background preloader

Criminology

Facebook Twitter

Detention

Drugs policy. Prosecution & punishment. Pleidooi herinvoering pooierverbod - Peter Lemaire. For Justices, Free Speech Often Means ‘Speech I Agree With’ - NYTimes.com. WASHINGTON — Justice Antonin Scalia is known as a consistent and principled defender of free speech rights.

For Justices, Free Speech Often Means ‘Speech I Agree With’ - NYTimes.com

It pained him, he has said, when he voted to strike down a law making flag burning a crime. “If it was up to me, if I were king,” he said, “I would take scruffy, bearded, sandal-wearing idiots who burn the flag, and I would put them in jail.” But the First Amendment stopped him. That is a powerful example of constitutional principles overcoming personal preferences. But it turns out to be an outlier. He is not alone. Photo Social science calls this kind of thing “in-group bias.” Lee Epstein, a political scientist and law professor who conducted the new study with two colleagues, said it showed the justices to be “opportunistic free speech advocates.” The findings are a twist on the comment by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. that the First Amendment protects “freedom for the thought that we hate.”

The study considered 4,519 votes in 516 cases from 1953 to 2011. Justice Anthony M. The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal. Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous—but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line.

The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal

This story was reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, did several stints in rehab after crashing his car into a barricade on Capitol Hill in 2006, a headline-making event that revealed the then–US congressman for Rhode Island had been abusing prescription drugs, including the painkiller OxyContin. Kennedy went on to make mental health—including substance abuse—a cornerstone of his political agenda, and he is reportedly at work on a memoir about his struggles with addiction and mental illness. In 2013, he also helped found an advocacy group, Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), which has barnstormed the country opposing the growing state and federal efforts to legalize pot.

Verdachten; geslacht, leeftijd, land van herkomst en generatie allochtonen. 2012b61pub. Is the ‘tough on crime’ movement on its way out? It was a dinner invitation from Newt Gingrich a few years ago that first led me to think change might be coming on criminal justice policy.

Is the ‘tough on crime’ movement on its way out?

The former Republican House Speaker had arranged the event with a small group of people concerned with America’s world record prison population. Along with Gingrich, Grover Norquist and other leading lights of the Republican right, we had an intriguing conversation about the runaway “war on drugs,” excessive federal prosecutions, and the failures of our prison system. “After nearly four decades of steadily rising imprisonment — a 500% increase since 1972 — prison populations have finally started to decline.” But over the past decade the landscape has shifted. Four years ago, Congress passed legislation reducing the racially disparate sentencing differential between crack cocaine and powder cocaine. The shift has been even more dramatic in the states. First, crime rates nationally have been declining since the mid-1990s. Www.politieenwetenschap.nl/pdf/PW73.pdf. Dspace.ubvu.vu.nl/bitstream/handle/1871/10558/Boutellieroratie.pdf;jsessionid=CA107ABD78F63A39176110210399F7EA?sequence=1.

Art of Criminology: Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law. I've been ignoring my blogging obligations for some months...

Art of Criminology: Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law

But now I'm here in glorious Basque Country with time to write and complete the first draft of my thesis. I'm a Visiting Scholar at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, located in a beautiful Spanish Renaissance building that was completed in 1543. Today I spent time in the Library procrastinating about where to commence … and decided to just start at the beginning with the Introductory chapter.

I know I'll end up revising that chapter considerably later, but it feels good to ground my thoughts and remind myself of my motivations for this research project. I've started with a short narrative about my first encounter with courtroom technologies to give context to my research focus: the embodied experience of the incarcerated person, that person dressed in prison greens appearing from a remote correctional facility. Image: Carolyn McKay 2013. OLG zu Verkehrsschild: Schneeflocke gilt auch im Sommer. Ein Schneeflockenbild unter einem Geschwindigkeitsschild bedeutet nicht, dass die Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung nur für eventuellen Schneefall gilt.

OLG zu Verkehrsschild: Schneeflocke gilt auch im Sommer

Auf diesen Irrtum musste das OLG Hamm einen jungen Fahrer hinweisen, der 45 km/h zu schnell fuhr. Das Schild solle lediglich Akzeptanz für die angeordnete Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung schaffen, so das Gericht. Eine Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung gilt – auch, wenn sie durch das Zusatzschild "Schneeflocke" vermeintlich modifiziert wird. Das entschied das Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Hamm kürzlich. Der 1991 geborene Betroffene befuhr im Januar 2014 eine Bundesstraße bei Burbach und fiel den Polizeibeamten bei einer Geschwindigkeitskontrolle auf, weil er 125 km/h fuhr und damit 45 km/h schneller als zulässig: Ein elektronisch gesteuertes Verkehrszeichen begrenzte die zulässige Höchstgeschwindigkeit auf 80 km/h. Dieser Hinweis solle die Akzeptanz der angeordneten Höchstgeschwindigkeit von 80 km/h erhöhen, so die Richter.