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    Can We Get Some Americans Out of Jail?

    An unlikely alliance is forming between conservatives and liberals rightly asking whether it makes sense that America has the highest incarceration rate in the world. One out of every 100 American adults is behind bars, according to The Washington Post. Besides the tremendous cost of housing an inmate in a … More

    Sexual Assault in the Military: Top JAGs Slam Gillibrand Scheme

    The first two female Judge Advocates General (JAGs) of the Navy and Army, joined by the other top uniformed JAGs from the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, wrote a strongly worded letter warning about the dangers of the legislative scheme by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D–NY) to address the … More

    Sexual Assault: Women in Congress, Military Argue for Restraint

    Senators Kelly Ayotte (R–NH) and Claire McCaskill (D–MO) and a number of retired female military officers recently urged restraint in changing the military justice system in response to the problem of sexual assault in the military. The women agreed that sexual misconduct in the military is a serious concern; however, … 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

    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

    Don’t Hastily Change Military Justice Code

    In light of a recently overturned guilty verdict in a sexual assault case, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has called on Congress to modify the military criminal justice system, specifically this authority to overturn a court-martial. Appropriately, an independent review panel has been established to review the issue of sexual … More

    Boyer v. Louisiana: A Conflict in Constitutional Rights Postponed

    How should courts respond when the legislature does not adequately fund operation of the criminal justice system and thereby denies a defendant his constitutional rights? The Supreme Court avoided answering that question Monday, but the Court cannot avoid it forever. Fifty years ago the Supreme Court held in Gideon v. … More

    Gideon v. Wainwright: Celebrating 50 Years of Constitutional Protection

    Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that has played a fundamental role in protecting constitutional rights of those accused of crimes. In Gideon v. Wainwright, the Supreme Court held that under the Sixth Amendment there is a right to counsel in all felony criminal cases, and … More

    Progressives Want to Send Innocent People to Jail…to Set an Example?

    Should society throw people into jail who admittedly did nothing blameworthy just to set an example for others? That is exactly what the Center for Progressive Reform has suggested doing in a recent report on the Occupational Safety and Health Act. In criminal law, the Supreme Court has embraced what … More

    Viktor Bout: Weapons Smuggler May Be the Tip of the Iceberg

    Documents from WikiLeaks published in International Business Times disclosed that American officials warned Washington that the Russian intelligence services are working closely with organized crime. This did not come as a great surprise, as Viktor Bout, one of the most infamous alleged arms traders, was extradited from Thailand last month. … More