Category Archives: Criminal Justice

Sanctions Make the Law Real

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Rep. Linda Sánchez  makes a good case for it: Continue reading

Due Process Prevails — But Too Close for Comfort

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The precipice down which we stare — feet clinging to constitutional democracy, eyes staring at the final step into fascism — became ever-so-slightly less beckoning yesterday. The Supreme Court decided, by a 5-4 vote, that

Foreign terrorism suspects held at the Guantánamo Bay naval base in Cuba have constitutional rights to challenge their detention there in United States courts…

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Getting What We Paid for on the Border

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And this development was not considered?

The pattern has become familiar: Customs officers wave in vehicles filled with illegal immigrants, drugs or other contraband. A Border Patrol agent acts as a scout for smugglers. Trusted officers fall prey to temptation and begin taking bribes. Continue reading

How the Death Penalty is Racist


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Of all the arguments against the death penalty, the hardest to prove has been that it is biased based upon the defendant’s race. Not any moreContinue reading

Is It Incitement?


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Well, I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t have one on retainer to answer impetuous questions, so I went to Ask A Lawyer and found this. Continue reading

Why We May Tolerate a War Criminal President


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Boy, I’ll bet George W. Bush is chuckling today.

You’d think it was a bad week for him. First the news comes out that the most senior members of his administration met in the White House regularly to decide how to torture whom. Continue reading

Sicherheit Über Alles Part II


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Yesterday I noted a chilling and under-reported story carried by the NY Times to the effct that a) Michael Chertoff has been granted godlike powers by Congress, and b) the rationale for this — “security over all” — is eerily dictatorial. Continue reading