Crime

Bloomberg vs. the NRA

Mike Bloomberg is trying to force political candidates to openly face the gun control issue.

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The view from inside

Reading about former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik's reflection on his experiences in federal prison — "the system doesn't work" — reminded me of a revealing episode during the Nixon White House years.

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Fixing false convictions

To mark the historic anniversary of the signing of our Constitution, the Washington, D.C.-based Constitution Project invited documentarian Ken Burns to receive an award and lead a panel on the lessons of his film "The Central Park Five." Joining Burns were experts on cases involving innocents convicted of crimes and the question of coerced confessions.

Behind the specifics of the notorious rape of a jogger in New York City’s Central Park years ago that led to a wrongful conviction is the question of the constitutional right to a fair trial, as well as the related question about why people would confess to crimes they didn’t commit, as these defendants did.

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Legal fictions

The historic legal fiction that corporations are entities that are distinct from the parties running them might work and make sense for some purposes — but when it comes to criminal responsibility for criminal misconduct by corporate officials, it is bad public policy.

I think of this point as I read about Halliburton’s admitting that it destroyed BP oil spill evidence, and that it's paying a $200,000 fine and enduring a three-year probation for these crimes.

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IRS is wrong: No email intercepts without court order

It is hard to believe, but if the Internal Revenue Service is claiming the right to intercept emails without court order because citizens have no expectation of privacy with email, nothing could be more outrageous and wrong and unacceptable.

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5-year-olds victims of identity theft

Identity thieves will stop at nothing to pawn others' identities for their own personal gain. But you know the newest trend in identity theft has reached an ultimate low when identity thieves start to target innocent children for their own personal gain.

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