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Massachusetts, which has already seen thousands of convictions overturned due to a crime-lab analyst faking the results of drug tests, looks to be in the midst of another forensics nightmare.feedback
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We found 52 articles in which Radley Balko said something. The most recent Radley Balko’s quote is: “Public opinion may be solidly opposed to civil asset forfeiture. It may be opposed by much of Congress, state legislatures and elected officials outside of law enforcement. But the outrages continue. First up, an Internal Revenue Service forfeiture, reported here in The Washington Post.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Radley Balko 69 times. On this page, you will find all of Radley Balko’s quotes organized by date and topic.
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Aug 10 2017 - Trump Presidency

The news Wednesday that the FBI waged a no-knock raid against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has generated discussion about these raids. The consensus in this case seems to be that the early-morning no-knock raid is a good indication that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has strong evidence of criminal wrongdoing, and that he feared Manafort might have destroyed some of that evidence if he had not sent FBI agents to retrieve it.feedback

Aug 01 2017

It’s fitting that just before President Trump’s now-infamous talk to a gathering of Long Island police officers, he gave an also now-infamous talk to a large gathering of adolescent boys. When asked about the appropriateness of Trump’s bizarre speech at the National Scout Jamboree - during which the president settled grudges, made threats and boasted about attending a yacht party with “the hottest people in New York” - White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders argued that the speech couldn’t have been inappropriate because all the Boy Scouts seemed to be cheering. As if teen boys only cheer at appropriate things.feedback

Jul 18 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that he wants to see more civil asset forfeiture, the process by which police can confiscate property they suspect is tied to drug crimes. In most cases, some or all of the proceeds from the property seizures then go back to the police agency or prosecutors’ office that initiated the forfeiture. In civil asset forfeiture, the property owner doesn’t need to be convicted of a crime. The police can seize cash, cars, houses, jewelry and other property based only on loose connections to alleged criminal activity - usually drug crimes. In fact, in a large majority of these cases, the owner is never even charged. It’s then up them to go to court to prove their innocence.feedback

Jul 17 2017

Two police shootings were in the news over the weekend, one in Minnesota and one a profile of a man killed by police in Massachusetts last week.feedback

Jul 11 2017

At long last, someone from the National Rifle Association has spoken up about Philando Castile. Sort of. During a CNN segment, NRA spokeswoman and pundit Dana Loesch said this.feedback

Jul 03 2017

The Texas legislature just passed a law that would allow counties in the state to create “diversion courts” for police officers and other first-responders who are charged with crimes but can plausibly argue that job-related mental illness contributed to their misconduct. From the Texas Tribune.feedback

Jun 20 2017

So Attorney General Jeff Sessions took to the pages of The Washington Post to write an op-ed last weekend. Sessions is rescinding an Obama administration policy that instructed federal prosecutors to avoid seeking mandatory minimums in some drug cases.feedback

May 26 2017

The sponsors of the “Back the Blue” bill we covered this week have been promoting the legislation with highly exaggerated “war on cops” claims.feedback

May 22 2017 - Human Rights

Here’s the latest roundup of the Trump administration’s record on issues related to civil liberties and the criminal justice system. As usual, if you can think of anything I’ve missed, please feel free to leave links in the comments section.feedback

May 16 2017 - Sex

Detroit police raid the wrong house, terrorize family after bogus tip about alleged sex trafficking.feedback

May 12 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions overturned the sweeping criminal charging policy of former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. and directed his federal prosecutors Thursday to charge defendants with the most serious, provable crimes carrying the most severe penalties.feedback

May 08 2017

Over at Scientific American, six scientists who have worked on various forensics reform efforts have written an essay on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s recent policy changes at the Justice Department. After noting the federal government has finally gotten the ball rolling toward addressing how science is presented and used in the courtroom, they write . . .feedback

May 05 2017 - Supreme Court

Louisiana Supreme Court upholds 18-year sentence for 18 grams of pot. But the chief justice writes a fiery dissent.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - Immigration

