18 May 2008

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ethan Brown, Author of “Snitch: Informants, Cooperators & the Corruption of Justice”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ethan Brown, Author of “Snitch: Informants, Cooperators & the Corruption of Justice”

05 Dec 2007

Late Night: Mike Huckabee’s Tangled Web

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive….Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is on the ropes after repeated denials that he recommended parole for Arkansas rapist Wayne Dumond….He’s caught in a Willie Horton trap, and it’s a web of his own making.

01 Nov 2007

Crack Cocaine Sentence Reductions Start Today

Finally, a little relief is at hand for the vastly disparate and draconian crack cocaine sentences meted out by federal courts. New federal sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine offenses went into effect today.

Starting today, many offenders sentenced in federal court for crack will receive a sentence about 16 months less than they would have yesterday.

By way of background, through mandatory minimum sentencing laws, the Feds have punished crack crimes far

23 Oct 2007

Mistrial in Dallas “Flagship” Terrorism Financing Trial

.A mistrial was declared in Dallas yesterday in the Government’s “flagship” terrorism financing prosecution of a Muslim charity. With 197 counts to choose from and after two months of trial and 19 days of deliberation, there were no convictions on any of the counts for the five alleged leaders of the organization.The case, involving the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and five of its backers, is the

06 Sep 2007

ACLU Scores a Big Win Against the Patriot Act

A federal judge in New York today struck a fatal blow to the Patriot Act provision authorizing national security letters. The ACLU, which brought the lawsuit, reports:The law has permitted the FBI to issue NSLs demanding private information about people within the United States without court approval, and to gag those who receive NSLs from discussing them.

16 Jul 2007

Announcing the YKos Panel on Live-Blogging the Scooter Libby Trial

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, the Yearly Kos Scooter Libby Live-Blogging Panel will soon be in session.If you are attending Yearly Kos in Chicago, it’s time to mark your calendars for opening day, August 2. You won’t want to miss your esteemed hostess Christy Hardin-Smith and indispensable FDL contributor Marcy Wheeler of The Next Hurrah provide their behind-the-scenes look at live-blogging the perjury and obstruction of justice trial of I.

05 Jul 2007

Life on Supervised Release

The Scooter Libby question of the day is whether the Court can make Libby serve two years on supervised release as President Bush directed in his Executive Clemency Order, now that his prison sentence has been commuted. (For background, see Sentencing Law and Policy, Scotus Blog, Christy and TalkLeft.)As we wait for Judge Walton’s decision on whether supervised release only can be imposed on defendants who have completed a prison sentence,

29 May 2007

Is A Quarantine Headed Our Way?

With ten dead in Iraq today and five Britons kidnapped, I was looking for some good news to write about. I didn’t find it. And in what seems like a page out of a science-fiction novel, I found this: U.S. Isolates Traveler Infected with Super-TB. The United States has isolated

14 May 2007

Iraq to Bar Media Coverage of Bombings

Hi everyone, it’s Jeralyn from TalkLeft filling in for Jane this afternoon. I was going to write about opening arguments in the Jose Padilla trial, or the new DNA database legislation introduced by New York Governor Eliot Spitzer that would make it easier for inmates to request DNA testing to

18 Feb 2007

The Worst Argument for Libby’s Acquittal

Former prosecutor Victoria Toensing has an op-ed in the Washington Post today (debunked nicely by Larry Johnson)outlining her case for Scooter Libby's acquittal. In two words: jury nullification. (Thanks, Victoria, for attempting to personally smear the prosecutor on the eve of closing arguments. I bet if a true criminal defense