Alec Baldwin Didn’t Have to Talk to the Police. Neither Do You.

Even innocent people can inadvertently make themselves seem guilty.

#baldwin-alec, #criminal-justice, #fifth-amendment-us-constitution, #miranda-v-arizona-supreme-court-decision, #police, #rust-movie

New Year, New (State) Rules

State laws take effect for bouncers in Tennessee, walkers in California, and governors in North Carolina. Here’s a roundup of several key changes across the nation.

#abortion, #criminal-justice, #education-k-12, #law-and-legislation, #libraries-and-librarians, #minimum-wage, #referendums, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #two-thousand-twenty-three

Here Are the New State Laws That Will Take Effect in 2023

State laws take effect for bouncers in Tennessee, walkers in California, and governors in North Carolina. Here’s a roundup of several key changes across the nation.

#abortion, #criminal-justice, #education-k-12, #law-and-legislation, #libraries-and-librarians, #minimum-wage, #referendums, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #two-thousand-twenty-three

Marijuana Pardons Affect Just a Sliver of Those Swept Up in the War on Drugs

President Biden’s pardons for thousands of Americans convicted of possessing marijuana don’t apply to state charges or many immigrants at risk of deportation.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #criminal-justice, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #immigration-and-emigration, #marijuana, #sentences-criminal, #united-states-politics-and-government

Key Witness Has Covid, Disrupting Trump Organization Trial

Jeffrey S. McConney, the company’s controller, had coughing fits on the stand. The judge said the trial would likely resume Monday, but that many in the courtroom were at risk.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #manhattan-nyc, #merchan-juan-m, #trump-organization

New York Is Pushed to Stop Asking Aspiring Lawyers About Long-Ago Crimes

To become a lawyer in New York, one must share details of sealed cases and juvenile records. Critics say that the requirement may be illegal, and that it harms racial diversity.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #discrimination, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #law-schools, #legal-profession, #new-york-state, #new-york-state-bar-assn, #race-and-ethnicity

‘Defund the Police’ Is Dead. Now What?

Have we simply become inured to police shootings? Do these lives no longer matter?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #criminal-justice, #democratic-party, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform

The Artists Taking on Mass Incarceration

More and more art is challenging long-held assumptions about the criminal justice system.

#ai-weiwei, #art, #betts-reginald-dwayne, #criminal-justice, #gaspar-maria, #museums, #prisons-and-prisoners, #scott-dread-artist, #smith-sable-elyse, #spontwomensfallfashion

We Are Living in Richard Nixon’s America, and Trump Wants to Keep Us There

Remember when there was talk of Joe Biden as a transformational figure?

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blackmun-harry-a, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #democratic-party, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #nixon-richard-milhous, #police, #powell-lewis-f-jr, #presidential-election-of-1968, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rehnquist-william-h, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

MAGA Doesn’t Care About Cops

Trump pitched himself as pro-police, but when his mob stormed the Capitol, he fell silent.

#criminal-justice, #police, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-capitol-police

Alabama Takes From the Poor and Gives to the Rich

How fines and fees trap people in a kind of penury from which they may never escape.

#alabama, #black-people, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #criminal-justice, #finances, #fines-penalties, #income-inequality, #local-government, #lowndes-county-ala, #montgomery-ala, #property-taxes, #states-us, #taxation, #traffic-and-parking-violations

Trump: A Brat, but Not a Child

Trump should not escape responsibility for his self-imposed ignorance.

#blow-charles-m, #criminal-justice, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #moses-pamela, #presidential-election-of-2020, #tennessee, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Xiao Jianhua, Chinese Canadian Billionaire, on Trial in China

The case against the financier Xiao Jianhua is widely seen as part of a crackdown on the debt-fueled excess that drove China’s economic growth.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #criminal-justice, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #tomorrow-group, #xiao-jianhua

The Real Meaning of Chesa Boudin’s Recall

Much of the reaction to the ousting of San Francisco’s progressive district attorney may be a misreading of the moment.

#audio-neutral-informative, #boudin-chesa, #criminal-justice, #elections-district-attorneys, #midterm-elections-2022, #san-francisco-calif

How Biden Can Bring Hope to Prisons Like Mine

We all deserve another chance.

