Mark February 14 on Your Calendar and No, Not Valentine’s Day

black Image of scales on white background with the words, "calibrate the scales" overlaid. As with any set of scales, the scales of justice must, from time to time, be recalibrated. Total balance is never achieved, but all in the criminal justice and legal systems must strive for it as much as possible.

Alexis Bortell is 12 and lives in Colorado, USA. Like most children her age, February 14 is an important date for her, but not for the same reasons. She is marking Feb 14 on her calendar, but not for Valentine’s Read More …

Should Convicted Criminals be Allowed to Run for Congress?

This poster, showing Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona well illustrates the matter of what to do when law enforcement engages in civil disobedience. Should they be treated as any other citizen? Or should there be a higher standard? Image credit: Arizona New Times

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, convicted criminal, is making news again, this time because he has announced his intention to run for the Congress of the United States. This comes at a time when much is up for grabs Read More …

HJ Res 93: Constitutional Amendment for Victims Rights?

H J Res 93 proposes an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution but why? Every state already protects victims rights and wouldn't a simple law (bill) suffice? Why an Amendment? Is it just job security...Congress looking busy...or could there be another reason?

Opinion by C J Oakes HJ Res 93 proposes a Constitutional Amendment for Victims Rights. Presented by Trent Franks of Arizona it has been sent to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. This Amendment, H.J. Res. 93 seems Read More …