Kevin Trudeau, the con man who sold fake diets to people and made tens of millions of dollars doing it, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for criminal contempt for failing to comply with earlier punishments for the fraud he carried out on vast numbers of people.
Category Archive: Criminal Justice
Mar 20 2014
Mar 19 2014
People who call themselves “sovereign citizens” and think that this somehow magically gets them out of the laws that apply to everyone else crack me up. They always lose in court but that does little to dissuade them. The latest is a guy in Ohio who moved into people’s houses while they were away, citing …
Mar 18 2014
Michelle Alexander, author of the incredible book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Revised) [ THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS (REVISED) BY Alexander, Michelle ( Author ) Jan-16-2012, makes the important point that ending the war on drugs, if it ever happens, will not …
Mar 13 2014
Radley Balko, one of the very few journalists who actually pay attention to things like prosecutorial misconduct, reports on a South Carolina judge who recently criticized prosecutors who don’t follow the law and told them that he would be sanctioning them if it happens in his court.
Mar 11 2014
We’ve seen multiple cases of rape with a badge in New Mexico and elsewhere lately, with the police forcing people to undergo invasive body cavity searches in a futile search for drugs. Here’s another such case, but this one is by Customs and Border Protection:
Mar 06 2014
Rose Marks, the matriarch of an entirely family of “psychic” con artists, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of many counts of fraud for bilking desperate people out of millions and millions of dollars. Insert the obligatory “she should have seen this coming” joke.
Mar 04 2014
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.
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 …