Billy Binion is an assistant editor at Reason.
His writing has appeared in HuffPost, Washington Examiner, The Saturday Evening Post, and The Virginian-Pilot, among other publications. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
It was unconstitutional to charge Jenna Holm with manslaughter. But the state wanted to protect its own.
Whatever this system is, it is not pro-life.
No accountability for government corruption.
What the author gets right—and wrong—about educational freedom
"It gives cities a protection that ordinary citizens never have."
Qualified immunity "does not protect an officer who inflicts deadly force on a person who is only a threat to himself."
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed S.B. 2 into law, despite some objections from police unions.
Dillon Shane Webb will thus not be able to sue for the alleged violation of his free speech rights.
The legal doctrine continues to render juries irrelevant.
It's almost impossible to hold federal officers to account.
A new bill could give some hope to "Documented Dreamers."
Judge Paul Bonin profited from making defendants wear ankle monitors. The victims can't sue.
A federal court admitted the officers violated the man's rights. It doesn't matter.
Whether or not this constitutes meaningful accountability is up for debate.
Former District Attorney Jackie Johnson may face accountability for her official actions in the Ahmaud Arbery investigation.
Pro-freedom politicians want to restrict private enterprise, while civil liberties proponents want to violate your bodily autonomy.
Jenna Holm was incapacitated when one cop accidentally killed another. She's now being charged with his death.
Supporting the cause because your "side" went down is not a principled position.
"You have no choice in the matter."
A little-known agreement allows police officers to seize packages at FedEx sorting centers.
Lawmakers have reportedly taken any changes to qualified immunity off the table.
You can both support withdrawal and recognize its failed execution.
Ricky Kidd wants accountability.
The most powerful officers are held to the lowest standard of accountability.
Recycling a government press release is not good journalism.
The sheriff's predictive policing program has caused more problems than it's solved.
Kevin Strickland, Christopher Dunn, and Lamar Johnson are still paying for crimes that government officials say they did not commit.
Yet under qualified immunity, it's incredibly difficult for the public to sue police.
Three of the officers were denied qualified immunity, but accountability is a long way off.
"If the police don't want to be filmed or observed, they should get out of the public service field."
The law enforcement agency has a disturbing record of drumming up the very conspiracies they're investigating.
"They're arresting people at their homes."
Such punitive measures do not make society any safer.
Police unions so often protect their own—at the expense of the public.
Biden promised to be an immigration changemaker. Where is the change?
"We thought President Joe Biden would protect us. Now we've lost our land. We don't even know what comes next," says Baudilia Cavazos.
That's illegal, says a new lawsuit.
The Court has "failed to justify our enacted policy," he wrote.
Salaythis Melvin's family says they want justice.
The officers might receive qualified immunity, however.
"In what legal universe is it not even plausibly unreasonable to knowingly immolate someone?" asks dissenting judge
Once again, it shows just how hard it is to hold bad officers accountable.
"In lower courts' view, [a] federal badge now equals absolute immunity."
In 2018, the Republican said family separations were "tragic and heart-rending."
But the appeals court wasn't having it.
Legislators cannot have it both ways.