05 am
The investigations uncovered multiple sex offenders and allegations of sex trafficking involving minors.
- Joe Biden’s Makes His Mark on the Judiciaryby Jeralyn on October 20, 2021 at 7:37 pm
Some good news to report about Joe Biden. He has rapidly been filling the open slots for federal District and Appeals Court judges. So far, 8 of those appointed and confirmed have backgrounds as […]
- As Police Violence Increases, Civilians Less Likely to Call 911: Studyby andrea cipriano on October 20, 2021 at 11:30 am
Researchers with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government found that high-profile acts of police brutality, like the murder of George Floyd, negatively affect public trust and cooperation with law […]
- Who Is Responsible For The Digital Divide?by SHG on October 20, 2021 at 11:28 am
There probably aren’t many people left who aren’t online in one way or another, making internet access something of a universal necessity. The issue of access was elevated to woke status during […]
- How $24M in Cash Grants Provided a Lifeline for Returning Citizens During Pandemicby shandelman on October 20, 2021 at 11:15 am
A program launched in April 2020 helped smooth the transition from prison to civil society for more than 10,000 returning citizens during the pandemic. Could it be a model for post-pandemic reentry […]
- Number of Female State Police Has Not Risen Since 2000by TCR Staff on October 20, 2021 at 11:14 am
Despite proof that female officers use less force and avoid more complaints, state police departments often fail to change the perception that state policing isn’t for women.
- Border Arrests Reach New High, as Biden Pick Pledges ‘Humane’ Policiesby TCR Staff on October 20, 2021 at 11:05 am
U.S. authorities detained more than 1.7 million migrants along the U.S.- Mexico border during the 2021 fiscal year that ended in September, and arrests by the Border Patrol soared to the highest […]
- Parkland Killer Pleads Guilty, May Still Face Death Penaltyby TCR Staff on October 20, 2021 at 11:00 am
Armed with a legally purchased semiautomatic rifle, Nicolas Cruz, then 19, committed one of the deadliest school shootings in American history.
- Netflix And The TERF War (Update)by SHG on October 20, 2021 at 10:43 am
There wasn’t much to say about the outrage over Netflix airing Dave Chappelle’s special, The Closer, until I saw it and found out what all the outrage was about. Now I have, and I get it. It was […]
- Case Summaries: N.C. Court of Appeals (Oct. 19, 2021)by Phil Dixon on October 19, 2021 at 7:11 pm
This post summarizes criminal decisions from the North Carolina Court of Appeals published on October 19, 2021. Summaries will also be posted to Smith’s Case Compendium, here. Improper remarks to […]
- Innocent Owner Defense in Minnesotaby James Gempeler on October 19, 2021 at 3:34 pm
A vehicle subject to forfeiture following a DWI must be returned to an innocent owner under specific circumstances. Effective January 1, 2022, this innocent owner defense will be spelled out in the […]
- Tuesday Talk*: Goodbye, Thomasby SHG on October 19, 2021 at 12:02 pm
John F. Kennedy thought well enough of him to tell a collection of the “best and the brightest”: I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever […]
- Failure Of The Brittney Poolaw Prosecutionby SHG on October 19, 2021 at 11:15 am
A 21-year-old woman used meth while she was pregnant. That this was a monumentally bad thing to do isn’t the question. There’s no really good time to use meth, and people who use meth tend to […]
- Colin Powell Dies From COVID-Complicationsby Jeralyn on October 19, 2021 at 7:06 am
General Colin Powell has died from complications from COVID-19. He was 84 and fully vaccinated. However, his immune system had been compromised by having had blood cancer. Powell, who was 84, […]
- New Reporting Requirements for Giglio Notificationsby Shea Denning on October 18, 2021 at 7:43 pm
Last November, I blogged about recommendations from the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association for legislation that would enable hiring authorities, certifying commissions, and state prosecutors to […]
- Politicians in VA Want to Restore Parole, Murderers Includedby Michael Rushford on October 18, 2021 at 6:34 pm
Virginia Senator Joe Morrissey (D. Richmond) plans to introduce a bill in 2022 that will restore parole to make violent criminals, including murderers, eligible for release from prison after serving […]
- The Push to End Qualified Immunity Gets a Cold Shoulderby Bill Otis on October 18, 2021 at 2:57 pm
There has been a loud campaign for years now, led by a number of libertarians and some liberals, to end qualified immunity for the police. The gist of their argument is that police who behave […]
- Short Take: Studio 54, Where Are You?by SHG on October 18, 2021 at 11:38 am
There you were, wearing your tightest Jordache jeans and a flammable Huckapoo shirt, and still you were on line praying the doorman would open the velvet ropes like he did as Halston walked past the […]
- ACLU’s Double Barrel Attack On Free Speechby SHG on October 18, 2021 at 10:39 am
Its Virginia local proudly announced that it filed an amicus brief in a case involving teachers in Loudoun County. The ACLU of Virginia filed an amicus brief in the Loudoun County Circuit Court on […]
- More Capitol Riot Defendants are Forgoing Lawyersby Jeralyn on October 18, 2021 at 12:59 am
We’ve always known that most non-millionaire Donald Trump supporters are marginalized and under-informed. (Just a nicer term for under-educated and/or stupid). So perhaps it’s no surprise that many […]
- Sunday Open Threadby Jeralyn on October 17, 2021 at 11:56 pm
I’m obsessed with bodies of water these days. From Drake’s Passage that goes between Ushaia, Argentina and the Antarctic, to the amazing waters around Tasmania, just below Australia, I’ve spent hours […]