Law

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"Police officers carry out random acts of legalized murder against poor people of color not because they are racist, although they may be, or even because they are rogue cops, but because impoverished urban communities have evolved into miniature police states." Chris Hedges
"...the wealthy few invest heavily in shaping laws that strive to place unlimited private property and corporate expansion above and beyond all else, including the lives of people, the health of communities, protection of what we own in common, the capacity of society to function as a democracy, and the stability of the living biosphere itself." Ralph Nader Breaking Through Power p42.
"... the United States has become a nation that does not apply the rule of law to its elite class, which is another way of saying that the United States does not apply the rule of law." Glenn Greenwald: With Liberty and Justice for Some p15
The truth is that, as a nation, we face nothing short of a justice “crisis.” It is a crisis both acute and chronic, affecting not just the poor but the middle class. The situation we face is unconscionable. Lawrence Tribe
Since full implementation of the federal sentencing guidelines in 1989 disparity in sentencing between African Americans and whites has increased. ∙ African American drug offenders have a 20% greater chance of being sentenced to prison than white drug offenders, and Hispanics a 40% greater chance. ∙ African Americans receive longer prison terms for drug offenses than whites. In 2002, the average prison term of 105 months for African Americans was 69% longer than the average of 62 months for whites. " The Sentencing Project

Donald Trump’s atrocious attorney general pick: Jeff Sessions will roll back voting rights and civil rights (11/18/2016)

Senate Republicans Are Blocking Obama's Judges at a Nearly Unprecedented Rate (11/4/2015)

The Grand Jury Process is a Grim Lie (11/3/2015)

Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice (10/31/2015)

Republicans are Clogging the Judicial Pipeline (9/21/2015)

Debtor's Prisons are back. This is the fight to get rid of them (9/23/2015)

Why US Police are out of Control (8/20/2015)

Most states let police take and keep your stuff without convicting you of a crime. (7/8/2015)

Amnesty USA: All 50 states fall short of international standards on police use of lethal force (6/18/2015)

Court Accepts DOJ's 'State Secrets' Claim to Protect Shadowy Neocons: A New Low (3/27/2015)

The Police in America Are becoming Illegitimate (12/7/2014)

h2>How Big Business Buys State Courts (10/31/2014)

How Dark Money-Fueled Judicial Elections Corrupt Our Courts (10/30/2014)

Lobbyists, bearing gifts, Persue Attorneys General (10/28/2014)

Militarizing Police

Policing the Police (8/15/2014)

Do Laws Matter ? (6/15/2010)

SPAIN TO PROCEED WITH TORTURE PROSECUTION OF BUSH LAWYERS (9/8/2009)

Is Honesty the best policy ? Look at the evidence. (2/28/2013)

The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison (2002)

Robinson Meyer writes in The Atlantic that first of all, police shouldn't ask. "As a basic principle, we can't tell you to stop recording," says Delroy Burton, a 21-year veteran of DC's police force. "If you're standing across the street videotaping, and I'm in a public place, carrying out my public functions, [then] I'm subject to recording, and there's nothing legally the police officer can do to stop you from recording." What you don't have a right to do is interfere with an officer's work. ""Police officers may legitimately order citizens to cease activities that are truly interfering with legitimate law enforcement operations," according to Jay Stanley who wrote the ACLU's "Know Your Rights" guide for photographers, which lays out in plain language the legal protections that are assured people filming in public. Police officers may not confiscate or demand to view your digital photographs or video without a warrant and police may not delete your photographs or video under any circumstances.

What if an officer says you are interfering with legitimate law enforcement operations and you disagree with the officer? "If it were me, and an officer came up and said, 'You need to turn that camera off, sir,' I would strive to calmly and politely yet firmly remind the officer of my rights while continuing to record the interaction, and not turn the camera off," says Stanley. The ACLU guide also supplies the one question those stopped for taking photos or video may ask an officer: "The right question to ask is, 'am I free to go?' If the officer says no, then you are being detained, something that under the law an officer cannot do without reasonable suspicion that you have or are about to commit a crime or are in the process of doing so. Until you ask to leave, your being stopped is considered voluntary under the law and is legal."

Video

How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

Ted Talk: Bryan Stevenson

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Bibliography

Justice in America: John Hurwitz (click for his BookTV talk on CSPAN)

Too Big To Jail: Brandon L. Garrett

With Liberty and Justice for Some: Glenn Greenwald

Taking Back the Courts: Norman Pattis

The American Inquisition, Justice and Injustice in the Cold War: Stanley I. Kutler

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