- Texas' US Senator John Cornyn is promoting federal sentencing reform, buttressed by the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Right on Crime campaign.
- State Rep. David Simpson of Longview wants to use civil courts instead of criminal law to regulate synthetic marijuana. See more on the topic from the Texas Observer.
- From Texas Lawyer, "Lawyers score win in recorded jail calls lawsuit."
- From Texas Lawyer, "The Unlawful Acts Doctrine in Texas: Dead or Alive?"
- Mark Bennett explained why "it’s a felony to embarrass a public servant (including an elected official) on account of his service or status as a public servant." IANAL, but methinks it a stretch.
- Was 2014 the Year of the Woman DA in Texas? WFAA has a story on four women who are the first of their gender elected District Attorney in Dallas, Tarrant, Rockwall and Kaufman Counties, to which you could add Harris County (where both parties nominated women). Only San Antonio bucked the trend, ousting long-time incumbent Susan Reed in a high dollar race. See related Grits coverage.
- Reviewing the Marshall Project a few months in.
- From fivethiryeight.com, "The Imprisoner's Dilemma." (Good stuff.) See a related story from US News.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Education vs. prison costs, the Imprisoner's Dilemma, the Year of the Woman DA, Cornyn pushes federal sentencing reform, and other stories
Here are a few tidbits to chew on while Grits' attentions are focused elsewhere.
Posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 10:15 AM