It has been more than two years since Ferguson, Missouri erupted into riots following the deadly police shooting of an unarmed teenager named Michael Brown. It was exactly two years ago this month that Tamir Rice, a 12-year old playing with a toy gun, was shot dead by a cop in Cleveland, Ohio.
There have been many more cases of deadly police shootings since then and still Washington hasn’t figured out a way to keep track of when and why officers use force against the citizenry. Why not? [click to continue…]
US Supreme Court justices are appointed to the highest court in the land for life. There Is no mandatory retirement age. But I would suggest it is time for 83-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg to hang up her robe.
We should all take a moment to acknowledge her long and spectacular legal career. Ginsburg has been a true liberal champion for laws concerning women’s and voter’s rights, racial justice and she has long been a proponent of affirmative action programs in higher education.
But now as she enters her 23rd year on the US Supreme Court she has called into question her own impartiality…. [click to continue…]
Truth be told we do a pretty good job in this country keeping track of automobiles, doctors and teachers. We do a pretty lousy job keeping track of rogue police officers.
That’s right, there is no comprehensive national system for tracking bad seed officers who should find another line of work. The result? So-called “gypsy cops” who move from station house to station house and from state to state to find the next employer who will issue them a badge and a gun. [click to continue…]
It should not have taken a leak of part of Donald Trump’s 20-year-old tax returns to highlight what’s wrong with America’s tax system. For decades US citizens have felt the acute unfairness. Who hasn’t looked at their tax refund and wished there was a way to escape the burden? [click to continue…]
It’s time for America to get its cyber- security act together — on many fronts. But beginning right now we need to start a serious discussion about how to keep the upcoming presidential election results safe and secure.
This needs to be a completely nonpartisan discussion that looks past a particular candidate’s shockingly premature prediction of a “rigged election” and goes further than whether voter ID cards are a good or bad idea. [click to continue…]
Fear, anger, cries of racism. This is what seems to envelop America these days, dished up daily by no less than presidential candidates and the media. So many people taking offense at what others say or do I can’t keep track of it all. It’s exhausting. [click to continue…]
A Hidden Danger for College Bound Students
This is the time of year parents start worrying about back-to-school stuff. For those with college aged kids who will soon go off to live by themselves an extra bit of preparation to think about.
You may not realize it but police departments across the country, especially those near colleges and universities, often “flip” students caught with even a tiny amount of marijuana and recruit them into the ranks of “confidential informant.”
At some universities there is a wide circle of these student-tipsters who have all been made to promise to turn in other campus drug users in exchange for leniency in their own narcotics case. [click to continue…]
Old Saying: A Prosecutor Can Indict a Ham Sandwich
What’s that old axiom? A prosecutor has so much power they could indict a ham sandwich? Apparently that does not apply when it comes to career politicians who are seeking the highest office in the land.
Minutes after FBI Director James Comey’s news conference at which he outlined the bureau’s yearlong investigation of Hillary Clinton’s handling of her top secret and classified emails (“extremely careless,” he said) my email blew up with reaction from within the Department of Justice.
“I am, literally, embarrassed to be a DOJ attorney,” one federal prosecutor wrote me. “I used to be so proud but not anymore.” [click to continue…]
America’s Paralyzing Political Divide
The political divide in this country has completely paralyzed us. Generally speaking, half of us think one way, the other half believes just the opposite. The never-ending conflicts — on a whole array of legal issues – continues with no end in sight.
Not even the U.S. Supreme Court could decide what this nation should do to get a grip on our immigration problems. The high court recently deadlocked 4-to-4 on the issue of whether President Obama’s executive order on immigration, which protected millions of undocumented people from being deported, is constitutional. Minus the late conservative Justice, Antonin Scalia, the best the high court could do was a tie, split just like the rest of us. [click to continue…]
Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah – Real Solutions, Please
Oh, the empty rhetoric that spewed from politicians in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history!
Stop all foreign Muslims from coming to the United States / Stop people on the no-fly list from buying guns / Enforce tougher background checks for gun buyers/ Restore the ban on assault rifles.
Really? Not one of those suggestions would have stopped what happened in Orlando, Florida. [click to continue…]