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Decision Points: Prosecutors Have Opportunities to Reduce Incarceration and Disparities Through Risk Assessment

George Gascón | Posted 10.14.2015 | Crime
George Gascón

Refusing to use our own data about our prior successes and failures, with the goals of making better decisions going forward, is irresponsible.

The Tested Solution for Troubled Youth Which We Are Overlooking

Laura Goldman | Posted 10.07.2015 | Impact
Laura Goldman

Instead of twiddling our thumbs waiting for Congress to act or continuously searching for the shiny new solution, maybe we should consider expanding a solution that has been around for a century.

Tipping the Scales of Justice: Why Don't We See More Women in Law Enforcement?

Andrea Dew Steele | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Andrea Dew Steele

I think back to that experience with Kamala and I can honestly tell you that even with all of Kamala's strengths -- an extremely successful litigation career, an excellent fundraising network and plenty of charisma -- taking on "the Old Boys' Club" was extremely challenging.

A Divorce Lawyer Tips Her Hat to Criminal Lawyers

Justine Borer | Posted 06.13.2015 | Crime
Justine Borer

I'm one of those lucky lawyers who found her calling at the age of 7. L.A. Law hooked me. Today I focus on family/matrimonial law, but it wasn't Arnie Becker, the charming and unctuous matrimonial lawyer at McKenzie Brackman, who reeled me in.

Barrow Man Accused of Killing Assistant DA Was Out on Bail in Domestic Violence Cases

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.10.2015 | Crime
Alaska Dispatch News

Ronald Fischer, 47, appeared in court Wednesday to face first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of assistant district attorney Brian Sullivan, 48, two days earlier.

Penalty Phase Begins For Ex-Judge Convicted Of Murdering DA's Wife

AP | Posted 02.07.2015 | Crime

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — An assistant prosecutor shouted "I'm sorry, I'm sorry" in the moments before a gunman bent on revenge shot him repeatedly las...

The Grand Jury When It Comes to Ferguson and Staten Island

Steven Brill | Posted 02.04.2015 | Crime
Steven Brill

While the impetus behind the highly charged reactions to these grand jury decisions and racial arguments warrant real debate and focus, an equally glaring issue in the Brown and Garner cases is the way in which the district attorneys presented the cases to their respective grand juries.

Fear and Lynching in California

Sam Slovick | Posted 11.02.2014 | Los Angeles
Sam Slovick

Whatever Murrieta was before July 2014, it no longer is. What City Manager Rick Dudley characterized as "a black eye" is actually an indelible stain.

Black Philadelphians and Their Ungodly Fear of Police

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.17.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

To hell with political correctness, it's time to talk about the black elephant in the room.

Dumb District Attorneys

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 05.26.2014 | New York
Bennett L. Gershman

A rape trial is presently taking place in New York that ordinarily would attract little media attention except for one important fact: The defendant, Alexandru Hossu, is a close personal acquaintance of Adam Levy, the Putnam County district attorney, and Levy's conduct in connection with Hossu's case has been strange.

Activists Seek to Impeach Philly's First Black D.A.

Christopher Norris | Posted 04.19.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Seth Williams, who was hired by the citizens of Philadelphia to prosecute the guilty as well as protect the innocent in his role as District Attorney, is not very popular these days; in fact some of his bosses, the taxpayers, are calling for his job.

Why Americans Can't Agree on Gun Control

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 05.18.2013 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

The gun lobby's insistence on systematically suppressing valuable information that threatens its position stops us from learning more about gun violence and its causes.

Looking Beyond Sandy Hook: Do Our Children Believe That Violence Is as American as Apple Pie?

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 02.26.2013 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

The mass shooting of 20 first graders at Sandy Hook has many wondering whether violence has so stained the fabric of American culture that, in order t...

A Response to the NRA Press Conference

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Burke E. Strunsky

Despite all the promises of a "major announcement " at a press conference, the NRA has doubled down and superciliously claimed that the answer to gun violence is -- wait for it -- MORE GUNS.

The Proliferation of Powerful Guns

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 02.16.2013 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Does anyone's "right" to have a gun that fires hundreds of rounds in a matter of a minute outweigh the right of a 7-year-old simply to celebrate her 8th birthday?

The Gun Control Controversy

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Burke E. Strunsky

The mass proliferation of handguns has fueled and spread human tragedies. The easy access and portability of a handgun leaves a wake of destruction for anyone affected by either end of the bullet.

Michael Didn't Kill His Wife - But Spent Years In Prison For It

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 12.19.2012 | Crime

HOUSTON — The State Bar of Texas is suing a former prosecutor who is now a state district judge, accusing him of withholding memos and other wri...

"A Scandal Grows in Brooklyn" -- the Problem When a D.A. Plays Politics

Abe George | Posted 11.28.2012 | New York
Abe George

As a former prosecutor, I have seen first-hand the critical importance of pursuing justice with no regard for special interests. That is because a district attorney should never play politics with people's lives. Charles Hynes clearly thinks differently.

The Alarming Ties Between Debt Collectors and District Attorneys

Adam Levin | Posted 09.26.2012 | Money
Adam Levin

The American justice system must not be sold to the highest bidder -- not to lobbyists, not to politicians, and certainly not to debt collectors. District attorneys can't continue to demean our institutions by renting out their letterhead.

Threatened With Jail For Bouncing $48 Check To Walmart

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.18.2012 | Business

Debt collectors and district attorneys are teaming up to bully bad-check writers into paying their debt, including a California woman who bounced a $4...

Brooklyn Is Behind the Times in Fighting Identity Theft and Cybercrime

Abe George | Posted 10.27.2012 | New York
Abe George

We need to be concerned that without a dedicated identity theft unit, the Brooklyn DA is failing to arm his prosecutors with the most effective and advanced tools to take on the most widespread crimes of a modern age.

Former Wisconsin DA Pleads No Contest To Ethics Violations

AP | TODD RICHMOND | Posted 08.15.2012 | Crime

MADISON, Wis. — A former Wisconsin prosecutor accused of rampant sexual harassment agreed Friday to plead no contest to six ethics violations, m...

That's the Ticket

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.22.2012 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

I am not a lawyer, although I have been admitted to many bars, but at the risk of being sentenced to life in prison for felonious stupidity, I decided to represent myself recently when I went to traffic court to fight a parking ticket.

Defending Jacob Is a Stunning Novel

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 04.03.2012 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

William Landay has written a stunning novel and it is one that should draw attention to the possibilities it raises. In the next few weeks, Defending Jacob is the novel most readers are going to be discussing.

Aaron Sankin

San Francisco Votestravaganza! | Aaron Sankin | Posted 01.07.2012 | San Francisco

Update:With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Ed Lee is still way out in front but a ranked-choice voting shakeup could put John Avalos or possibly ...