Justin Chapman: During his first week, Villanueva removed 18 high-ranking officials from their posts and told 500 other captains, commanders and lieutenants that he’s reviewing whether they will remain in their positions and that they should remove their rank insignia from their uniforms.
Ted Rall: Annoyed at my cartoons about him, then-LAPD Chief Charlie Beck asked the Times then-publisher Austin Beutner, now LA schools superintendent, to fire me as a political favor. He did.
John Peeler: The sheer cost of all those prison cells, care, feeding, guarding, came to be seen as a prime place to cut federal expenditures. In days of yore, all that was seen as a sign of how tough on crime we were.
Robert Reich: After two years of Trump we may have overlooked the essence of his insanity: His brain sees only private interests transacting. It doesn’t comprehend the public interest.
Kary Love: A conclusion the President is above the law would need an express power granted the President and none is stated in Art II, nor elsewhere in the Constitution.
Tom Hastings: Let’s be clear about these rats. None were struck with an attack of conscience that caused them to come forward. Each one, every one, was caught.
Michael T. Hertz: The Court agrees with Trump’s argument because the tweet in question constitutes “rhetorical hyperbole” normally associated with politics and public discourse in the United States.
Bill Blum: In all likelihood, Terance Martez Gamble never thought he’d become a party in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, let alone one on “double jeopardy”
Laura Finley: The Violence Against Women Act has helped hundreds of thousands of victims. It provides funds for training law enforcement, court officials, victim advocates and healthcare professionals.
Bill Blum: Whether you love Assange and see him as a source of transparency in an age of government secrecy or regard him as a pro-Trump threat to democracy, he is entitled to the presumption of innocence.
Bill Blum: With the Supreme Court already tilting decisively to the right, any further attrition of its liberal membership could make the tribunal more conservative than it has been at any time seen since the Gilded Age.
Melina Abdullah and Dahlia Ferlito: Years have been spent attempting to convince Jackie Lacey, who is descriptively Black, to stand on the side of “the people” she is supposed to represent.
Kary Love: If killing is not repudiated, it invites more killing. Revenge cycles abound. Killing, ironically, is pregnant, not with life, but with more killing.