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Category Archive: Criminal Justice

Jul 21 2014

Racist Defendant Refuses Black Public Defender

A racist asshole who is charged with stabbing an elderly man several times told a judge at his arraignment that he didn’t want a “negro” public defender. In fact, he doesn’t want any attorney at all because attorneys are apparently evil. Especially black ones.

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Jul 16 2014

Durham Police Lie to Violate 4th Amendment

In Durham, North Carolina several police officers have been caught lying to people in order to gain illegal entry to search their homes. They’ve been telling people that they got a 911 call that never took place in order to get consent to search their homes.

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Jul 15 2014

Florida Town Had KKK Members on Police Force

This story is frightening. The town of Fruitland Park, Florida had two KKK members as part of their 13-member police department, including the deputy chief of police. The FBI identified them and notified the city and both of them very quickly resigned their positions.

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Jul 15 2014

Utah Man Wanted to Spark a Civil War

There are many on the far right fringe who rant about the inevitable civil war to come (or the inevitable “race war” in some formulations) and more than a few of them are keen to light the fuse themselves. A Utah man has been arrested for trying to do exactly that.

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Jul 15 2014

Aramark Should Be Banned From Prisons

There are two forms of prison privatization. One is where the whole prison is run by a prison company, the other is where only certain aspects, like food service, are provided by a private company. Both have terrible consequences ranging from outright injustice to prison riots from terrible food. Michigan is getting fed up with …

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Jul 08 2014

British Judge Excuses Rapist

In an absolutely appalling case in England, a judge gave a convicted rapist a light sentence and said that he didn’t consider him a “classic rapist” because he had merely “lost control of normal restraint” when his drunk victim passed out at his house. It’s hard to not become enraged while reading this:

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Jul 07 2014

Obama’s Terrible 4th Amendment Record

One could be forgiven for thinking, in 2008, that President Obama would be a marked improvement over President Bush when it comes to the privacy rights in the 4th Amendment. But one would be wrong. He may, in fact, be worse. He’s certainly been no better. A perfect example is the recent Supreme Court ruling …

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Jun 30 2014

MA SWAT Teams Claim to Be Private Entities

Friend of Dispatches Radley Balko found something rather disturbing in the ACLU’s recent report on the militarization of law enforcement. SWAT teams in Massachusetts are claiming to be private entities rather than government ones in order to not comply with open records requests.

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Jun 20 2014

Yes, Please Stop Using the Atheists in Prison Claim

Heina Dadabhoy, who will soon be joining Freethought Blogs, has a thoughtful and important essay at Skepchick explaining why atheists should stop using the “there are very few atheists in prison” argument as a response to claims that religion is morally superior.

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Jun 20 2014

Arpaio Clone in GA Resigns After Racist Text Messages

The police chief of Grantville, Georgia has made no secret of his admiration for fascist Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, even sending some of his officers to Maricopa County, AZ to learn from the Jedi master. That police chief has now resigned after it was revealed that he sent racist text messages to his officers:

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Jun 19 2014

‘Next Elliot Rodger’ Arrested in Seattle

A man who declared himself to be the “next Elliot Rodger” and promised that he would do it even better by killing only women has been arrested in Seattle. Thankfully, in addition to being a misogynist and a sociopath, he’s also an idiot and posted his plans online.

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Jun 11 2014

Another Wealthy Heir Gets Away With Molesting Stepdaughter

A few months ago it was revealed that an heir to the DuPont fortune had been convicted of raping his toddler daughter but was given a suspended sentence by the judge because he “will not fare well” in prison. And now we have a similar case, an heir to the Johnson and Johnson fortune getting …

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Jun 08 2014

A Bigger Dinesh D’Souza Crime

Dinesh D’Souza pleaded guilty recently to charges that he violated federal campaign finance laws by having other people launder his donations to a Senate candidate. Now there’s an even bigger instance of this same thing, a Utah businessman who says he gave $50,000 to others to donate to Sen. Mike Lee’s campaign.

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Jun 03 2014

Stop and Frisk Comes to Florida

New York City is apparently not the only city in the country with a massive and racist stop and frisk program. Miami Gardens, Florida has a program that has stopped more than half that city’s residents — most of them young black men, of course — and frisked them without arresting them.

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Jun 02 2014

Appeals Court Upholds Right to Record Police

Another appeals court (I believe this is the third one) has ruled that there is a First Amendment right to video record the police when they’re on duty. This case involves a woman who started to record a traffic stop, was told to stop (and did) but then they demanded the camera to delete it.

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