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Mike Weisser

Want to Learn About Gun Safety? Just Ask the NRA

Mike Weisser | January 26, 2015 | Politics
The fact that the NRA has never conducted any study to test the before-and-after results of distributing their safety literature either in classrooms or in community groups makes it impossible to accept their self-congratulatory statements about teaching gun safety to kids.
Marvin Washington

The NFL Needs to Rethink Marijuana

Marvin Washington | January 26, 2015 | Sports
There is no place any longer, either in the NFL or the nation at large, for the injustices and hypocrisies of prohibitionist marijuana policies. It's time for the NFL to be a leader and create a rational and science-based marijuana policy.
Cindra Ladd

Cosby: 'Trust Me.'

Cindra Ladd | January 26, 2015 | Entertainment
Why speak out about Bill Cosby now? The simple answer is that it's the right thing to do. The truth deserves to be known. As I write this, more than 20 women have come forward, many with stories that are remarkably similar to mine.
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

What Is on the Horizon for Grand Jury Reform?

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | January 23, 2015 | Crime
Some of the current proposals may deserve consideration but they would have greater long-term impact and meaning if they improve transparency within the criminal justice system more generally and are not limited to cases just involving police.
Cassy Stubbs

This Tuesday, Georgia Will Execute an Intellectually Disabled Man Unless the Courts Intervene

Cassy Stubbs | January 23, 2015 | Politics
We have only a few days before Mr. Hill enters the death chamber. His execution will mock the Constitution and our common decency unless the courts intervene, now.
Ben Rosenfeld

Eric McDavid Deserves Answers From Federal Officials Who Kept Information From Him at Trial

Ben Rosenfeld | January 25, 2015 | Politics
The U.S. Attorneys who negotiated Mr. McDavid's release are not responsible for his entrapment or unfair prosecution. They inherited the case after the fact and acted honorably by helping to correct a grievous injustice. But they need to stop vouching for their predecessors and start conducting an inquiry.
Cecilia Alvear

In Galápagos, a Case of Suicide or Murder?

Cecilia Alvear | January 23, 2015 | Crime
Was it suicide or murder? The Ecuadorian government, hoping to answer that question, says it is reopening the case of the death of underwater filmmaker Valerie de la Valdene, whose body was found July 5, 2014 in her home on Santa Cruz island in the Galápagos.
Shannon Watts

When It Comes to Kids and Guns, There's No Such Thing as an "Accident"

Shannon Watts | January 22, 2015 | Politics
It's time for parents to stop making excuses and start driving change.
Andrew Collins

The Key to Post-Ferguson Reform

Andrew Collins | January 22, 2015 | Politics
So many police departments withhold data on internal investigations that it can be difficult to even grasp the scope of problems, much less prescribe solutions.
Brian Levin, J.D.

Legal and Evidence Hurdles Stop Feds in Brown Case

Brian Levin, J.D. | January 22, 2015 | Politics
While both federal and state criminal laws both require a finding that cases be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, the federal law requires more elements be proven to that high evidence standard.
Norman Solomon

Leak Trial Shows CIA Zeal to Hide Incompetence

Norman Solomon | January 22, 2015 | Politics
The subject of competence is a sore spot for career CIA employees proud of their hard-boiled affects. From their vantage points, it can't be expunged by dismissing critics as impractical idealists and bleeding hearts merely concerned with the morality of drones, torture or renditions.
Glenn C. Altschuler


Glenn C. Altschuler | January 21, 2015 | Books
In The Killing Compartments, Abram De Swaan, an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam, provides an insightful analysis of the phenomenon of mass annihilation that is not directly a part of "regular warfare."
Alexa Van Brunt

5 Ways the US Criminal Justice System Violates Human Rights -- And How We Can Do Better

Alexa Van Brunt | January 21, 2015 | Politics
2014 was the year the United States began to wake up to the problems in our criminal justice system. Let's make 2015 the year we take the steps toward fixing them. While some may believe that the tactics used in the U.S. are necessary to keep peace, Europe presents a stark counterpoint to that argument.
Mardra Sikora

What We've Lost Since Ethan Saylor's Death

Mardra Sikora | January 21, 2015 | Crime
During these last two years, #JusticeForEthan has evolved from the demand for answers regarding one man's death to the rallying cry focused on the need for change. Despite all that has been lost -- and it is far too much -- there is now a spotlight on where changes need to come.
Steve Drizin

Imagining a President Who Speaks 'Truth to Power' on Juvenile Justice

Steve Drizin | January 20, 2015 | Politics
It's time for the president to be decisive on another issue that not only has support among his base but also among an increasingly vocal minority of conservative and libertarian Republicans. It is time for the president to speak out about "mass incarceration."
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Blasting Away Black Faces and Lives

Warren J. Blumenfeld | January 21, 2015 | Crime
Why does Chief J. Scott Dennis believe it to be good policy and practice to further target (literally and figuratively) people who have paid for their past mistakes? Does he think his policy has no real impact on the loved ones of those whose pictures his officers blast away?
Adam Banner

Don't Rush the Marijuana Breathalyzer Into "Zero Tolerance" States

Adam Banner | January 20, 2015 | Crime
As a criminal defense lawyer, I've handled a few DUI cases in my time. Still, the last thing I want is to share the road with an impaired driver. DUI defense isn't about supporting drunk or drugged driving; it's about making sure the legal system runs correctly.
Mike Weisser

The Gun Violence Stats the NRA Doesn't Want You to Consider

Mike Weisser | January 20, 2015 | Politics
If we define gun violence as using a gun to end a human life, the FBI is telling us that less than 10 percent of those fatalities would be eliminated if we got rid of all violent crime.
Sanjay Sanghoee

Why Suppressing Free Speech to Protect Religion Is a Bad Idea

Sanjay Sanghoee | January 19, 2015 | Crime
All we will accomplish is an environment where prejudice and hatred fester and grow in the shadows, and where extremists use incitement as an excuse for their atrocities (at least in their propaganda). It shouldn't be hard to see why this is a bad idea.
Maya Schenwar

Your Home Is Your Prison

Maya Schenwar | January 18, 2015 | Politics
On January 27, domestic violence survivor Marissa Alexander will walk out of Florida's Duval County jail -- but she won't be free.
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