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  • Opinion

‘Woke’ corporations are funding groups working to undermine criminal justice reform

Despite social-justice signaling after George Floyd's murder, big companies still fund two groups targeting judges with misleading 'soft on crime’ ads.
  • Sep 8, 2021
  • Opinion

A Texas woman who works with indigent defendants says she was arrested in retaliation for her work

She was apprehended in Victoria, a town of about 67,000 in southeastern Texas.
  • Aug 24, 2021
  • Opinion

Why we can’t trust the states to prevent wrongful convictions

Reformist prosecutors are showing how the system’s preference for “finality” thwarts the interests of justice.
  • Aug 9, 2021
  • Opinion

The hypocrisy of critical race theory’s opponents

Collective guilt is immoral — in the classroom or in the courtroom.
  • Jul 21, 2021
  • Opinion

The mystery around what happened in Lafayette Square

What the inspector general’s report ignored is far more important than what it found.
  • Jul 14, 2021
  • Opinion

The inspector general delivers an odd, contradictory report on Lafayette Square

The report on the clearing of Lafayette Square is contradictory, unpersuasive and limited by the IG’s narrow jurisdiction.
  • Jun 24, 2021
  • Opinion

The bogus backlash against progressive prosecutors

Like many of the allegations against reform-oriented DAs, a viral story about San Francisco’s Chesa Boudin turns out to be false.
  • Jun 14, 2021

Louisiana’s indigent defense system is broken. A new bill may only make it worse.

The bill would abolish the public defender board, and invest its powers in a single official, the state public defender.
  • Jun 1, 2021
  • Opinion

Joe Biden fought this destructive law. 25 years later, he can help repeal it.

The 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act has created a minefield of procedural barriers for the wrongly convicted.
  • Apr 27, 2021
  • Opinion

This is what it took for Derek Chauvin to be convicted

The verdict was just, but it wasn’t typical.
  • Apr 21, 2021