Law Enforcement

IT scandal set to explode — or not

Featured image At the FOX News site Frank Miniter checks in on “the curious case of Imran Awan” in a column headlined “Democrats’ IT scandal set to explode with possible plea deal.” The Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak has broken story after story in the Awan case. Rosiak’s stories are archived here. We have followed it in many posts, most recently here and here. As I have observed in several of those posts, »

All that’s wrong with the left in one Politico article

Featured image Did Politico’s Evan Mandery set out to expose the authoritarian nature of the American left in this article called “What Happened to Alan Dershowitz”? I’m not sure. Regardless, he has done a good job of it. Here are the key passages: Over this storied career, Dershowitz’s public persona has remained more or less unchanged: loud, provocative, brilliant and principled, if also relentlessly self-promoting. And, until recently, his positions have been »

Harley Feldman’s mission

Featured image I’ve gotten to know Harley Feldman through our local chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Harley is a brilliant, soft-spoken guy and successful businessman. Three years ago his daughter Allison was brutally murdered at her home in Scottsdale, Arizona. This week her murderer was apprehended. The broad outlines of the story are set forth in stories here and here as well as the video below. I want to add some »

“Austin bomber is dead”

Featured image In its 5:30 a.m. update this morning, the Austin American Statesman reports what we can only hope is the end of the bombings that have terrified the city since March 2. As law enforcement closed in on the suspect, the bomber blew himself up: The suspect in a string of bombings in Austin is dead, interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed early Wednesday. The name of the suspect, described »

The prosecutor speaks

Featured image Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman held a press conference this afternoon to explain the charges brought against Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor in the shooting death of Justine Damond. He said that they have now been able to reconstruct the events in the minutes around the shooting virtually down to the second. He reviewed the facts in some detail and answered pointed questions from the press reflecting the intense local »

DOJ sues California over sanctuary state measures

Featured image The Justice Department has filed suit against the state of California over its policies that protect illegal immigrants from U.S. immigration authorities. The lawsuit challenges the legality of three separate California laws. First, the California Values Act (SB 54) strictly limits state and local agencies from sharing information with federal officers about criminals or suspects unless they have been convicted of serious crimes. Second, the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB »

Failure to incarcerate, MN edition

Featured image When I began practicing law, I occasionally had to sit in court and wait my turn to argue my case while the judge sentenced defendants who pleaded guilty to various offenses. I drew the conclusion from what I saw that it was quite difficult to get yourself sent to prison. You almost had to work at it. It was a revelation to me. That was a while back, but things »

Stand by your Awan, cont’d

Featured image It appears that the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak is the only reporter following the story of the Pakistani Awan family members who infiltrated the House Democrats’ IT staff working for Debbie Wasserman Schultz et al. When I say “following the story,” I mean reporting and breaking news in it, as Paul and I have noted many times on Power Line. In January Rosiak drew on the House Office of Inspector »

The Authorities’ Parkland Failures Get Worse and Worse

Featured image I’m normally slow to criticize law enforcement, but this is ridiculous. In addition to the FBI’s already well-publicized failure to follow up when a YouTube video producer alerted the bureau to a comment by Nikolas Cruz about wanting to be a school shooter, we have this, courtesy of Ed Driscoll of InstaPundit: “I don’t know how he got the debit card, but he did,” she said. “And he took it, »

“The Right to Say Goodbye”??

Featured image Did you know that you have a fundamental constitutional right to say goodbye? You do according to Federal District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest (an Obama appointee). I guess that right was another one of those rights hiding in the emanations and penumbras of the 14th Amendment, or something. On Monday Judge Forrest ordered the release from custody Ravidath Ragbir, an alien who ICE had detained and was preparing to »

Justine Damond update

Featured image Readers continue to ask about the status of the investigation into the killing of Minneapolis resident Justine Damond by Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor. The case has been investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). The BCA has turned over its file to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who vowed to make the charging decision himself (rather than relegate it to a grand jury) before the end of »

Thanksgiving robber charged

Featured image With a little encouragement from a faithful Power Line reader in St. Paul, I posted “A modest request for help” for Jason Gatrell on Christmas. Readers may recall that Jason was working the afternoon shift with his younger brother, Jordan, at the Midway-Hamline SuperAmerica on Snelling in St. Paul when Jason jumped in to protect Jordan from an armed robber. In the ensuing melee Jason was shot in the neck. »

Manafort’s complaint [updated]

Featured image Yesterday Paul Manafort filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In the lawsuit, among other things, Manafort seeks to have the actions taken against him by Mueller set aside as beyond his authority. Politico has posted a copy of Manafort’s Complaint here. I won’t comment on the merits of the lawsuit before the defendants respond and its substance is »

Fear & loathing at the DoJ: Andrew McCarthy comments

Featured image There is no one whose opinion I wanted more than that of former Assistant United States Attorney Andrew McCarthy on “Fear and loathing at the DoJ.” He knows what he is talking about. I am grateful that he took the time to read the post, watch the video of Howard Root’s account of the criminal case against him (Howard, that is), and comment via Twitter (below). Andy’s tweet to his »

Fear & loathing at the DoJ

Featured image In the memoir Cardiac Arrest: Five Heart-Stopping Years as a CEO on the Feds’ Hit List (written with Stephen Saltarelli), Howard Root tells the story of his experience as chief executive officer of Vascular Solutions caught in the crosshairs of the federal government when prosecutors sought to put his company out of business and to send him to the big house. Howard touched on one aspect of his story in »

In the Damond case, Mike Freeman says the waiting is not his fault

Featured image On Sunday I noted that we are awaiting the charging decision of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman in the July 15 shooting of Justine Damond by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor. Three months ago the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension turned over its file in the case to Freeman. Freeman has vowed to make the charging decision himself rather than submit the case to a grand jury. He promised to »

In the Damond case, still waiting

Featured image Three months ago the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension turned over its file in the July 15 shooting of Justine Damond by Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. Freeman has vowed to make the prosecutorial decision himself rather than submit the case to a grand jury. We therefore await Freeman’s charging decision in this apparently outrageous case. It’s an important case. Justice is due the »