David Friedman explains the legal systems of many cultures, past and present.
Is it safe to say that the Goldman love affair with the government is officially over? From Reuters: "Former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta will surrender to the FBI on Wednesday to face criminal charges, a person familiar with the investigation
Just weeks before fallen hedge fund tycoon Raj Rajaratnam was sentenced to 11 years in prison for insider trading, U.S. prosecutors pressed him to turn on his friend, former Goldman Sachs Group Inc director Rajat Gupta.
The woman’s nightmare began when she called police to report her truck had been taken from in front of her Hawkins Street home. She ended up being arrested for an aggravated assault allegedly committed by another woman named Teresa.
He’s a Southern judge, with the boom and flair of a preacher, who has risen to national prominence arguing that too many students get arrested or kicked out of school for minor trouble. “Zero tolerance is zero intelligence,” he likes to say.
Kansas City's Roman Catholic bishop has been charged with failing to promptly report child pornography on a priest's computer, prosecutors said, becoming the highest-ranking U.S. church official charged in long-running clergy abuse scandals.
Thousands of people in Florida convicted of DUI may not have been drunk at all. They very well may have been under the allowable blood alcohol limit. The problem may have been law enforcement not calibrating the breathalyzer called the Intoxilyzer 80
The bombshell testimony from Stephen Anderson is the first public account of the twisted culture behind the false arrests in the Brooklyn South and Queens narc squads, which led to the arrests of eight cops and a massive shakeup.
On September 30, Judge Doherty handed down a decision in Vidrine v. United States awarding $1.7 million in damages for a malicious prosecution. The facts of what happened are simply appalling, and they deserve wider attention.
The Supreme Court will decide whether a jury forewoman’s offhand comment that the jury was unable to make a decision on a murder charge means the suspect can’t be retried on that charge. The high court on Tuesday agreed to hear an appeal from Alex
A 52-year-old boxer wrongly imprisoned for 26 years is fighting his first professional match on Saturday. Dewey Bozella was convicted of the grisly murder of a 92-year-old New York woman in 1977 on the testimony of two convicted criminals. Since h
Domestic abuse can involve real violence, with real victims. But drug cases, with no real victims, allows for property to be forfeited and money seized.
Nearly every day, we read about new exonerations of people wrongfully convicted of crimes, and in almost all of those cases, the main reason for the wrongful conviction was prosecutorial misconduct. Two exonerations in Texas and California highlight
All John Fearing wanted was test out his new camera when he decided to photograph a traffic accident a couple of blocks from his Indiana home last July. It ended up getting him arrested. Although the above video clearly shows he was not breakin
The last decade has spawned a massive expansion of the domestic Surveillance State. Worse, the U.S. Government has vested itself with the virtually unchallenged ability to operate this surveillance regime in full secrecy and even beyond the reach of
I heard the Magistrate ask EVERY TIME, if the defendant was a U.S. Citizen. Clearly, this is an important component to the equation of sending we, the people, off to the growing number of courts, jails, and prisons...
Federal authorities are pressuring Nashville-based Gibson Guitar to hand over an additional 25 bundles of Indian wood that the company allegedly planned to use in its famous guitars.
It’s interesting that the local DA dropped the charges in this case. But only after the guy spent a night in jail. “I’m just an ordinary citizen. I was on my way to the movies, and all of a sudden I’m facing a felony and 15 years in prison,” F
The FBI undercover agents provided Ferdaus with the money to buy the drones, but law enforcement officials said Ferdaus came up with the idea for the attack. Prosecutors said Ferdaus “was presented with multiple opportunities to back out of his plan,
For centuries, a bedrock principle of criminal law has held that people must know they are doing something wrong before they can be found guilty. The concept is known as mens rea, Latin for a "guilty mind."
Thomas, then a 20-year-old student at Northwest Mississippi Community College, saw Justin "Tac Head" Buckner knocked to the ground, being beaten by a gang known as "TNT." Thomas fired three shots into the air, breaking up the fight. That gave securit
In 1991, Fernando Bermudez had the world at his fingertips. The 22-year-old was preparing to complete his college education when his bright and prosperous future was unfairly snatched away from him. Bermudez was falsely detained, accused of murder an
fallible humans shouldn't be making irreversible decisions
2 Fullerton police officers have been criminally charged in the violent confrontation that left a homeless man dead, Orange Co. Dist. Atty. Rackauckas announced. Officer Manuel Ramos has been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaug
The leader of anti-government extremists known as the Montana Freemen, who clashed with federal authorities in the 1990s, died on Tuesday of apparent natural causes at the U.S. government's highest-security prison. Leroy Schweitzer, 73, was found
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A study says those lineups you see on television crime dramas and often used in real-life police departments are going about it all wrong questioning the reliability of eyewitness identifications with DNA evidence clearing innocents of crimes
Dominique Strauss-Kahn broke his silence four months after a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault, calling his encounter with the woman a “moral failing” he deeply regrets, but insisting in an interview on French television Sunday that n
To all appearances, that's why he cited two fellows named Mark Schmidter and Julian Heiklen for contempt of court when they refused to bow to his illegal decree not to exercise their First Amendment rights on the public plaza outside the petty dictat
An unnamed 15-year-old was arrested in Novato, California this week after police discovered a U.S. military issue rocket launcher commonly used during the worst of the fighting in Iraq. Officers discovered the weapon during a routine traffic stop.