Crime

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 »

A rough ride for justice in Baltimore?

Featured image The Baltimore prosecutors bringing criminal charges against the officers involved in the death of Freddy Gray won an important victory today. The trial judge ruled that Officer William G. Porter, who is awaiting retrial, will have to testify against colleagues who also are charged in the Gray matter. Porter had argued that the Fifth Amendment gives him the right not to testify, inasmuch as he is still in legal jeopardy »

When black lives mattered

Featured image Don’t miss Jason Riley’s review of Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment, by Michael Javen Fortner. Riley’s review bears the perfect title “When Black Lives Mattered.” During the period chronicled in Fortner’s book, black lives mattered enough to try to protect them by vigorously fighting drug-related crime. Fortner, an African-American who teaches at City University of New York, was raised in Brooklyn during the »

The Oregon standoff: insurrection, civil disobedience, or in between?

Featured image David French at NR’s Corner makes “the case for civil disobedience in Oregon.” He’s referring to the occupation by armed men of a federal building on a wildlife refuge, about which Steve and I wrote yesterday. There may be a case for civil disobedience in connection with the excessive sentencing of the Hammonds, two Oregon ranchers, and the broader issues of federal overreach involved. It’s interesting, though, that neither the »

Thoughts on Oregon

Featured image Paul has offered a good account of the standoff under way in eastern Oregon, but everyone should take in the analysis of Randall O’Toole of the Cato Institute, an Oregon native with special expertise on forest and rangeland bureaucracy. Randall doesn’t think there are any good guys here: There are no good guys to cheer for in the militia takeover of an Oregon federal office building on January 2. The ostensible issue »

What to make of the showdown at the wildlife refuge in Oregon [With Comment by John]

Featured image A group of men armed with pistols and long rifles are occupying the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. The group is led by Ammon Bundy. He’s the son of rancher Cliven Bundy, a key player in a months-long 2014 standoff with the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada. Ammon reportedly was tasered by the feds during that confrontation. Predictably, some on the left are insisting that »

On Guns, the Democrats Aren’t Serious

Featured image News reports indicate that next week, President Obama will unveil new regulations intended to force some non-firearms dealers to run background checks before selling guns. Since the database against which background checks are run is close to useless with respect to mental illness, and since lawbreakers won’t run searches in any event, such a change will have, at best, symbolic value. I will have more to say about that later »

Crime Wave? No, Just Big Wave Silliness

Featured image In my never-ending quest to research the highest camp in trashy C-movies, years ago I rented Surf Nazis Must Die. It was not a success, even as schlocky camp. Just check out the few viewer comments at IMDB if you’re a glutton. Stick with Army of Darkness instead. (Or really anything with Groovy Bruce Campbell, the Olivier of B-movies, who can do no wrong on screen.) I hadn’t given Surf »

Stats on police shootings undercut “Black Lives Matter” narrative

Featured image The Washington Post reports that police officers fatally shot 965 people this year. One can’t draw any important conclusions from these numbers alone, since they don’t tell us anything about the circumstances and/or justification for the police conduct. However, the Post presents some additional information. It says that cases in which white officers killed unarmed black men represent less than 4 percent of fatal police shootings. This statistic doesn’t quantify »

The Rise In Violent Crime: Reasons and Excuses

Featured image In the Wall Street Journal, Heather Mac Donald recalls her own documenting of the “Ferguson effect” and the Left’s efforts to deny its existence: Murders and shootings have spiked in many American cities—and so have efforts to ignore or deny the crime increase. … Americans are being asked to disbelieve both the Ferguson effect and its result: violent crime flourishing in the ensuing vacuum. Data show an 11% increase in »

The myth of over-incarceration

Featured image 2016 could be a banner year for drug dealers. If the “sentencing reform” tag team of Mike Lee and Dick Durbin gets its way, and it very well might, thousands of drug dealers will be let out of prison and tens of thousands will be facing shorter sentences if apprehended and convicted. Behind the push for leniency is the notion that America — aka “incarceration nation” — has sinned. We »

The implication of Obama’s latest clemency fest

Featured image Whenever Senator Mike Lee, or some other Leniency for Drug Dealers stalwart, defends his sentencing reform legislation, he points to the case of one or two drug felons who received a sentence that seems unduly harsh. Such cases aren’t impossible to find. But invoking them raises an obvious question and then a more subtle one. The obvious question is: if this sentence is egregious, why hasn’t President Obama commuted it? »

Tom Cotton urges colleagues to oppose sentencing leniency legislaton

Featured image Barack Obama’s presidency has been hugely consequential. Think of Obamacare, the great Middle East retreat, the Iran nuclear deal, and the executive amnesty (don’t think of the farcical Paris climate change deal). Obama still hopes to empty Gitmo, but the accomplishment he most craves involves springing a different set of prisoners — major drug felons. Obama has important allies in this quest, namely a goodly number of Senate Republicans — »

Jews are the main target of religious hate crimes in America

Featured image President Obama and other leftists continue to sound the alarm against anti-Muslim hate crimes. But FBI data shows that few hate crimes are directed at Muslims in the country and that many more are directed at Jews. The FBI bases its annual report on information submitted by law enforcement agencies. This year, 86 percent of the nation’s nearly 18,000 law enforcement agencies provided hate crime reports for 2014 to the »

FBI Director Comey: Prisoner releases will mean more crime

Featured image Back in October when the Senate Judiciary Committee held its one-afternoon hearing on the landmark Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, I wrote: There was an interesting exchange regarding where FBI Director James Comey. . .stands on this bill. During her testimony, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates seemed a little cagey on this subject. So Al Franken asked her flat out where Comey stands. . . . Yates answered »

Freddie Gray judge prosecuted police misconduct cases for DOJ

Featured image The trial of the first of the first of six Baltimore officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray began today in Baltimore with jury selection. Officer William G. Porter, 26, faces charges of manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment because he allegedly did not get medical help for Gray when he complained of injuries after his arrest. None of the 75 potential jurors in »

The American public’s dim view of leniency for drug traffickers

Featured image Bill Otis reports that Opinion Research Corporation, in a poll taken during the period Nov. 19-22, asked a sample of 1008 adults the following question: Thinking about the criminal justice system, which comes closer to your view — that we have too many drug traffickers in prison for too long, or that we don’t do enough to keep drug traffickers off the street? It was no contest. Only 30 percent »