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The Treacherous Intersection of Faith and Child Abuse

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 11.30.2014 | 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 11.28.2014 | 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 11.21.2014 | 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Inadequate jury pay is essentially gutting class diversity and creating more homogenous juries that no longer represent a true cross-section of our communities.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 11.17.2014 | 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.

New Commission to Regulate Prosecutorial Misconduct

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 07.20.2014 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

New York State is poised to become the first state in the nation to create a public commission specifically designed to investigate complaints of misconduct by prosecutors. It is essential to the integrity of the justice system and the public's confidence that the system functions fairly and accurately.

What Do Prosecutors and District Attorneys Say About 911 Good Samaritan Laws?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

While law enforcement, public health advocates, and people directly affected by drug overdose are front and center in these debates, state prosecutors and district attorneys also play a critical role in advocacy efforts -- often for, but sometimes against, these laws.

Nancy Grace Lies Again -- And May Have to Pay for It

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Media
Bennett L. Gershman

Discussing Nancy Grace's fabrications is like discussing a golfer's bogies: they're so routine, predictable, and pervasive that one accepts it and moves on.

Trial Begins in Los Angeles for Zapatista Protesters Attacked by Police

Nathan Robinson | Posted 02.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Nathan Robinson

The case is an important illustration of the unchecked power of American police and prosecutors to overcharge defendants, and the chilling effect on free speech that police suppression of protests can have.

Counties That Send The Most People To Death Row Show A Questionable Commitment To Justice

Radley Balko | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

Last week, I looked at a recent study by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) which finds that the vast majority of executions and death row in...

Missouri's Culture Of Conviction

Radley Balko | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

This week, a state appeals court in Missouri vacated the conviction of 29-year-old Ryan Ferguson. In 2005, Ferguson was convicted for the murder of Ke...

Radley Balko

Appeals Courts Give Misbehaving Prosecutors Privilege Of Anonymity

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

Last month, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a prosecutor in San Mateo County, Calif., committed "t...

Trayvon Martin and the Soul of a Prosecutor

Mark Osler | Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

The soul of a prosecutor is tested in the moments like those the Zimmerman prosecutors face now. One reaction, too often, is that these public servants shut down their emotional engagement with the people they charge.

Radley Balko

Feds Say Trespassing Peace Activists Are A National Security Threat

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

In another case of possible overreach by federal prosecutors, an 82-year-old nun and two anti-nuclear activists face long prison terms after being con...

Prosecuting Rap Music

Erik Nielson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Crime
Erik Nielson

Earlier this month, the 5th District Illinois appellate court reversed the conviction of Olutosin Oduwole, an aspiring hip hop artist and Southern Illinois University student who was found guilty of attempting to make a terrorist threat during his 2011 trial.

Girl Was Too Drunk To Consent, Players 'Treated Her Like A Toy': Prosecutor

www.newser.com | Posted 05.14.2013 | Crime

Contradictory to the position of the defense attorney's for the football player's charged with raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl, prosecutors in...