Crime

Washington Post offers glimpses of Hillary’s legal jeopardy

Featured image The Washington Post reported today about the latest batch of classified emails found on Hillary Clinton’s private server. The story appears at page 5 of the print edition. The piece by Carol Leonig and Rosalind Helderman is reasonably informative and not particularly biased. (The headline in the print edition is “Clinton wrote, sent classified emails on private server;” the online edition offers a more pro-Clinton spin: “Clinton, using private server, »

Clinton emails contained top secret info derived from satellite spying on North Korean nukes

Featured image The latest batch of classified emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server includes information that may well be sufficient to establish that she violated 18 U.S.C. Section 793. However, as I mentioned here, we already knew that “top secret” information on her server derived from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which performs aerial surveillance, had triggered FBI concern in the first place. Even without knowing what, specifically, the information pertained to, it »

Did Hillary violate the law against disclosing defense information? A preliminary analysis

Featured image Last night, I suggested that, pending a review of the just-released batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s server, we should contemplate a section of the U.S. Code that Clinton may have violated — 18 U.S.C. Section 793(f). 24 hours after the release of these emails, we can now contemplate (but not reach firm conclusions as to) how Clinton’s conduct stacks up against Section 793(f). First, let’s again examine the statutory »

Is It 1968 Again? Crime Rising “Unexpectedly”

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s political correspondent Gerald Seib writes today that this presidential campaign cycle resembles 1968, with Trump filling the George Wallace role and Bernie Sanders the Gene McCarthy role. Maybe, but one parallel he left out is the crime rate, which was a central issue in 1968, and which may well be by election day next year. Have you noticed that crime is “unexpectedly” rising fast after two »

Accused Texas police murderer avoided jail time for felony assault in 2012

Featured image I wrote yesterday about the criminal history of Shannon Miles, the man accused of executing Deputy Darren Goforth in Texas last week. Miles, I noted, had been convicted within the past ten years of resisting arrest, trespassing, evading detention, and disorderly conduct with a firearm. The most recent conviction was in 2009 for resisting arrest. Local authorities have stated that Miles’ record included violent acts towards law enforcement officials. Yet »

More sleepless nights for Team Clinton as additional classified documents are released

Featured image The State Department has just released a batch of about 7,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server. Approximately 150 of them are redacted because they contain classified information. The classified emails deal with Haiti, China, and Sudan, among many other subjects. A preliminary analysis by Fox News, presented on Megyn Kelly’s program, found that some of the information on Clinton’s server was inherently classified. Fox’s analysts cited a memo transmitting »

Accused murderer of Texas deputy sheriff had extensive criminal record

Featured image We frequently hear that America suffers from over-incarceration. We should not dismiss these claims out-of-hand. But neither should we dismiss the possibility of under-incarceration. It’s also possible that we are incarcerating lots of people who shouldn’t be jailed but at the same time failing to hold many who should be in prison. My sense that we may be under-incarcerating stems in part from reports about the criminal records of certain »

D.C. mayor stands up for black lives and to “Black Lives Matter”

Featured image The election of Muriel Bowser as mayor of the District of Columbia has sparked widespread optimism about the city’s prospects. And Bowser’s response to the wave of murders plaguing the District (murders are up 43 percent this year) suggests that the optimism is warranted. Unfortunately, the Black Lives Matter movement’s response to Bowser should temper our optimism, at least when it comes to preventing the loss of black lives in »

Dylann Roof and Vester Flanagan: Compare and Contrast

Featured image We now know that Vester Flanagan was a sort of mirror image of Dylann Roof: black instead of white, gay instead of straight, but like Roof a nut with a cause. Like Roof, Flanagan’s cause was race. Flanagan was race-obsessed and, like Roof, wanted to incite a race war. I agree with Hugh Hewitt that it is a mistake to pay attention to “manifestos” left behind by insane killers. It »

California crime wave follows criminal justice reform

Featured image In November 2014, California voters approved Proposition 47, which downgraded drug possession and many property crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor. As Debra Saunders reminds us, proponents argued that lesser punishment for low-level offenders would enhance public safety. Unfortunately, this utterly counterintuitive notion has not panned out. In San Francisco, according to a police spokesman, theft from cars is up 47 percent this year over the same period in »

Federal appeals court rips DOJ for misconduct in police prosecution

Featured image In the anarchy following Hurricane Katrina, a group of heavily armed New Orleans police officers was dispatched in response to an emergency call reporting shots being fired at police. Arriving amid chaos, police officers shot and killed two unarmed men, one of them developmentally disabled, and wounded four other unarmed civilians. All of the victims were Black. Four of the seven officers eventually charged are Black or Hispanic. The other »

White Cops Kill Another Black Teenager In St. Louis

Featured image The headline says: “Protests erupt in St. Louis after cops fatally shoot teen suspect.” Since it doesn’t say “unarmed teen suspect,” we can infer that the suspect was a criminal who tried to kill the cops. Sure enough: Officers arrested at least nine people and deployed tear gas amid protests in St. Louis over the death of a black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by police after he pointed a »

The loose ends accumulate, Part Two

Featured image Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller reports that Department of State officials refused to identify to a congressional committee the “chain of custody” – the complete list of people who had access to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The request for this information, made by the House Select Committee on Benghazi last spring, was always reasonable. Now that we know Clinton’s private server contained classified, and »

Hard Data on Mass Shooting Incidents

Featured image About two weeks ago, the Congressional Research Service published a paper titled “Mass Murder with Firearms: Incidents and Victims, 1999-2013.” The primary author is William Krouse, a specialist in domestic security and crime policy. The CRS paper defines three kinds of “mass shootings”: * “mass public shooting” means a multiple homicide incident in which four or more victims are murdered with firearms—not including the offender(s)—within one event, and at least »

The government’s nonchalant response to Hillary’s security breaches, Part Four

Featured image If you think about it, the government’s nonchalance over Hillary Clinton’s security breaches probably extends back to the beginning of the Obama administration. The White House likely knew early on that Clinton was using an extra-governmental server. It is implausible to believe that Hillary had no email correspondence, incoming or outgoing, with anyone at the White House. And her email address would have made it clear to correspondents that she »

The government’s nonchalant response to Hillary’s security breaches, Part Two

Featured image The Obama administration’s nonchalant response to Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of sensitive, classified, and even top secret information extends to its treatment of her lawyers. The Justice Department allowed emails and other sensitive information from Clinton’s server to remain in her lawyers’ hands even though they lack the requisite security clearances. Now, finally, the Justice Department has taken possession of the thumb drive containing work emails that Clinton’s personal attorney David »

The government’s nonchalant response to Hillary’s security breaches

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of sensitive, classified, and even top secret information has finally prompted widespread discussion as to whether she committed crimes. The discussion is warranted, particularly given the Obama administration’s aggressive posture in cases involving leaks and the mishandling of classified material. The prosecution of General Petraeus springs immediately to mind. As Sidney Powell, a former federal prosecutor, points out: [Petraeus] was tarred, feathered and ridden out of the »