President Trump congratulates Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on getting more dictator-y.feedback

Apr 18 2017

Just about every week now, we see a new round of headlines about the crisis in overdose deaths from opioids. This is the class of drugs that includes prescription medications such as hydrocodone and street drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. There’s no question that the United States has seen a surge in addiction and deaths from overdose, although there are a couple of important things to keep in mind when reading such reports.feedback

Apr 18 2017

They're practical, well-thought out, and in most cases, achievable. These are proposals that will almost certainly have an impact, even if only some of them are implemented. The ideas here are well-researched, supported with real-world evidence and ought to be seriously considered by policymakers.feedback

Apr 17 2017 - Easter

Two cops are fired after citizen-shot videos show them beating a man during a traffic stop.feedback

Apr 14 2017

Here’s a disturbing report published last week by the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D..feedback

Apr 13 2017

More drug dealers charged with, convicted of murder for overdose deaths.feedback

Apr 11 2017

When Jeff Sessions was a senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was part of hearings to address the National Academy of Sciences report on the use of forensics in America’s courtrooms. The NAS report had been commissioned by Congress after DNA testing had revealed not only that hundreds of people had been wrongly convicted of serious crimes like murder and rape, but also that about half those people had been convicted due in part to or because of forensic testimony that could only have been wrong.feedback

Apr 10 2017

Federal judge approves consent decree for Baltimore Police Department, over the strong objections of Attorney General Jeff Session and the Justice Department.feedback

Apr 07 2017

The Tampa Bay Times has just published a survey of Florida police shootings between 2009 and 2014. What the newspaper found is striking - although if you’ve seen similar studies from other states, it also isn’t terribly surprising.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - Marijuana

A new bipartisan bill in Congress would require border agents to obtain a warrant before searching the electronic devices of travelers.feedback

Apr 04 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this week that he’s ordering a review of all “consent decrees, ” the reform agreements the Justice Department has forged with police agencies that federal investigators found to have engaged in a pattern of constitutional violations. From The Post.feedback

Apr 04 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions orders the Justice Department to review all consent decrees with local police agencies.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Human Rights

Here’s the latest from the Trump administration on civil liberties and criminal justice.feedback

Mar 30 2017

A new report from the Justice Department’s inspector general finds that during the past 10 years, the Drug Enforcement Administration has seized more than $4 billion in cash allegedly tied to drug activity. More than 75 percent of that total never resulted in criminal charges, and 80 percent ended up in the federal forfeiture fund through administrative procedures — meaning that the owners never got a day in court.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Supreme Court

Last week, I wrote about L.A. County v. Mendez, a case currently before the Supreme Court. In the case, the police were looking for a rogue parolee. They got a tip from an informant that the man they were looking for was seen riding a bicycle past a particular house. Based only on that, two deputies searched the house without a warrant. They then saw a small shack in the back yard. They were told that the woman who owns the house had let a down-on-their-luck couple - Angel and Jennifer Mendez - live in the shack until they were back on their feet. The two deputies then searched that residence without a warrant as well. When the deputies opened the door, Angel Mendez reached for a BB gun he kept near the bed. He later said he wasn’t even reaching for the gun to scare away the intruders, only to move it so he could get out of bed. The two deputies opened fire, striking both Angel and Jennifer. Angel Mendez was shot several times and lost part of his leg. Jennifer was shot in the back.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Supreme Court

Supreme Court rules that Texas can no longer consult texts like Of Mice and Men when assessing the mental competency of people the state wants to execute.feedback

Mar 27 2017

Back in 1970, Congress passed a couple of bills authorizing the “no-knock raid.” This was an issue that President Richard Nixon had pushed during the 1968 presidential campaign. Prior to the late 1960s, police did sometimes enter residences without knocking, but they’d only decide to do so under “exigent circumstances, ” such as pursuing a fleeing fugitive or hearing screaming from inside of a house. They would then need to justify their actions to a judge. Nixon wanted cops to be able to get warrants authorizing no-knock raids ahead of time, particularly in drug cases.feedback

