Reading both books in the same week felt like déjà vu all over again.
Lara Bazelon"I got a master class in just how deeply one’s background and ideology can shape a version of events—the facts find a way only to marshal themselves around the hypothesis it seems likely the authors had to begin with."
Bill Clinton isn't the only one who deserves blame for turning America into a carceral state.
Lara BazelonIncarceration rates: white Americans: 633 per 100,000 residents. Black Americans: 3,044 per 100,000. Hispanics: 1,305 per 100,000. "All told, half of all adults in the United States have seen an immediate family member go to jail."
ELY, Nev. (AP) — A 63-year-old man who was on Nevada’s death row for more than three decades has been released from prison following the dismissal of his murder conviction. Paul Browning walked out…
Lara BazelonA Nevada man, 63, was freed today after three decades on death row after a federal appellate court found a “disturbing prosecutorial misconduct" infected his conviction. His mom, Betty, 86, said, “I had to make it. I’ve been waiting for this.”
A St. Louis judge rejected a motion by the city's top prosecutor to overturn a murder conviction based on the prosecutors' conclusion that an innocent man was convicted. The judge's opinion found several apparent conflicts of interest by the...
Lara BazelonWTF? Judge rejected because it was too late? The prosecutor is conceding and telling the judge this man is innocent.
Dist. Atty. Todd Spitzer added four deputies to a list of officers whose problematic pasts need to be disclosed at trials. Some believe the move has imperiled cases stretching back years.
Lara BazelonOrange County Jailhouse Snitch scandal just got bigger and more appalling bc old DA covered up a lot of the wrongdoing that the new DA is reluctantly admitting. Hundreds of cases could be impacted.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr contended this week that the wave of reform prosecutors are "anti-law enforcement." Now, a group of law enforcement officials nationwide has struck back.
Lara BazelonMore than 65 current and former law enforcement officials have signed a letter that calls “deeply disturbing” the statements of U.S. Attorney General William Barr that the reform prosecutors winning elections in many cities are “anti-law enforcement.”
A year after a federal judge overturned the conviction of Barry Jones, Arizona is still fighting to execute him.
Lara Bazelon@LilianaSegura’s deep dive into Arizona prosecutors logic-resistant & justice-defying arguments for upholding the conviction & death sentence in a wrongful conviction case. Good that Ninth Circuit lives streams so there’s a permanent visual record of it.
The ABA House of Delegates has postponed indefinitely a resolution that would call on legislatures and courts to redefine the consent standard in sexual assault cases, after contentious debate Monday at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Lara BazelonI thought this piece was a helpful explanation. As our delegate said of now tabled resolution 114 “This is a new paradigm,” he said. “This changes the law entirely with respect to sexual behavior.”
The real significance of Gabbard’s critique is not that Harris was a particularly unprofessional or malign prosecutor, but rather that she did her job the way most prosecutors do.
Lara BazelonInteresting take by @ConLawWarrior: if the critique of Harris’ prosecutorial record at the debate "makes [her] look like a monster, then perhaps that says more about prosecutors in general than it does about Kamala Harris in particular.”
An Idaho man who falsely confessed to a 1996 rape and murder is expected to have his name cleared on Wednesday.
Lara Bazelon"But the persistence of Carol Dodge, the victim’s mother, was most instrumental. She worked for decades to get justice for her only daughter even if it meant freeing the man she once believed was involved in killing her.” Just amazing.
Colleges must treat sexual assault like the public health issue it is.
Lara BazelonHanna Stotland: “We shouldn’t frame every disagreement as a disagreement between a truth teller and a liar. There are a lot of other possibilities.” This video is well worth the four minutes it takes to watch.
I love them beyond all reason. But sometimes my clients need me more.
Lara Bazelon“How do you excel at work and be the best mother you can be?”
Every working mother gets this question, which presupposes that a “work-life balance” is achievable. It’s not. The term traps women in an endless cycle of shame and self-recrimination.
Californians support keeping the death penalty but also narrowly favor California Gov. Gavin Newsom's moratorium on executions, a new poll finds.
Lara BazelonCalifornia will try to abolish the death penalty by voter amendment for a third time in 2020. Current polling shows the measure would fail--narrowly. We have to make the case: morally, racially, socio-economically, and financially: it is a horror.
Law enforcement interests are propagating the myth that justice system reforms are making the state more dangerous.
Lara Bazelon"What puts such men in positions of power and prominence? Law enforcement special interests, namely police unions and the bail industry.” Important to expose the people propping up mass incarceration.
The trial of Scott Warren, a 36-year-old geology teacher, on charges of helping migrants who had illegally crossed the border ended with a hung jury on Tuesday.
Lara BazelonScott Warren didn’t want undocumented immigrants to die of thirst in the desert so he brought them water. Federal prosecutors charged him with multiple felonies carrying a ten year prison sentence. The jury hung.
Instead of social media vigilantism, there could be a real reckoning for the prosecutor and the wrongly accused in this infamous case.
Lara BazelonLinda Fairstein’s innocence-denying in the Central Park 5 case, even after her own DA's office exonerated them, prevents everyone involved from achieving insight and healing that would benefit them and, by extension, our justice system.
Wednesday morning, Terrance Lewis, 40, was released — a free man for the first time since he was 17 years old.
Lara BazelonJust-released innocent man who spent 21 years in prison, convicted as a kid: "At one point in time, I thought the system was broken. I no longer think it was broken. I think it was designed that way. They had the opportunity to release me and they didn’t.”
Two years after Glenn Kurtzrock was fired for egregious misconduct, no sign of accountability; lawsuit seeks public access to ongoing disciplinary proceedings
(New York, NY – May 22, 2019) Today, the Innocence Project filed
Lara BazelonFmr DA still has his license to practice law even though he withheld info proving innocence in 5 murder cases. @innocence sued to find out why the NYS bar hasn’t done anything in 2 yrs. Good. Until there's accountability, nothing is going to change.
By dismissing Ronald Sullivan Jr. from his position as a faculty dean, Harvard fails to recognize the importance of due process and freedom of speech.
Lara BazelonGraffiti on Harvard's campus demanded of @ProfRonSullivan: "which side are you on?" The answer should have been obvious: the side of justice. Justice requires due process. Without it, we have mob justice.