Category: Law, Crime, & Justice

William Boardman: Law Is To Justice as Treaties Are to Native Americans

Judge Boasberg’s deference to law, to government agencies, to oil pipeline companies is all consistent with his membership in a ruling class club

Marjorie Cohn: The Threat of a Right-Wing Supreme Court: Analyzing Trump’s Prospective Justices

The new president will change the Court’s ideological makeup for the next four decades

Jim Naureckas: Charges Dropped Against Amy Goodman–No Thanks to Corporate Media

North Dakota District Judge John Grinsteiner stood up for the First Amendment by dismissing “riot” charges against Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman

Rev. Edward Pinkney: Convicted With No Evidence: a Very Dangerous Precedent!

We must continue to fight against this grave imbalance to ensure a humane, just future for people of color, for the homeless, for the poverty-stricken, for the weary and beaten populace of America

Matt Taibbi: Six Million Adults Who Won’t Influence This Presidential Race

One in 40 Americans can’t vote because of a criminal conviction. But the rules aren’t exactly fair

Christopher Ketcham: Above the Law: On the Prospects of Prosecutorial Reform

What drives a prosecutor are the all-too-human traits: a desire for advancement, the building of reputation, the winning of status

Stanley L. Cohen: American Nightmare: the Criminal, Justice System

Don’t assume the worst when it comes to the criminal justice system or the young, poor and black or brown people it victimizes. There is always a story

Russell Mokhiber: Wells Fargo Allowed to Neither Admit Nor Deny. Why?

When the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) settled with Wells Fargo last month for $100 million, it did so without requiring that Wells Fargo admit to its wrongdoing

Binoy Kampmark: Punishing the Punished

It was not sufficient for US military authorities to sentence whistleblower Chelsea Manning to the onerous, disproportionate sentence of 35 years imprisonment for conniving with WikiLeaks in releasing classified material.

Rebecca Gordon: Should Prison Really Be the American Way?

It’s hard to fathom even the basics of the American urge to lock people away in vast numbers.

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