Crime

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 »

Armed Self-Defense In North Carolina

Featured image Via Robert Stacy McCain, an inspiring story from North Carolina: A Lumberton man traded gunfire with three men who forced their way into his home, robbed the family, tried to rape his granddaughter and stole his car Monday, Robeson County authorities said. One of the men, identified as Jamie Faison, 20, was shot and found dead in the stolen Cadillac parked at his home on the 600 block of Singletary »

A law and order re-run?

Featured image For most of 2014, the big story was the worsening of the security situation in key parts of the Middle East and the growing threat to U.S. national security resulting from the rise of ISIS in that region. Late in the year, however, a new big story emerged — the growing threat to U.S. domestic tranquility. One aspect of this threat became manifest with the cyber-attack on Sony. We will »

A Funeral In New York

Featured image Some 25,000 policemen turned out for the funeral of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos in Queens, some of them flown to New York, free of charge, by Jet Blue. This was the sea of blue outside the church where the funeral was held: Ramos’s family, before the service. I had not realized it, but Ramos reportedly was studying to be a minister: Mayor de Blasio has been trying to mend fences »

Teenager Shot In Missouri: So What?

Featured image One of this morning’s big news stories is the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Antonio Martin by a policeman in Berkeley, Missouri–a place that, the Associated Press tells us helpfully, is “just a few miles from Ferguson.” The Antonio Martin shooting is currently the top story on Google News, and it is being headlined on pretty much every newspaper’s website. But why? What makes this a major news story? The Michael »

As Anti-Police Demonstration Rages at Mall of America, Two Cops Are Murdered in Brooklyn [Updated]

Featured image This afternoon there was an anti-police demonstration at the Mall of America in Minnesota. Twitchy had coverage. Stores were closed as chanting protesters occupied portions of several floors overlooking the mall’s rotunda. This photo is from Twitter: The person who posted it added: “Prosecute the police! Multilevel chant is thrilling.” The mall warned protesters to disperse, and police eventually cleared them out: While the demonstration was in progress, another anti-police »

“Rape Culture,” Debunked

Featured image What is behind the recent hysteria over “rape culture” on college campuses, given that 1) the incidence of rape, like other violent crimes, has been declining for decades, and 2) as one would expect, non-students are more likely to be raped than students? The motivation presumably is political. This report by the Department of Justice indicates how far “rape culture” dogma departs from reality. The claim that one in five »

The uses and misuses of Eric Garner’s death

Featured image Bill Otis takes on George Will’s column (which Steve made note of here,) which claims that Eric Garner “was criminalized to death.” Among Bill’s points are these: 1. A sales tax on cigarettes and criminal penalties for not paying it do not signify criminalization run amok. Indeed, conservatives generally prefer sales taxes to income taxes, on the theory that it’s better to tax consumption than production. 2. There is always »

Liberalism Caused Eric Garner’s Death

Featured image George Will notes this morning that the death of Eric Garner by police choke hold came for the high crime of . . . selling an untaxed cigarette, and wonders whether this isn’t an overextension of the “broken windows” theory of community policing: Garner died at the dangerous intersection of something wise, known as “broken windows” policing, and something worse than foolish: decades of overcriminalization. . . Overcriminalization has become »

Lena Dunham Refuses to Back Off On False Rape Claim, Lawsuit Possible

Featured image Via Breitbart News, we learn that “Barry One,” the former Oberlin student who was falsely accused of rape by Obama fangirl Lena Dunham in her memoir, retained a lawyer two months ago to attempt to clear his name. Dunham, despite the palpable falsity of her accusation, apparently has refused to recant: For more than two months, and to no avail, Barry One has asked Dunham (through her representatives) to clear »