Florida attorney general asks for investigation of Bloomberg’s efforts to reinstate felon voting rights

Posted by on Sep 24, 2020 in Featured, Other Issues | 0 comments

God Bless Mike Bloomberg.  I have oodles of articles about felons being unable to vote.  The right to vote should have nothing to do with the criminal justice system.  But Republicans try to prevent access to voting at every turn. Witness tRump’s unrelenting rubbish about “ballots”! Many argue that the policies blocking voting are racist; remember that people of color are disproportionately hammered by our criminal justice...

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Many Penalties Reduced in Year One of First Step Act

Posted by on Sep 3, 2020 in Featured, Other Issues, War on Drugs |

This is a drop in the bucket compared to what should be done, but some progress. Remember too that federal inmates are only 15% of our inmate population.  The states need to do much more reform in this area. Excerpts from the Article: Fewer increased penalties for recidivists were imposed during the first year of the federal First Step Act, the U.S. Sentencing Commission says in a new report. The report suggested that the law was having its...

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California: Nevada County District Attorney to Dismiss Decades’ Worth of Marijuana Convictions

Posted by on Jul 18, 2020 in Featured, Other Issues, War on Drugs |

Every prosecutor’s office in America should do this!   The Article: The Office of the District Attorney for Nevada County (population: 99,000) has filed a motion to dismiss hundreds of low-level marijuana convictions dating back to the 1970s. Several other felony marijuana convictions will be reduced to misdemeanors.Nevada County joins Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and several other counties in the state...

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PLN Mentioned in Article About Sanders and Warren propose ending ‘qualified immunity’ for police, which would make it easier to hold cops accountable for misconduct

Posted by on Jul 8, 2020 in Featured, Other Issues, Police Brutality |

Everyone interested in common sense fairness should urge that this becomes law; end “qualified immunity” for cops. Excerpts from the Article: Three Senate progressives have introduced a bill that would end “qualified immunity” for police and other public officials, making it easier to hold them personally liable for wrongdoing on the job. Under current law, a law enforcement officer can violate a citizen’s...

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As a judge, I have to follow the Supreme Court. It should fix this mistake.

Posted by on Jun 21, 2020 in Featured, Other Issues, Police Brutality |

Qualified immunity should see the dustbin of history! It makes it nearly impossible for those abused by police to win a civil suit against them.  This judge gets it. Excerpts from the Article: George Floyd’s unconscionable killing has properly brought renewed attention to the Supreme Court’s doctrine of “qualified immunity,” which shields law enforcement officers from civil lawsuits alleging excessive force. The judge-made law of qualified...

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