Coercion and Indigence

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi Well Mahatma, I regret to inform you that Harris County, Texas ain’t too great. Many Harris County judges rate themselves and their brethren by the size of their dockets. These judges view having a small docket as most important. To […]

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Do Defense Attorneys Protect the Guilty or All of Us?

Inspired by a recent post on the Huffington Post Crime Blog, we were left wondering whether or not society, especially the politically conservative among us, believes criminal defense attorneys protect us all. As pointed out in the post, defense attorneys do not advocate for crime. We live in the same community. We believe in law […]

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Juries as Democracy in Action

Since the beginning of jury trials in England and colonial America, there has been a long tradition of juries deciding that the law, to quote a famous judge, is an ass. I am speaking frankly of juries doing what they want to do, and often acquitting the accused in the face of government prosecution. At […]

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The Conservative Case Against Prison

One might think that the title above is a bit counter-intuitive, yet if the reader will bear with me I believe that the phrasing, and the reasoning, will become quite clear. Some common core principles of conservatives are that they tend to watch the public dollar closely, tend to believe that society should choose policies […]

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FBI DNA Calculation Errors: What’s the Big Deal?

“This past spring, the FBI notified crime labs there were errors in the data used to calculate the chances that DNA found at a crime scene matched an individual. But it downplayed the impact of the errors on court cases, setting off a low but distinct rumble throughout the criminal justice system nationwide.” Source: New […]

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