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    Missed Paying One Ticket? Go Directly to Jail

    She was handcuffed and hauled to the police station. She was fingerprinted and photographed. She was interrogated. She was strip-searched, given a jumpsuit, and locked into an overcrowded jail with several other women for eight hours. That’s what happens when you get arrested. And that’s what happened to Crissy Brown … More

    Why Florida Police Shouldn’t Have Arrested a Gator for Barking at a Dog

    Most people would agree that deliberately interfering with ongoing police investigations should be illegal. In that light, the news that University of Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison was arrested for allegedly interfering with Officer Bear’s performance of his duties would not be surprising. What might be surprising is that Officer Bear … More

    Sexual Assault in the Military: Fix the Right Problem

    Some conservatives have joined Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D–NY) effort to remove the chain of command from cases of sexual assault in the military. They give the bill’s champion critical conservative cover in her well-intended but ill-aimed battle to create a new prosecution system for military sex crimes. They are trying … More

    Diverted from the Straight and Narrow Path for Diverting Sewage

    After decades of striving to obey the law and teaching his children to do the same, Lawrence Lewis turned to crime. His offense? Diverting sewage into a storm drain that, unbeknownst to Lewis, eventually fed in to the Potomac River. Lewis was born and raised in the brutal projects of … More

    D.C. Police to Scalpers: One Strike and You’re Jailed

    Ordering the police to arrest every lawbreaker, no matter how trivial the offense or harmless the offender, appeals to legislators who want to appear “tough on crime.” But is that a reasonable policy when the crime is reselling baseball tickets at less than face value? As one unlucky tourist told … More

    USA vs. YOU: Heritage Expert Testifies on Overcriminalization

    Even Congress doesn’t know how many federal crimes there are — that was the implication at a recent hearing focused on overcriminalization. This past Friday, June 14, the House’s new bipartisan Over-Criminalization Task Force held its first hearing, which was focused on “defining the problem and scope of over-criminalization and … More

    Morning Bell: The Government vs. YOU

    Every day, more Americans get trapped by big government. In addition to groups targeted by the IRS, upstanding citizens going about their normal lives are suddenly targeted by law enforcement authorities and charged as criminals. Just a few examples: A young girl was fined $535… for rescuing a wounded woodpecker. … More

    Eagle Scout Faces Felony for Honest Mistake

    Just in case you weren’t convinced that overcriminalization is giving good kids criminal records, an Eagle Scout (the highest rank in the Boy Scout organization) is being charged with a felony for an honest mistake. David “Cole” Withrow, a North Carolina high school senior, is an Eagle Scout, an honor … More

    Obama in Mexico: Change the Reality, Not the Conversation

    President Obama will be visiting Mexico City on May 2–4, where he will meet with his counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto. Both leaders have made clear that they want to change the conversation and not let runaway violence and Mexico’s persistent security crisis, which has claimed over 60,000 lives since 2006, … More

    Media Ignore Abortion Provider Gosnell’s House of Horrors

    “Infanticide” is perhaps too soft a term to describe the brutality that became commonplace at the corners of N. 38th St and Lancaster Ave. in Philadelphia. The trial of Kermit Gosnell, who ran the West Philadelphia Women’s Medical Center abortion clinic since 1979, has been underway for over three weeks. … More