Law Enforcement

Suspicious Minds

Featured image The Daily Mail has a colorful report on the release of Elvis impersonator Kevin Curtis from custody for sending the ricin-laced mail to Senator Roger Wicker and President Obama: Charges have been dropped against a Mississippi man charged with sending ricin-laced poison letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a state judge after his lawyer argued that he has been framed by a former friend. “I’ve never heard »

Philosopher king for the nanny state

Featured image Bowdoin College government professor Jean Yarbrough takes up the case of Bowdoin College philosophy professor Sarah Conly in the RCP column “Zero calories to zero population.” In her RCP column Professor Yarbrough responds to Professor Conly’s New York Times column “Three cheers for the nanny state,” defending Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to ban supersize sodas within his jurisdiction. I think it’s fair to say that Professor Yarborough gives Professor Conly three »

The company Columbia keeps

Featured image Over the weekend we condemned Robert Redford for glorifying the lives and works of the Weather Underground terrorists in his new movie, The Company You Keep, opening soon at a theater near you. Among the good works of the Weather Underground was the armored car robbery that resulted in the murders of two police officers and a Brinks guard. Michelle Malkin called Redford out in her syndicated column “The bloody »

The New York Times, caught lying

Featured image Over at City Journal, Heather Mac Donald calls out the New York Times: It takes determination to out-demagogue New York City’s anti-cop advocates, but the New York Times has done just that. A front-page article in Friday’s print edition announces: BRONX INSPECTOR, SECRETLY TAPED, SUGGESTS RACE IS A FACTOR IN STOPS. The story goes on to claim in its lead paragraph that a secretly taped recording “suggests that, in at »

Confirmation bias and unsolved crimes

Featured image Edward Jay Epstein is incapable of writing a dull book. He is the author, for example, of several fascinating books on the Kennedy assassination and related intelligence issues. Among these books are Legend: The Secret World of Lee Harvey Oswald and Deception: The Invisible War Between the KGB and the CIA. Also related to the subject are his ebooks Killing Castro and James Jesus Angleton: Was He Right? as well »

Abu Ghaith’s day in court

Featured image The New York Times reports: Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who once served as a spokesman for Al Qaeda, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Friday morning in federal court in Manhattan, where he was charged with conspiring to kill Americans. Now you may be wondering what is going on here. “Mr. Abu Ghaith” as the Times refers to him, is charged with conspiracy to »

The case against Peter Gleick

Featured image There is a flip side to the due process problem of making everything a crime — the problem Glenn Reynolds has dubbed “Ham Sandwich Nation.” On the one hand, in Ham Sandwich Nation innocent citizens are subject to the whim of prosecutors and their masters (the Aaron Swartz case, cited in Glenn’s essay). On the other hand, when everyone is guilty of something, there is a lot of truly culpable »

Misfires in the Dorner manhunt

Featured image Police officers searching for suspected cop killer Christopher Dorner have now shot up innocent citizens on two occasions. Dorner is armed and dangerous, but you really have to wonder what’s going on. On Thursday a vehicle matching Dorner’s gray Nissan Titan was reported in Torrance. Before long, according to the Los Angeles Times, at least seven police officers opened fire. They unleashed a barrage at a mother and daughter, ages »

Tall tale for a short sale: The unraveling

Featured image In May 2010 we posted a report on (Democratic) Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway under the heading “Tall tale for a short sale.” With the assistance of reader and Philadelphia attorney Martin Karo, who provided an account better than any to be found in the press either now or then, we noted that Hathaway had “screwed her bank and the taxpayers who bailed it out.” We quoted Steve Fishman, »

Clearing my spindle: I’m Not OK edition

Featured image I think the following items will be of interest to Power Line readers. I’d like to bring them to your attention without much comment. While our attention was turned elsewhere this past October, the space shuttle Endeavour made its final journey: it traveled 12-miles from Los Angeles International Airport, through Inglewood, to the California Science Center in Exposition Park. Reader Zack Russ writes that he came across this wonderful time-lapse »

Thar she blows — a killer political correctness sighting

Featured image On Friday, George Will wrote a harrowing column about the Justice Department’s prosecution — courtesy of the Environmental Crimes Division — of Nancy Black, a marine biologist. Black captains a whale watching ship. Finding herself under investigation for “harassment” of a marine mammal, the alleged harassment consisting of whistling at whales to keep them near the ship for a while, she submitted a tape of the incident. Black edited the »

Dreams from Carlos Viveros-Colorado

Featured image When 16-year-old Clarisse Grime was run over by an out-of-control Ford Expedition outside Harding High School in St. Paul this past Thursday, the Star Tribune originally portrayed the accident as an issue of traffic control: Moore, 52, ran with her daughter and other neighbors across Hazelwood, only to see the teen take her last breaths, Moore said. Her daughter, Ashley Moore, 23, said the girl’s boyfriend was crying and pleading, »

Tales from the Green Bag

Featured image With all the grim news for lawyers these days—white shoe firms like Dewey filing for bankruptcy, unemployed recent law school graduates (I know, non-lawyers are saying, “the problem with this is . . . what, exactly??), a Justice Department that suddenly can’t seem to convict a ham sandwich—perhaps it’s time to take in the lighter side of the law with a few excerpts from the most interesting law review in »

A famous victory for Obama DoJ

Featured image Ishmael Jones is the pseudonymous former Central Intelligence Agency case officer who focused on human sources with access to intelligence on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. His assignments included more than 15 years of continuous overseas service under deep cover. Mr. Jones is also the author of The Human Factor: Inside the CIA’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture, published by Encounter Books. When it was issued in paperback he contributed the »

United States v. $35,131

Featured image Reader Rob Carty has directed our attention to this week’s opinion by Judge Lynn N. Hughes of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in the forfeiture case of The United States of America v. $35,131.00 in United States Currency. Mr. Carty briefly summarizes the decision: Judge Hughes spanked Homeland Security for tricking an American family into “evading” their duty to report how much cash they »

What ever happened to racial profiling?

Featured image After rescheduling, I’m going to speak this afternoon to my high school alma mater’s legal history class on the subject of racial disparities in the criminal justice system. I’m taking the liberty of reposting this item for the class. A few years back I had a personal encounter with the guy who helped create the firestorm over alleged racial profiling in traffic stops. It was an experience I will revisit »

A racial profiling footnote

Featured image The New Jersey Turnpike gave rise to much of the “driving while black” controversy of the 1990′s. That particular controversy was resolved by state authorities entering into a 1999 consent decree selling out law enforcement. Sentence first, verdict afterwards, as the Queen says in Alice in Wonderland. The verdict came too late to do any good, and it was kept under wraps when it arrived, but Heather Mac Donald blew »