In 2010 Congress reduced the arbitrary sentencing disparity between the smoked and snorted forms of cocaine, but the changes did not apply retroactively, so thousands of nonviolent offenders continue to serve prison terms that nearly everyone now agrees are excessive. Last Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would allow such prisoners to petition for resentencing under the new rules, and the Justice Department announced that President Obama, who so far has shortened the sentences of nine crack offenders, would like to issue more such commutations. Jacob Sullum says these simultaneous moves by the legislative and executive branches suggest that, nearly three decades after Congress created draconian crack penalties, some of the lives wrecked by that punitive panic may yet be salvaged.
It took a jury 26 minutes to decide that Jonathan Vanderhagen wasn't guilty.
Jonathan Vanderhagen believes a judge doomed his son to an early death. The judge says Vanderhagen's Facebook posts were intimidating.
A court ruled that officers did not have enough information to know whether or not stealing violates the Constitution.
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Officer Stephanie Branch arrested Avi Adelman for criminal trespass even though he was not doing anything illegal.