Former Prosecutors Benched

With our country’s mass incarceration problem, it often feels like the deck must be stacked against criminal defendants, resulting in the outrageous cases we highlight here. When you consider how many judges are former prosecutors, who often rule on cases brought by their former colleagues from their former employers, you realize that the deck is… Read More

When the One Percent Ruins It for All

The term ‘one percent’ is frequently associated with discussions about income inequality—those in the top one percent are rich beyond measure while the 99% are struggling to make ends meet. Economic inequality is an important topic that will be heavily debated during general elections, but today I want to talk about a different one percent—the… Read More

Guilt Without Pulling the Trigger

  Our criminal laws sometimes subvert justice while wasting both human lives and taxpayer money. Laws that throw the book at people who are only minimally involved in crimes are a prime example. But our criminal laws are structured to do just that, through the law of accountability. The accountability doctrine says that if you in… Read More

Innocent Kansas Man Sues Cops & Prosecutor Who Framed Him

“They took fifteen years of my life,” says Floyd Bledsoe of his wrongful imprisonment. KANSAS CITY, KA – Attorneys for Oskaloosa native Floyd Bledsoe filed suit in federal court today against Jefferson County law enforcement officers and others who participated in a profoundly unfair investigation and trial that resulted in Mr. Bledsoe’s wrongful conviction for… Read More

Police Brutality in Lock-Ups

Many people defend police brutality by saying that cops have a tough job to do and sometimes catching the bad guys requires a little roughness.  But while policing is a difficult job, that does not excuse the above-the-law mentality fueling the all too frequent and unnecessary police violence we see. A lack of accountability is at the… Read More

Public Defender Injustice

It’s sad to think about our country having two criminal justice systems: one for people who are wealthy and one for people who are not. But that is the reality. Everyone facing serious criminal charges is supposed to get a lawyer – our Supreme Court decided decades ago that everyone has a right to an… Read More

Life Without Parole for Pot?

A prison sentence of life without parole is the harshest sentence our courts impose short of death, so the crimes that merit sending a person to prison for the rest of his or her life should be some pretty serious crimes. But let me introduce you to Lee Carroll Brooker, a 76-year-old disabled, decorated army veteran… Read More