Month: July 2011

As Criminal Laws Proliferate, More Are Ensnared

Mens Rea (Criminal Intent) Not Necessary The title of this post is taken from a recent article detailing the American way of criminal justice, its ever-expanding number of criminal laws, and its diminishing need for criminal intent. Whereas a vast majority of crimes used to be under state and local laws, the federal criminal machine …

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Norway v. American Criminal Justice Statistics

As The Right Bemoans Norway’s Criminal Justice System, It Is One Of The Safest Countries On Earth This heading is the title of this article from ThinkProgress which takes a close look at the criminal justice statistics of Norway’s criminal justice system. There has been a sharp emotional response to Norway’s statutory maximum prison sentence …

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Decisions Involving Tapia v United States

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Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff between Privacy and Security

The title of this article is also the title of this piece by Daniel J. Solove and is available via SSRN. This lengthy argument highlights the argument I made in this post about the tradeoffs between safety and security. His point seems to mirror my own. Here is the abstract: “If you’ve got nothing to …

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Crack Cocaine Reduction Made Retroactive

Huge News for Relief Seekers The United States Sentencing Commission, in a unanimous vote on June 30, 2011, made retroactive the sentencing guideline in certain Crack Cocaine reduction cases to those already sentenced and serving time for their offenses. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 changed the guidelines for federal sentencing in all future “Cocaine …

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