Under Attorney General Eric Holder, the Department of Justice has netted more than $100 billion in civil fines, settlements, and restitution for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. Criminal fines and settlements account for another $80 billion. Attorneys general throughout the 50 states have also learned to love massive payouts from banks and other big businesses accused of wrongdoing. Typically agreed to in exchange for dropping civil and criminal liability, these settlements in theory are supposed to compensate victims. But government agencies are often the biggest beneficiaries, creating an incentive structure that favors negotiation over prosecution and big corporate targets over discrete executive villains. As Associate Editor Scott Shackford explores in Reason's April issue, the combination can too easily lead to perversions of justice.
Cops laugh about “probable cause on four legs” but the damage to innocent lives is real.
Plus: The gas crisis, it's time to free Reality Winner, and more...
He Lost His Eye After a Cop Allegedly Fired a Tear Gas Canister at His Face. The Officer Says He Has Qualified Immunity.
If the officer succeeds, the victim will not be allowed to sue on those claims.
The media fell in love with her. But there's little to her claims.
The CDC Director Misrepresented the Study She Cited To Justify Her Misleading Estimate of Outdoor COVID-19 Risk
Rochelle Walensky's gloss is puzzling in light of the evidence presented in the systematic review on which she relied.