But perhaps more than anything, Lee’s case demonstrates the unnerving capriciousness of the whole enterprise. By most accounts and several measures, he was less culpable than his accomplice. Yet he’s the one who got executed. Earlene Peterson, Nancy Mueller’s mother, has as theory as to why. Kehoe was charismatic and clean-cut, “like a young businessman,” Peterson told the Times — whereas Lee was the picture of menace: blind in one eye from a fight, his neck covered in swastika tattoos. Beyond that, the precise calculus used to determine their disparate fates is anyone’s guess, but likelihoods abound. The political trends of the “tough on crime” 1990s weren’t known for encouraging mercy or subtlety; the perpetrator of a vicious murder who looked the part would’ve been a natural target for the prevailing bloodlust of the era. The rationales governing today’s decisions seem even easier to surmise. Trump’s … [Read more...] about The Capricious Execution of Daniel Lewis Lee
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Before the releases — a process now known as “Realignment” — California prison officials warned that the violent crime rate would surely rise. Instead, according to detailed studies by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California and academic researchers, the state’s violent crime continued to hover at about the same level it was in the 1960s — a historic low. “There were no impacts on violent crime,” said Magnus Lofstrom, the institute’s policy director of criminal justice. Another way of putting this: Today there is about the same amount of violent crime in California as when the state incarcerated five times fewer people. After Realignment, data did show a brief uptick in property crimes like car theft, but even that fluctuation soon disappeared, returning to a baseline that is also historically low, Lofstrom said. … [Read more...] about California could cut its prison population in half and free 50,000 people. Amid pandemic, will the state act?
Clinesmith told the inspector general that from his conversations he did not understand Page to be a source, or a “recruited asset,” or to have a direct relationship with another government agency. But that relationship was seen as something important to disclose to the FISA court, especially if Page was being tasked by the government to have interactions with Russians. … [Read more...] about Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in Durham look at Russia probe
“The social workers did not have reasonable cause to believe the children were at risk of serious bodily harm or molestation,” a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit wrote in a 47-page opinion. “Therefore, viewing the record most favorably to the Demarees, the defendants acted unconstitutionally in taking the three children away from home without judicial authorization.” … [Read more...] about How an Arizona couple’s innocent bath time photos of their kids set off a 10-year legal saga
The lawsuit says he was murdered, and accuses prison workers of wrongful death. The alleged motive: Jordan-Aparo had been an informant against guards at another prison. Additionally, it alleges conspiracy, violation of his constitutional rights, and violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. A trial is set for spring. … [Read more...] about Disabled Florida inmate was gassed to death after begging for medical help, lawsuit says