What can a pickpocket teach us about the art of getting people's attention? A lot - if you can keep up with him. Watch expert thief Apollo Robbins in action and see if you can figure out how he does it.
By many measures, there is growing momentum for criminal justice reform. But any optimism needs to be tempered by the very modest rate of incarceration decline, 1.8 percent in the past year. At this rate, it will take until 2101 -- 88 years -- for the prison population to return to its 1980 level.
President Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates convicted for non-violent drug offenses involving crack cocaine. He also granted pardons to 13 others.
What the sentence did not do, however was shed adequate light on the underbelly of affluence beyond a superficial stereotype of spoiled rich kids who get away with almost everything.
I'm not one to use the term "tipping point" lightly, because one can only say you've hit it so many times before losing one's credibility, but I do think we've hit the tipping point on marijuana legalization -- for three reasons.
The partisan divide is as deep today as it perhaps has ever been. Even so, as demonstrated by the imminent passage of the first budget deal in almost five years, the landscape can change rapidly. The next big sea change seems relatively easy to predict...
The world is moving too fast for "yeah but" lawyers in a "why not" world. We have to incubate the next generation of lawyers to think like the entrepreneurs with whom they must work. We must train lawyers to become innovators and entrepreneurs in their own right.
On October 25, 2013, that demolition began, with one headline announcing, "No trace of Sandy Hook Elementary will be left." There is very little trace of Nancy Lanza left in coverage a year later.
Isn't it funny when you totally agree with somebody, but for totally different reasons? The D.C. based American Tort Reform Association released a report on Tuesday designating California as the nation's leading "Judicial Hellholes," and cited Los Angeles for being its hell-raising center.
Bill Bratton's main goal should be to improve community relations. Given Bratton's track record, I believe New Yorkers can look forward to a continuation of historically low crime, but as important, an improvement in police relations with communities within the five boroughs.
Section 230 is an important and complex law, and it is both dangerous and inaccurate to treat it as a blanket license for online abuse. Unfortunately, the popular understanding of §230 is at best imprecise.
More Americans are coming to learn -- as Europeans have known for quite some time -- that the death penalty is a fundamental violation of human rights. Capital punishment deprives human beings of their dignity and perpetuates a vicious cycle of societal violence.
The sexual exploitation and abuse of children continues to link the generations, well beyond the edge of official awareness. Children grow up in their own personal hell. Their rage stays at perpetual simmer. They're not listened to until they commit a crime. Violence flourishes.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Cates about some criminal justice hot talking points and was more than happy with the results.
On Monday U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled that the NSA surveillance program was unconstitutional. The gist of his ruling is that collecting data on the telephone calls of every American violates the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure. It should be pretty obvious to most Americans that collecting data in this way is not compatible with the values and laws governing our democracy, but it is still good to have that confirmed by a federal judge. The ruling itself is interesting, but the question of how any administration, Democratic or Republican believed that surveillance of that kind was, or should be legal, is more significant.
As new software continue to emerge, there will be hurdles to creating exact replications of the necessary underlying data for production in court. Creating tools to extract unique file types and tools to view those files in a readable format will become the weapons in the e-discovery vendor's arsenal.
There are no definitive answers to end school shootings, but we do get to make the choice to live and to love each day and that makes everything better.