Recently, an array of faith-based, civil rights and other advocacy organizations announced they are seeking an independent review of the Milwaukee Police Department's policing practices. Milwaukee is far from immune to the nationwide debate brought up by instances of what appear to be excessive force used against unarmed, typically African-American defendants. At stake is the public's trust in the police force and even the justice system.
Observers on Capitol Hill believe Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be about to lay down the law on marijuana users, reversing popular policies put in place by the Obama Administration. Moreover, the reason for the change is almost as surprising as the potential policy change.
As we celebrate our nation's Independence Day, it's appropriate to reflect not only on that which makes us proud to be Americans, but also on how we can hand down to our children and grandchildren a system of justice that honors the Founding Fathers and the generations of patriots who followed them. We have much work to do, because at this time in our history the United States' criminal justice system is broken. I provide a close examination of many of the problems in my book, "Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America's Broken System" (Harper 2017), but I also believe we can fix what is ailing.
In a mere matter of days following its issuance, what is already widely known in shorthand form as the "Sessions memo" continues to generate material fervor and related sound bites across the country.
The Sixth Amendment provides one of the most recognizable lines from the Miranda warning: "You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you."
What crimes do you consider to be the most serious? Murder? Child sex offenses? Even drug trafficking might be a reasonable choice. Most people believe we should apply the harshest sentences to the most serious crimes, and most have an idea of which are the most serious.
Back in January, a WikiLeaks Tweet said that Julian Assange, the transparency group's editor in chief, would agree to extradition to the United States if then-President Obama gave former Pfc. Chelsea Manning clemency.
You may not know the Reid Method of police interrogation by name, but there is a good chance you are familiar with it through the depiction of police questioning in movies and on television.
A police stop is when a police officer stops a person to investigate potential criminal activity. Sometimes, frisks or other searches come out of such stops. One would hope that police would only use such stops in a way that is respectful of people’s rights and which stays within the bounds of the U.S. Constitution. A recent class-action lawsuit alleges that police in Milwaukee have crossed the line when it comes to their use of police stops.
DNA evidence can be a big factor in a wide range of different criminal cases. Now, DNA evidence, just like other types evidence, is not immune to being flawed or inaccurate. There are various things that could throw the accuracy of DNA evidence off. One is if the testing of such evidence isn't handled right by a DNA lab.