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A Severity-Weighted Index of Violent Crime

In debates over criminal justice policy, people are constantly referring to crime indexes for the question of whether crime is up or down and by how much. But there are problems with the official indexes. One of them is that indexes tend to be dominated by the least serious crime chosen for inclusion in the particular index. Crimes are simply …

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CA Arsonist Sets New Fires After Early Release

A Southern California man convicted on 16 counts of arson in 2021 and sentenced to five years in prison, has been rearrested for setting at least eight fires in North Hollywood last Wednesday.  Eric Leonard of NBC Los Angeles reports that 35 year-old David Rivas was released from prison on October 7 after serving 1/3 (18 months) of his sentence.  …

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Jones v. Hendrix Argument

The U.S. Supreme Court has concluded its oral argument in Jones v. Hendrix.  The question is whether federal prisoners who have already had an appeal and one or more collateral reviews of their convictions can use the “saving clause” of 28 U.S.C. §2255(e) to bring habeas corpus petitions in certain cases in which Congress has forbidden a successive 2255 petition. …

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Judge Expedites Hearing For Gascon Recall Campaign

The campaign to recall Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon won a ruling last week setting a December 6 hearing date for their challenge the county registrar-recorder’s refusal to allow a review of roughly 90,000 petition signatures rejected as invalid.  City News Service reports that the recall campaign had asked for an earlier hearing date than the January 26, 2023 …

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No New SCOTUS Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an orders list from last week’s conference. No new cases were taken up for full briefing and argument. There were no opinions of the Court issued and no opinions dissenting from denial of certiorari. In other words, the orders/opinions aspect of today’s session was boring. All attention is on the oral argument in the school …

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Political Violence

The WSJ has this report on the break-in of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home and attack on her husband, Paul Pelosi. It appears at this time that the attack was politically motivated.  “The intruder shouted, ‘Where is Nancy?’ before attacking her husband, one of the officials said.” The story concludes with this curious fact: The shooter was a 66-year-old home inspector …

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Rising Crime Rates Are a Policy Choice

Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr has this op-ed in the WSJ with the above headline. The violent crime surge was preventable. It was caused by progressive politicians reverting to the same reckless revolving-door policies that during the 1960s and ’70s produced the greatest tsunami of violent crime in American history. We reversed that earlier crime wave with the tough …

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Americans Attribute Crime Increase to “Woke Politicians” by 2 to 1

A poll conducted by the Harvard University Center for American and Political Studies and the Harris Poll yielded the result in the caption (more precisely 64-36) along with several other interesting results. This is one more encouraging sign that the people are returning to common sense on crime. It can’t come a moment too soon. After years of being pilloried …