The Inhumanity of Sentencing a Person to Life Without Parole for a Nonviolent Crime

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 7:19 pm

(update below) Sharanda Purlette Jones is an African-American woman, who has been incarcerated for more than 14 years. She is 45 years old and has a twenty-two year-old daughter named Clenesha Garland. She has no more appeals. A petition for commutation is pending. She was sentenced to life without parole for the nonviolent crimes involving [...]

Supreme Court: Police Dog Powers Do Not Include Warrantless Searches of a Person’s Home

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:40 am

The Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision that when the government uses trained police dogs to investigate a home and its immediate surroundings it is a “search”  under the Fourth Amendment. The case involved the Miami-Dade Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration responding to an “unverified tip that marijuana was being grown in [...]

Obama’s Re-Election: What His Campaign Slogan ‘Forward’ Really Meant & What It Means Now

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 7:23 am

The slogan of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign was “Forward.” As progressives and others celebrate his victory, they need to take a moment to soberly reflect on the reality that his second term will be marked by advancing policies that he helped institutionalize or allowed to become further entrenched—some of which picked up on expanding [...]

Whistleblower Lawsuit: Chicago Cops Retaliated Against for Investigating Officer Who Was Robbing Drug Couriers

By: Friday November 2, 2012 5:53 pm

A whistleblower lawsuit on behalf of two Chicago police officers has been filed in federal court. The suit alleges the officers faced retaliation after they discovered one of their fellow officers, Sergeant Ron Watts, was “robbing drug couriers and manufacturing a case against at least one confidential informant” at the Ida B. Wells public housing [...]

The Off-Screen Violence of an NYPD Shooting in Times Square

By: Sunday August 12, 2012 1:25 pm

The introduction for the New York Times‘ coverage of a police shooting in the commercially decadent hub of New York known as Times Square is the following, “When the tourists and shoppers thronging Times Square on Saturday afternoon first saw the police officers, guns drawn, confronting a knife-wielding man, many thought they had stumbled onto [...]

Oliver Stone’s ‘Savages’ Presents the Depraved Insanity of the ‘War on Drugs’

By: Sunday July 8, 2012 1:01 pm

A “war on drugs whose objective is to eradicate the drug market,” Eduardo Porter of the New York Times recently wrote, “is a war that cannot be won.” In the report he highlights how the “war on drugs” has been a complete and utter failure. The “illegal drug market,” he argues, “cannot be eradicated.” The Drug [...]

Feds Targeting CA Pot Clubs to Deflect Heat on “Fast & Furious” Scandal?

By: Friday October 7, 2011 5:30 pm

Just when a big scandal hits Washington over an ATF/DoJ operation-gone-bad that allowed massive smuggling of guns to Mexican drug cartels, Eric Holder’s DoJ decides this is a good time to get tough with… medical marijuana dispensaries! But wait, what’s the CIA doing in the middle of all this? Or are they? Will cancer patients get their pot? Will drug kingpins in Sinaloa get their AK-47s? Guess which one matters more to the U.S. government.

Justice Department Reports Drug Seizures Do Little to Stop Cartels

By: Friday September 9, 2011 1:12 pm

The influence of Mexico’s drug cartels (photo: The government’s long-running war on drugs is having little impact, according to documents just released. The National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) of the Justice Department reports demand for drugs is rising and the demand is being supplied by major transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) or cartels, which adapt [...]

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