Justice Issues

 
February 19 2015, Brittni Brown
About  50 percent of the individuals sentenced to time in prison are there because of drug-related crimes. Most are not major players in the drug trafficking industry, but rather are users or...
 
October 9 2009, J. J. Maloney
South Kanasa City Blast SiteFive innocent people were convicted in February 1997 in the deaths of six Kansas City firefighters in 1988.  These two stories run a total length of 20,000 words, and...
 
June 8 2016, Martin Baggoley
Mob lynchings have been extremely rare events in the United Kingdom. The most infamous occurred in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1736by Martin BaggoleyOn Monday April 6 1724, the Caledonian Mercury included...
 
September 12 2009, Denise Noe
The case of the Scottsboro Boys often seemed like one of dueling prejudices. Entrenched racism against blacks, anti-Semitism, the Madonna/Whore dichotomy, and regional stereotypes would all be on...
 
April 27 2015, Michael Volpe
Four years after her daughter’s death, A Georgia woman is distraught with more questions than answers because she still doesn’t know the circumstances which led to her daughter’s death, and she...
 
January 7 2013, Don Fulsom
Based on the dictates of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, the jury in the Trayvon Martin murder case had virtually no legal basis to do anything but acquit George Zimmerman of both second-degree...

The Edinburgh Lynching

June 8 2016, 0 Comments
Mob lynchings have been extremely rare events in the United Kingdom. The most infamous occurred in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1736by Martin BaggoleyOn Monday April 6 1724, the Caledonian Mercury included...

Ten Who Escaped the Hangman in Ireland

May 23 2016, 0 Comments
Before the Republic of Ireland abandoned the death penalty in 1990, it had a curious relationship to it, meting out the penalty but more often than not commuting or reprieving the condemned. by Colm...

The Last Witch Killing in the United Kingdom -- The Murder of Charles Walton in 1945

March 9 2016, 0 Comments
In small villages throughout England, the killing of people alleged to be witches was not uncommon. In 1945, the murder of Charles Watson is considered to be the last of this phenomenon.by Chuck...
Apr 28, 2014
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Ethan Couch (Photo ABC) “Affluenza” – a condition fostered by wealthy and permissive parents whose children grow up believing normal rules do not apply to them – was the buzz word at the sentencing of a Texas teenager whose drunk driving resulted in the deaths of four people...
Sep 16, 2013
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Convicted Serial Killer Gerald Parker Eyewitness misidentification plays a part in more than 70 percent of wrongful convictions. Even after the actual rapist confessed, even after DNA evidence exonerated her former husband and he was set free after more than 15 years in...
Jul 17, 2013
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Updated August 3, 2013Edward SnowdenEdward Snowden’s status as hero or traitor is of far less import than the awareness his whistle blowing has brought to just how pervasive and extensive the U.S. government’s spying on its own citizens and allies has become.by Avi McClelland-...
Jun 17, 2013
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Ulysses S. Grant (Photo CBS) by David Robb Two weeks before President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and freed the slaves, his top field general, Ulysses S. Grant, committed the worst official act of anti-Semitism in American history. It was a war crime...
May 27, 2013
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May 27, 2013 Martin LutherMartin Luther, the seminal figure of the Protestant Reformation, was a Nazi before there were Nazis. Before the rise of Adolph Hitler, Martin Luther was the worst anti-Semite to ever live.by David RobbMartin Luther is best known as the founder of...
May 23, 2013
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Originally published on Advocate.com May 07 2012  by Diane Anderson-Minshall Last March, when gay 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio was beaten so severely, after having swastikas carved into his skin, that he died in the hospital three week s later, the brutal murder shocked...
Apr 8, 2013
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Since the “War on Drugs” was launched in the mid-1980s, accompanied by mandatory-minimum sentences for drug offenders, the U.S. prison population has exploded from under 900,000 to 2.3 million prisoners. With correction budgets consumed by building new prisons and staffing...
Jan 7, 2013
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Based on the dictates of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, the jury in the Trayvon Martin murder case had virtually no legal basis to do anything but acquit George Zimmerman of both second-degree murder and manslaughter.  by Don Fulsom and Alisha Dingus Update: The U.S...
Nov 28, 2012
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Other Voices TV: Executing Justice from PPJC Videos on Vimeo. A conversation with J. Patrick O'Connor author of SCAPEGOAT: The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper. Kevin Cooper was convicted of the brutal murders of a Chino Hills, California family and a...
Nov 28, 2012
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This essay is adapted from a presentation J. Patrick O’Connor gave at the Collier County, Florida, Main Library on October 16, 2012. by J. Patrick O’Connor The United States operates the largest criminal justice system in the world, incarcerating 2.3 million people in over...

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