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Criminal Justice System

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chicago.cbslocal.com

Starting this week, Chicago police are changing their responses to 911 calls. They’ll no longer come right away to reports of things like criminal damage to property, vehicle thefts, garage burglaries, or other crimes in which the suspect is no longe

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New York Times

A 21-year-old Somali-American arrested here in late 2010 after pushing a cellphone button to trigger what he believed was a huge car bomb, in fact an elaborate and inert F.B.I. decoy device, was convicted of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruc

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Wendy McElroy

If the Keystone Kops included a prosecuting attorney, it would doubtless be Carmen Ortiz: In the latest setback for Boston’s beleaguered U.S. attorney, red-faced feds admit they may have arrested the wrong man during a massive gang and drug takedown

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Wendy McElroy

In a major triumph for property rights, a federal court in Massachusetts dismissed a civil forfeiture action against the Motel Caswell, a family-run motel, handing a complete victory to owners. In one of the most contentious civil forfeiture fights

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Wendy McElroy

Laws that proscribe innocent behavior are tolerated so that they can be used against people who are clearly guilty of something when that guilt is hard to prove in court. ... This kind of system serves the public interest only if prosecutors actually

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Wendy McElroy

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz is now busy attempting to absolve herself from any responsibility for Aaron Swartz's suicide. (This is the 2nd suicide for her colleague, Stephen Heymann, which may explain his silence.) Her defenses are bullshit.

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New York Times

A federal judge tossed out the conviction of a man who has spent 23 years in prison ... ruling the trial prosecutor was “overzealous and deceitful,” the man’s lawyers were “indolent and ill prepared,” and the decisions of the trial judge were “incomp

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Jonathan Turley

"We remained committed to this civil rights cause and the struggle of plural families, both religious and non-religious....seeking only to be allowed to live according to our beliefs and not be declared felons simply because we are different.”

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by Radley Balko (Huffington Post)

The first part looks at the 15-year-old murder of Kathy Mabry, which was only solved last month thanks to two defense attorneys at the Mississippi Innocence Project. Mabry's brutal murder devastated the small Delta towns of Belzoni and Isola.

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Washington Post OpEd

People across the country were shocked last week to learn that a Georgia pedestrian who did not even own a car could be convicted of vehicular homicide in the death of her 4-year-old son, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

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by Radley Balko (Huffington Post)

Prosecutors have enormous power. Even investigations that don't result in any charges can ruin lives, ruin reputations, and drive their targets into bankruptcy If a prosecutor wants to ruin your life, they can. Even if you've done nothing wrong,

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