Law Enforcement

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 »

What ever happened to racial profiling?

Featured image 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. 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 briefly in class this afternoon with a citation to this post. Heather Mac »

O Governor, where art thou?

Featured image I’ve been wondering what rationale Haley Barbour could possibly have had for the blizzard of pardons he issued on his way out of office. Now that he has explained, in an interview with Bret Baier on Fox News, I’ve gone from mystification to anger. Governor Barbour explains that most of those pardoned had already been released from prison. What about the remaining 26 pardons and the pardons of murderers still »

Hezbollah comes to the US, cont’d

Featured image During my visit to Tulsa last month I noted a story in the local news involving the search of a used car dealership as the result of a lawsuit alleging that it received about $20.2 million from Hezbollah members or Hezbollah-controlled entities to purchase and ship used cars. I subsequently wrote a little more about the civil lawsuit filed in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New »

Hezbollah comes to the US

Featured image We recently noted the search of a used car dealership in Tulsa as the result of a lawsuit alleging that it received about $20.2 million from Hezbollah members or Hezbollah-controlled entities to purchase and ship used cars. Now Glenn Reynolds notes that a Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, car dealership has been shut down on suspicion of ties to Hezbollah in the same scheme. The scheme involves a nationwide network of auto »

The news from Tulsa

Featured image I’ve been in Tulsa all week. The local news is full of a story I would otherwise have missed: “Terror suit spurs search at car dealershership.” Check this out: A Tulsa used car dealership was searched Friday by federal and local law enforcement agents in connection with an international scheme that has allegedly funneled $483 million through terrorist-controlled channels to Lebanon since January 2007. Ace Auto Leasing, 5717 E. 11th »