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Police Misconduct Needs 'Broken Windows' Approach

Hector Villagra | Posted 07.30.2015 | Los Angeles
Hector Villagra

On the same day a female Los Angeles Police officer was sentenced to 36 months for delivering hard kicks to the groin of a handcuffed woman who later died, a homeless woman with mental illness was facing 25 years to life for merely picking up a police baton.

Hurry Up And Wait For Justice: The Struggles Of Innocent Prisoners

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When the judicial system that is supposed to protect us continues to fail us and our families, and when we have evidence to clear us of these crimes that goes ignored, it's extremely hard to keep our sanity.

When Prosecutors Deny Justice for the Innocent

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.15.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

While some prosecutors do their job honestly and stand for justice, there are others who are responsible for intentionally wrongfully convicting innocent people. And as if that weren't enough, they do whatever is necessary to maintain these false convictions.

Nick Wing

Prosecutors Drop Ridiculous Charge For Cautious Driver, Reveal Bigger Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

Last month, DaJuawn Wallace was given a choice: Plead guilty to a crime he didn't commit, or continue to fight the charge and take his chances in the ...

Why Do Prosecutors Fight to Maintain Wrongful Convictions?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When it comes to our criminal justice system, prosecutor and police misconduct remains the elephant in the courtroom. Sometimes it is spoken about, but rarely is any action taken.

Secrets of a Career Climb: Make Shit Happen, Deal When It Does

Jim Treacy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Jim Treacy

Embrace your scars. When you have something to offer you'll be sought. The person who wants something least holds the stronger position. Living the dream is never giving in to adversity -- hold ground, then bounce back.

Josh Duggar's "19 Felonies and Counting"

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 06.01.2015 | Media
Burke E. Strunsky

There is no doubt the Duggars and law enforcement chose to tune out on this one, but the reality is that most families that discover sexual abuse within their clan conceal it--just not with three million viewers looking on.

Freddie Gray's Family Is 'Satisfied' With Charges Against Officers

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices

The family of Freddie Gray on Friday applauded the news that Gray’s death had been ruled a homicide and that criminal charges were being brought aga...

Lilly Workneh

Baltimore Protesters Rejoice Over Charges In Freddie Gray's Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices

It wasn’t expected -- but it was welcome. Many Baltimore residents applauded Friday's announcement from State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby that F...

The Truth Is in the Numbers: Stop Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

I'm one of many prisoners who are completely innocent, but continue to suffer at the hands of prosecutors who represent anything but justice. We are not guilty, so we don't want sympathy. We demand justice from the legal system that has failed us.

The Suprising Thing People Facing Federal Criminal Charges Learn

Matt Kaiser | Posted 03.18.2015 | Crime
Matt Kaiser

Basically two things happen in court -- people try to get someone else's money or the government tries to get someone's freedom. People taken to court are either at risk of losing cash or going to prison.

The Treacherous Intersection of Faith and Child Abuse

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 02.18.2015 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Secrecy is essential to the crime of child molestation and when it encounters the sacred secrecy inherent to some religious organizations, an atmosphere is created in which the predator can thrive.

Do High School Students Know the Constitution Bars Justin Bieber from Being President?

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Burke E. Strunsky

Is it a bit scary that only one in three Americans can name a single Supreme Court justice, but two-thirds can effortlessly name a judge on the TV show American Idol? Is it downright terrifying that more Americans can name all of the Three Stooges than the three branches of the Federal government?

Getting the Facts Right About the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Nancy Leong | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Nancy Leong

As we discuss and debate the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, we'll inevitably have differences of opinion -- some slight; some extreme. But we owe it to one another to ensure that our opinions are founded on a correct understanding of the underlying facts.

Criminal Injustice: 4 Ways Courts Can Restore Faith in the Legal System After Ferguson

Evan Bernick | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

As protests continue across the nation, it is worth asking what, if anything, can be done to address the perception that citizens cannot expect help from the courts when police officers are accused of unjustifiably depriving them of their liberty, property or even their lives.

Think You Are Guaranteed a Right to a Jury of Your Peers? It Might Just Turn on Your Marginal Tax Rate

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 01.21.2015 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Inadequate jury pay is essentially gutting class diversity and creating more homogenous juries that no longer represent a true cross-section of our communities.

70 Year Old Woman Prosecuted for Neglecting Her 98 Year Old Mother

Eric Lotke | Posted 01.17.2015 | Crime
Eric Lotke

We hear too many stories of our supersized justice system. Too many people locked up, the school-to-prison pipeline, etc. Here is another one: A 70 year old woman in Alexandria, Virginia, has been prosecuted for failing to take adequate care of her ailing, wheel-chair bound, 98 year old mother.

Ferguson's Justice Quagmire

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 12.20.2014 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

This may be one of those cases, which we as prosecutors see all the time, in which we know in our gut that someone is guilty, but we can't prove it beyond all reasonable doubt.

Prosecutors Can Play Role in Ending Mass Incarceration

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 11.30.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

No one argues that a federal prosecutor's role is easy. And, in many ways, the revolution in prosecution requires them to make even more subtle and difficult judgments than they do already. But if the nation is to end mass incarceration, with a criminal justice system suited to that goal, we must collectively embrace the revolution in prosecution.

A Criminal Mastermind Might Be Closer Than You Think

Linda Kenney Baden | Posted 11.23.2014 | Crime
Linda Kenney Baden

Those most deadly to us are those we cannot easily identity as masterminds. Normal people can become evil, and evil people can look normal.

The Red Flag Flies High Again on Prosecution in Brown Slaying

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.14.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The reason for Robert McCullough's foot drag on or outright refusal to prosecute Darren Wilson strikes to the heart of why he and other prosecutors either won't prosecute officers or invariably blow the case against them the rare times they do.

A Fumbling of Roles: How Roger Goodell Became the Prosecutor of Atlantic County

Lalit Kundani | Posted 11.11.2014 | Crime
Lalit Kundani

As a former prosecutor looking in, it's hard to begin. The criminal case against Rice was a no-brainer, a proverbial first and goal. But something was rotten in the State of Jersey.

Prosecutorial Misconduct and the "P" word

Andrea Lyon | Posted 11.08.2014 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

Using what you consider to be the ultimate pejorative word to describe someone critical of your work, Mr. Former D.A., is unethical, sexist, selfish and weak. Like most bullies are.

Working as a Defense Attorney Shouldn't Mean Political Suicide

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.14.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Advising the accused is not a politically popular job. But it is a necessary one. To criticize defense attorneys, the chief checks against prosecutorial abuse, is to promote a judicial system of error by stigmatizing a key motivator for better prosecution.

Terminal City: A Talk with Linda Fairstein

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Linda Fairstein needs no introduction. For more than two decades, this former prosecutor was Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney's office.