#criminal-justice, #law-and-legislation, #pell-grants, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sing-sing-correctional-facility, #sullivan-correctional-facility

Drug Sentencing Bill Is in Limbo as Midterm Politics Paralyze Congress

A broadly supported bipartisan measure to eliminate a racial disparity in drug sentencing faces a difficult road as Republicans seek to weaponize the issue of crime against Democrats.

#cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #midterm-elections-2022, #republican-party, #senate, #sentences-criminal, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden to Use Clemency Powers for First Time

The president said he would commute the sentences of 75 nonviolent drug offenders and issue three pardons, part of what aides described as a broader strategy to overhaul the criminal justice system.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #criminal-justice, #ex-convicts, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #trump-donald-j

Crime Stoppers of Houston Takes a Partisan Turn

Crime Stoppers of Houston built its reputation on a successful tip line. Then it decided to take on Democratic judges.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #conflicts-of-interest, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #crime-stoppers-usa, #criminal-justice, #houston-tex, #nonprofit-organizations, #ogg-kim, #philanthropy, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Superpredator Myth Did a Lot of Damage. Courts Are Beginning to See the Light.

We don’t need to keep everyone in prison forever.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #connecticut, #criminal-justice, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #sentences-criminal

Subway Attack Heightens Pressure on Mayor Adams to Combat Gun Violence

Mayor Eric Adams ran on a public safety message. He says crime is a national problem, but faces growing pressure to tackle it in New York City.

#adams-eric-l, #brooklyn-ny-subway-shooting-april-12-2022, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc

Alvin Bragg Says He’s Not a Politician. Is That the Root of His Trouble?

The Manhattan district attorney has had an uncommonly tumultuous first three months on the job, drawing criticism from all over the political spectrum.

#bragg-alvin, #criminal-justice, #district-attorneys, #manhattan-nyc, #pomerantz-mark-f, #trump-donald-j

Push for More Restrictive Bail Law Gains a Key Ally: Gov. Hochul

Ms. Hochul wants to expand the list of crimes eligible for bail in New York, and give judges the power to consider a defendant’s “dangerousness” in setting bail for certain crimes.

#bail, #budgets-and-budgeting, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures

Feds extradite ransomware suspects from 2 prolific gangs in a single week

Feds extradite ransomware suspects from 2 prolific gangs in a single week

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Federal prosecutors extradited two suspected ransomware operators, including a man they said was responsible for an intrusion that infected as many as 1,500 organizations in a single stroke, making it one of the worst supply chain attacks ever.

Yaroslav Vasinskyi, 22, was arrested last August as he crossed from his native country of Ukraine into Poland. This week, he was extradited to the US to face charges that carry a maximum penalty of 115 years in prison. Vasinskyi arrived in Dallas, Texas, on March 3 and was arraigned on Wednesday.

First up: Sodinokibi/REvil

In an indictment, prosecutors said that Vasinskyi is responsible for the July 2, 2021 attack that first struck remote management software seller Kaseya and then caused its infrastructure to infect 800 to 1,500 organizations that relied on the Kaseya software. Sodinokibi/REvil, the ransomware group Vasinskyi allegedly worked for or partnered with, demanded $70 million for a universal decryptor that would restore all victims’ data.

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#biz-it, #criminal-justice, #extortion, #indictments, #ransomware

Jailing Teenagers with Adults Won’t Reduce Crime

New York City’s mayor wants to return to a failed policy.

#adams-eric-l, #criminal-justice, #ex-convicts, #family-courts, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #prisons-and-prisoners, #youth

How This ‘Progressive Prosecutor’ Balances Politics and Public Safety

As his peers around the country face fierce criticism, Eric Gonzalez, the Brooklyn district attorney, is navigating a narrow path so far.

#bragg-alvin, #brooklyn-nyc, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #district-attorneys, #elections-district-attorneys, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-nyc

Can This Family Get a Stake in the Big Business of Marijuana?

