Bin Laden Son-in-Law Convicted

Hey, remember all that Republican fury over the idea that terrorists could be tried in civilian courts and convicted without the world coming to an end and dogs and cats living together? Turns out, not so much. Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law was convicted in civilian court in New York, just like hundreds of others have been.
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Another ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Loses in Court

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 centuries-old European law to justify it.
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Alexander: Legalization is Not Enough

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 be nearly enough to end and overcome the legacy of the racist criminal justice system it has created.
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Judge Who Thinks Prosecutors Should Follow Law Asked to Recuse Himself

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.
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Appeals Court Doesn’t Care About Fraudulent Forensics

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.
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Baltimore Police Threaten Man Who Filmed Them

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.
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SCOTUS Issues Appalling Decision on Asset Forfeiture

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.
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