A federal appeals court has ruled, despite its previously expressed objections, that a district court was wrong to rule that a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) “reverse sting” operation involving an imaginary cocaine stash house did not involve or constitute “outrageous government conduct.” “We have previously held that similar reverse-sting operations, if [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 4, 2014 3:20 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday November 21, 2014 3:15 pm|
In a case involving a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) “reverse sting” on an imaginary cocaine stash house, federal prosecutors have requested that an appeals court reinstate charges against two men who had drug conspiracy and robbery conspiracy charges dropped after a district judge ruled the government engaged in outrageous misconduct.
However, Judge William A. Fletcher, who was appointed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton, expressed his disgust with the government’s conduct. “I think the government is wasting resources. I think it is encouraging them to commit crimes they otherwise wouldn’t commit.”
|By: DSWright Tuesday November 11, 2014 10:25 am|
After gang members in the Mexican state of Guerrero admitted that they killed 43 students, dismembered and burnt their bodies, and threw them in a river protests have hit Mexico condemning the government’s failure to rein in the crime that has ravaged Mexico for decades. While crime has been a chronic problem in Mexico – which is ground zero for the drug war – the student killings seem to have been the breaking point leading to demonstrators burning down government buildings and shutting down Acapulco’s airport.
|By: DSWright Tuesday October 28, 2014 12:00 pm|
Yet more unintended consequences from the so-called War on Drugs. According to The New York Times, the IRS has been seizing funds from small businesses and individuals without even presenting a criminal complaint using a draconian law passed to prevent drug money laundering. Under the law the IRS can seize funds that appear to be suspiciously transacted to avoid a $10,000 limit to be flagged and it is incumbent on the person whose funds were seized to prove they are innocent rather than for the government to prove they are guilty.
Many of those who have had their funds taken are small businesses and low wage earners who give up fighting to get back their money despite doing nothing wrong.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 8, 2014 7:06 am|
Is the government sending you a friend request? The DEA has claimed in court documents that it has the right to use information obtained from someone arrested to create a fake social media account in order to further a drug investigation.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 1, 2014 2:14 pm|
“When you have a life sentence, it does not promote rehabilitation,” according to Euka Wadlington, a forty-eight year-old African-American who is serving two life sentences in federal prison in Greenville, Illinois. “By design, you are locked up in a cage until you die.”
As he explains being in prison for life without the possibility of parole, “You have no good time to work towards, you can’t work certain jobs in the institution, you can’t enroll in certain classes that works towards reentry, and you could never go to a federal camp. So, being stripped of these few things, you are naked.”
|By: DSWright Monday August 25, 2014 7:50 am|
Obama signaled he would review the programs at a White House news conference on Monday when he said he wanted to make sure police were purchasing equipment they actually needed because there is “a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don’t want those lines blurred.”
|By: Jon Walker Thursday August 14, 2014 7:56 am|
When you are at “war” you get equipped to fight a war. Our local police forces have become fully militarized as a result. Excess military equipment continues to flow to police forces large and small around the country. The number of SWAT Teams and SWAT raids has exploded over the past few decades.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 23, 2014 8:56 am|
The results of a Justice Department (DOJ) investigation into the Newark Police Department show the police force engages in a routine pattern of unconstitutional policing. Police illegally stop thousands of pedestrians without articulating any “reasonable suspicion” for stopping them. They unconstitutionally arrest people, and the department’s lawless policing disproportionately affects black residents.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 16, 2014 9:58 am|
Since the origin of drug prohibition is steeped in racism, the drug war has been very effective at achieving this goal