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Jailhouse Informant Practices Prompt Orange County Probe

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 01.12.2017 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The Department of Justice announced its Office of Civil Rights has launched an investigation of the sheriff's office and the district attorney's office in Orange County, California, over repeated claims law enforcers there have systematically used jailhouse informants in ways that violate defendants' rights.

Preventing Crimes And Suffering Through Justice

Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi | Posted 07.15.2016 | Home
Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi

In our own lifetimes, in conflicts unfolding even today, atrocities have been planned and executed, leaving behind victims of widespread or systematic crimes. Societies across the globe have been deeply scarred and divided by crimes such as attacks on civilians, murder, using child soldiers and rape as a tool of war. Violence in one place inevitably causes instability in others. For some, this may seem a distant if disturbing fact, but for hundreds of thousands of others, it is their only reality.

Project Educates, Empowers Defendants To Get Fair Shot In Imperfect Justice System

New York Times | DAVID BORNSTEIN | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact

If a member of your family was arrested, would you know how to help? Would you know what to look for in a police report? Or guide your relative about ...

How to Prevent Pre-Trial Publicity From Contaminating Fair Trials

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 02.04.2015 | Crime
Steven Shiffrin

When police are permitted casually to release incriminating information to the press, we may enjoy the gossip, but we cannot responsibly claim we treat defendants fairly.

Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

To praise Iran's president for his diplomatic successes means forgetting all too easily that the situation within the country has changed little, if at all, since his election.

Radley Balko

Landmark Case Turns 50 -- But Defense Attorneys Aren't Celebrating | Radley Balko | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics

One of the Supreme Court's most celebrated criminal procedure decisions turns 50 years old Monday. By a 7-2 vote, the Court ruled in the 1963 case Bra...

The Kennebunk 'Client List' and What This Is Doing to Women in My Community

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 12.22.2012 | Crime
Patricia Leavy, PhD

How is it that the question of whether or not to release the names of 150-plus johns has morphed into a subtle but clear attack on women?

Building A Post-Gaddafi Libya

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 10.22.2011 | Home
Rabah Ghezali

What indeed to do when Gaddafi has gone? The most pressing challenge would be security. Afghanistan and Iraq are examples: there the failure to maintain public order has plunged these countries in a semi civil war status.

A Gay Rights Angle on the Egyptian Revolution?

Katherine Franke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Katherine Franke

Mubarak was able to degrade civilian criminal court procedures and render them more like the national security courts by and through the prosecution of an unpopular minority: gay men.

Elected Justice

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Judicial candidates running election campaigns sound more like they are running for sheriff than running to be a neutral arbiter of the law.

9/11 Victims Deserve Better than Guantanamo

Stacy Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stacy Sullivan

No matter how hard Bush tries to sell these arraignments as a great day for justice, it can't spin the Guantanamo courtroom spectacle into a fair judicial process worthy of the victims of September 11, 2001.