Morning Links: Prosecutor defends Aaron Swartz charges, Texas court denies DNA testing to death row inmate, another puppycide.

February 12, 2014
  • Writing in USA Today, Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds suggests imposing monetary damages on government officials who abuse the power to snoop.
  • In Texas, prosecutors are refusing the request of a death row inmate, Larry Swearingen, to test DNA found on the murder weapon. Unfortunately, the state’s Court of Criminal Appeals is apparently backing them up.
  • Long Beach, Calif., residents rally to save a giant doughnut.
  • U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz is still defending the aggressive prosecution of Internet activist Aaron Swartz.
  • A Florida town makes it illegal for homeless people to sleep with blankets.
  • Police respond after Kansas City man is attacked with an ax . . . and then kill his dog.

• Finally, I don’t know if this is the real thing, or another bit of GoPro’s smart viral marketing. But it is delightful:

 

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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