The HSBC Money Laundering Case as a Perfect Symbol of Too Big to Fail

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 6:19 am

Maybe I was too blasé about the federal government letting HSBC off the hook; certainly the story has effectively shown how Too Big to Fail continues to be the watchword of the financial regulatory community. My pet theory here is actually that, because practically every mega-bank engaged in this same type of money laundering for [...]

Occupy Our Homes Movement Works to Save Retired Police Detective’s Home in Atlanta

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 6:18 am

Harlan County USA, happens when the striking coal miners head to Wall Street – in their hardhats – to picket the publicly traded corporation that has failed to respond to their demands. One of the coal miners engages in conversation with one of the cops on hand for crowd control. And the cop starts asking [...]

“Show Me Your Papers” Law Set to Go Into Effect In Arizona After Judge’s Ruling

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 8:55 am

A federal judge, in line with the recent Supreme Court ruling, has allowed Arizona law enforcement to move forward with implementing the “show me your papers” part of their immigration law, SB 1070. It’s just about the only major part of the law that was upheld at the Supreme Court back in June, and the [...]

Empire State Building Shooting Shows Danger of Using Guns to Stop Gun Violence

By: Friday August 24, 2012 1:45 pm

Today, gun violence claimed the life of another American outside the Empire State Building. But the muddled and confusing aftermath offers a lesson as to why the preferred conservative response to mass shootings, i.e. arm more citizens, would be disastrous: A clothing designer who had been fired from a Midtown Manhattan company shot and killed [...]

Federal Court Blocks Some of Alabama Immigration Law, but “Papers Please” Here to Stay (For Now)

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 7:35 am

Federal courts have consistently trimmed back attempts by states to write their own immigration laws. The Supreme Court overturned much of the Arizona immigration law in June, and federal judges have done the same to parts of laws in several Southern states. We saw another example of this yeterday, when the 11th Circuit Court of [...]

Problems in Anaheim Correlated with Malapportionment

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 1:53 pm

Tensions are still simmering between local Anaheim residents and city government, particularly law enforcement, over a string of shootings that residents consider to be police brutality. At the time I noted that the problem in Anaheim had at least something to do with a mostly white leadership and a diverse population. Basically the problem comes [...]

Four Days of Protests in Anaheim Against Police Brutality of Hispanic Population

By: Wednesday July 25, 2012 12:54 pm

Violence plagued the city of Anaheim, home to Disneyland, last night, as protests against a series of officer-involved deaths turned ugly. Last Sunday, Joel Mathew Acevedo was shot and killed by Anaheim police, the sixth such shooting this year, coming a day after Manuel Diaz was shot and killed. Many residents consider the shootings the [...]

Federal Regulators Cherry-Pick Small Fry for Prosecutions

By: Sunday June 3, 2012 11:00 am

Joe Nocera returns to the story of Charlie Engle today. Engle is a marathoner who participated in a liar loan during the housing bubble. The IRS – really one vindictive agent of the IRS – tracked him down, searched through his garbage, sent an undercover agent with a wire to get him to admit guilt, [...]

Pervasive Cell Phone Tracking Performed Even By Local Law Enforcement

By: Monday April 2, 2012 6:54 am

Eric Lichtblau, one of the reporting team who exposed President Bush’s warrantless surveillance program, takes a look at its aftermath; with telecoms receiving immunity, police departments feel no compunction against tracking people by their cell phone. Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used [...]

Trayvon Martin Case Reflects Institutional Deficiencies with Race, Gun Laws

By: Friday March 23, 2012 9:35 am

Thousands rallied in Sanford, Florida yesterday, seeking justice for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot and killed by a neighborhood watch patrolman in late February. And the public outcry has made an impact. In addition to Sanford Police chief Bill Lee stepping aside (temporarily), Governor Rick Scott appointed a new special prosecutor for the case. [...]

Trayvon Martin Case: Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee Takes “Leave of Absence”

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 1:35 pm

Bill Lee, the chief of the Sanford Police Department, which has still failed to make an arrest in the killing of Trayvon Martin, has taken a temporary leave of absence. This came a day after a no-confidence vote from the city commissioners. Lee, stressing his credentials as a former homicide investigator, said that he stands [...]

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