New Jersey’s cannabis law was partly designed to remedy wrongs in a criminal justice system that disproportionately ensnares Black and Latino people. But the hurdles for small-business owners are high.

#criminal-justice, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #new-jersey, #race-and-ethnicity, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

These Policies Were Supposed to Help Black People. They’re Backfiring.

By aiming for racial “equity” in criminal justice, reformers have neglected the foundational purpose of law and order.

#adams-eric-l, #black-people, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #new-york-city

Mayor Adams Clashes With Albany Democrats Over His Crime Plan

Eric Adams’s harshest exchange during a state budget hearing was with a fellow Democrat whose brother was killed by gunfire at the age of 19.

#adams-eric-l, #criminal-justice, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #walker-latrice

For Biden and Adams, a Meeting of Like Minds on Gun Crime

President Biden’s visit to New York on Thursday is meant to convey his desire to respond to violent crime while guarding against the danger of excess policing.

#adams-eric-l, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #gun-control, #new-york-city, #police, #united-states-politics-and-government

Two High-Powered Black Attorneys Confront a Justice System’s Flaws

“Just Pursuit,” by Laura Coates, a former federal prosecutor, and “The Rage of Innocence,” by Kristin Henning, a longtime juvenile defense lawyer, detail the moral quandaries and bias they encountered in their work.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #coates-laura, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #discrimination, #henning-kristin-1970, #just-pursuit-a-black-prosecutors-fight-for-fairness-book, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-rage-of-innocence-how-america-criminalizes-black-youth-book, #united-states, #youth

New Rule Makes Thousands of Federal Inmates Eligible for Release

The Justice Department issued guidelines that allow more prisoners to participate in a program to earn shorter terms under the 2018 bipartisan criminal justice law.

#criminal-justice, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #prisons-and-prisoners, #united-states-politics-and-government

Alvin Bragg, Manhattan D.A., to Seek Incarceration Only for Worst Crimes

Alvin Bragg has told prosecutors in his office to seek jail or prison time for only the most serious crimes, unless the law requires otherwise.

#bragg-alvin, #criminal-justice, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners

Watch Kathy Hochul Give Her First State of the State Speech

Gov. Kathy Hochul was set to pledge $10 billion to boost the state’s decimated health care work force, and to direct funds to further combat gun violence.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #elections-governors, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #hochul-kathleen-c, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #state-of-the-state-message-nys, #taxation, #term-limits-political-office

The 2021 Good Tech Awards

This year, technology companies stepped up on housing and criminal justice — with a dash of whistle-blowers mixed in.

#3-d-devices-and-effects, #3-d-printers, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #deepmind-technologies-ltd, #haugen-frances, #meat, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #scott-mackenzie, #social-media, #start-ups, #whistle-blowers

Justice Dept. Says Some Inmates Can Stay Confined at Home

The move reverses a Trump-era decision that would have sent nearly all of the thousands of inmates released to home confinement during the pandemic back to prison.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #criminal-justice, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #office-of-legal-counsel-us, #prisons-and-prisoners, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Families of Boeing Crash Victims Say U.S. Failed to Consult Them

Families of people killed in two 737 Max crashes said in a court filing that the Department of Justice’s settlement with Boeing violated a federal law meant to protect victims.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #boeing-737-max-groundings-and-safety-concerns-2019, #boeing-company, #criminal-justice, #justice-department, #trump-donald-j

Who Will Hold Prosecutors Accountable?

The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility needs an overhaul.

#criminal-justice, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #office-of-professional-responsibility, #prosecutorial-misconduct, #suits-and-litigation-civil

New Prosecutors Are Reopening Old Cases Against Police Officers

District attorneys around the country are investigating officers in cases their predecessors had handled, raising the ire of police unions that say it undermines public safety.

#arboleda-laudemer-d-2018, #black-lives-matter-movement, #brown-michael-1996-2014, #criminal-justice, #district-attorneys, #fraternal-order-of-police, #gascon-george, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hall-andrew-danville-calif-police-officer, #krasner-larry-1961, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #traffic-and-parking-violations

After Meeting With Victim, Former Missouri Officer Is Cleared of Assault

The charge was dropped after the former police officer and the woman she shot outside a supermarket in Ladue, Mo., agreed to meet with a mediator over Zoom, prosecutors said.

