Prosecutors and Politics

The United States is the only country in the world that lets voters decide who will be their prosecutors. For the most part, those elections are foregone conclusions. Prosecutors run for election unopposed 85% of the time. The incumbent wins the election 95% of the time. But what happens when the voters buck this system… Read More

Police Perjury — All. The. Time.

Ever heard of police officers “testilying” in court? “Testilying” is the cynical euphemism that cops use for testifying falsely in order to secure convictions against people whom they believe to be guilty. But there is obviously another word for it: police perjury. “Testilying” is rationalized as somehow justified because the cop’s goal is to make… Read More

Debate About Police Use of Spying Equipment to be Heard in Court

FOIA Suit Aims to End Secrecy About CPD Use of Controversial ‘Stringray’ Cell Phone Snooping Devices Chicago, IL – A court is scheduled to hear oral arguments at 11 AM, Monday, Nov. 23rd in Room 2502 of the Daley Center about whether the Chicago Police Department (CPD) should be forced to reveal information about its… Read More

A Culture of Police Violence

There’s been a lot of press about unwarranted police shootings and law enforcement cover-ups of police brutality, but do you ever wonder how on earth a culture developed where some police officers could believe that it is okay to treat people that way? I certainly have. And here’s what I’ve come up with: the culture… Read More

MI Man Sues Officials Who Allegedly Set Him Up for Murder Conviction

Grand Rapids, MI – Sept. 28, 2015 – This morning attorneys for a 40-year-old Kalkaska, MI man filed suit in federal court here against the County of Kalkaska, Village of Kalkaska, and several law enforcement officers and the prosecutor involved in the deeply-flawed investigation that led to his conviction. Exonerated by DNA in 2014, Kalkaska… Read More

Witness Who Recorded Denver Police Brutality Sues Police For Threats, Unlawful Search

Denver Police Retaliated Against Levi Frasier for Recording Their Use of Excessive Force Against Unarmed Civilian & Pregnant Woman DENVER, August 14, 2015 – A witness to an unlawful police beating filed a federal civil rights suit today against Denver police for violating his 1st and 4th Amendment freedoms by threatening him with arrest if… Read More

Attorneys Announce One of Indiana’s Largest-Ever Wrongful Conviction Settlements

August 11, 2015 – In what is believed to be the third largest settlement for a wrongful conviction in Indiana history, attorneys for Mr. Billy Julian today announced that their client had agreed to a $3 million settlement today with the Town of Frankton and Madison County, IN. Julian, through his attorneys Mike Kanovitz, Elizabeth… Read More

Nation’s Longest-Ever Wrongfully Imprisoned Man Sues Cops Who Allegedly Framed Him

Ricky Jackson Spent 39 Years in Prison for Crimes He Did Not Commit CLEVELAND, May 19, 2015 – After spending more time wrongly imprisoned than any other person in U.S. history, today Ricky Jackson filed suit against the City of Cleveland and the police who allegedly framed him. In 1975 at the age of 18,… Read More

Tony Robinson: the DA’s Disappointing Refusal to Indict a Police Officer

How many times can we as a country watch the same heart-wrenching narrative play out:  police officer shoots an unarmed black man; video depictions and eyewitness accounts horrify and enrage us; we watch, screaming aloud what is so obvious from the videos and witness descriptions – that they didn’t have to kill him; and the… Read More

An Elected Police Accountability Board?

Although the media has only recently started paying more attention, police brutality is not a new phenomenon. Nor is police misconduct, excessive force, unjustified police shootings, or racial discrimination by police officers. What is new are some of the efforts to hold the police accountable for unjustified violence. Efforts to impose police accountability have included… Read More