One of the oldest cliché movie scenes of the past half century is the Gestapo agent, wearing a monocle, slapping a riding crop against his gloved hand, saying with a leer, “Ve haf vays of making you talk…..” Unfortunately, that caricature figure has
Utah resident Virginia Ward cried on November 18 as she was sentenced to 90 days in jail – and three years of probation -- for drug trafficking.
The dissent in U.S. v. Olsen from Alex Kozinski, the chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals, starts off with a bang: There is an epidemic of Brady violations abroad in the land. Only judges can put a stop to it. Brady is shorthand for the Supreme
Utah resident Virginia Ward cried as she was sentenced to 90 days in jail – and 3 years of probation -- for drug trafficking. This meant that she would join the large and ever-growing population of prisoners she helped to create as a former Judge.
The four grand jury indictments unsealed Monday and one criminal complaint allege that deputies beat jail inmates and visitors without justification, unjustly detained people and conspired to obstruct a federal investigation into misconduct at the Me
The Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons is responsible for the custody and care of over 219,000 federal inmates—a population that has grown by 27% over the past decade. BOP 2013 operating budget of $6.5 billion, the 2nd largest
Earlier this year when a botched ATF sting was exposed — that included agents hiring a brain-damaged man to promote an undercover storefront and then arresting him for his work — ATF officials told Congress this was an isolated case of
This is a story that would be unbelievable if the government weren't so consistently blind and idiotic in its everyday dealings.
Kamooneh was picking his son up from tennis practice at Chamblee Middle School in Chamblee, Ga., when he plugged his Nissan Leaf into a 110-volt external outlet and let it charge "for about 20 minutes," he says. A week later, cops
There are no depths to which the State will not descend when trying to whitewash its crimes: an unarmed man at whom cops shot is now charged with wounding the women these inept marksmen hit instead.
Michigan is the latest state to have DNA clear a man imprisoned for years for a crime that he did not commit. What is most striking about the case of Jamie Peterson is that lawyers had fight to re-test evidence that could prove his innocence.
In a maddening scandal that is rocking the state of Massachusetts, a government crime lab chemist has been caught intentionally forging signatures and tampering with evidence in as many as 40,000 cases, destroying the lives of countless innocent Amer
When a judge rails against the evils of crime, the reaction ranges from applause to re-election. When a judge rails against the evils of prosecutorial misconduct, there is a very different reaction.
In comedy, it’s said that ‘timing is everything.’ Apparently it is in scandal, too. On the very day the Center for Prosecutor Integrity reported prosecutor misconduct to be at ‘epidemic’ levels, a federal judge vacated the sentences of 5 cops
Ernest Hancock will be talking about the Jury Nullification Campaign/Just Us Jury Nullification - ALSO, the Christmas Party @ the Hancock's on Saturday Dec 14th, 2013 - AND Boston T Party @ the Hancock's party Sat Dec 7th, 2013, 5:50 p.m til??
In 2005, Rahinah Ibrahim, a visiting scholar at Stanford University, was handcuffed, detained and interrogated for two hours at San Francisco International Airport, after being told she was on a U.S. government watchlist.
The nation’s police chiefs will call Tuesday for changes in the way they conduct investigations as a way to prevent wrongful convictions, including modifying eyewitness identification.
Cook County prosecutors spent two years conducting an “exhaustive” investigation on a Chicago police officer who drank several before beers before shooting a man to death after the man pointed a cell phone at him.
The latest was Fran Keller, who was released after spending 21 years of her life in prison because of this ridiculous yet beloved scenario of ritualistic abuse. And this came right on the heels of the release of the San Antonio 4. This was the prog
Scientific evidence cannot be brought into evidence to challenge a borderline conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in California. The state Supreme Court rejected Terry Vangelder's attempt to clear his name after he was arreste
A server at a restaurant was fired after calling police to report a woman drinking alcohol while breastfeeding her child at the same time. 28-year-old Tasha Adams, was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.
“I told them the picture wasn’t me. They continued and insisted on, in fact, it was me,” said Johnson. Jawon, with an “o”, was accused of being Jawan Johnson involved in a burglary case in D.C. The man wanted by the federal government spells his name
An Iraq war veteran charged in California with six murders, including the serial "thrill" killings of four homeless men, has died in a hospital where he was being treated for an illness, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday.
“He yelled that it was his house and that he shouldn’t be arrested,” said a police spokesman. “See fought with officers when they tried handcuffing him, (and) as See was led to a police car, he yelled to one of the arresting officers, ‘I will kill yo
Philadelphia has become the first city in America to ban 3D-printed guns amid fears such bootlegged firearms could fuel a surge in violent crime.
Following the release of more than 300 inmates, Annie Dookhan, a Massachusetts state chemist who used to "process" drug samples almost 3 times as quickly as her colleagues, pled guilty to fabricating her results. Police estimate
Zapater was arrested on a suspected parole violation. During a strip search, Zapater observed a plastic baggie protruding from Ms. Tapia’s vagina.” Instead of asking her to remove the package, Zapater allegedly “sprayed a chemical agent on
Now Texas visiting Judge Jerry Ray has joined the ranks of judges who express their anger at juries for not ruling as they expect. Ray told a jury that it violated its oath and acted like the jury in the O.J. Simpson case.
Marc J. Victor is a highly respected attorney and advocate for personal freedom.
A child pornography arrest helped by Google is raising privacy concerns. Federal investigators arrested a Woodland man on child pornography charges after Google found images on his computer.