Archive for the ‘Law and Courts’ Category

September 18th, 2021 - 3:15 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

Is going crazy over a mask worth it?

A California prison guard is out of jail on $50,000 bail, was put on leave from his job, and faces hate crime charges for — get this — “beating a Wells Fargo branch manager and calling him a racial slur after being asked to wear a mask inside the bank,” Huffington Post report[...]

September 17th, 2021 - 11:58 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

Update: South Dakota’s AG problem

One Saturday night in September 2020, texting-while-driving on his way home from a fundraiser, South Dakota’s attorney general veered off the highway and killed a pedestrian. He drove off, and the next day reported to police he’d hit a deer. (See details here.) There was a big hole in hi[...]

September 15th, 2021 - 12:36 pm § in Law and Courts

Who would guess America’s worst police department is racially biased?

For some time now, I’ve nominated Aurora, Colorado, as the U.S. city having the worst police. Many factors contribute to awful policing, such as systemic racism, excessive force and gratuitous violence against (often innocent) citizens, frequent civil rights and constitutional rights violation[...]

September 15th, 2021 - 12:54 am § in Law and Courts

How bad police squander tax dollars

“The city of Philadelphia will pay $2 million to a Black woman who was pulled from a car, beaten by officers and had her toddler used for social media fodder by the police union,” NBC News reported on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. (Read story here.) “Nursing aide Rickia Young was he[...]

September 13th, 2021 - 10:15 pm § in Law and Courts

How to ruin your life

Back in 2018, Damon Joseph of Holland, Ohio, age 20 at the time, decided he wanted to be an ISIS terrorist. So he grew a scraggly beard (see photo) to make himself look like one, and starting calling himself “Abdullah Ali Yusuf.” Not real stealthy. Doesn’t exactly blend in. Startin[...]

September 12th, 2021 - 5:58 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

America’s pandemic crime wave

The abrupt rise in crime that washed over locked-down America last year is emerging as a hot political issue for the 2022 midterm elections. It’s also fiction. Overall crime declined from 2019 to 2020. Homicides were up, but all other categories of crime were lower. A study of 22 states and th[...]

September 10th, 2021 - 11:47 am § in Law and Courts, Racism

Is 16 years in prison enough for an unprovoked racist slashing attack?

Ronnell Hughes, a 47-year-old black man, was at an Arby’s just off Interstate 84 on the Oregon-Idaho border to apply for a job. The date was December 21, 2019. Minutes later, he would be rushed by ambulance to a local hospital, then airlifted to Boise for emergency surgery on stab wounds to hi[...]

September 9th, 2021 - 11:06 pm § in Law and Courts

“Coughing Karen” is outed, and ousted from her job

Well, that didn’t take long, and I figured it wouldn’t. A stranger who heckled a mother and daughter for wearing masks in a Lincoln, Nebraska, supermarket (see original post here) has been identified by internet sleuths. Dubbed “Coughing Karen,” she’s Janene Hoskovec (p[...]

September 9th, 2021 - 7:23 pm § in Hypocrisy, Law and Courts, Politics

Judge blocks Florida law targeting protesters

A federal judge has struck down an “anti-riot” law championed by Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis and passed by the Republican legislature, Huffington Post reported on Thursday, September 9, 2021 (read story here). Rioting, arson, looting, and vandalism were already crimes in Florida. This [...]

September 9th, 2021 - 6:56 pm § in Law and Courts, Misc.

Meet the child in “Roe v. Wade”

The wheels of justice turn slowly, and by the time the Supreme Court decided that Norma McCorvey (aka “Jane Roe”) was entitled to an abortion, Shelley Lynn Thornton (photo, right) was 3 years old. Thornton never met her mother, who died in 2017. She was given up for adoption three days a[...]