Where Justice Kennedy finds his facts: Who cares? He doesn’t check them

By Radley Balko . . . In the 2002 case McKune v. Lile, the Supreme Court upheld a Kansas law that imposed harsher sentences on sex offenders who declined to participate in a prison rehab program. The substance of the Kansas law the court upheld isn’t as important as the language the court used to uphold it. In his opinion,…

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RSOL on National Public Radio—Diane Rehm Show

July 7, 2015—The topic was Sex Offender Registries And Calls For Reform. The guests were Abbe Smith, professor of law and co-director of the Criminal Justice Clinic, E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship program at Georgetown University, and author of “Case of a Lifetime”; Jill Levenson, associate professor, social work, Barry University, and clinical social worker; Brenda V Jones, executive director, Reform Sex Offender Laws,…

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WHEN FANTASIES ARE ENOUGH TO CONVICT A GUY or Notice: No children were harmed in the making of this cartoon

~~by Lenore Skenazy….  Vladimir Nabokov might have been behind bars if Tony Briggs had been at the bench back in the day. Briggs is the judge in Britain who just found Robul Hoque, a 39-year-old animation fan, guilty of downloading “prohibited images” of cartoon girls, That’s right. Hoque is guilty of possessing distasteful art. Art that depicts sexy, young, FICTIONAL characters.…

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A Judge, A Kiddie Porn Case, and a Surprise

–by Lenore Skenazy….Judge Jack Weinstein has always thought, and ruled, outside the social norms, especially when it came to mandatory minimums, which he detested. Recently a friend dropped me a note about him — an appreciation, really — first sending a link to this story about a 2008 child porn possession trial Weinstein presided over. According to the New York…

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In defense of the judge who gave the man who raped his three year old daughter a sentence of probation

From one of the many, many articles and op/eds written about this case: “A Delaware man convicted of raping his three-year-old daughter only faced probation after a state Superior Court judge ruled he ‘will not fare well’ in prison.” Those words, “will not fare well” in prison may go down as among the most, if not the most, infamous words ever…

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