Amidst allegations that government attorneys withheld key information while applying for wiretap permissions from federal judges, federal prosecutors in Denver dropped gang conspiracy charges against six alleged Mara Salvatrucha members.
A federal judge last week abruptly postponed ruling on whether it was proper for prosecutors seeking wiretap permission to conceal their use of top members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang as informants. Meanwhile, the recent shooting of a Guatemalan day laborer by an LAPD officer has reignited a controversy over police reform that is at the root of the current courtroom drama.
Expanding the public safety exception to Miranda may not make much difference on the ground. But Holder's push suggests the Obama administration has bought Bush's framing on terrorism.
"Bio-prospecting" is unreflective--and unregulated.
No racial profiling took place with Henry Louis Gates Jr.; it's not the "teachable moment" for which many are so understandably eager.
Protesters decry acquittal of three New York City police officers on trial for firing 50 bullets at an unarmed man.
Beyond the sensationalism and the sound bites, the Duke rape case reveals the perils of unchecked prosecutorial power.
Surveillance 101: Big Brother goes to college.
In response to a crime wave, police are imprisoning a record number of nonviolent offenders.