How 1.5 Ounces of Marijuana Landed This Man a Life-Long Prison Sentence

On May 11, the Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld a life sentence without parole for 38-year-old Allen Russell, sustaining his 2019 guilty conviction for possessing marijuana in an amount over 30 grams (1.05 ounces). “Upon review of the case before us, and in accordance with precedent, we find that Russell’s sentencing as a habitual offender … Continue reading How 1.5 Ounces of Marijuana Landed This Man a Life-Long Prison Sentence

Here’s Why San Francisco is Experiencing a Shoplifting Surge That’s Putting Some Stores Out of Business

“I’m new to San Francisco,” New York Times journalist Thomas Fuller told a grocery store clerk shortly after moving to the city. “Is it optional to pay for things here?” It sounds like an absurd thing to ask, but Fuller explains in a new article that he was genuinely forced to wonder what was going … Continue reading Here’s Why San Francisco is Experiencing a Shoplifting Surge That’s Putting Some Stores Out of Business

Fight to Hold Andrew Cuomo Accountable ‘Feels Like Upward Climb,’ Janice Dean Says

Janice Dean began speaking out against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo when she saw that media outlets weren’t holding the Democratic governor accountable for what was happening in New York during the COVID-10 pandemic. Dean, senior meteorologist at Fox News Channel, lost both her mother-in-law and father-in-law to the disease in New York nursing homes. While thousands of elderly … Continue reading Fight to Hold Andrew Cuomo Accountable ‘Feels Like Upward Climb,’ Janice Dean Says

Arizona Lawmakers, Governor Move Toward Harm Reduction

Arizona’s Governor and lawmakers are displaying an enlightened shift in strategy addressing the overdose crisis. After the state experienced an estimated 48 percent jump in overdose deaths during the first eight months of 2020 (a 32 percent increase in most populous Maricopa County in all of 2020), they decided to embrace harm reduction. On May 14 the Arizona House voted … Continue reading Arizona Lawmakers, Governor Move Toward Harm Reduction

Judge Rightly Finds COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Unlawful, Then Stays Ruling Anyway

Judge Dabney Friedrich of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on May 5 struck down the nationwide ban on evictions from rental properties put in place by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine days later, though, after negative media coverage, she decided to leave the CDC’s … Continue reading Judge Rightly Finds COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Unlawful, Then Stays Ruling Anyway

6 eyewitnesses misidentified a murderer – here’s what went wrong in the lineup

Laura Smalarz, Arizona State University On the strength of six eyewitnesses’ lineup identifications, Lydell Grant was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for the murder of a young Texas man, Aaron Scheerhoorn, who was stabbed to death outside a Houston nightclub in 2010. All six of those eyewitnesses were wrong. Thanks to the work … Continue reading 6 eyewitnesses misidentified a murderer – here’s what went wrong in the lineup

NYC Suspects Busted in Multi-Million-Dollar COVID Welfare Scam After Posing with Money Stacks on Social Media

A group of scammers in New York City allegedly ripped off millions from the state’s super-charged pandemic welfare system. They were busted after (rather foolishly) posting pictures of themselves with massive money stacks on social media and now face prosecution. “A group of young men is accused of ripping off $2 million in COVID-19 relief … Continue reading NYC Suspects Busted in Multi-Million-Dollar COVID Welfare Scam After Posing with Money Stacks on Social Media

Military Involvement in Domestic Surveillance: Cato FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Answers

Over the last year, much of the focus of civil liberties advocates has been on the potential scope of law enforcement–federal, state, and local–monitoring of activists protesting the murder of George Floyd and other people of color by police officers. In late May 2020, then‐​Attorney General William Barr authorized the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to conduct surveillance … Continue reading Military Involvement in Domestic Surveillance: Cato FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Answers

The Biden Administration Is Breaking Its Promise Not to Seize Property for the Border Wall

On January 20, President Biden issued a proclamation that the government would stop construction on the US-Mexico border wall for 60 days to determine whether land needed to be confiscated to continue the project. The 60 days came and went with no decision, and now a federal judge has handed down a court order giving … Continue reading The Biden Administration Is Breaking Its Promise Not to Seize Property for the Border Wall