Du Pont Heir Gets Probation After Raping Three-Year-Old

By: Monday March 31, 2014 8:03 am

Another case of affluenza? A judge has ruled that Robert H. Richards IV, an heir to the du Pont fortune, should not face jail time after raping his three-year-old daughter. The reason Judge Jan Jurden gave for sentencing Richards to probation was that he “would not fare well in prison.” Richards is six foot four [...]

CIA Hacked Senate To Learn About Torture Report

By: Wednesday March 5, 2014 8:58 am

I guess we should be surprised? In an act of extreme illegality and impudence the CIA has been caught not only operating domestically but doing so against American citizens who were working for the US Senate according to a report by McClatchy.  The CIA Inspector General has reportedly made a referral to the Justice Department [...]

Secret Laws Govern NSA

By: Monday July 8, 2013 5:40 am

Nothing exemplifies an open society like secret laws. According to a report by the New York Times, an entire new body of law has been created, in secret, to govern the NSA’s operations. The FISA court, under dubious pretexts, has rewritten the Fourth Amendment. In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation’s surveillance court [...]

Graham, McCain, Ayotte, And King Put Out Statement To Remove Boston Bombing Suspect’s Rights

By: Monday April 22, 2013 5:58 am

A joint statement by Senators John McCain, Kelly Ayotte, Lindsey Graham, and Representative Peter King calls for a man accused of participating in the Boston Marathon Bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, to be charged and handled as an enemy combatant and outside the constitution despite Tsarnaev being a U.S. citizen. “It is clear the events we have [...]

Monsanto Gets Its Very Own Law

By: Friday March 29, 2013 6:03 am

Hope and change strikes again. A provision many are dubbing the “Monsanto Protection Act” was covertly inserted into the Agricultural Appropriations Bill that President Obama signed Tuesday. The provision protects genetically modified food interests from litigation. The provision protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks and has thus been dubbed [...]

FDIC Under Scrutiny For Not Announcing Settlements

By: Tuesday March 12, 2013 8:06 am

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has been complying with a “no press release” clause added to its settlements by banks that break the law. The clause is added to keep the regulator quiet on reputation damaging legal settlements. Typically settlements are announced by regulators in hopes of deterring would be law breakers but the [...]

Frontline Exposes DOJ’s Failure To Prosecute Wall Street

By: Wednesday January 23, 2013 5:55 am

Watch Alarm Bells In The Housing Market on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE. Last night Frontline aired a program on the Department of Justice’s failure to prosecute Wall Street executives over fraud in the mortgage market that caused the 2008 financial crisis. The program included compelling testimony from the “due diligence underwriters” those responsible for [...]

How the Suspension of the Rule of Law Makes for a Worse Economy

By: Friday August 31, 2012 11:45 am

As I noted yesterday, the Justice Department ended its investigation into the final two cases of suspected CIA torture, both of which resulted in deaths of the detainees (two of the over 100 detainees who have died in US custody). Glenn Greenwald writes eloquently and comprehensively on that as the final immunity given to the [...]

Lack of Financial Fraud Prosecutions a Festering Wound for Country, Economy

By: Sunday August 26, 2012 2:38 pm

The Sunday opinion section of the New York Times has an editorial they could have run every day for the last four years, asking why nobody has been prosecuted for the greatest financial collapse since the Great Depression. It’s really a familiar story, and while I appreciate seeing it in their pages, I hold no [...]

Federal Reserve, Regulators Arguing for More, Quicker Foreclosures

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 12:44 pm

The Federal Reserve has decided to put their thumbs on the scales of justice, explicitly attempting to overturn state-based anti-foreclosure laws on the spurious grounds that they hurt the economy. This story by Tim Reid in Reuters cites the Fed arguing against the kind of laws in states like Nevada – and soon, California – [...]

The $2,000 Insult in the Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

By: Friday February 10, 2012 7:04 am

The WaPo editorial board’s biggest problem with the “rough justice” foreclosure fraud settlement is that robo-signing is a “victimless crime” because all those people were behind on their payments anyway, and that lucky duckies foreclosed upon might be getting $2,000 erroneously. That’s the media we have. Put aside the looming presence of servicer-driven defaults, fee [...]