Our Right to Trial by Jury is Under Attack

The Supreme Court Can Affirm and Protect it Today, the Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in a case that raises important questions regarding both the right to counsel and trial by jury. Jae Lee came to the United States from South Korea in 1982. At the time, he was just a boy in the care of his parents. Now 48 years old, Lee has lived in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident for decades. He went to school in New York, but eventually moved to Memphis and got into the restaurant business. According to federal prosecutors, Lee also became a small time drug dealer and, after his...

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Worst Misconduct in November: Albuquerque Police Department

From the Cato Institute's National Police Misconduct Reporting Project So for November, we’ve selected the Albuquerque Police Department, (APD) which is now under investigation, again, for misconduct. Here’s the background.  After numerous complaints from community leaders, the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched an investigation of the APD.  In April 2014, the DOJ announced its finding that there was indeed a pattern of excessive force by the APD.  Police officials promised to change and improve. Shortly thereafter, an APD officer shot and killed 19 yr old Mary Hawkes.  It looks like...

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