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Morning Links: UN vs. Legal Pot, Georgia Can't Fire Bad Cops, Puppycide in Colorado

Radley Balko | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

-- In Kentucky, a year in jail for not believing in God. -- The United Nations wants the Obama administration to boot the boot down on Colorado and W...

How Innocent People Get Into Legal Trouble: It's Easier Than You Think

Saul Segan | Posted 01.20.2013 | Crime
Saul Segan

Sometimes trying to be noble and "take the heat" for a friend or family member will prove catastrophic.

Radley Balko

The Stop: Bad Cops, Drug Dogs and Trekkies Along I-70 | Radley Balko | Posted 12.15.2012 | Crime

(Photo by Billy Delfs) Last December, filmmaker Terrance Huff and his friend Jon Seaton were returning to Ohio after attending a "Star Trek" co...

The Justice System's Imprisonment of Innocent Citizens

Anthony Gregory | Posted 12.03.2012 | Crime
Anthony Gregory

It is almost a certainty that thousands of innocent Americans are behind bars, potentially subject to brutal conditions, violence, and very often rape. But this reality poses a major inconvenience for the dominant forms of modern political ideology.

What Is It Like To Be in a Police Chase?

Quora | Posted 11.23.2012 | Crime

This question originally appeared on Quora. Tim Dees is a retired police officer and freelance writer. He is a columnist at, a member...

Out of Pandora's Box: Taser Nation

Cheryl Mendelson | Posted 11.19.2012 | Crime
Cheryl Mendelson

The legal use of Tasers for pain compliance -- hurting people so badly that they are rendered submissive -- is common. This is legal torture. It doesn't stop being torture, and it doesn't stop being wrong, when inflicted to make someone obey police orders.

Yoga: How We Serve First Responders

Rob Schware | Posted 11.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Lisa Wimberger, who began serving first responders in 2007 teaching mindfulness Neurosculpting® trainings at national law enforcement agencies.

America's Most Stressful Jobs

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business

Labor Day is a great time to unwind and draw the summer to a close, especially if your job is one of the most stressful in the country. And what ki...

GOP Candidate's Use Of Deadly Force

Bedford Patch | Ryan O'Connor | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

In the face of criticism from both New Hampshire Democrats and high-ranking members of his own party, Republican candidate for Hillsborough County She...

Agency's Request For Huge Number Of Bullets Raises Some Eybrows

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 08.20.2012 | Business

Look out grandma. The people who cut your retirement check may be packing some heat. The Social Security Administration recently posted a purchase ...

Racial Profiling Reportedly 'Rampant' At Major Airport

AP | Posted 08.14.2012 | Travel

NEW YORK -- Transportation Security Administration officers at Boston's Logan International Airport are alleging that a program intended to help flag ...

Police Shootings Echo Nationwide

Stephan Salisbury | Posted 09.29.2012 | Crime
Stephan Salisbury

In contrast to the exhaustive coverage of the massacre that left 70-plus casualties, we know very little about Anaheim and the killing of Manuel Angel Diaz, shot in the back and in the head by that city's police just a few short hours after the awful Aurora murders.

Meredith Bennett-Smith

Self-Professed Rapists Explain Themselves, Tell Their Stories On Massive New Reddit Thread | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 07.30.2012 | Crime

"I am a post-colleged age male who raped several girls through use of coercion, alcohol, and other tactics over a course of 3 years." Thus begins t...

My Irrational Fear Of 'The Law'

Elizabeth Jayne Liu | Posted 09.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Jayne Liu

I'm afraid of cops. There, I said it. So where does this unnatural fear come from?

AWW: Heartwarming LAPD Tradition

AP | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON | Posted 07.12.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- It's a tradition at the Los Angeles Police Department _when the child of a veteran officer joins the force, father and child pull a shi...

Above the Law

Glen Martin | Posted 09.01.2012 | San Francisco
Glen Martin

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey sees his purview extending well beyond the pursuit of criminals and scofflaws. Indeed, Lopey has explicitly stated his disinclination to enforce state and federal laws that pertain to environmental protection.

My Fearless Wife: Confessions Of A (Male) Law-Enforcement Spouse

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Shane Paul Neil

I play the "what if" games. What do I do if she gets hurt? What do I do if she has to hurt somebody? What do I do if she doesn't come home at all? In my mind, I have tended my wife's wounds, both physical and psychic. I have eulogized my wife and raised our yet-to-be-born child.

Myths and Misconceptions About Indiana's New Self-Defense Law

Radley Balko | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
Radley Balko

Contrary to the impression one might get from some recent headlines, a new Indiana self-defense law does not authorize Hoosiers to wantonly open fire on police officers.

Pentagon Suspends Weapons For Cops Program

Radley Balko | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics

The Pentagon has temporarily put the brakes on a popular program started in 1994 that transfers surplus military equipment to local police departments...

Andrea Stone

Homeland Security Trade Show Deserted Even As Industry Keeps On Growing | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than a decade after 9/11, it isn't easy to stage a "first-of-its-kind" event centered on homeland security and counterterrorism. ...

Watchdog Suspended For Wanting To Carry A Gun

Reuters | Posted 07.10.2012 | Business

(Adds background about investigation into Weber in a previous job and detail throughout) By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON, ...

VAWA: Because Every Man, Woman and Child in America Is at Risk and Every Crime Victim Deserves Justice

Christine Pelosi | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

It is said April is the cruelest month and certainly this April Florida Governor Rick Scott landed the cruelest act, vetoing funding for rape crisis c...

Law-enforcement Leaders Agree: State Anti-immigrant Laws Encourage Discrimination

Ali Noorani | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Ali Noorani

At its heart, America is an idea, not an ideology. And the idea that all men (and women) are created equal is unique to America. Once we allow law enforcement to ask someone for identification because they look less equal, the idea of America weakens.

Stop Illegal OHV Riders by Getting Their Number

David Petersen | Posted 06.11.2012 | Denver
David Petersen

Problems arising from in-our-faces off-highway vehicle abuse are within the public's power to meaningfully curtail... if we really want to.

Company 'Proud' Of $43 Million Medicare Fraud Settlement

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.11.2012 | Business

The second-biggest for-profit hospital chain in the U.S. has agreed to pay $42.8 million to settle allegations it overcharged Medicare during the midd...