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Jussie Smollett, Lying to the Very End

CNN has this story about today’s sentencing of actor Jussie Smollett.  He was given 30 months of felony probation, ordered to pay restitution of more than $120,000 and a $25,000 fine and spend 150 days in jail for making false reports to police that he was the victim of a hate crime in January 2019.  In fact, Smollett himself hired …

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National Crime Victimization Survey re-design shows improvements over previous iterations

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) maintains a research program known as the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) that measures and tracks nonfatal victimizations in the United States. The NCVS is an official source of crime data and the primary source of unreported crime. It collects detailed information on the frequency and nature of several offenses, including: rape, robbery, aggravated …

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California Sanctuary Law Protected Murderer

A Sacramento man, who on February 28 killed his three daughters and a chaperone before shooting himself, was an illegal alien who was protected from deportation by California’s sanctuary state law.  The Associated Press reports that the shooter, David Mora was in California illegally on an expired visa and had been released from the Merced County Jail a week earlier …

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Policing to protect the population

Law enforcement training often does not rely on the best scientific evidence, and there is much disagreement about what the best strategies and tactics are. In 2021, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) convened a working group to assess the scientific evidence on police training. The main questions the committee sought to answer were: 1) What are …

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Justice Thomas Fires a Shot Across Facebook’s Bow

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case of Jane Doe v. Facebook, No. 21-459. Justice Thomas agreed, but only for the time being. In 2012, an adult, male sexual predator used Facebook to lure 15-year-old Jane Doe to a meeting, shortly after which she was repeatedly raped, beaten, and trafficked for sex.Doe eventually escaped and sued Facebook …