Crime

Former labor secretary illegally solicited funds for Obama campaign

Featured image Hilda Solis, the former Secretary of Labor, hit up a Department of Labor employee for a contribution to the Obama reelection campaign. Solis’ fundraising activity, which violates the Hatch Act, has been captured in a voice mail message released today by Rep. Darrell Issa. Here is the text of Solis’ message: Hi—this is Hilda Solis calling, um, just calling you off-the-record here—Wanted to ask you if you could, um, help »

Making Hay While the Sun Shines: The Left Politicizes Elliot Rodger

Featured image You have to hand it to the liberals: they never miss an opportunity to convert tragedy into political gain. In the wake of Elliot Rodger’s six murders–three with a knife and three with a gun, plus injuries inflicted with an automobile–they are calling, once again, for gun confiscation. I guess they are, anyway. As usual, they denounce conservatives and say things like “end the madness,” but confiscation seems to be »

Hillary Clinton and the release of thousands of criminal aliens

Featured image Here’s an underreported scandal brought to my attention by Bill Otis. CBS News reports: The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 36,007 convicted criminal aliens last year who were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings, according to a report issued Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies. The group of released criminals includes those convicted of homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault, according to the report, which cites »

DEA adminstrator balks at Obama-Holder’s latest attack on standards

Featured image As befits an administration that exalts leftist politics over law enforcement, the Obama administration has been plagued by several “revolts” by its law enforcement arms. When President Obama nominated Debo Adegbile, who led an ideologically-based defense campaign for a convicted cop killer, the FBI Agents Association balked. When Attorney General Holder came out in favor of legislation that would drastically cut back on mandatory minimum sentences for drug pushers, the »

New clemency program for drug offenders arrives in an election year

Featured image The Obama administration has unveiled a plan to enable certain felons who have been imprisoned for at least ten years to obtain clemency. As I understand the plan, which would apply only to federal prisoners, a prisoner will be eligible for clemency if he or she (1) has no history of violence, (2) has no ties to criminal organizations or gangs, (3) has a clean prison record, (4) has already »

Revealed: Flight 370 Co-Pilot Attempted Phone Call

Featured image There has been no news of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 for a long time, but this morning we learned this: the co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid, tried to make a call on his cell phone after the airplane turned to the South, as it flew low near Penang: It is understood that the aircraft with 239 people on board was flying at an altitude low enough for the nearest telecommunications tower »

Al Sharpton — born to be an informant

Featured image When I read that race-hustler Al Sharpton was an FBI informant during the 1980s, my reaction was: finally, something to like about the guy. But informants aren’t likeable. Bill Otis writes: I was a federal prosecutor for many years, and I can tell you that informants are necessary, particularly in mob and big drug conspiracy cases. But they’re a boatload of trouble. For one thing, anyone in a position to »

What Happened at Fort Hood? [Updated]

Featured image Four are dead and more wounded at Fort Hood, in what first seemed to be a stunning echo of Major Nidal Hasan’s 2009 terrorist attack. Suspicions were heightened by yesterday’s news story to the effect that the FBI was hunting a jihadist named Muhammad Abdullah Hassan who was planning a “Fort Hood-inspired” attack. Early reports indicate, however, that this episode was not a terrorist attack. The shooter reportedly was Spc. »

Our Criminal Justice System? It’s a Crime

Featured image One of the hallmarks of a totalitarian state is that there are so many laws and regulations that no one can possibly know what they are, let alone obey them. Thus everyone is a criminal, and only the despot’s discretion separates the solid citizen from the criminal. Unfortunately, the United States is rapidly approaching–if it has not already reached–this dystopian status. So Glenn Reynolds’s great column in USA Today should »

Adegbile nomination comes down to the wire, Part Two [UPDATE - The nomination fails]

Featured image The nomination of Debo Adegbile — best known for leading the contemptible race-baiting defense of cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal — to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division will be voted on today. It looks likes the vote will be close. I’m told that Joe Biden is on the scene in case he has to break a tie vote. It’s not too late (but will be very soon) to make your »

Adegbile nomination comes down to the wire

Featured image We wrote here, here, and here about the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. John put it best: Adegbile is a race hustler who is best known as the mouthpiece for guilty-as-hell cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. The “free Mumia” movement is one of the most disgraceful episodes in the history of modern leftism, and Debo Adegbile was not just a participant in, but a ringleader »

In Florida, More Journalistic Malpractice

Featured image A Jacksonville, Florida jury has found Michael Dunn guilty of several counts of attempted murder, but hung on the more serious charges of first and second degree murder, and manslaughter. The facts, very briefly: Dunn pulled into a gas station with his fiancé. Black teenagers in a nearby SUV were playing loud rap music. Dunn asked them to turn it down; they refused. Dunn testified in his own defense, something »

FBI Agents revolt against Eric Holder

Featured image First it was the Justice Department’s career prosecutors; now it’s FBI agents. The federal employees responsible for fighting crime are simply unable to digest the anti-law enforcement slop being served up by their boss, Attorney General Holder. The FBI’s beef is with the selection of Debo Adegbile as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. The FBI Agents Association’s opposition is based on the way in which Adegbile defended, »

Four Republican Senators side with Holder on mandatory minimums

Featured image Let the record show that in the battle between Attorney General Holder and the Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys over slashing mandatory minimum sentences for serious drug crimes, four Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sided with Holder. The four are Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Jeff Flake. It was predictable that Paul would agree with Holder and the criminal defense bar on this one, and it’s »

The federal prosecutors’ revolt against Holder — the letter

Featured image I wrote here about the revolt of hundreds of career prosecutors against Attorney General Holder over his support for legislation that would drastically cut back on mandatory minimum sentences for drug pushers. Their letter to Holder now appears on National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys website. The letter is phrased respectfully, of course. No one wants to insult the boss. But it presents very forceful opposition to Holder’s position »

Sensitivity alert

Featured image John has previously noted the problem of robberies at the University of Minnesota on its main campus in Minneapolis. The campus is near downtown in an urban setting. Following standard practice, the university issues crime alerts that identify the race of the perpetrator when the authorities have a basis to do so based on victim identification or otherwise. Some groups on campus are not happy with the crime alerts. The »

Hundreds of career prosecutors revolt against Eric Holder

Featured image Hundreds of career Justice Department lawyers have broken into open revolt against Attorney General Holder over his support of legislation that would drastically cut back on mandatory minimum sentences for drug pushers. The legislation Holder supports, known as the Durbin-Lee bill, would overturn the current mandatory minimum sentences not only for marijuana violations but for all drug offenses, including major and repeat trafficking in heroin, meth, PCP and other extremely »