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    North Korea’s Crimes Against Humanity

    The United Nations commission of inquiry on human rights abuses in North Korea began taking testimony from defectors in South Korea yesterday. It is the first U.N. commission to investigate whether North Korea’s human rights abuses could be classified as crimes against humanity. “Crimes against humanity” are legally defined as … 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

    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

    Convicted Murderers to Be Freed if California State Senator Gets His Way

    A warning to Californians: dangerous convicted criminals are coming soon to a neighborhood near you.  That’s because last week, in the case of Brown v. Plata, the Supreme Court ordered the State of California to release approximately 46,000 convicted criminals onto the streets. That decision was issued just days before … More