Radley Balko reports on a terrible ruling from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that just glosses over major problems with forensic science in the state of Mississippi that may well have resulted in many innocent people being convicted. The case involves Steven Hayne, the coroner that Balko exposed years ago and got fired.
Category Archive: Criminal Justice
Mar 04 2014
Seven women who were raped and abused by evangelist Tony Alamo for years were awarded more than half a billion dollars by a judge in Arkansas after Alamo Ministries didn’t even bother responding to the lawsuit they filed against the now-notorious preacher.
Mar 03 2014
The city of Indianapolis has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who was abused and arrested for videotaping police officers making an arrest on false charges. They agreed to pay the man $200,000 and to instruct officers that they can’t arrest someone for videotaping them.
Mar 03 2014
Here’s yet another case where a man is videotaping the police making an arrest and they tell them that he has no freedom of speech and threaten to arrest him for having committed no crime whatsoever. It’s all caught on video. Every single officer involved should be facing punishment for this.
Mar 03 2014
The Supreme Court on Thursday handed down an absolutely appalling, though not surprising, decision that makes it even easier for the government to seize your assets on the grounds that they were gained through the commission of a crime before ever convicting you of that alleged crime. The case is Kaley v United States.
Feb 27 2014
Here’s another case where cops beat up and framed an innocent man and nearly got away with it. Now the man is free and the cops have been charged, which is pretty rare. And it’s all due to dashboard video that the police department had all along but did nothing about.
Feb 26 2014
You’ve probably heard by now about the police in Austin, Texas chasing down and dragging away a woman who was doing nothing but jogging down the street, supposedly for jaywalking and refusing to show her ID (which she may well not have had). The police chief has offered an appalling excuse:
Feb 23 2014
A famous white supremacist and former Aryan Nation leader has been arrested in South Carolina for child molestation and showing pornography to a child. August Byron Kreis is a Christian Identity minister with a long history of white supremacy.
Feb 18 2014
There’s now a federal criminal investigation of Duke Energy and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory after a coal ash retention pond leaked 82,000 tons of coal ash and nearly 30 million gallons of contaminated water into a river. McCrory is a former Duke Energy executive and his administration has been protecting the company from civil …
Feb 17 2014
A pediatrician who apparently fancies himself an expert on near-death experiences was convicted by a jury in Delaware of waterboarding his girlfriend’s daughter, though he claims he was only washing her hair. He allegedly did this to further his NDE research.
Feb 17 2014
Attorney General Eric Holder gave a talk at a criminal justice symposium at Georgetown Law School and urged states to change their laws that restrict felons from voting after they serve their sentence. The federal government has no authority to order this, it’s up to the states. From his talk:
Feb 14 2014
Curtis Anton Beseda, an infamous abortion clinic bomber from the state of Washington, is being sought by the police in Snohomish, Washington for groping an 11 year old girl and trying to lure her out of a department store. The Seattle Times reports:
Feb 13 2014
It’s well established by now that eyewitness testimony is among the most unreliable forms of evidence in a criminal trial and one county with a pretty bad track record with its law enforcement is taking some steps to reduce the chances of wrongly identified suspects.
Feb 10 2014
In what truly is a newsworthy event, the sheriff of King County, Washington, John Urquhart, has actually fired an officer for threatening to arrest a photojournalist taking pictures of him making an arrest and then lying about it. And he firmly supports the right to record the police:
Feb 03 2014
President Obama finally used his power to pardon and commute sentences to order the release of 8 low-level drug offenders serving outrageously long sentences, but there are tens of thousands more in the same situation. The DOJ says it’s looking for others with similar sentences to commute.