Bloomberg vs. the NRA

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


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.


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.