The ACLU and several other public interest groups have filed a brief with the Florida Supreme Court urging them to look into the use of automated facial recognition in criminal proceedings. In 2015, two undercover cops purchased $50 of crack cocaine from a Black man on a Jacksonville street. Instead of arresting him on the spot, one officer used an old phone to snap several … [Read more...] about The FACES of Justice
A Few Thoughts On the Kavanaugh Confirmation Process
I hate the Kavanaugh confirmation process.Supreme Court Justices are some of the most influential people in the country, and a relatively young guy like Brett Kavanaugh will affect the course of things in this country for decades to do come. But despite thousands of news stories, I have very little idea what he's likely to do if he gets on the Supreme Court.From … [Read more...] about A Few Thoughts On the Kavanaugh Confirmation Process
The Revealed Meaning of Guilt
A few days ago, Gabriel Malor pointed out this story: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A judge has dismissed charges against two men who were convicted in the death of a woman as part of a "Satanic ritual" more than 25 years ago. This is an all-too-familiar story. Garr Keith Hardin and Jeffrey Dewayne Clark were convicted of murder in 1995. But after serving 20+ … [Read more...] about The Revealed Meaning of Guilt
There was an interesting criminal case out of Fairfax, Virginia the other day, involving a young lady named Sandra Mendez Ortega who stole some jewelry from Lisa Copeland while cleaning her house. The Washington Post lays out the events this way: The case began with Copeland’s discovery in September 2016 that her engagement and wedding rings were missing from the … [Read more...] about Just Consequences
Free the Squawk!
Oh my God! They're going after Squawk!It all started back in May, when Appellate Squawk (who somewhat disappointingly turns out not to be a bird with legal superpowers but a human female working for the New York Legal Aid Society) published a post poking mild fun at her office's training about the importance of asking clients to clarify their gender. Here's a … [Read more...] about Free the Squawk!