Morning Links: R.J. Rummel, RIP

  • R.J. Rummel, RIP. The historian spent his life collecting data on “democide,” or citizens killed by their governments. The sheer scope of the figures he compiled is staggering.
  • Slowly, the country’s U.S. attorneys are coming around on drug sentencing for low-level offenders.
  • Police shooting 377 rounds into a car occupied by two unarmed men “raises concerns.” That’s one way of putting it.
  • Alaska Supreme Court: Because he wasn’t specifically prohibited from doing so, an Alaskan state trooper can’t be fired for having sex with a domestic violence victim just hours after he arrested her husband.
  • Marijuana arrests are actually up in New York City after the first quarter of the De Blasio administration, at least in comparison with the last quarter of the Bloomberg administration.
  • Knox County, Tenn., is jailing juveniles without providing them with legal representation.
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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Radley Balko · May 12, 2014