Crime

Enemy Combatants? Well, Yeah! That’s Their Defense

Featured image The Bush administration drew endless flak from the left for treating Islamic terrorists as enemy combatants. Liberals prefer the law enforcement model, where terrorists and would-be terrorists are prosecuted for crimes, or else left alone. That is what has happened here in Minnesota, where a number of Somalis have either left the country to fight with al Shabaab, ISIS, or other terrorists groups, or have been apprehended while attempting to »

What happened to John Cornyn?

Featured image Thanks in no small part to the efforts of Sen. Tom Cotton, the bipartisan congressional effort to reduce the mandatory minimum sentences for certain federal drug felonies, and to release many drug felons from jail, is on hold in the Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for what Politico calls “a breather of sorts on the bill,” so that Republican Senators can examine the issue more closely. Sen. John »

Highlights from the latest batch of Clinton emails

Featured image The big news associated with today’s release of more Hillary Clinton emails isn’t the content of any email released. The biggest news is the fact, noted by Scott, that 22 of the emails found on her personal email server are classified as “Top Secret” and can’t be released because even with redaction they would be too damaging to national security. The second biggest news may be the State Department’s announcement »

The shoot-out in Eastern Oregon

Featured image Federal agents have arrested several leaders of the armed activists in Eastern Oregon who seized federal property. In the process, according to reports, a shoot-out occurred in which one prominent activist was killed. I wrote about the activists’ occupation here. I argued that the occupiers engaged in criminal conduct. Thus, it was altogether proper to arrest them after a decent interval during which they could stand down. Whether shooting any »

World’s Smallest Violin

Featured image Last week, the United States Supreme Court ruled that anyone who was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole as a juvenile must have his case reviewed and either be resentenced or given an opportunity for parole. (The inmate doesn’t necessarily have to be paroled, but must be given a hearing and an opportunity to make his case.) The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports on how that ruling will affect eight juvenile »

Missouri “muscle” prof charged with assault

Featured image Melissa Click, the University of Missouri professor who called for “muscle” to remove a reporter, has been charged with the crime of assault. The charge is based, I think, on the allegation of Mark Schierbecker, a Missouri student and videographer, that Click, not content to wait for muscle, grabbed his camera and pushed him while he was filming. The specific charge against Click is third-degree assault. This is a class »

Let’s hear it for the “hawkish upstart”

Featured image There isn’t much in the current political scene that brings a smile to my face, but the opening paragraph in this Politico article did: Sen. Tom Cotton, the hawkish upstart who’s already made waves railing against the Iran nuclear deal and government surveillance programs, is now leading a new rebellion against a bipartisan effort to overhaul the criminal justice system — hoping to torpedo one of the few pieces of »

Will Hillary be indicted?

Featured image Andy McCarthy joins former Attorney General Michael Mukasey in sensing that there’s a good chance Hillary Clinton will be indicted. He writes: Jim [Comey, the director of the FBI] is tough, he is smart, and if there is a case to be made here, he will make it. And if he makes it, it will be bulletproof. Of course, making the case would not mean the FBI could force attorney »

As Clinton email scandal moves to new level, former AG Mukasey predicts a criminal charge

Featured image Katherine Herridge and Pamela Browne of Fox News are reporting that at least one of the emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server contained extremely sensitive information identified by an intelligence agency as “HCS-O.” This code is used for reporting on human intelligence sources in ongoing operations, according two of the Fox reporters’ sources. Here is what a December 2013 policy document released by the Office of the Director of National »

Stormy Weather, a convergence of Power Line interests

Featured image John likes to write about beauty pageants; I like to write about soccer. The two topics converge in an unfortunate story out of Seattle, Washington: Miss Washington USA Stormy Keffeler is a possible suspect in the stabbing of MLS player Marco Pappa last month in a confusing incident that could cost the troubled beauty queen her crown. Keffeler, who also has a DUI arrest to her name, gave differing accounts »

Sentencing reform: a warning from Gun Owners of America

Featured image Hoping to provide cover for legislation that shortens sentences for many federal drug felons (i.e. dealers) and releases many of them early, Team Leniency — Sens. Mike Lee, Dick Durbin and company — touted the fact that their bill increases some mandatory minimum sentences. This is true. For example, it increases sentences for possession of certain firearms. That’s the main reason why the Gun Owners of America opposes the Sentencing »

Paul Ryan to push for Obama’s legacy “jail break” agenda

Featured image Paul Ryan has made it clear that he considers himself the Republican Party’s “shadow nominee” for president. As such, he’s trying to lock the contenders for the real nomination into positions he favors — positions that, in some cases, are out-of-step with those advocated by the GOP frontrunners and difficult to reconcile with conservatism as we have long known it. This, it seems to me, was the purpose of Ryan’s »

Report: FBI’s Clinton probe extends to public corruption

Featured image According to Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne of Fox News, the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton includes not just the email scandal, but also a probe into whether the possible “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws. Herridge and Browne cite “three intelligence sources not authorized to speak on the record.” “The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, »

Shooting of Phillie cop confirms our under-incarceration problem

Featured image Leftists, and some conservatives, like to talk about over-incarceration in America. But many of the high-profile horrific crimes we read about suggest that we have an under-incarceration problem (in theory, it’s possible we could have both). The latest such crime is the attempted assassination of Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett. A few days ago, he was ambushed in his patrol car and shot at more than a dozen times. Though »

A “smoking gun” in the Clinton email saga? Part Two

Featured image Yesterday, I suggested that the following email sent by Hillary Clinton might represent a smoking gun in terms of the mishandling of classified information: If they can’t fix [the secure server], turn [the document that rules require be sent on the secure server] into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure. I wondered, however, what “nonpaper” meant in this context. The most persuasive answer came from a recently retired »

A “smoking gun” in the Clinton email saga? [UPDATED TWICE]

Featured image Ed Morrissey calls attention to seems like a “smoking gun” email in the batch of documents released by the State Department: In a thread from June 2011, Hillary exchanges e-mails with Jake Sullivan, then her deputy chief of staff and now her campaign foreign-policy adviser, in which she impatiently waits for a set of talking points. When Sullivan tells her that the source is having trouble with the secure fax, »

Will Hillary be indicted?

Featured image Joseph diGenova, a well-respected former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, predicted today that Hillary Clinton will be indicted for crimes connected with her use of a private email server for State Department business. He made this prediction on Laura Ingraham’s radio program. For Hillary to be indicted, the FBI would have to call for an indictment and the Attorney General would have to approve the recommendation. FBI director »