Wednesday is link dump day

Mo’ Wednesday, Mo’ Links!

  • The city of Waterloo, Iowa has an expanded rental inspection program that requires landlords to open their tenants’ apartments to HA officials, in complete disregard for the Fourth Amendment.
  • London’s massive CCTV network, blanketing every part of the city, solved only one crime last year.
  • A NYT op-ed against mandatory-minimum sentences for gun offenses.
  • Marco Randazza has a must read piece at his blog on Section 230 that provides immunity to people like me from comments left by idiots like you.
  • Dan Klau at Appealingly Brief writes about whether Michael Skakel is a public figure.
  • The DOJ is seeking to prevent [PDF] Dzokhar Tsarnaev from viewing autopsy photos in his case.
  • There still are plans for a national license-plate tracking database.
  • Eugene Volokh has this interesting post on the First Amendment right to access judicial proceedings.
  • Australia’s Attorney General wants a new law that forces people suspected of computer crimes to turn over passwords and decryption keys.
  • Scott Greenfield writes about the study by Judge Mark W. Bennett on allocution by defendants and what it should look like. As you can guess, it ain’t pretty.
  • Garrett Epps at The Atlantic tells people to back up off of Justice Ginsburg and let her retire whenever the hell she damn well wants to.
  • MoJo has this piece on a new report that documents 650 instances of professional misconduct by DOJ prosecutors, judges and other officials in a 12-year period.
  • The AP has this article on the AZ case of death row convict Richard Hurles, his claim of bias against the judge who presided over his case and the fourteen times that SCOTUS has continued deciding whether to accept it.
  • A federal judge in Los Angeles has blasted the ATF for their fake sting operations that entrap lots of people.
  • Somewhat tongue in cheek, this piece at The Atlantic wonders where the logical conclusion of the Snowden opposition lies: keeping the Fourth Amendment secret.
  • Federal drug prosecutions have fallen to 14 year lows.
  • As Radley Balko writes, there’s an absurd bill in Kansas that would make it a felony to make a false report of police misconduct. Guess who gets to decide if a report of police misconduct is true or false.
  • Meanwhile, the legislature in CT is considering a bill that would strengthen the rights of citizens to file complaints against police officers and get departments to take the complaints seriously.

One thought on “Wednesday is link dump day

  1. Peter Hurley

    It seems like the Kansas bill could backfire on the cops. If they actually tried to prosecute someone for it, it would open up discovery on the truth or falsity of the complaint before a judge whom they don’t control.


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