Mar 23 2017

Before his altercation with Eric Garner, NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo had seven disciplinary complaints and 14 individual allegations filed against him, four of which were sustained by the city’s civilian review board.feedback

Mar 21 2017

In Monday’s morning links, I noted the story of Andrew Scott, a Florida man who was shot and killed by a police officer who came to his home, pounded on his door and never identified himself as law enforcement. Scott wasn’t suspected of any crime and did nothing illegal during the altercation. What he did do is grab his own gun, which he held pointed at the floor after he was understandably startled by the banging on the door to his apartment. Scott opened the door, saw a figure with a gun and then attempted to close the door. The officer fired six shots, three of which struck Scott, killing him. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit threw out the lawsuit filed by Scott’s family, finding that the officer who killed Scott is protected by qualified immunity, the court-invented doctrine that makes it nearly impossible to sue police officers, even for egregiously over-the-top use of force that ends in death.feedback

Mar 17 2017

In my series on policing in South Carolina last year, I noted the story of Julian Betton, a Myrtle Beach man who was raided by a multi-jurisdictional drug task force after allegedly making two $50 pot sales to a friend who, unbeknownst to him, also happened to be a police informant. There were some new developments in the case this week. But first, some background.feedback

Mar 16 2017

Six weeks ago, I wrote about a case in Pennsylvania in which a prosecutor was attempting to use bite mark evidence in the murder trial of Paul Aaron Ross. This, despite the fact that every scientific panel to review bite mark analysis to date has found no scientific basis for its underlying premises: a) that human dentition is unique, and b) even if (a) were true, that human skin is capable of recording and preserving bite marks in a way that preserves that uniqueness in a usable way. So far, the discipline has been found to be scientifically unreliable by the National Academy of Sciences, the Texas Forensic Science Commission, and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. The latter two panels have called for barring bite mark evidence from criminal trials. Experiments by University of Buffalo scientists Mary and Peter Bush have also found no scientific basis for bite mark analysis.feedback

Mar 15 2017

Missouri’s paltry public defenders system means poor people languish in jail, even for petty offenses.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Human Rights

Your latest roundup of stories about the Trump administration’s approach to civil liberties and criminal justice.feedback

Mar 10 2017

There was a time when false confessions were thought to be entirely fictional. DNA testing has taught us that they’re more common than we think. It isn’t that people are rushing to confess to crimes they didn’t commit - it’s that police interrogation methods are designed to wear suspects down. I’ve had defense attorneys tell me that innocent people are more likely than guilty people to falsely confess after extended interrogations because innocent people naively assume that the facts will eventually set them free.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - Sex

Much of the destructive, extra-punishment punishment we inflict on sex offenders is due to the widely held belief that they’re more likely to re-offend than the perpetrators of other classes of crimes. This has been the main justification for the Supreme Court’s authorization of sex-offender registries and for holding sex offenders indefinitely after they’ve served their sentences. Lower courts have then cited those rulings to justify a host of other measures, from severe restrictions on where sex offenders can live to GPS monitoring of their every move.feedback

Mar 08 2017

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting just published a massive study of prosecutor misconduct in Massachusetts going back to 1985. The report found more than 1,000 cases in which misconduct was alleged by criminal defendants and 120 in which a state appeals court reversed conviction due to misconduct. The group found an additional 134 verdicts reversed or thrown out due to misconduct after reviewing data from the state bar.feedback

Mar 03 2017 - Human Rights

Seven Baltimore police officers have been indicted on federal racketeering charges, including “shaking down citizens, filing false court paperwork and making fraudulent overtime claims.” This all went on as the Justice Department was investigating the department for systemic civil rights violations - an investigation Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested was unnecessary and demoralizing to police officers.feedback

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