And they should choose nominees who will help dismantle mass incarceration.
Lara BazelonSCOTUS is the long game says @jformanjr citing to @RachelBarkow. Dems have long and foolishly ignored the crucial importance of judicial appointments. Presidential hopefuls, if you want our vote you need a superstar shortlist and a promise to execute it.
The Berkeley-based journalists said they intend to continue reporting stories from a list of thousands of cops convicted of crimes, that California’s Attorney General say was mistakenly relea…
Lara BazelonWant to know what’s not progressive? CA Att’y Gen’l @XavierBecerra won’t prosecute the cops who fired 20 shots & killed unarmed Stephon Clark but might prosecute the reporters who have a list of cops w/ serious criminal records via public records request.
Kim Ogg says she accepts the findings of a special investigation about Brown’s case, who was on death row for almost 10 years. The probe concludes the prosecutor who worked on the case engaged in professional misconduct.
Lara BazelonHouston DA Dan Rizzo hid phone records establishing innocence, sent a man to death row, and later lied about it. Rare case actually investigated by a state bar. There are Dan Rizzos everywhere: usually they suffer no consequences. Many get promoted.
Orlando Maisonet was convicted of two murders at separate trials prosecuted by Roger King. The first was overturned more than a decade ago, the second vacated just last week.
Lara BazelonRoger King, a former Philly assist. DA, appears to be responsible for five wrongful convictions. King operated under the old, discredited regime of former head DA Lynne “Queen of Death” Abraham. Her nickname is for the #s of ppl she sent to death row.
CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Senate defeated a bill Thursday that would have repealed the state's death penalty, ending what had been up to now the most successful legislative effort in
Lara BazelonThis might win for most insane argument on the pro-death penalty front. By a Wyoming state senator, who exalted the fact that Jesus Christ, wrongfully convicted, was executed: “If it wasn’t for Jesus dying via the death penalty, we would all have no hope.”
Students and advocates are loudly protesting a plan to significantly cut staff from the popular initiative, which emphasizes alternatives to punitive discipline approaches like suspension and expulsion.
Lara BazelonThis is beyond stupid and wrong. We know restorative justice works and has saved 100s of kids from the school to prison pipeline. Oakland was a model for the country; now this stellar program is being gutted.
She touted her prosecutorial credentials when she announced her candidacy on Sunday, but how will her tough-on-crime history square with progressives?
Lara BazelonFormer tough-on-crime prosecutor @amyklobuchar joins the race. Belatedly acknowledging that the system is racist is not enough to satisfy me or satisfy anybody that believes in true criminal justice reform. And there are a lot of us.
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Lara Bazelon“Progressive prosecutors” did not magically appear post-2016, as some argue. Some were doing the hard work years earlier, while Kamala Harris was SF DA and CA Attorney General. From 2007-2016, DAs Ken Thompson and Craig Watkins exonerated 40+ people.
Prosecutors are still licensed to lie and it’s high time to revoke those licenses.
Lara BazelonOn CNN last night, @KamalaHarris doubled down on her progressive prosecutor claim. Please, media, ask the hard ?s. "Ms. Harris . . . defended the indefensible—California State prosecutor Murray flat out falsified a transcript of a defendant’s confession.
Amid tensions over the fatal police shootings of black men across the nation, some civil rights activists say state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris must do more to increase accountability and ensure impartial investigations.
A federal appeals court decided that an Arizona man imprisoned for 42 years for starting a fire that killed 28 people in a Tucson hotel — and who later won release after evidence showed there was no arson — may not be compensated for the wrongful...
Lara BazelonProsecutor Barbara LaWall put Louis Taylor in an impossible position. After serving 40 years, admit to murders he didn’t commit for time-served or she would fight his case til he died. Now he can’t get a dime in comp. b/c, desperate to be free, he pled.
California state prisoner George Gage applies for authorization to file a second or successive 28 U.S.C. § 2254 habeas corpus petition challenging his 2000 j...
Lara BazelonPost op-ed, some ppl have asked about the George Gage case. Here is a link to the oral argument. Note that Gage and his lawyers have never been able to see the material about Marian because the state, including @KamalaHarris has refused to turn it over.
In 1995, John Adair and John Mix, a gay couple living in Riverside County, California, were murdered in their home. Both men were shot in the face. Mix...
Lara BazelonHarris won by defending egregious misconduct by a prosecutor who withheld evidence that the key witness was a “pathological liar who lives her lies” and arguing that Gage, who had no lawyer, failed to comply with the rigid technical requ’ts of the law.
The book neglects to mention all the times Harris' office appealed cases that were thrown out for gross prosecutor misconduct.
Lara Bazelon@KamalaHarris touts herself as a progressive prosecutor. She was not. This recent piece explains why. reason.com/blog/2019/01/0…. But it leaves out the case of George Gage an innocent man rotting in prison because Harris defended his wrongful conviction.
Mayor London Breed has been broadly criticized for her recent letter urging Gov. Jerry Brown to commute the sentence of her brother, Napoleon Brown. Her brother has served nearly 20 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and robbery. The...
Lara BazelonBeautiful op-ed by Chesa Boudin, the child of incarcerated parents, on the importance of mercy and the belief that we are all better than the worst thing we ever did.
Scott Greenfield argues that innocents are being sacrificed in the name of utopian causes.
Lara BazelonGreat interview in the @TheAtlantic with @ScottGreenfield on TIX and other third rail topics. Pull quote: “[Due process] doesn’t morph from wonderful to horrible based upon the nature of the accusation, or which side is preferred at any moment."