By Robin L. Barton
Scott Peterson’s appeals claim of media taint is hardly unique. But it’s getting more and more unlikely to be successful. And in many ways the claim begs the question:if Scott couldn’t get a fair trial in San Mateo County, where could he get one?
By Erik Roskes
From the time of the philosopher-physician Maimonides, individuals with mental impairments were known to be unable to participate meaningfully in judicial proceedings. Thus, for at least a millennium, it has been the expectation in civilized societies that individuals accused of crimes must be competent in order to plead, go to trial, and be sentenced.
By Julie Stewart
Concerns about the Office of the Pardon Attorney’s misconduct are bipartisan and cut across administrations.
By Mai Fernandez
The Sandusky trial underscores the courage required to testify about such crimes. “The victims… have shown great strength and courage,” said Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly, by “candidly and sometimes chillingly telling their stories, not only to the jury in a packed courtroom… but also to the entire world.”
By Shareka Newton
California is a three strikes state. That’s all I could think of when my father’s mother cavalierly told me that day in May, “Your dad’s in jail.”
By Vanita Gupta and Alex Stamm
The best hope for restoring our elderly prisoner population to sensible, manageable levels is to scale back our sentencing laws.
By William D. Burrell
Decades ago, criminal homicide patterns pointed to subcultures of violence in urban areas beset with socioeconomic problems. Now, recent homicide patterns point to a disturbing realization, a national culture of violence revolving around guns.
By Erik Roskes
Although he abused his service to the church, Mr. R, a stroke victim who is a convicted child molester, deserves the same care and support as any other priest who has developed age-related dementia and other health problems.
By Timothy Lynch
Even though there is no bigotry at work, stop and frisk is a scandal because the program systemically denies thousands of that city’s residents of their constitutional right against unreasonable searches and detentions.
By Mansfield Frazier