Morning Links

January 10, 2014

• Pot legalization is drying up the asset forfeiture revenue of anti-drug task forces. This is more of a feature than a bug.

• Sweetwater, Florida city commissioner Isolina Maroño attempted to file criminal charges against a TV reporter who is investigating her and her son, who happens to be the mayor. To their credit, the police declined.

• A lawsuit alleges that police in Delaware County, Ohio mocked a Latino man suspected of drunk driving, handcuffed him, took him to a Taco Bell parking lot, and then abandoned him there. He was then struck and killed by a passing motorist.

• The Massachusetts ACLU is pushing to dismiss all 40,000 convictions involving disgraced crime lab analyst Annie Dookhan. She has admitted to falsifying countless drug test results over  a period of several years.

• Colorado pot shops pulled in $5 million in sales during their first week of legal operation.

• Say hello to Krokodil, your latest media-induced drug war panic. 

Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."
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