#assaults, #crews-julia, #criminal-justice, #hall-ashley, #ladue-mo, #missouri, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Waukesha Suspect’s Previous Release Agitates Efforts to Reduce Bail

Darrell Brooks, accused of plowing his S.U.V. through a Wisconsin parade, had been freed on $1,000 bail for a different charge in Milwaukee County, where there is a backlog of cases.

#bail, #brooks-darrell-e, #chisholm-john-t, #criminal-justice, #milwaukee-wis, #waukesha-wis, #waukesha-wis-holiday-parade-attack-2021, #wisconsin

What the Arbery and Rittenhouse Verdicts Couldn’t Tell Us

We must stop tying our hopes for justice to high-profile criminal cases.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #criminal-justice, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #gun-control, #kenosha-wis, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rittenhouse-kyle, #schroeder-bruce-e, #self-defense

George Gascón Is Remaking Criminal Justice in L.A. How Far Is Too Far?

To keep people out of prison, George Gascón is risking everything: rising violent crime, a staff rebellion and the votes that made him district attorney.

#content-type-personal-profile, #criminal-justice, #district-attorneys, #gascon-george, #los-angeles-county-calif, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #prisons-and-prisoners

Chesa Boudin, San Francisco’s Top Prosecutor, Faces Recall

Voters will decide in June whether Chesa Boudin should remain in office, a test of the national movement to elect prosecutors who have promised to dismantle mass incarceration.

#boudin-chesa, #criminal-justice, #elections-district-attorneys, #san-francisco-calif

Seattle’s Choice: A Police Abolitionist or a Law-and-Order Republican?

The finalists in the race to become Seattle’s next city attorney have extreme differences in their views. Some residents are wary of both of them.

#crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #gregoire-christine-o, #locke-gary, #police-reform, #seattle-wash, #straka-brandon, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Nassau County D.A.’s Race, Kaminsky and Donnelly Clash on Bail Reform

A special election for Nassau County district attorney has centered on recent changes to New York’s bail laws.

#bail, #criminal-justice, #donnelly-anne, #elections-district-attorneys, #kaminsky-todd-d-1978, #nassau-county-ny

Can Brooklyn’s New U.S. Attorney Help Restore Faith in Law Enforcement?

Breon S. Peace, who went to high school in Crown Heights, is taking over as top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn at a precarious moment.

#brooklyn-nyc, #content-type-personal-profile, #criminal-justice, #legal-profession, #peace-breon-s, #united-states-attorneys

Was the Decision on Boosters Bungled?

Readers discuss the government’s handling of the issue. Also: Abortion stories; criminal justice reform; voice recognition; extinct species.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #food-and-drug-administration, #house-of-representatives, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pfizer-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #voice-recognition-systems

After Rikers, Will It Be Enough to Build Better Jails?

As New York looks to replace Rikers Island, some say a focus on more humane jail design is largely beside the point.

#american-institute-of-architects, #architecture, #black-people, #criminal-justice, #design, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

Martinsville 7 Are Pardoned by Virginia 70 Years After Execution for Rape

For decades, family members of the men, known as the Martinsville Seven, contended that they were denied due process. Gov. Ralph S. Northam agreed.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #capital-punishment, #criminal-justice, #discrimination, #fourteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #grayson-francis-desales-d-1951, #hairston-frank-jr-d-1951, #hairston-howard-lee-d-1951, #hairston-james-luther-d-1951, #hampton-joe-henry-d-1951, #martinsville-va, #martinsville-seven, #millner-booker-t-d-1951, #northam-ralph-s, #sex-crimes, #taylor-john-clabon-d-1951, #virginia

As Shootings Increase, N.Y.C Returns to Disputed Tactic: Gang Takedowns

The authorities are responding to a wave of gun violence. But their anti-gang tactics have long faced criticism for unfairly targeting young Black people.

#criminal-justice, #eterno-john-a, #gangs, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #murphy-taylonn, #new-york-city, #police, #police-department-nyc