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“Defund the Police” Crumples in Minneapolis

The initiative to replace the Minneapolis Police Department was rejected by the voters of that city today. MPR reports the 11 pm CT tally, with nearly all precincts reporting, as showing a 13% margin of defeat. By analogy to the old “New York, New York” song, if “defund” can’t make it there, it can’t make it anywhere. Also in Minneapolis. …

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Does AAIDD Have the Power to Amend the Constitution?

The President cannot amend the Constitution. Congress cannot by itself. The legislatures of the States cannot, by themselves. Only 2/3 of both houses of Congress and 3/4 of the state legislatures (or convention alternatives) can do that, according to Article V of the Constitution. The Founders made it very difficult on purpose, as our fundamental law should rarely change, and …

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Crime Policy on the Ballot Tomorrow

“Issue one, two, three in this election is crime and violence,” said former and possibly future Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, quoted in this article in the WSJ by Cameron McWhirter. As Bill noted yesterday, we are seeing shifts in public opinion and political campaigns as the country slowly from its “woke” delusions and recognizes the reality that softness on crime …

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Reality Can’t Be Hidden Forever

The headline in today’s Washington Post story is:  “In a setback for Black Lives Matter, mayoral campaigns shift to ‘law and order’.” Yes, it’s all true.  When violent crime surges, the public demands protection.  Who woulda thunk it? The story is here.  This is a sample: Mayoral candidates across the country are closing out their campaigns pledging to restore law …

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Restore the “Rigid Order of Battle Rule” for Qualified Immunity Cases?

When the complaining party in a lawsuit must clear multiple hurdles in order to obtain relief, does the judge need to decide them in any particular order? The answer is “sometimes.” See pages 20-23 of CJLF’s brief in Brown v. Davenport, presently pending in the U.S. Supreme Court. In cases where a public employee (very often a police officer) is …

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Oklahoma to Resume Executions

In a 5-3 decision today the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay of execution for Oklahoma murderer John Grant.  Sean Murphy of the Middletown Press reports that the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals had granted a stay yesterday for Grant’s scheduled execution today.  Today’s action by SCOTUS makes it likely that the execution will be carried out.  It will be …

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Are Criminal Justice Reforms Making Us Safe?

The answer is yes, according to a Los Angeles Times OpEd by former Los Angeles District Attorneys Ira Reiner and Gil Garcetti and former federal prosecutor Miriam Aroni Krinsky.   Their piece “Stop obstructing criminal justice reforms.  It’s making us less safe,”  cites evidence-based polices like the ones progressive LA District Attorney Gascon “is implementing in Los Angeles hold people …