Police Officer Kept Gun on Passenger 9 Minutes. Cool?

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.

A video circulating as in going viral shows a California Police Officer holding a gun on a passenger for nine minutes until backup arrived. Was this the professional thing to do? What the officer acting in line with the mission Read More …

What Does Marlin Gipson Video Say About Harris County Constable?

In a bizarre case in which a video has gone viral, both Marlin Gipson AND the Harris County Constable may have BOTH violated nearly identical laws. CBS News reported that a police supervisor is defending the actions of a Harris Read More …

Who Benefits from Plea Bargains?

Black background with white AR Julian Font reads, "Psst...Wanna Good Deal?" Caption reads, Plea Bargains are only good deals for the guilty and the lazy. The innocent, the public, and justice are the real victims of plea deals.

Happy Independence Day…At one time, the Courts routinely rejected plea bargains. It was not until 1970 when the U. S. Supreme Court in Brady v. United States held that plea deals were Constitutional. However, the Court also warned at the Read More …

Textalyzer: Cool New Gadget to Save Lives on Highways?

Texting and driving is a serious issue causing an increase in highway deaths nationwide. To combat this dangerous trend, states may soon turn to the Textalyzer.

Distracted driving has been blamed for much of the rise in highway deaths in 2015 and 2016. Most distracted driving involves texting and though numerous states have passed laws to stop the act, it continues to be a key factor Read More …

Does Capital Punishment Brings Out the Stupid in People?

Stupid in gold against maroon background. Image Creative Commons by CriminalJusticeLaw.org by attribution

Op-Ed by C J Oakes As with any hot-button issue in America, capital punishment seems to really bring out the stupid in people, Governors and Judges included. Check out what levels of stupid are occurring in Arkansas related to executions Read More …

Kurt Eichenwald Case Shows any Tool in Wrong Hands is Weapon

Flashes of light such as from photographers can trigger an epileptic seizure.

Reportedly, my grandfather was mean. So mean, that when he was in first grade, so the story goes, he killed his teacher with a baseball bat. Whether true or not I don’t know, but at a young age it taught Read More …

Top 5 Global Criminal Justice News Oct. 23-30, 2016

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.

Wow. What a busy week it has been for crime and legal news. In the United States, it seems that the Presidential election is bringing out the worst in people. Yet, around the world, strange and unique criminal events have Read More …

Is the Supreme Court the Big Issue in Election 2016?

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.

Op-Ed by C J Oakes Election 2016 has the potential to reshape American politics and more importantly, American jurisprudence for the next several decades. While most political commentators are debating who said what, the wheels of progress are grinding to Read More …

Poll: Should a Sheriff be Above the Law?

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

By C J Oakes America’s Toughest Sheriff has been arrested. The self-styled “toughest sheriff” Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona is facing Criminal Contempt charges. The charges stem from an Act by the Arizona Legislature (SB 1070). This bill was Read More …

Kids Lives Matter…The New Face of Poor Policing

In Sept 2015, Six-year old Jeremy Mardis was shot and killed by Marksville Law Enforcement. Photo by Chris Few.

Look closely at the image of Jeremy Mardis, age 6. He will no longer go to school; never play baseball, never get an “A” in Phys Ed, never have a girlfriend; never, never, never grow up…all thanks to the overly-zealous efforts Read More …