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More Than Marijuana: Humboldt County DA Wins big for Seniors

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Lisa Derrick

Recently the attention on pot and Prop 19 have overshadowed a huge Humboldt County legal battle, a landmark case, the outcome of which has far reaching implications in the healthcare field and for senior citizens.

Tipster in Bell Scandal Waited Months for DA, Then Was Arrested

Chase Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Chase Davis

A former Bell City Council member arrested in September on felony charges of misappropriating public funds told investigators more than a year ago that the city was plagued with bribery.

Deliberative Indifference

John Hollway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Hollway

John Thompson is one of the "lucky" ones -- after 18 years in prison, he's gotten his life back. New Orleans released him with $10 and the clothes he was arrested in in 1984.

What Every Woman Needs to Know About the Office of State Attorney General

Christine Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Bronstein

Until recently I had no idea how much control the Attorney General has over my uterus. As Attorney General, Kamala Harris will make choice a priority in her administration.

Hawaii County Files Trespassing Charges Against Census Worker Russell Haas

AP | MARK NIESSE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HONOLULU — In these divisive times, Census worker Russell Haas has come to expect some resistance when he goes door to door to count the residen...

Scott Southworth, Wisconsin DA, Threatens To Arrest Sex-Ed Teachers

AOL News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Wisconsin district attorney is urging schools to drop their sex-education programs, warning that the teachers involved could be arrested if they fol...

Political Attack Ad Targets Facebook's Former Chief Privacy Officer

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

It seems the issue of Facebook privacy has gained enough currency to earn itself a place in a TV attack ad in the race for California attorney genera...

Leaving the Party: The Journey of Arlen Specter

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
SaraKay Smullens

Yes, the right wing Republicans, who have so destroyed the soul of a party, are right. Arlen Specter never left the Democratic Party. It was the reasons he never left, his commitment to hope, promise and protection, that elude them.

The Mortgage Crisis is Not Colorblind

Kamala D. Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kamala D. Harris

Ask anyone to define the "American Dream" and almost surely, the reply will be: "owning a home." And for good reason - a home is equal parts fa...

Prosecutors Must Seek Justice, Not Merely Convictions

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Terzano

Prosecutors play a unique and powerful role in our justice system. Yet too often, prosecutors neglect their ethical duty to protect the innocent and guard the rights of the accused.

Martha Coakley -- and One Nagging, Unsolved Case

Sheila Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheila Weller

I want Coakley to win. But the domestic abuse case she worked on as DA is an example of our government's failure to sometimes do something simple: Be curious, aggressive, and effective in victim crimes.

No Charges After Grand Junction Woman Shot Nine Times In Driveway

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel | Paul Shockley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said Thursday that he will not file criminal charges in the November shooting death of a Pear Park woman, saying she...

Stephanie Villafuerte, Former Ritter Aid Tapped By Obama Administration, Implicated In 2006 Immigrant Scandal: Denver Post

The Denver Post | Karen E. Crummy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

President Barack Obama's nominee as Colorado's next U.S. attorney told the FBI two years ago that she never spoke to anyone in the Denver District Att...

New DA Promises 'Humility'

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Manhattan's first new district attorney in 35 years says he'll balance public safety with fairness as he takes over one of the nation...

Why Nab Roman Polanski Now? Revenge

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Wolff

There is nothing inevitable about catching a famous person who has not been in hiding after 31 years. Indeed, he didn't just riskily or mistakenly show up in Switzerland; he owned a house there.

The Unthinkable

Richard Aborn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Aborn

We've changed the debate. By articulating a strongly progressive, prevention-oriented platform and speaking directly and honestly about racial justice, we have reshaped criminal justice thinking in New York.

An Anti-Endorsement I'm Thrilled to Have

Richard Aborn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Aborn

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association urged its members yesterday to vote against me in the race for DA. And I couldn't be prouder.

Candidates Drug Use Not A Deal Breaker, But Hypocrisy On Issue Should Be!

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tony Newman

We have two candidates running for District Attorney of Manhattan, one the of the most powerful law enforcement jobs in the country, admitting to cocaine use.

Protecting Workers' Rights

Richard Aborn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Aborn

New York State has strong and progressive wage protection laws on the books, but too many workers go unprotected because those laws aren't enforced aggressively enough.

Which Manhattan D.A. Candidate Will Win The New York Times Endorsement ?

New York Magazine | By Geoffrey Gray | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

In races where no voter seems to know any of the candidates, and what the candidates stand for all sounds the same, the endorsement of the New York Ti...

Prosecutorial Racial Bias Review

Cyrus Vance | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cyrus Vance

Are the decisions of Manhattan prosecutors racially neutral? Or does race play a role in prosecutors' decisions regarding bail, when to press charges, when to offer plea bargains, and the severity of sentences?

"Shades of Gray": The Real Story Behind My Resignation from the L.A. County DA's Office

Robin Sax | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Sax

I am here to give you the down-low on my departure from the DA's office. And for those of you who know my style of "telling it like it is," I will not disappoint you now.

Out-fox the NRA Again

Richard Aborn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Aborn

Republicans hoping to push through a potential amendment to the Defense authorization bill that would enable residents of states with lax gun laws to carry loaded, concealed weapons in states that have stricter regulations.

Sotomayor: Who Could Be More American?

Ed Hayes | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ed Hayes

There are those who see Judge Sotomayor as an example of the American Dream, a woman who came from a working-class background into the best schools and drove herself intellectually and physically.

Yet Another Massive Fraud Shows We Must Go After White Collar Crime With a Vengeance

Richard Aborn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Aborn

The lesson from this, as if we needed reminding, is that it is vital that we maintain a beefed-up focus on white-collar crime.