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Paul Butler used to send people to prison for drugs. Now he supports letting guilty drug offenders go.

Emily Brady’s Humboldt explains why the legalization of pot could cause the biggest economic bust in California’s history.

Police tape

How police across the country are using civil asset forfeiture to seize people’s houses, cars and cash to make money for their departments.

A poster of Edward Snowden in Hong Kong. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)

How can the president and Senator Feinstein claim ignorance on the NSA’s surveillance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

James Dimon, chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Maybe it’s not too big to face criminal charges after all.

A poster of Edward Snowden in Hong Kong. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)

He is brilliant, humble and idealistic.

Detainees

But the private prison company GEO Group is making huge profits locking up immigrants who are often guilty only of the crime of being undocumented.

Maryville, Missouri courthouse

Unfortunately, Justice Rehnquist’s conservative Supreme Court made sure it wouldn't.

JPMorgan

While $13 billion isn't chump change, it represents just half of the megabank’s profits last year.

Edward Snowden

Although living in exile from the country he loves, Snowden is warm, centered and engaged and follows debates about surveillance with a keen legal acumen.

Blogs

“Americans support the death penalty, but don’t want to know how the sausage is made."

April 3, 2014

There is no mention of the easy purchase of the weapon or any relevant other factors.

April 3, 2014

Texas consistently has some of the highest national rates of prison rape.

April 2, 2014

The State Supreme Court decision reverses Byrom's capital murder conviction for conspiring to kill her husband, a crime her son confessed to.

April 1, 2014

De Blasio distinguished himself from his electoral opponents by advocating an independent overseer of the NYPD—now he’s fulfilled that promise.

March 28, 2014

Transparency and civil rights advocates win two victories in a growing battle over anonymous suppliers.

March 27, 2014

The other investigations proceed, but Randy Mastro releases a 300-page report saying Christie is not guilty.

March 27, 2014

UPDATE: Michelle Byrom was not executed on March 27. The Mississippi Supreme Court is reviewing a post-conviction motion to review evidence in her case.

March 26, 2014

If the Supreme Court rules that corporations have the right to free exercise of religion in the Hobby Lobby case, what happens to civil rights law? 

March 25, 2014

The death of James Boyd adds to a long list of questionable use-of-force incidents involving APD officers.

March 24, 2014