Opinion writer
  • Chicago cops raid the wrong family.
  • Supreme Court rules that Texas can no longer consult texts like Of Mice and Men when assessing the mental competency of people the state wants to execute.
  •  The Huffington Post has found that key evidence was omitted from the prosecutor’s report in the case of Darren Rainey, the man essentially scalded to death when Miami prison guards left him in a hot shower.
  • Lawsuit: Nebraska family claims their lives were ruined when husband/father was arrested on child porn charges based solely on an auto-generated tip from Microsoft. The charges were dropped when police couldn’t find the images on the man’s computer.
  • More progress on forfeiture reform, this time in Idaho and Mississippi.
  • Ex-Brooklyn assistant district attorney charged with illegally wiretapping phones.
  • Meanwhile, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas has been accused of spying on on more than 700 criminal defense lawyers as they visited their clients in prison.
  • In Louisiana, 17 alleged gang members have been locked up for over a year, with no trial in sight. But the problem goes well beyond Louisiana.
  • Alabama has charged hundreds of pregnant women with child endangerment because they tested positive for THC — in some cases at very low levels.
  • FBI agents continue to pose as journalists while conducting criminal investigations. This puts journalists at risk.
  • Prosecutors say they will vacate the “vast majority” of the 24,000 drug convictions tainted by the now-discredited crime-lab analyst Annie Dookhan.
  • Investigation shows corrupt cops in East Cleveland, Ohio, framed dozens of drug suspects.
  • Detroit officials argue that unlicensed dogs are “contraband,” and therefore the city isn’t liable when police officers kill them.