Category: Law, Crime, & Justice

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.

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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.

Lindsey E. Jones: Black Girls, Domestic Violence, and the Limits of Self-Defense

The case of Bresha Meadows, an African American teenage girl in Ohio, is a sad commentary on the failure of the state to protect victims of domestic violence. After a lifetime of watching him physically and psychologically abuse her mother—and of being subjected to threats and verbal abuse, along with her siblings—Bresha allegedly shot her Read more…

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Justin Podur: Free Homa Hoodfar

Anybody who is talking to the Iranian government about anything should impress upon them the need to immediately free Homa Hoodfar

Jack Heyman: It’s High Time for Mass Mobilization to Free Mumia!

International attention and protest are key to the effort to free Mumia

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Victoria Law: As Obama’s Presidency Enters Final Months, Thousands Behind Bars Hope for Clemency

Obama could issue mass commutations that retroactively adjust the sentences of those convicted under old (and now outdated) drug laws

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Marjorie Cohn: Death to the Death Penalty in California

The United States has no uniform law on the death penalty. Each state is free to choose whether or not to execute people. Nineteen states have abolished the death penalty

William Boardman: Politics of Fraud Produces No More Gun Safety

Having succeeded in making no changes in gun laws, Democrats appear to have no Plan B. The Democrats’ filibuster and the Senate vote were pseudo-events,

Stephen Bergstein: Surprises at the Supreme Court in 2016

the United States Supreme Court ended its 2015-16 term with a slew of high-profile opinions that for the first time in years did not leave progressives in a state of distress.

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Brian Terrell: What Makes a Hate Group?

The actions of the Juneau County Sheriff’s Department show a disturbing pattern that is reminiscent of the chilling effects of McCarthyism in the 1950s and the COINTELPRO activities of the FBI in the 1960s

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