For starters, check out "Public Intoxication = Police Brutality?," a meditation on the Rainbow Lounge raid and Texas PI statutes from Robert Guest at the Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Blog. Robert can also tell you "How much does marijuana cost in Terrell?"
Doug Berman at Sentencing Law & Policy says Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be a "moderate" on criminal justice and more pro-prosecution than Justice Souter who she will replace. He's also impressed that Texas eliminated life without parole for juveniles. See also from SL&P: "In prisoners wake, a tide of troubled kids." He also turns us on to "Are humans too cruel to be kind?," at the magazine New Scientist, a fascinating piece about which I may have more to say later.
Here are three more posts I'd recommend, a couple of which are also SL&P references:
- "Mass Imprisonment: Birth of a social problem," PrawfsBlawg
- "The 5-4 Cases in Crim. Law," Crime & Consequences
- "Courting Confrontation," Simple Justice
Police chief tasers 14-year-old girl in the head after she ran from her mother. The kid hadn’t committed any crime. The chief told a local news station, “he does not regret his actions. He adds he warned her several times and had no other choice when she did not listen to him.” So you shoot electrically-charged barbs into her head? God help this guy’s kids.I clicked on the link literally thinking to myself, "Don't be Texas, don't be Texas, don't be Texas , and ... Whew! Nope! Just across the border in Tucumcari, New Mexico! That's a relief, I guess. ;) I've met many Texas police chiefs I respect, and also a few who perhaps weren't the brightest bulbs in the room, but none who ever struck me at that aggressively stupid.
And finally, the Dallas News quoted some highly dubious "expert" in a story this morning about two court settlements approved by the commissioners court over inadequate healthcare in the Dallas county jail:
"They're definitely acknowledging that there was a problem. They'll settle when they think they'd get a worse outcome when they go to court," said Scott Henson, a criminal justice expert.Hmmmmm ... would it kill you to publish the URL? I link to those guys all the time! ;)