Law, Civil Rights, and Justice
How can we make real progress to reduce crime, incarceration, and recidivism?
- How long should people stay in prison before they get a second chance? > felony murder: “Life Without Parole“
- It is so easy to get an innocent person into prison, but almost impossible to get them out.
- “A reporter’s memoir of her jail time gets banned in Florida prisons,” by Jaclyn Diaz
Corrections in Ink: A Memoir by Keri Blakinger
How do we balance “self-defense vs. nonviolence, black power vs. civil rights” to achieve justice and equality for all Americans, in a peaceful and secure way?
- How can we achieve a balanced, fair and equitable policing environment in a nation increasingly divided by race, class, ethnicity, geography, and ideology?
- George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021
Break the Wheel: Ending the Cycle of Police Violence by Keith Ellison
Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable by Joanna Schwartz
Say It Loud!: On Race, Law, History, and Culture by Randall Kennedy
No Justice, No Peace: From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter by Devin Allen
How is it that we can bomb a million innocent women, men and children in the name of “democracy” with no accountability, while one desperate addict can go to jail for life for selling drugs on the street?
Can (should) common sense gun control measures and the Second Amendment coexist?
- Why should Americans have unlimited mass access to so many guns, assault weapons, and ammunition?
Make It Stop
Where is the tipping point at which a majority of politicians in the senate will vote to ban assault weapons?
- 10 innocent children shot dead per month?
- 10 innocent children shot dead per week?
- 10 innocent children shot dead per day?
- When is Enough is Enough?
Children Under Fire: An American Crisis by John Woodrow Cox
Is there no violence and death threshold at which the NRA and its loyalists say “enough is enough”?
Or is protecting gun industry profit the only truth they serve?
Is the AR-15 the Favorite Gun of Good Samaritans?
On the night of August 25, 2020, 17-year old Kyle Rittenhouse stalked the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin with some very important things missing:
- common sense
- good decision making
- sufficient police on the streets, and
- the advice of a level-headed adult (policeman, fireman, mother, father?) who would have said to Rittenhouse, “If you’re going to go help people in need, let them know you’re friendly, and leave your gun here.”
Hindsight is always 20/20, isn’t it? Basically, if you go looking for trouble, most likely you will find it, and he did.
It’s too bad because two people were killed that didn’t have to die; and think about it, Rittenhouse has killed two people at the age of 17. Rittenhouse’s life has changed forever. No matter whether or not some try to elevate him as a some type of celebrity, make no mistake those murders will haunt him to his grave. 99%+ of people in this world will live an entire life without killing someone. Kyle Rittenhouse — so-called Good Samaritan — will forever be unable to check that box.
Kyle Rittenhouse impulsively inserted himself into a vortex of protest, violence, chaos, and stalked the streets of Kenosha yelling “friendly, friendly, friendly,” but with an AR-15 packing. Good Samaritanism and AR-15s do not go peacefully together. Confrontation was likely, and in hindsight, inevitable. This same scenario regrettably repeats itself hundreds of times a day in households across our nation where families and friends knowingly enter the vortex of anger and chaos and someone has a gun. Shots go off, people die, and someone says it was self-defense, and that becomes very difficult for a jury to sort it out.
The tragedies at Sandy Hook and Uvalde teach us that some teenage boys with guns are like a pack of wolves. The only thing you can predict is that you can never predict anything as to when and where and why and how a lone wolf might launch a deadly shooting rampage.
Gunfight: My Battle Against the Industry that Radicalized America by Ryan Busse
People will draw their own conclusions about this case, but the fact is, If you don’t show up to the vortex with a gun, you can’t make that self-defense bullshit argument; and oh by the way, you won’t end up killing someone. But no matter how hard we try to teach and counsel, we humans keep screwing up and hurt each other, and then try very hard to escape our accountability.
But tomorrow is another day, and maybe we can be better.
Big Picture / Human Society / Law
- Philosophies and Systems of Law
- Public Law
- Authority and power of the state
- Relations among sovereign states
- Criminal law
- Doing Justice by Preet Bharara
- Laws promoting the public welfare
- Laws governing taxation
- Laws of judicial procedure
- Private Law
- Law of Property
- Intellectual Property, Invention, Patents
- copyrights: creative commons licenses
- free-range invention: MIT Media Lab
- kids can invent: Calling All Minds Grandin
- patent search engine & analytics: CB Insights
- How to Get Help With a Patent (sp)
- Intellectual Property, Invention, Patents
- Family Law
- Law of torts
- Laws governing economic transactions
- Civil procedural law
- Law of Property
No one person has the unilateral authority to be judge, jury, and executioner.
Crime, Corruption, Violence, Police & Policing
Untouchable: How Powerful People Get Away with It by Elie Honig
Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks by Patrick Radden Keefe
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
- corporate crime: Federal Database of Corporate Crime in America
- policing the american city: Tangled Up in Blue by Rosa Brooks
If SCORPION is covertly protecting the people from violent crime, who’s going to protect the people from SCORPION?
- UNTRUSTWORTHY HALL OF SHAME
- violence in the streets:
- Gun Violence Archive
- cops and gender: Women in Blue
- bad actors: Agent Provocateur (sp)
Silicon Valley Two-Step Fake it till you make it, then Fuck it up and cover it up. sp
The Paradox of Accountability is the likelihood of accountability and justice for the actions of tyrants, corporations, and countries committing crimes against humanity and the earth, is inversely proportional to the size and scope of the damage done. – sp
- Lessons of history
- Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
- Corruption thrives within complexity and centralization of power.
- As income and wealth rise to the top, so does political power.
- accountability: Judicial Watch
- black lives matter:
- Stranger Fruit
- The Hate U Give Thomas
- The Sword and the Shield by Peniel E. Joseph
- corporate fraud: Bad Blood (Theranos) Carreyrou
- cryptocurrency: Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency by Andy Greenberg
Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency by Andy Greenberg
- cut crime and incarceration: #cut50
- guns & gun violence:
- inside the mind: Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky
- insider trading: Black Edge Kolhatkar
- When They See Us
- Prisoner Rezaian
- juvenile incarceration: Burning Down the House by Nell Bernstein
- mafia: The Godfather Puzo
- news & analysis:
- power: New Power Heimans
- wrongful convictions:
- Innocence Project
- Center for Wrongful Convictions
- death penalty:
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- change: Until I Could Be Sure by George H. Ryan Sr.
The Central Park Five: The Untold Story Behind One of New York City’s Most Infamous Crimes by Sarah Burns