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  • 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
  • Opinion

Derek Chauvin’s defense is in fact a damning indictment

The shaky science of "excited delirium."
  • Apr 13, 2021
  • Opinion

The Chauvin trial underscores two very different approaches to policing

On one side are the de-escalationists and on the other the “no-hesitationists."
  • Apr 7, 2021
  • Opinion

Don’t read too much into the outcome of Derek Chauvin’s trial

George Floyd’s death brought profound, unprecedented change. No jury verdict can change that.
  • Apr 1, 2021
  • Opinion

The rogue prosecutor who helped pass a law enabling rogue prosecutors

Twenty-five years ago, Congress severely limited the federal habeas corpus rights of state prisoners. To do so, they enlisted one of the most ruthless prosecutors in America.
  • Mar 17, 2021
  • Opinion

It’s time to repeal the worst criminal justice law of the past 30 years

The AEDPA all but slammed the federal courthouse door closed on the wrongly convicted.
  • Mar 3, 2021
  • Opinion

Study finds cognitive bias in how medical examiners evaluate child deaths

It’s the first study to document cognitive bias in forensic determinations that often send people to prison.
  • Feb 20, 2021