In what may be the first time in the nation’s history, a prosecutor who deliberately withheld evidence and sent an innocent man to prison is going to spend time in jail. How much time? Ten days. After sending an innocent man to prison for 25 years for a crime the prosecutor knew he didn’t commit.
Category Archive: Criminal Justice
Nov 12 2013
Ken White at Popehat writes in great detail about the 2nd New Mexico case where a man was subject to invasive anal probes to find drugs that did not exist (the one involving the police dog “alerting”). He has the affidavit submitted to get the warrant and the whole thing is worth reading. But here …
Nov 09 2013
Turns out that wasn’t the first time the police in New Mexico had ordered a body cavity search on someone they pulled with nothing even remotely like probable cause. They did it in another case where the only evidence was a drug dog “alerted” on the seat of a guy’s car.
Nov 07 2013
It’s pretty rare that a police officer is fired for any reason, but you’re not gonna believe why a Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy was fired — for making comments and asking questions that were sexually inappropriate to a 17-year old girl while investigating her rape complaint.
Nov 07 2013
I’ve been reporting on the rampant misconduct and abuse in America’s law enforcement agencies for nearly a decade now and I’ve written about some horrifying stories. This may be the most blatantly abusive instance of an illegal search I’ve ever encountered. Try not to cringe and become enraged reading this:
Nov 06 2013
I suppose I should be accustomed to being routinely appalled by the thinking and behavior of law enforcement officials by now, but I find myself in a bit of shock over statements from Ruben Santiago, the Interim Police Chief in Columbia, South Carolina, on the agency’s Facebook page. After taking criticism for a big pot …
Nov 06 2013
I noted the other day that the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals had put a stay on an injunction ordered by District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin reining in the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk program. It was a very odd ruling, removing Scheindlin from handling the case even though neither side had requested such action. That …
Nov 04 2013
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a stay of the landmark federal district court ruling that declared some aspects of the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk program unconstitutional and imposed new procedural and oversight protections. The ruling will not be enforced while an appeal is heard.
Oct 31 2013
I’ve written many times about the pathetic excuse for a public defender system we have in this country, one in which justice is not even hypothetically possible, much less real on a practical level. The New Jersey Supreme Court has now said that as long as there is a warm-blooded person standing at the attorney’s …
Oct 31 2013
The Center for American Progress has a new report on the unprecedented amount of money being spent in state judicial elections, especially by third party corporate groups. The unsurprising conclusion is that the influence of that money undermines justice for criminal defendants and civil plaintiffs.
Oct 27 2013
One of the many ways our criminal justice system is screwed up is that judges, especially local elected judges, think their job is to gain convictions. Many of them even run for office using their conviction rate, which should disqualify anyone from ever being a judge. But here’s a judge who actually helped a prosecutor …
Oct 18 2013
I have to confess to a feeling of schadenfreude over the prospect of former Pakistani strongman Pervez Musharraf facing blasphemy charges. An attorney in Pakistan is demanding that he be charged with blasphemy over a 2007 military operation that killed some extremists and destroyed their Qurans too.
Oct 18 2013
When I read this I just thought, “Really, Jerry Brown? Really?” He vetoed a bill that would have given judges more discretion to reduce sentences for low level drug offenders while simultaneously signing a new contract with a private prison company to take over a closed prison to house more inmates.
Oct 15 2013
Jonathan Turley highlights yet another case of appalling police abuse, this time in Skokie, Illinois where a police officer hurled a woman in custody into a concrete bench so hard that blood immediately came gushing out. The video is very disturbing, as are the still pictures of her face. Naturally, the officer then tried to …
Oct 10 2013
Radley Balko continues his excellent reporting on our appalling criminal justice system with an article pointing out that, in addition to having total immunity from civil suits, corrupt prosecutors are also often given anonymity by the courts so the public doesn’t know that they’re corrupt.