PIPA Dead in its Current Form UPDATE: Postponed

By: Friday January 20, 2012 6:23 am

PIPA will not survive next week. The latest whip count from Open Congress shows 45 Senators now opposed to the legislation, with 41 of those on the record in the media. That would be enough to stop the bill on the floor. Moreover, Mitch McConnell has asked Harry Reid to postpone the legislation, a pretty [...]

LA County Jails Consistently Imprisoning the Wrong People

By: Wednesday December 28, 2011 12:54 pm

Here in my backyard of sunny (sorry!) Los Angeles, our county sheriff is suffering through the worst performance record in the country outside of noted racist Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Arizona. First, Sheriff Lee Baca had to endure credible allegations of mistreatment of prisoners in county lockups. Now, he has a new scandal on [...]

Proposed Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Still Looks Woefully Inadequate

By: Monday December 26, 2011 9:20 am

The “new” details of the proposed foreclosure fraud settlement, now alleged to be “just around the corner” for the ninth straight month, have mostly been revealed before by Shahien Nasiripour of the Financial Times or others. Under the proposed agreement, between $19 and $25 billion (depending on California’s inclusion, which is unlikely, so I’d expect [...]

The Militarization of Local Police Forces

By: Tuesday December 6, 2011 10:08 am

While I do believe that the repression of public Occupy protests has historical underpinnings, that doesn’t mean that what has happened in the streets should cause no concern. In fact, technology has advanced beyond the billy clubs and paddy wagons of the past, to include LRAD sound cannons, pepper spray, bean-bag projectiles, stun guns, and [...]

Sandusky’s TV Admissions Already Fit Legal Definition of Sex Crimes

By: Wednesday November 16, 2011 7:35 am

The fallout from the worst idea for an exclusive interview while under indictment ever continues. It turns out that just what Jerry Sandusky admitted to Bob Costas on national television on Monday night, all of which is admissible as evidence in his trial, is enough to put him in jail for up to five years: [...]

NYC Law Enforcement Moving Aggressive Park Dwellers Into Occupy Wall Street Site

By: Monday October 31, 2011 12:14 pm

If this is true (h/t), it represents one of the more cynical actions I’ve seen from law enforcement, whose job it it to serve and protect, in a long, long time. According to Harry Siegel, cops in New York City are re-routing aggressive, drunken individuals picked up in parks across the city down to the [...]

Iran/Mexican Drug Cartel Terror Plot Disrupted

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 12:18 pm

As Marcy Wheeler says, this plot has it all – Mexican drug cartels, Iran, assassinations, attacks on the Saudi AND Israeli embassies. You name it, it’s in there. FBI and DEA agents have disrupted a plot to commit a “significant terrorist act in the United States” tied to Iran, federal officials told ABC News today. [...]

Ruling on Alabama Immigration Law Validates “Papers Please” Aspects of SB1070

By: Thursday September 29, 2011 6:18 am

When I first heard about the ruling from a federal judge in the Alabama immigration law case, I thought that most of the more egregious aspects of the law were enjoined. Only upon further inspection did I realize that the judge declined to issue a preliminary injunction for some of the most controversial parts. U.S. [...]

Local Law Enforcement Says Secure Communities Harms Their Efforts

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 12:11 pm

Adam Serwer writes about a new report on DHS’ Secure Communities program, showing that it harms law enforcement efforts: The law enforcement argument against Secure Communities goes something like this: Because the program is automatic, undocumented immigrants are discouraged from talking to police because of the possibility that they might end up getting deported. “When [...]

Wisconsin Democrats Will Try to Recall Scott Walker Next Year

By: Friday June 3, 2011 11:33 am

Democratic Party of Wisconsin chair Mike Tate will announce tonight at the annual convention that the party will try to recall Gov. Scott Walker when he becomes eligible for removal early next year. Once January 2012 hits, activists can gather signatures on a Walker recall, and Tate promises official backing from the state party for [...]

Obama Seeks Two-Year Extension for FBI Director Mueller

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 10:29 am

President Obama announced that he would prefer FBI Director Robert Mueller to stay on for an additional two years beyond the 10-year term he has already served. Mueller, who became director of the FBI one week before 9-11, would see his term otherwise expire September 4. Here’s an excerpt of the President’s statement. I believe [...]

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