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Entries by Radley Balko from 01/2013

Morning Links: Energy Drinks, The Warrior Mindset, The Riddle Of The Gun

Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics

-- The New York Times continues with its weird attempt to start a panic over energy drinks. -- New Jersey town must pay $38K to compensate two poli...

Cop Exposes D.C. Speed Camera Racket

Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics

It's great that a D.C. cop took this on. It's too bad that it took a D.C. cop to get the city to finally pay attention. Metropolitan Police Departm...

The Year In Time-Lapse Photography

Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics

Mental Floss has put together a collection of the better time lapse videos released in 2012. Full list here. I'm partial to this tilt-shift video ...

Five-Star Fridays

Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics

It's always a nice surprise to rediscover a great album of music I'd forgotten about. It happened to me the other day when I found my CD of Jeff Black...

Sunday Afternoon Links: Lead And Crime, GMO Activist Switches Sides, The Open-Ended War On Terror

Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics

-- Kevin Drum makes the connection between lead exposure, IQ, and social deviance, with particular focus on the crime rate. Some push-back from Reason...

Morning Links: WSJ On The Failed Drug War, Union Bullying In Philadelphia, Cops Shoot Dogs

Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

-- The Wall Street Journal runs an op-ed by Gary Becker and Kevin Murphy advocating an end to the drug war. -- Terrific long-form article on union ...

The New York Times On Steven Hayne

Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

I've been reporting on the unfolding criminal justice disaster in Mississippi involving Steven Hayne and Michael West for several years now, including...

Morning Links: Eminent Domain Enriches Mayor, Puppycide Prevention, Everybody Hates Congress

Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

-- Guam Supreme Court upholds mayor's attempt to use eminent domain for personal enrichment. -- Headline of the day. -- "That's a violation of m...

James Buchanan, RIP

Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

The Nobel Prize-winning economist James Buchanan has passed away. Along with Gordon Tulluck, Buchanan was the leading proponent of and researcher in t...

New Victims In The War On Painkillers

Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

Last year I wrote a three-part series for Huffington Post that asked some questions about the latest panic over opioid painkillers, and its effect on ...

Doping in Sports Isn't Cheating, It's a Natural Progression

| Posted 01.15.2013 | Canada

It's an old cliché that sports is a metaphor for the human condition. But there's a lot of truth to it. As technology helped humanity obliterate these milestones and move beyond what until 100 years ago had been a long, bleak history, similar advances in nutrition, training, and using technology to improve technique have enabled sports records to fall with astonishing regularity. Let there be sports leagues that thrive on "pure sport," whatever that is, and let there be sports leagues where athletes are left to balance their own health and career longevity with technology, pharmacology, and the quest for a competitive advantage.

The Power Of The Prosecutor

Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

The death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz has generated a lot of discussion about the power of prosecutors -- particularly federal prosecutors. This...

My Investigation in Mississippi

Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

I have a new two-part investigative series from Mississippi up at the HuffPost main site today. The first part looks at the 15-year-old murder of K...

Solving Kathy Mabry's Murder: Brutal 15-Year-Old Crime Highlights Decades-Long Mississippi Scandal

Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

BELZONI, Miss. -- J.D. "Bubba" Roseman, the first black sheriff of Humphreys County, is a convivial man. In his office and in casual conversations on ...

Timeline Of The Steven Hayne-Michael West Era In Mississippi

Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

Steven Hayne and Michael West have been serving as expert witnesses in the courtrooms of Mississippi (and to a lesser degree, Louisiana) for more than...

Morning Links: The Drug War's Enduring Harm, Google Earl Maps Korean Labor Camps, Billie Holiday On Occupational Licensing

Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

-- A century from now, I we'll look back at imperialist U.S. drug policy as one of the most catastrophic foreign policy mistakes in American history. ...

Raid Of The Day: Richard Brown

Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

So as I've mentioned, I have a book on police militarization coming out in June. (Pre-order it here!) In anticipation of that, I'm starting a new "rai...

The Innocence Penalty

Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

After serving 15 years in prison for the crime of sexually assaulting his two children, a Utah judge has declared Kevin George Peterson factually inno...

Raid Of The Day: Laquisha Turner

Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

In 2008, FBI Agents raided the Richmond, California home of Artesia West as part of a drug and gang sweep. They were looking for West's son, who was w...

The State With The Most Death Row Exonerations Wants To Speed Up Executions

Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

Florida State Rep. Matt Gaetz is fed up with death row inmates and their endless appeals. Florida has a broken death penalty system, delaying justi...

Raid Of The Day: Sylvia and Elsa Romero

Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

November 2, 1992: Fordham University student Sylvia Romero and her sister Elsa were relaxing in their apartment when they heard a loud knock at the...

Morning Links: How We Argue Politics; Congrats, Mr. Barone; Boomtown D.C. May Be Slowing Down

Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

-- Beltway bandits may (finally) be staring at hard times ahead. -- Not at all surprising: L.A.P.D. using anti-terror policing powers in cases unr...

Raid Of The Day: Scott Bryant

Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

In late March of 1995, deputies with the Dodge County, Wisconsin Sheriff's Department claimed to have found traces of marijuana in a trashcan outs...

"It's Easy To Blame Government"

Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics

Well, yes. It is. Especially when government is clearly at fault. There's a lot going on in this video, but it all revolves around regulatory inco...

Raid Of The Day: Drug Cops Take Over Jerome, Arizona

Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

On October 15, 1985, more than 100 law enforcement officers swarmed the entire town of Jerome, Arizona. The historic hilltop hamlet was a boomtown...