Morning Links: The U.S. wins the drug war, inmates after exoneration and Virginia lawmakers target sex workers

  • What happens to an inmate after an exoneration?
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a defense counsel who was unaware that the state provided funds for defense experts witnesses was ineffective, causing his client to get an unfair trial. That’s a start. But it would be nice if the court looked at the fairness of states that don’t provide funding for defense expert witnesses and took a more active role in keeping frauds and junk science out of criminal trials.
  • Maryland police officer assaults videographer, tells him he “lost” his freedom of speech. Maryland was one of a few battleground states when the right to record cops issue boiled over a few years ago. So police in that state, more than others, ought to know that recording on-duty cops in public is protected by the First Amendment.
  • A man held for 10 months and then released with no charges in an Oklahoma murder investigation is now suing, alleging that police “coerced testimony, fabricated evidence and ignored proof of his innocence.”
  • The Virginia legislature passes two bills that would enable police to seize the property of suspected sex workers, even without a conviction.
  • Looks like we won the drug war. No one will be getting high anymore.
  • The latest revelations Glenn Greenwald has pulled from the Snowden files are just astounding.
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 · February 24, 2014