Crime

Document theft and destruction nothing new for Hillary Clinton

Featured image Those who say that Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is the 1990s all over again may not know how right they are. We’re not just witnessing a replay of Hillary’s “rules don’t apply to me,” hunker down mentality. We’re witnessing a replay of document expropriation and destruction by Ms. Clinton. This time, the documents in question are records, in the form of emails, that document her conduct as Secretary of State. »

Ferguson shooter was a protester

Featured image St. Louis County officials say they have arrested a 20-year-old Missouri man in connection with the shooting of two local police officers. Jeffrey Williams reportedly has admitted to the shooting. He claims, however, that he did not intend to shoot the police officers. Rather, he fired the shots in connection with a dispute with another individual, but missed his target and struck the officers instead. Anything is possible. Contrary to »

A Funeral In Wisconsin

Featured image I wrote here about the sad case of Tony Robinson, who, apparently on drugs or otherwise impaired, jumped in front of cars on the street outside his apartment, attacked two people inside the building, and, when a police officer responded to calls for help, assaulted the officer, who shot him. Robinson’s funeral was today. The Associated Press reports: Friends and family remembered a 19-year-old biracial Wisconsin man fatally shot by »

Did Hillary Clinton improperly share classified information? [UPDATED]

Featured image During her press conference earlier this week, Hillary Clinton said she had “her counsel” review the 60,000 or so pages of email that were on the private server she used as Secretary of State. Several times, she referred to her counsel as “they.” Thus, more than one lawyer reviewed her email trove. Presumably, the work was done by a team. Did the reviewing lawyers have security clearance? It seems unlikely. »

Did Hillary Clinton commit crimes?

Featured image Soon after the New York Times broke the story of Hillary Clinton’s use, exclusively, of private email during her stint as Secretary of State, Shannen Coffin argued that Clinton may well thereby have committed a felony. Coffin noted that federal criminal law makes it a felony when any custodian of official government records, which includes emails, “willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same.” Clinton concealed »

Two Officers Shot In Ferguson [Updated With Video]

Featured image Two police officers were gunned down outside the Ferguson, Missouri police department late last night, during a “mostly peaceful” protest: A 32-year-old officer from suburban Webster Groves was shot in the face and a 41-year-old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. Both were taken to a local hospital, where Belmar said they were conscious. He said he did »

Another “Unarmed Black Teenager” Incident in Wisconsin

Featured image In Madison, Wisconsin, 19-year-old Tony Robinson was shot and killed by a police officer last Friday evening. Robinson was unarmed at the time. His death has led to the usual protests; this is how the Huffington Post describes a demonstration that took place today: Almost 2,000 students marched in Madison, Wisconsin on Monday to protest the fatal police shooting of an unarmed biracial teenager, while his family demanded justice and »

Eric Holder’s unpersuasive attack on the Ferguson police department, Part One

Featured image Last week, the Justice Department announced, with little fanfare, that Darren Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown. The Department found “no credible evidence” that Brown was attempting to surrender when Wilson shot him. So much for “Hands up, don’t shoot.” It made for good theater, but it was a lie. Also last week, the Justice Department, with much fanfare, announced that the Ferguson police department for which Darren Wilson »

Clinton’s reckless and possibly criminal quest for secrecy

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s private email account, the only email account she used for State Department business, continues to spark commentary on the internet. Attorney Shannen Coffin wonders whether Clinton committed a felony. He points out that federal criminal law makes it a felony when any custodian of official government records “willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same.” The crime is punishable by up to three years »

The Associated Press Revisits the Trayvon Martin Case

Featured image The Department of Justice announced today that it will not pursue a federal civil rights charge against George Zimmerman, arising out of his fatal altercation with Trayvon Martin. That was pretty much a foregone conclusion, but the Associated Press took the opportunity to revisit the case: George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, »

Can A Liberal Commit a Hate Crime?

Featured image In North Carolina, a middle-aged man named Craig Hicks murdered three young Muslim students who lived in his apartment complex. Hicks was known as an angry man who had frequent confrontations with his neighbors. Local police initially said that the murders appeared to have arisen out of a dispute about parking spaces at the complex. But inevitably, given that the victims were Muslims, the question was raised: was this a »

Bloomberg Jumps Whole Oceans of Sharks [With Comments by John on Rosa Parks]

Featured image Thought experiment: Just imagine what the media and liberals would be saying if this idea came from a conservative or Republican (hat tip to Breitbart): Bloomberg Suggests Banning Young Minority Males from Gun Ownership Speaking to the Aspen Institute on February 6, Michael Bloomberg said cities should ban young minority males from owning guns, both as an effort to reduce crime and to keep those minority males “alive.” According to The »

Charles Blows Again

Featured image We took note here last summer of the feebleness of New York Times columnist Charles Blow, and now he’s offered up another howler for our instruction. Last week he wrote to complain about the harassment young black males receive from police, and this time it was personal because his son, a Yale student, had been briefly detained at gunpoint on the University’s grounds. Blow’s son’s account went as follows: “I »

The racial politics of seating white sex offender in state legislature

Featured image Last month, Joseph Morrissey was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a 17-year-old girl with whom he had a sexual relationship. The girl worked as a receptionist in Morrissey’s law office. At the time of his conviction, Morrissey was a delegate to the Virginia General Assembly. He promptly resigned, and then mounted a campaign to fill the vacancy his resignation created. In a special election, with light turnout, the »

McDonnell sentenced to two years

Featured image Judge James Spencer has sentenced former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell to two years in prison. This represents a win for McDonnell, who faced the possibility of being sentenced to a term of more than ten years, as the government wanted. Spencer rejected the government’s proposed sentencing range (basically ten years to 12 and a half), finding that a more appropriate range would be six and a half to eight years. »

Bob McDonnell’s lawyers play a dangerous, unedifying game

Featured image Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell will soon receive his sentence for felony public corruption. He could face more than 10 years of prison time. To avoid this fate — harsh, I think, but consistent with federal sentencing guidelines — McDonnell’s legal team has presented the sentencing judge with hundreds of letters arguing for leniency. As Christian Adams reports, the letters include many heartwarming stories of McDonnell’s character and good works, »

Soft thinking jeopardizes historic reduction in violent crime

Featured image The crime statistics for 2014 keep coming in. They present a mixed picture. As I noted here, the murder rate in Washington DC was alarmingly high. So too in Los Angeles. It also increased in Indianapolis, Austin, Pittsburgh, El Paso, and Memphis. The murder rate dropped, though, in Chicago, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Columbus, Ohio. And in New York City, site of a great policing success story, the murder rate continued »