Breaking a criminal law puts you at risk for arrest. But we all know police use their discretion in determining who gets cuffed and who gets a stern “talking to”. In several recent cases to cross national headlines, it seems we are living in a nation where the warnings are falling out of favor, and people are being arrested for the most benign events.

It isn’t clear if the officers involved in these arrests truly believe they are doing a public service and protecting society, or if they’re in it simply to amass arrest numbers behind their names. [click to continue…]

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What happens in police interrogation rooms used to stay in police interrogation rooms. And though recording these potentially high-stress conversations has become more standard in local and state proceedings, the federal government had barred investigators from recording interrogations until this week. Now, the government says federal law enforcement will be required to video record interviews with suspects, in a move that could reduce the incidence of false confessions and questionable interrogation practices, while affirming the solidity of truly “good” cases. [click to continue…]

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Obama Hints at “Thousands” of Potential Drug Case Clemencies

April 30, 2014

Obama has the worst record on presidential clemencies of any modern Head of State. So when he recently announced he would be accepting and potentially approving stacks of clemency petitions, it came as a surprise.

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Drug-Sniffing Dogs: Accurate Crime-Fighters or Tool of Deceptive Police?

April 1, 2014

Police K-9’s: we’re led to believe they have been trained in the best dog academies to use their superior sniffers to identify illicit drugs. They are essentially used to find drugs when cops themselves can’t identify their presence. But not all research backs up their use, with some even indicating the dogs are mere extensions [...]

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How To Avoid Breaking The Law

March 18, 2014

Most of us manage to go about our daily lives managing not to get into too much trouble with the law. Most of us have never had a court hearing, have never been fined and have never been arrested. That said however, it can be surprisingly easy to break the law on occasion in minor [...]

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Atty Gen Holder Calls for End to Felon Voting Restrictions

February 17, 2014

It’s called felon disenfranchisement and it affects millions of men and women in the U.S.—the removal of voting rights from someone convicted of a felony. While the process of getting those rights back after a sentence is served varies from state to state, Attorney General Eric Holder recently called on all states to repeal laws [...]

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Justice Isn’t Just – WHO You Are Matters in US Criminal Courts

January 21, 2014

In the U.S., we have this idea that the Constitution and the legal system are crafted so that we are all treated equally under the law. It’s even written into that founding document in the Equal Protection Clause, that all men are created equal and shall have the same protection under the laws. But as [...]

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Can The Surveillance State Be Stopped?

October 21, 2013

As Law Enforcement Pushes APLRs and Surveillance, People Push Back With advances in technology and under the guise of keeping everyone safe, comes an ever increasing infringement by the government on people’s privacy. You can see evidence of this in the increasing number of surveillance tools used by police agencies across the nation. Used to [...]

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The Problem(s) With Crime Labs

October 1, 2013

In what’s known as the “CSI effect” most people who lack true insight into the justice system get their information from television dramas. And when it comes to crime labs, this information is often over-exaggerated, to put it mildly. Instead of the infallible experts who use unquestioned scientific techniques to always get to the bottom [...]

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Mandatory Minimum Felony Drug Charges for Nonviolent Offenses Are a Terrible Idea

September 9, 2013

Mandatory minimum sentences were part of the tough on crime movement a few decades ago. They seek to dole out the harshest penalties to people convicted of felony drug charges and more. In the case of these non-violent offenders, a several-year stint in prison is as likely to “help” them and their community as a [...]

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